Posted On: September 25th, 2018 | Posted By: miketrial
In my collection of short stories titled Dark Music, I explore some of the darker corners of music making. Like a lot of writers, I love talking about the stories I write, and since I just completed this book, the characters are still alive in my mind, so I can’t resist talking about them and mentioning some of the sources from which they sprang.
My favorite story in the book is titled “String of Pearls” after the Glenn Miller tune of the WWII era. That tune and others like it lifted the spirits of many who were far away from home. It was especially favored by the WASPs, the Women’s Airforce Service pilots, who were young women assigned to ferry fighter planes from manufacturing facilities to staging bases where they were given to combat units.
These women also learned to love another kind of music – the music made by the high performance engines of the aircraft they flew. It’s an addictive sound – the sound of power, tinctured with fear.
Being a light plane pilot myself, I was fascinated to read about the WASPs. These women were usually quite young, most of them still in their twenties, and they were flying some of the most powerful, highest performing aircraft in the world. Not an easy task.