StrongWriter On the Radio: (Episode 69) “Frank Shiner – My Wonderful Spark Plug”
“Frank Shiner – My Wonderful Spark Plug”
Featured Guest: Frank Shiner
In the early 2000s, Frank Shiner’s wife Suzanne began a battle with cancer “a truly life altering experience that changes your perspective on everything.” The deepness of the couple’s relationship courses through nearly every song on The Real Me. Suzanne went through hell, which makes her prodding of her husband that night at the bandstand in 2010 even more moving and climactic. She pulled on his heartstrings saying it would bring her great joy if he would sing. Only that got him up on the bandstand.
When Tony the bandleader rushed out to the parking lot afterwards to collar Shiner before he disappeared, it was the start of a beautiful friendship. Shiner grew to love this new character, who would not take no for an answer, and he even came to Shiner’s office over a period of months to spend time with the singer on a campaign to recruit him. “Frank,” Tony said, “music heals the soul.” The singer took the advice to heart, with all that he and his wife were going through with her illness.
“I call her my spark plug!”
– Frank Shiner
A very special THANK YOU to Frank Shiner for the use of his images and music! © 2014 Bakerson/Pyramid Records
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