'The Flame' features in my novel ‘Song Bird’. In the novel, it is sung by rock legend Rick Brody who serenades Nikki Mills (the central character in the novel).
In real life, it was sung by Funnie Williams and Thanapat Yarchartoen (aka Film) and was produced by Karma Sound Studios in Thailand.
BACKSTORY TO 'THE FLAME'
In ‘Song Bird’, Rick claimed his primary interest in Nikki was musical collaboration but his libido and history of conquests shaped the way he interacted with her.
Although Nikki pretended not to be attracted to Rick, she really felt that 'his attractiveness involved a combination of several factors: grooming, charisma, a strong but lean physique, and he was a rock star interested in her of all people. Unlike his fans, Nikki did not have an urge to flash her breasts, hand over her parties, or suggest a threesome.’ She maintained a mask of cool indifference and stayed work-focused throughout the early stages of their musical relationship.
Consequently, Rick viewed Nikki as a challenge. Committed to the long game in winning her, he serenaded Nikki at the end of Chapter 7 with his most popular love song - 'The Flame'.
Rick did not know that Nikki (aka Mavis Mills) had been wary of men ever since a destructive relationship with her boyfriend, Terry Kirkby, ten years earlier. As Nikki listened to Rick’s serenade, she thought ‘Rick is not Terry’ and, on the basis of that belief, let her guard down. She did not, however, know that Rick did not write the song and that the sincerity of the lyrics were attributable to the composer and not to the singer – Rick.
Readers of this blog may also find the pop rock song 'Masque' and interesting insight into Rick and Nikki's relationship issues.
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