PERMISSION TO FLY
A Memoir of Love, Crushing Loss, and Triumph
by Layng Martine Jr
Pub Date 11 Jun 2019
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Layng Martine Jr. knew from an early age what he most wanted in the world: to be free. Free to decide every day how he would spend that day. His father worked long days in New York City, and it was his mother who became the defining force in his life. She believed that kids need to be given free rein to explore, fail, and get back up. So Layng rode his bicycle to other towns and learned every street for miles. When he wanted his own money, he found himself jobs: selling fuzzy slippers door to door and bussing tables at a local eatery. His independent streak and winning personality led him to adventure after adventure.
In this touching and funny memoir, Martine shares a lifetime of stories and heartbreak, from mowing Benny Goodman’s lawn and becoming his friend, to the aftermath of his beloved wife’s horrifying car accident, to his success writing songs for Reba McEntire and Elvis Presley.
A Note From the Publisher
“If Layng Martine Jr was only a prose stylist, he would be outstanding. Add to that a deep core of music, a joyous sense of adventure, and an abiding and healing love for his family, and you have an artist in the truest sense of the word. I loved this book.” ―Anne Rivers Siddons, New York Times bestselling author of The Girls of August and Peachtree Road
“PERMISSION TO FLY is Layng Martine Jr.’s love letter to the journey of a free life. If you’ve ever wondered what it looks like to live out your life’s dreams, to pursue your passions against the odds, and to love with all you’ve got, this is the book to grab now. As Layng writes, “Love is so much better than everything else.” The thrill of the reader becoming a voyeur into the life of a Nashville Country Music songwriter only adds to the depth of this memoir Charming, humorous and inspirational, this is a read that will both enchant and enrich.” ―Patti Callahan Henry, New York Times bestselling author of Becoming Mrs. Lewis
“Meet Layng Martine Jr. who befriended a famous musician as a child, worked for Time magazine while still in his teens, met and married the love of his life, and moved south to Nashville to raise a family and become a hit songwriter. Permission to Fly is about a passion for living, victory of the human spirit in the face of adversity, and maybe the best true love story you'll ever read. Warning: this book is addictive and very hard to put down.” ―Bobby Braddock, Member of The Country Music Hall of Fame and The Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, co-writer of D-I-V-O-R-C-E, and He Stopped Loving Her Today
“Layng Martine Jr. and his wife, Linda, have lived extraordinary lives, partly by their own choices and partly by fates completely out of their control. Layng has proven himself not only to be a world-class songwriter, but a husband, father and friend with few equals. Permission to Fly is a joy to read as you watch Layng take the lessons he was given as a child and form them into a life worth living.” ―Robert Hicks, New York Times bestselling author of The Widow of the South and A Separate Country
“PERMISSION TO FLY is a gorgeous book, a true story told through the innocent, optimistic and wondering eyes of a young boy – ending most of a lifetime later in essentially the same innocent, wondering, and grateful voice. Permission To Fly is intensely funny, poignantly, achingly sad, related by the master storyteller who lived it. You can pick up the book and begin anywhere. What you cannot do is put the book down.” ―John S. Beasley ll, Vice-Chancellor, Emeritus, Vanderbilt University and inveterate reader