Book Review: Come Fly with Me: Michael Bublé’s Rise to Stardom, a Memoir, by Beverly Delich
In this memoir, Beverly Delich takes her readers through most of her life, starting with her lonely, isolated childhood in Butte, Montana, and covering her years working with Michael Buble to place him solidly and successfully in the music industry. The first part of this book is very dry and impersonal, a reporting of Delich’s young life in which very little emotion really comes through. Her story is certainly authentic, and having grown up within a similar enough household, I am not surprised that her story of these years is so brittly factual. Still, this first chapter is a rough way to start out the book. I got the feeling that this first chapter was a cathartic journey for its author, and that is part of the point of writing a mamoir, after all. And, cool and factual as it is, there is still plenty to enjoy about this first segment of this book.
The rest of the book gets a lot better, too. Even for readers who know nothing of how the music industry works, it will be interesting to read about Beverly Delich’s path of exploration and discovery within this field as she learned how to maneuver the young Michael Buble through the Canadian and American professional music world. For those who, like me, have had a slight taste of at least a local music scene, this book is particularly interesting as it provides a glimpse at the tortuous route to success that eventually landed Michael Buble a great record deal and a CD produced by David Foster. That his manager, Beverly Delich, was a woman working in a world so dominated by men also makes her story fascinating and inspiring, and even moreso when you consider that she was in her 50’s when she began working with Michael Buble. There are a lot of potential lessons in Delich’s story for anyone interested in music or any creative career, and for everyone else it is neat to be able to peel back the curtain and see just a bit of how the mysterious world of mainstream music really works.
In addition, I enjoyed reading this book now because over the past month or so I and the rest of Keith Harkin’s fans have watched as Keith’s golden opportunity with David Foster’s Verve Records fizzled, with very little clue as to what happened. No doubt there are confidentiality issues involved in whether Keith, or anyone else could tell his fans what happened, nor would it be constructive or professional for him or anyone else involved to drum up ill-will over whatever happened. But it is hard for fans to imagine what record deals and music industry contracts look like, let alone all the complications that can be involved. I appreciated reading this book now because David Foster’s involvement with Michael Buble was not the fairy tale discovery and instant launch of a great star. Beverly Delich ‘discovered’ Michael Buble and brought Michael to David Foster, unsuccessfully at first, and the steps they took before everything ‘fell into place’ were complicated, messy, and all outside the view of the adoring public. Every artist’s story is different, and knowing Michael Buble’s story doesn’t mean we know what happened with Keith Harkin, but it makes it easier to understand when artists like Keith hit stumbling blocks like whatever happened this year.
Oh, and yes, Beverly Delich did mention that Michael Buble wrote a book, so once I have a copy to read (aka once I get to the library again) I am adding his book to my reading list as well, no doubt with a review coming sometime in November, if not sooner.