Mentone, AL, August 01, 2009 --(PR.com
)-- John Lee (aka Richard "Dixie" Hartwell), his wife Susan Lee and his friend Tony Goggans had a crazy idea a few weeks ago and now it is becoming a hit on YouTube. Lee, author of the soon-to-be-released novel, When the Buddha Met Bubba, wrote the lyrics with musician and songwriter, Tony Goggans. "We had so much fun writing the lyrics together. Tony kept coming up with different versions of the song and playing it for myself and my wife until we came up with a winner," Lee said about the process. "Then we decided to try a music video for fun. My wife bought a high definition video camera and we started filming on location in Mentone, Alabama. But don't worry I'm not giving up my day job."
Lee, who not only co-wrote the lyrics, but also sings the song along with Goggans, hopes that this fun video gives people, particularly Southerners, a lot of enjoyment. "This was all about having fun and highlighting the more humorous aspects of the novel." Lee continues, "I hope it will make people open their minds and hearts and laugh. The book is coming out soon but is now available for pre-order on Amazon."When the Buddha Met Bubba Music Video
Valerie Norris, a writer from South Carolina said, "That was wonderful! Very funny, and the sound was so professionally done!"
Terry Allen of West Palm Beach said, "[You] are a singing troubadour with a message of soulful integration. Nobody works harder at getting adult males to crawl out of homophobic, racially prejudiced, misogynistic cave we grew up in. If you can just get them to think about the lyrics and turn the pages maybe they and we can begin to process the message and enjoy the light it brings. I thoroughly enjoyed the Video. Thanks."
The novel, When the Buddha Met Bubba, is an enlightened southern comedy about hope, transformation and second chances. Lee hopes the book will change lives in unexpected ways. It is about spiritual growth and faith. This whimsical fantasy deals with the integrity and surrender that comes when one redneck, but likable character, Bubba, meets his magical mentor, Pu Tai, as they set off on a journey. It has at its center a love story between a man and a woman and the devotion of a beautiful gay couple. Throw in the struggle to heal a father-son wound, prejudice, and bigotry and add a little humor and true Buddhist/Christian compassion and you end up with a novel that is not only different but just plain fun.
Lee says, "I hope people will read my novel and enjoy the light that it tries to shed on the human condition."
The first 3 chapters of the book are available for free at www.whenthebuddhametbubba.com. When the Buddha Met Bubba also has a fan club on Facebook.