As the economy continues to crumble and life seems less forgiving than it was a few years back for many, it’s the perfect time for the release of Thomas Bähler’s first novel, Anything Is Possible.
As I read I found the pages and text to be inspirational and uplifting. I thought of my days in High School and wished a book like this had been assigned reading. The message is encouraging to anyone, “Anything Is Possible”!
The story follows the life of Æsop. Almost everyone is familiar with his works like The Tortoise and the Hare, The Lion and The Mouse, that Goose Who Laid the Golden Eggs and found meaning in the fables. In reading the stories written by this great story-teller, wise beyond the words, I remember thinking how remarkable he must have been to others. Then in a homework assigment, long ago, I learned Æsop was a slave! I was dumb-struck. Certainly not a life any of us would hope for anyone, yet Æsop lives a real-life fable in that while we come to know him as a slave, in his own way he is free.
Anything is Possible captures the life of the boy born a slave and yet as a man, he died an ambassador! How remarkable in showing that truly anything is possible!
The story captures a little of everything, murder, deceit, romance, betrayal and more. It’s a journey as Æsop overcomes the burdens and rises to live his life gloriously. He may have been born a slave, however, his mother planted seeds into his young mind “anything is possible” which gave him celebration.
I love this book and am looking forward to reading it many more times.
About the Author:
Perhaps Thomas Bähler also exemplifies the title of his book, Anything Is Possible. Both a Music Supervisor and Executive Producer of the soundtrack album for “The Color Purple”, working with Oprah Winfrey and Whoopi Goldberg, directed by Steven Spielberg and produced by Quincy Jones.
He was both lyricist and composer for Michael Jackson’s “She’s Out of My Life”, as well as Michael’s principle vocal arranger throughout his career.
Thomas’ long history of collaboration with Quincy Jones reached a new level when he was asked to be Associate Producer and Vocal Arranger for “We Are The World”, which reunited him with many artists with whom he had worked as a singer, arranger and/or producer, such as Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, Tina Turner and Billy Joel and Bette Midler.
Thomas has composed music for countless television shows and films. His score for “The Object of Beauty”, starring John Malkovich and Andie MacDowell garnered much critical acclaim. He has received the covetedAlumni Merit Award from the University of Southern California, and was also honored by his Alma Mater’s Thornton School of Music with a Special Commendation Award. He served a vocal consultant and music conductor for the movie “The Wiz”, and also served in that capacity with the added moniker of Music Director for many events sponsored by the White House, including“America’s Millennium”, “Points of Light” and President Clinton’s Inaugural Concert. Thomas has also served as Music Director and arranger for “The Kennedy Center Honors”. Thomas penned another hit record for Cher entitled “Living In A House Divided”, and Nora Ephron chose his song “Cowboy Reggae” to introduce John Travolta on-screen in her movie “Michael”.
*I received a copy of Anything Is Possible in order to facilitate an honest review. The opinion, where expressed are my own and were in no way influenced by the sponsor. Others experiences may vary.