“Exquisite (adj.) – finely done or made; very beautiful or delicate; very sensitive or fine; extreme or intense”
Bryan Murphy is an exquisite man in every sense of the word, or so it would appear as he guides readers through the lessons of his life.
In his book, Everybody on Stage for the Hawaiian Number, Bryan Murphy takes readers on a trip down memory lane as he ponders the lessons he’s picked up from childhood to adulthood. Divided into three Acts, the book serves as a funny, witty yet insightful exploration of the exquisite man’s life.
Here, we talk about some of the things you can expect from the book, which is available on Amazon, Scribd, and other bookstores. Check it out.
Picking Up Lessons
In Act I of the book, Bryan Murphy recounts stories of his childhood — from learning how not to lash out and poke the bear when he’s angry (the bear being someone who has something he needs) to learning why one shouldn’t mess around where they work; never sh*t where you eat, is what they say.
Throughout these stories, his mom plays a dominant role and often serves as a well of wisdom for Bryan. Going as far as taking him and his brother to the country — a place where our hero learned funny and sad things about life — his mom instills Bryan with beautiful yet delicate lessons in life, such as playing the hero. Other important people also play crucial roles in his life.
Being the Teacher
Digging deep into the book, Bryan recounts the stories of how he, even though he doesn’t remember, has saved many lives even in his younger days. He’s prevented a girl from running away from her family by telling her the unpleasant things that might happen to her. Another friend needed his help to kick coke.
“I’ve always believed that when the pupil is ready, the teacher will appear.” – Bryan Murphy
However, even Bryan cannot save everyone, especially from themselves. At one point in the book, Bryan recalls how his advice failed to save bring a friend back to the right path. He discovered this as they were crossing Broadway in New York. Not all endings are happy.
“Sometimes when the teacher appears, the student is playing hooky.” – Bryan Murphy
On being Confident
As you dig deeper into the book, you get a more vivid picture of Bryan Murphy not only as a delicate man but also a confident one — one that doesn’t do well with a “no” answer. At one point, he recalls how he’d challenge clubs to book him.
Like many great artists or writers who receive tons of rejection slips they nail on their room’s wall, Bryan had to deal with “no” answers. When he finally received an affirmative one, it turned into a long-term relationship.
Take a message. He’s not moving.
“Confidence. AS LONG AS I AM PREPARED, I rarely doubt me. I may doubt a situation, but not my ability to deal with it.” – Bryan Murphy
These are but some of the nuggets of wisdom you can expect to gain from Everybody on Stage for the Hawaiian Number. Act I takes you by the neck and drags you into this exquisite man’s world; Act II and III solidify him as a man you’ll never forget — a man who’s been married in two continents; who grew up and watched the gay scene change; who dealt with rejection like a champ.
Score a copy of Everybody on Stage for the Hawaiian Number by Bryan Murphy on Amazon, Scribd, or anywhere you get your books from.
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