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Liz Moore can’t seem to make up her mind. The Prospect Heights resident has just released her first book, “The Words of Every Song,” a look at the New York City music industry from the ground up. It’s not all in her imagination, though — Moore is a seasoned veteran of the local music scene and her new record, “Backyards,” is slated to be released this month.

So is she a singer or an author? It seems that she can’t be one and not the other.

“The novel isn’t based on me, but it is based on my experiences as a musician,” said Moore. And since she’s spent time everywhere from a guitar store to a recording studio, there’s no shortage of true-to-life characters that have found their way into the book.

The book follows 14 music industry insiders — each gets his own chapter, like a playlist for your eyes — and gives the reader a look at struggling 20-something rock musicians, high-powered executives and everyone in between.

Every character is connected through the aptly named Titan Records, and each one— the troubled Cobain-esque rocker, the prodigious and extraordinary soundman and the arrogant bigwig — stars in a tale that is separated into short vignettes, but connected by the “small world” effect that cities like New York have.

Moore’s record, however, doesn’t have the same New York City style. Not likely to be pegged as just another Brooklyn singer-songwriter, Moore enlisted Nashville-based producer Rob Galbraith (Larry Jon Wilson, the Bacon Brothers) to add a country boy twang to the city girl cool that she does so well.

“The Words of Every Song” is available at BookCourt (163 Court St. at Pacific Street in Cobble Hill) for $11.00. For information, visit
Updated 4:00 pm, November 10, 2010
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