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***Warning! This section contains spoilers! It’s best to finish the book first!***

Some may say I cheated a little bit by writing a book using another person’s ideas. Others may point out it must have been easy to write this book because the main story, as well as many subplots, were already created.

Really, not so much.

Before I started writing this book, I got legal permission from Chris de Burgh’s management. Chris, himself, reviewed the outline and gave not only his permission, but his encouragement.

As of this moment in time, I’ve written five full length novels, a 50,000 word anthology and dozens of short stories and of them all, The Mirror of the Soul was the hardest to write. Why? Because I desperately wanted the story to be true to the song from which it was inspired. In addition, I knew I would need to add quite a bit to fill out a full novel.

My other books have mini-stories inside them, subplots if you will, that add to the greater whole. I did the same with this book, only for the most part, I used many of Chris’s other songs as inspiration. In the end, putting the book together was akin to putting together a giant jigsaw puzzle—without all the pieces. A good number of the pieces were from Chris’s other songs; the others I had to create myself.

The characters of Christophe and Lucien are of my own creation—a way to tie all the many threads of this story together, though Christophe is a not-so-subtle homage to the singer / songwriter himself.

While it is my hope that readers will enjoy the book in and of itself, I thought including which parts were inspired by other songs would only enhance the overall experience.
There may be more references found in the book I don’t list because I may not find them all. For nearly three months while I wrote the book, I listened to nothing but Chris de Burgh’s songs for inspiration. Therefore, there may be other parts that reflect his songs that I added subconsciously.

Without further ado. . .

*Page before the prologue:  The four lines are in Latin and are sung at the beginning of the song The Mirror of the Soul. The translation is included at the end of the book after the epilogue. The words mean, “Love lights the mirror of the soul. The devil is calling from hell. Lead us not into temptation. Love lights the mirror of the soul.”

*Page 1: The line “Somewhere … a lonely man tries sleeping …” is taken from the first part of the first song Hold On on Chris’s first album “Far Beyond These Castle Walls”

*Page 2: Geoffrey calls his dog, “old friend” which is a reference to the song Old Friend on the album “Spanish Train And Other Stories.”

*Page 2: Geoffrey walks his dog on a night when there is a “new moon” which is a reference to the song New Moon on the album “Far Beyond These Castle Walls.”

*Page 4:  The line when Roquet is “making for the trees” is taken from a line in the song Saint Peter’s Gate on the album “Quiet Revolution.”

*Page 6:  The line “We must send the devil to the fire” is taken from a line in the song The Mirror of the Soul on the album “The Storyman.”

*Page 6:  The character Brother Jehan was inspired by the song Brother John on the album “Power Of Ten.” I changed the name slightly to reflect the French version used during the time when in which this story takes place. (Yes, I actually did research!)

*Page 7:  The line when the abbot claims the monks have let “devil into your hearts” is taken from a line in the song Forevermore on the album “The Love Songs.”

*Page 11:  The line “food and bed for the night” is taken from a line in the song The Girl With April In Her Eyes on the album “Crusader.” I took some liberties here because in the song the girl visits a king at the start, but I changed it to her visiting the monks.

*Page 12:  Brother Jehan closes the shutter on the girl—it is painted “satin green” which is a reference to the song Satin Green Shutters from the album “Far Beyond These Castle Walls.”

*Page 14:  The line “of lovers in the war who stayed together ‘til the rain had to fall” is taken from a line in the song It’s Me (And I’m Ready To Go) on the album “The Love Songs.”

*Page 16:  The section that starts “The knock on the wooden gate was faint” is based on the song The Girl With April In Her Eyes on the album “Crusader.” Since the girl had a mystical quality about her, I thought it would be appropriate to have her be the one who would know the diamond’s true name.

*Page 19:  The line “buried the girl gently and good” is taken from a line in the song The Girl With April In Her Eyes on the album “Crusader.”

*Page 21:  The line “The field was ablaze with flowers on the grave of the girl” is taken from a line in the song The Girl With April In Her Eyes on the album “Crusader.”

*Page 28:  The line “Brother, there’s a man at the gate” is taken from a line in the song The Mirror of the Soul on the album “The Storyman.” In the song, there are several lines of dialogue which I include word for word over the next several pages up to and including page 33 with the line, “In our hands.”

*Page 33:  Brother Florent tells Geoffrey “Here is your paradise” which is a reference to the song Here Is Your Paradise from the album “This Way Up.”

*Page 34:  The river behind the Abbé is described as having “peaceful waters” which is a reference to the song Where The Peaceful Waters Flow from the album “The Getaway.”

*Page 34:  Brother Jehan places two coins on Geoffrey’s dead eyes before placing it in the river. The action was based on the belief that the dead needed to pay the ferryman to take them to their eternal rest. The monk says “don’t pay the ferryman until he gets you to the other side” which is a reference to the song Don’t Pay The Ferryman from the album “The Getaway.”

*Page 37:  Christophe comes home on a “windy night” which is a reference to the song Windy Night from the album “Far Beyond These Castle Walls.”

*Page 37:  The line “a candle burning in the window” is a reference to a line in the song Discovery on the album “At The End Of A Perfect Day.”

*Page 38:  The line “I’ve been missing you, more than words can say” is taken from a line in the song Missing You on the album “Flying Colours.”

*Page 38:  Christophe calls his wife his “lady in red” is a reference to the song The Lady In Red on the album “Into The Light.” I wanted to include what is arguably Chris’s most famous song in the book. This was how I decided to do it.

*Page 39:  Rosette says of Henri and Guy, “young boys, always making mischief of one kind or another” is reference from a line in the song Summer Rain on the album “At The End Of A Perfect Day.”

*Page 39-40:  Christophe tells Rosette, “I’ve never looked so lovely as you do tonight” which is taken from a line in the song The Lady In Red on the album “Into The Light.”

*Page 40:  Christophe tells Rosette, “we have a love of a different world, love of the life, love of the ancient ones, love of the heart divine” which is taken from a line in the song Love Of The Heart Divine the album “Quiet Revolution.”

*Page 40:  Rosette tells Christophe, “These quiet moments make my day—we must never let them slip away” which is taken from a line in the song Quite Moments the album “Crusader.”

*Page 44:  Henri blames guy for getting caught. He includes the words, “the getaway” which is a reference to the song The Getaway and the album “The Getaway.”

*Page 47:  The line “The diamond did not shine” is a reference to a line in the song The Mirror of the Soul on the album “The Storyman.”

*Page 48:  This section references how the abbot and the monks deal with the diamond not shining when the touch it as noted in the song The Mirror of the Soul on the album “The Storyman.”

*Page 52:  The line “spending a night on the river” is a reference to the song A Night On The River on the album “Flying Colours.” This whole scene was inspired by this particular song.

*Page 52:  Henri shouts “I’m counting on you!” is a reference to the song I’m Counting On You on the album “The Getaway.”

*Page 53:  Lucien laments about Henri’s latest plight by stating “Some things never change” which is a reference to the song Some Things Never Change on the album “Eastern Wind.”

*Page 54:  Henri explains “Now my clothes and the lady are well out of sight” which is a line from the song A Night On The River on the album “Flying Colours.”

*Page 55:  The line “walls of silence” is a reference to a line in the song Wall Of Silence on the album “Eastern Wind.”

*Page 56:  The line “the world’s creator” is a reference to a line in the song The Mirror of the Soul on the album “The Storyman.”

*Page 57:  The line “light of the sun” is a reference to a line in the song The Mirror of the Soul on the album “The Storyman.”

*Page 59:  The phrase the “diamond divine” is a reference the song The Mirror of the Soul on the album “The Storyman.” I elected to have the true name of the diamond, which is of course “the mirror of the soul” be forgotten, or not used for the majority of the book. Instead, it is called the diamond divine by the abbot and is therefore known that way for most of the book.

*Page 60:  The line “I heard the chapel bells” is a reference to a line in the song Where The Peaceful Waters Flow on the album “The Getaway.”

*Page 61:  The line “risen Lord” is a reference to a line in the song The Risen Lord on the album “Flying Colours.”

*Page 61:  This section starting with “I was lost in the dark. . .” references the song Saint Peter’s Gate on the album “Quiet Revolution.” The whole vision the abbot claims to have is based on this song.

*Page 64:  The abbot chants the words “Lucifer ex inferno clamat. Ne nos inducat in tentationem!” while giving blessings. It’s a reference to a beginning chant of the song The Mirror of the Soul on the album “The Storyman.” It means, “The devil is calling from hell. Lead us not into temptation.”

*Page 66:  The line “when winter comes” is a reference to the song When Winter Comes on the album “The Road To Freedom.”

*Page 66:  The line “You are the reason” is a reference to a song You Are The Reason on the album “This Way Up.”

*Page 66:  The line “what you mean to me” is a reference to the song What You Mean To Me on the album “The Road To Freedom.”

*Page 66:  The line “The son and the father” is a reference to the song The Son And The Father on the album “This Way Up.”

*Page 66:  The line “with the promise of eternal life” is a reference to a line in the song The Mirror of the Soul on the album “The Storyman.”

*Page 67:  The line “nothing ever happens around here” is a reference to the song Nothing Ever Happens Round Here on the album “Quiet Revolution.”

*Page 68:  The line “take me back to the places I’ve never been” is a reference to a line in the song The Storyman on the album “The Storyman.”

*Page 71:  The line “the promise of eternal life” is a reference to a line in the song The Mirror of the Soul on the album “The Storyman.”

*Page 75:  The line “here for you” is a reference to the song Here For You on the album “The Road To Freedom.” (Side note, this particular song always brings tears to my eyes.)

*Page 85:  The line “Sin City” is a reference to the song Sin City on the album “Far Beyond These Castle Walls.”

*Page 88:  The line “I want it and I want it now” is a reference to the song I Want It (And I Want It Now!) on the album “Quiet Revolution.”

*Page 91:  On this page, Christophe reflects back on the first time he met Rosette. Several lines and references are taken from the song The Lady In Red on the album “Into The Light.”

*Page 92:  The line “raging storm” is a reference to the song Raging Storm on the album “The Storyman.”

*Page 93:  The line “The lightning struck and the thunder roared as he lifted it up in the name of the Lord” is a reference to lines in the song The Rivers Of Abraham on the album “Quite
Revolution.”

*Page 96:  The line “how men can see the wisdom in a war” is a reference a line in the song Borderline on the album “The Getaway.”

*Page 96:  The lines “we stick them in a room together and make them fight it out—until they see nothing from nothing will leave nothing at all” is a reference lines in the song The Getaway on the album “The Getaway.”

*Page 106:  The crafter, Luc, notes how the candlesticks are made a certain way and notes that it seems the “Spanish train” their crafters a certain way. This is a tongue-in-cheek reference to the song Spanish Train on the album “Spanish Train And Other Stories.”

*Page 110:  The line “two sides to every story” is a reference to the song Two Sides To Every Story Included on the album “Now And Then.”

*Page 111:  The lines starting with “But after a while he was driving me mad” are taken from the song The Painter on the album “Spanish Train And Other Stories.” The whole situation with Guy’s father, Claude, and Jocelyne was inspired by this song.

*Page 116:  The line “at the end of a perfect day” is a reference to the song At The End Of A Perfect Day Included on the album “At The End Of A Perfect Day.”

*Page 120:  The lines “You look beautiful. You look wonderful. You’re like an angel heaven sent to me.” is a reference lines in the song You Look Beautiful on the album “Quiet Revolution.”

*Page 121:  The line “love and time” is a reference to the song Love And Time on the album “Timing Is Everything.”

*Page 122:  The line “by my side” is a reference to the song By My Side on the album “Power Of Ten.”

*Page 123:  The scene where Rosette tells of their wedding day comes from the song In A Country Churchyard on the album “At The End Of A Perfect Day.”

*Page 124:  The lines “. . .shine on. . .brighter than the sun. We need to live for every moment, before that moment is gone” is a reference to the song Shine On on the album “Power Of Ten.”

*Page 128:  The line “making the perfect man” is a reference to the song Making The Perfect Man on the album “Power Of Ten.”

*Page 133:  The line “taking it to the top” is a reference to the song Taking It To The Top on the album “Man On The Line.”

*Page 138:  The scene that starts with “. . . a long, hot summer day” is a reference to the song Brother John on the album “Power Of Ten.” Much of the next section is from the same song.

*Page 142:  The scene that starts with “Brother Jehan lay tossing and turning. . .” is a reference to the song Brother John on the album “Power Of Ten.” Much of the next section is from the same song.

*Page 144:  The line “woke with the dawn” is a reference to a line in the song Forevermore on the album “The Love Songs.”

*Page 144:  The line “the devil laughing and angels crying” is a reference to a line in the song Brother John on the album “Power Of Ten.”

*Page 148:  The line “She must have known” is a reference to the song She Must Have Known on the album “Timing Is Everything.”

*Page 150:  The line “this song for you” is a reference to the song This Song For You on the album “Spanish Train and Other Stories.”

*Page 150:  The line “she was the reason he stayed in the fight” is a reference to the song You Are The Reason on the album “This Way Up.”

*Page 151:  The line “I’ve never seen you looking so lovely” is a reference to a line in the song The Lady In Red on the album “Into The Light.”

*Page 157:  The line “just another poor boy” is a reference to the song Just Another Poor Boy on the album “Spanish Train and Other Stories.”

*Page 160:  The line “eastern wind” is a reference to the song Eastern Wind on the album “Eastern Wind.”

*Page 161:  The line “showing no emotion” is a reference to a line in the song Borderline on the album “The Getaway.”

*Page 162:  The line “I’m saying good-bye to it all” is a reference to the song Say Goodbye To It All on the album “Into The Light.”

*Page 163:  The line “Fix me a drink, make it a strong one” is a reference to a line in the song Moonlight And Vodka on the album “Man On The Line.”

*Page 166:  The song Christophe sings is Songbird on the album “The Road To Freedom.”

*Page 169:  The line “He says that the stars in the sky are the souls of the people who die” is a reference to a line in the song Carry On on the album “Crusader.”

*Page 169:  The line “there’s a new star in heaven” is a reference to the song There’s A New Star In Heaven Tonight Included on the album “Now and Then.”

*Page 169:  The line “Timing is everything” is a reference to the song Timing Is Everything on the album “Timing Is Everything.”

*Page 173:  The line “into the light” is a reference to the album “Into The Light.”

*Page 175:  The song Christophe sings is The Tower on the album “Spanish Train And Other Stories.”

*Page 178:  The line “man of vision” is a reference to a line in the song The Vision on the album “Into The Light.”

*Page 179-180:  Much of what Abbot Ignace says in this section are from the songs The Vision and What About Me?  which are parts of The Leader trilogy on the album “Into The Light.”

*Page 187:  The line “public meetings are a danger to the state” is a reference to a line in the song Just Another Poor Boy on the album “Spanish Train and Other Stories.”

*Page 193:  The line “carry me like a fire in your heart” is a reference to the song Carry Me (Like A Fire In Your Heart) on the album “Flying Colours.”

*Page 199:  The line “I love the night” is a reference to the song The Ecstasy Of Flight (I Love The Night) on the album “Man On The Line.”

*Page 199:  The line “I can be someone else—a complete transformation from the person I am during the day” is a reference to a line in the song The Ecstasy Of Flight (I Love The Night) on the album “Man On The Line.”

*Page 199:  The line “man on the line” is a tongue-in-cheek reference to album “Man On The Line.”

*Page 200:  The line “reading from a map in the mind” is a reference to a line in the song Don’t Pay The Ferryman on the album “The Getaway.”

*Page 202:  The line “breathe softly by his side” is a reference to a line in the song Forevermore on the album “The Love Songs.”

*Page 204:  The line “the whole place exploded with a great and wonderful light” is taken from a line in the song The Mirror of the Soul on the album “The Storyman.”

*Page 209:  The line “a large amount of people had gathered” is a reference to a line in the song The Mirror of the Soul on the album “The Storyman.”

*Page 212:  The line “Everyone could make it shine” is taken from a line in the song The Mirror of the Soul on the album “The Storyman.”

*Page 214:  The line “they could not make it shine” is taken from a line in the song The Mirror of the Soul on the album “The Storyman.”

*Page 217:  The line “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani” is reference from a line in the song The Last Time I Cried on the album “Flying Colours.” (It means “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” as found in Mathew 27:46)

*Page 217:  The line “And in the end, many heard the brothers making confession of the things they had done” is taken from a line in the song The Mirror of the Soul on the album “The Storyman.”

*Page 220:  The line “And the abbot led that sad procession as they went through the gate past the place where it had begun” is taken from a line in the song The Mirror of the Soul on the album “The Storyman.”

*Page 228:  The line “Many years had fallen on that golden country morning” and several lines that follow are taken from lines in the song In A Country Churchyard on the album “At The End Of A Perfect Day.”

*Page 230:  The line “suddenly the sweetest music filled the air” is taken from a line in the song A Spaceman Came Traveling on the album “Spanish Train And Other Stories.”

*Page 232:  The line “All their dreams of glory, all their schemes and stories would come to nothing after all” is taken from a line in the song The Mirror of the Soul on the album “The Storyman.”

*Page 232:  The lines “from a power greater, from the world’s creator. He gave us love to light the mirror of the soul” is taken from lines in the song The Mirror of the Soul on the album “The Storyman.”

The words directly after the epilogue are the final lyrics to the song The Mirror of the Soul on the album “The Storyman.”