When you’re out riding, things happen. If you keep at it, everything happens. Thus goes the simple wisdom of Foster Kinn in Freedom’s Rush: Tales from The Biker and The Beast. Join Kinn as he rides his motorcycle throughout the western half of the United States with an occasional detour into Canada and experience with him all that can happen in a “day in the life” of a biker.
“Sometimes you’re hungry, sometimes you eat too much. Sometimes you’re unbearably hot, sometimes painfully cold. You lose things and get lost; you find things and find your way. You fall in love, you find things to despise. You bleed and you heal; you get sick, then you’re invincible. The rains pelt, the snows blind, the winds make you helpless. You ride through gorgeous scenery and through desolate wastelands; all places are the way they’re supposed to be and they’re all perfect. It’s life in microcosm.”
In part a celebration of the grandness of this wide, wonderful world, in part a meditation on the meaning of freedom and our sacred right to create, you will laugh with Kinn at all the wonderfully wacky characters he meets on the road, and you will be dazzled by the utter joy he finds in the simple act of riding a motorcycle. When you read the last line, you will know what he means when he writes: When Freedoms exist, we ride; When we ride, Freedoms exist.
Foster Kinn is the pen name for Dwight Bernard Mikkelsen, a Central California native who now reside in the hills north of Los Angeles. He is a Classical music composer. His oeuvre includes eighteen orchestral pieces, two two-act ballets, many string quartets and choral works, dozens of solo piano pieces, and a requiem based on the words of Oscar Wilde.
Countless ensembles have performed his works including the LA Philharmonic, the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, the Thayer Symphony, the Arlington-Belmont Chamber Chorus, the Oklahoma City Symphony, the Bulgarian Radio Orchestra, the Cape Breton Chorale, and the Montreux Jazz Festival Orchestra.
He has arranged for countless Pop artists including Barbra Streisand, the rock group Chicago, Whitney Houston, Quincy Jones, Ann-Margret, and Engelbert Humperdinck. He also works in “Hollywood” as an orchestrator and music copyist. His orchestrations and original music have been in Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, The Strangers, Naked Gun 2½, Seven, Harold and Kumar, She Devil, Reservoir Dogs, Nim’s Island, The Hills Have Eyes, and All the Right Moves, and the Dichotomy of Man.
Kinn has published two books with Hugo House Publishers: Freedom’s Rush and Freedom’s Rush II. He will publish his first novel in 2018.