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Sounds Like Me: My Life (So Far) in Song

Sounds Like Me: My Life (So Far) in Song

by Sara Bareilles


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With refreshing candor, Sounds Like Me reveals Sara Bareilles, the artist—and the woman—on songwriting, soul searching, and what’s discovered along the way.

Sara Bareilles shares the joys and the struggles that come with creating great work, all while staying true to yourself. Imbued with humor and marked by Sara’s confessional writing style, this collection tells the inside story behind some of her most popular songs. Most recently known for her chart-topper “Brave,” Sara first broke through in 2007 with her multi-platinum single “Love Song.” She has released five albums that have sold 2.5 million copies and spawned several hits. More than a privileged view inside the experience of a remarkable musical talent—this is a moving tribute to the universal search for growth, healing, and self-acceptance.

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ISBN-13: 9780594698852
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication date: 10/06/2015
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 86,183
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Sara Bareilles is a seven-time Grammy nominated American singer-songwriter and musician. She first achieved mainstream success in 2007 with her hit single, “Love Song” and has since released five studio albums and two live DVDs to great acclaim. She composed music and wrote lyrics for the Broadway smash hit, Waitress, for which she earned a Tony Award nomination in 2016. She currently resides in New York City.

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    Sounds Like Me: My Life (So Far) in Song 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
    TheLiteraryPhoenix More than 1 year ago
    When I was a little younger, Sara Bareilles’s music became a bit of a refuge for me – she spoke the words I needed to say, but couldn’t. Her song “King of Anything” is still one of my favorites. Songs from her Broadway musical Waitress have kept me afloat in my darkest moments. Her memoir Sounds Like Me has been on my TBR for a few years, because I really wanted to know more about the lady behind the music that I loved so much. Right from the get-go, you can tell that writing this book was a struggle for Sara. She admits it – how she put it off, tried to back out of it, but is grateful people kept pushing her forward. The whole thing sits a bit awkwardly, like a conversation with someone you haven’t seen in a long time and trying to fill the emptiness with stories from the past. It is made up of stories and anecdotes from both Sara and others. Lyrics to a few of her songs are woven within essays. For much of the book, Sara focuses on her experience in school being body shamed, and how that inspired her work. The rest of the book chooses stories around her most successful songs – “Gravity”, “Love Song”, and “Brave”. She also speaks in one section a little bit about writing for Waitress. All the sections are a little bit rambling and leave room for more details, like the edges of a story but not the heart of it. This actually surprised me – I find Sara’s music so full of heart, I really thought her book would feel the same. This isn’t to say that she didn’t try, because it is clear she did. This is not her medium. Outside of the actual crafting of the book, I was a bit disappointed. There is nothing more rewarding in reading a memoir than finding a person who inspires you (My Life on the Road) or someone you unexpectedly relate to (The Girl With the Lower Back Tattoo). While others will be invigorated and inspired by Sara’s story, I was not. To me, Sara is a person with talent who worked hard, surrounded herself with supportive people, and makes music. I still love her music, but I feel nothing special towards her as a person. I’m happy she became a musician and I am grateful for the songs she has written that are close to my heart. Overall, I really could take or leave this book. I think that big fans of Sara’s will enjoy it, but as far as memoirs go, there’s nothing about it that makes her story jump off the page.
    KrittersRamblings More than 1 year ago
    Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings I love a good celebrity memoir or essay collection. I don't read them that often, but if it is someone I like, I like to read it. I have a long list and it may take me awhile to get through them maybe some day I will! I love Sara Bareilles. I have been a fan for a long time. Her music is the perfect background chill music whether in a good mood or bad mood - in the bathtub or the car! This essay collection is from 2015, so missing all the recent success of Waitress, but does include the genesis of it. I loved how she formatted the book with each chapter focused on a song of hers and how each chapter/essay was self contained.
    Chancie More than 1 year ago
    Just a generally good book. It's full of heart, honesty, and everything human. Really enjoyed it.
    MariaATGoodChoiceReading More than 1 year ago
    I can't quite pinpoint the moment I became a Sara Bareilles fan. It may have been as I was on a Pandora search for great female artists. It may have been when Love Song first came on the scene. It was certainly cemented once I heard some of her earlier songs, like Gravity, and her latest hit, Brave, which I've probably listened to a thousand times. Either way, no matter how I arrived at the fandom, I am here, and I am here for life. My love for this book put me on a very similar journey. I can't pinpoint for you the exact moment I fell in love with it, but by the end, I was so sad that it was over. Sara is an incredible author. Her sense of humor and brutal honesty leads to an autobiography the likes of which you've never seen. She goes back to her roots and shares an intense story of where her love for music came from, and as you read, you realize that this love is deeply ingrained in her soul. There is nothing else in the world that Sara was meant to do besides become a musician. I think what I loved most about this book is how relatable and honest Sara is with the reader. So often, once someone becomes a celebrity, it's easy for us "common folk" to look at their lives in complete awe. As if everything must be and must always have been the greatest adventure for them. She must be so happy all the time. She must love having her photo taken. She must love being adored. She must feel so beautiful. But in this book, Sara reveals just how much she's like every other woman in the world. She has moments of self-doubt. She is constantly wondering whether she's good enough, whether her music is what she wants it to be - what her fans want it to be. She is, in a word, real. I adored reading how some of Sara's greatest songs were brought to life and the stories behind them. I loved feeling the emotions that she went through as she brought the words to life. She has a fantastic knack for evoking emotion in the reader by simply being authentic. Everyone should read this book. If only to remind yourself that your dreams can come true, just like Sara's did. It won't be easy. It won't be without doubts. It will be slow and feel like a freaking marathon. But in the end, you will end up exactly where you were meant to be. Listen to your heart (or in Sara's case, your song) and you can't go wrong. 5 out of 5 stars!
    stacey4ever More than 1 year ago
    I got the audiobook, which is a must for this book. It is read and sung by Sara Bareilles herself. I've loved her music since 2007, I fell in love with her stage presence in 2011 and now I love her realness and it's great to know the stories behind the music I love so much. So glad she pulled through with this book, regardless of how long it took. :)
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    I never realized how much I liked Sara Bareilles until I read this book.