Stories of Music

Stories of Music


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**Winner of two 2016 Next Generation Indie Book Awards (Third Place Grand Prize for Nonfiction and an award for the Anthology category) and winner of the 2016 Colorado Book Award for Anthologies**

Music is something we all have in common. It transcends religion, race, language, and even time. Stories of Music explores an array of experiences with music and how it has impacted people’s lives, from its role in healing, community, and family traditions to musicianship, travel, and much more. With works by more than 40 authors and artists from 11 countries, this anthology will take you on a journey around the world through poetry, nonfiction, photography, original music, and videos (URLs and QR codes are provided throughout to direct you to a free companion web edition, where you can enjoy the audio and video pieces).

Learn how rock and blues music helped to heal the war-torn country of Bosnia, about the tradition of candombe drumming in Uruguay, and about the history of musicians who travelled on foot—from the balladeers of Victorian England and the Delta bluesmen of the early 20th century to present day musicians who participate in the Massachusetts Walking Tour. Along with these and other stories, this book will introduce you to fascinating people and perspectives; it will make you laugh, cry, and celebrate with the subjects of the stories; and, it will inspire the music lover in you.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780996932707
Publisher: Timbre Press LLC
Publication date: 11/18/2015
Series: Volume , #1
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 396,561
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.48(d)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents:
xiii. Suggestions for Enjoyment of This Book xv. Foreword by Dan Cohen xvii. Preface
1. Introduction
2. Violin Improvisations by Aleksandr Kuznetcov
4. If These Walls Could Sing by Steve Givens
6. When My Ears Began to Grow by Ben Murray
8. The Music in Me by Nolan Stevens
10. My Father's Sounds by Robert William Iveniuk
14. The Accordionist by Brut Carniollus
16. Street Music by Anna Alferova
18. A Short Walk Through Music's Long History: Musicians on foot, past and present by Benjamin Allmon
30. In the Tunnel at the End of the Day by Stephanie Reitano
32. Migrating between Song Lines by Debra Raver
39. For Fourteen Hands by Jari Thymian
40. The Music Trade by Patricia J. Esposito
42. My Heart Still Thinks of Yesterday by Lapis
44. Indian Classical Music by Bhaskar Das
46. Music in His Blood by Ata Mohammad Adnan
48. Street Musician by Chinmoy Biswas
50. A Dialog of Echoes by Darrin DuFord
60. The Audacity of Children by Heidi Swedberg
62. Fruit by Karina Borowicz
63. Metronome by Tracie Renee Amirante Padal
64. Music Making 1 by Vinesh Rajpaul
66. Swans by Nancy Gustafson
68. Gluzman Sees a Ghost by Craig Baker
70. Teaching Mozart in Stone Mountain Prison by Karen Paul Holmes
73. Exodus by Julia Price
74. Beyond the Sand: A story of loss, despair, and the healing power of rock music by Maria Edible
84. Gentle on My Mind: My meeting with Glen Campbell by Peter Gerstenzang
88. Lifting Spirits During the Vietnam War: An interview with USO performer, Nancy Stratton by Anna Wall
96. Music Isn't about Standing Still and Being Safe by Bill Cushing
99. Third Avenue & 85th Street, NYC by Ruth Sabath Rosenthal
100. A Wink from the Universe: The improbable story of Surrender by Ken Hamberg
104. High School by Anna Alferova
106. Vic Fuentes by Jerin Micheal
108. My Last Mix Tape by Lynn L. Shattuck
114. Old Lovers by Jamie Virostko
116. Music Colors My Life by Alland Dharmawan
119. Grace by Bar Scott
122. Music Making 2 by Vinesh Rajpaul
124. A Bluesman in Bosnia by Amanda Schreier
130. 45 by Evelyn Hampton
132. Requiem by Aaron Parrett
135. The Voice of Those That Weep by Richard LeBlond
136. 'Til My Twilight Years by Carlo Zamora
139. What but the Music by Kenneth Salzmann
140. Cuban Musicians by David Roberts
142. About Hungry for Music and Music & Memory
145. Acknowledgements
147. References
148. About the Contributors

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SheilaDeeth More than 1 year ago
This book deservedly won an Indie Book Award, and it’s a beautiful read, a beautiful gift-book, and a well-designed coffee-table-book for that low beautiful table where the computer tablet rests, connected to the internet. Stories, poems and essays by multiple authors are very pleasingly woven together with gorgeous artwork and links (via web addresses or scannable squares) to music and voice. It’s the ultimate multi-media book experience I guess, which didn’t initially endear it to me, but I’m a convert. I loved it! I found myself remembering the college friend who inspired me to appreciate classical music through math. With this book, readers might learn to appreciate sound and art through story. The interactive aspects of the book are never intrusive. A reader can appreciate the writing and art without a computer. A non-reader can appreciate the links alone. And a busy reader can set the music playing while reading something else, then stop, absorbed by voice. The stories are powerful, thought-provoking, and span the world. The images run from joyous bright photograph, to paint-splashed wonder, to hands clasped over the sheet of Fur Elise. And the music plays from soft-spoken poetry to haunting melody. Highly recommended. Disclosure: I was offered a free copy by a publicist and I offer my honest review
Susan-Keefe More than 1 year ago
Music evokes memories, of that everyone can agree, be they good, bad, happy or sad, a certain piece of music will mean something special to someone. Holly Tripp’s love of music some would say was inborn, she was raised in a musical family, and loved hearing tales of her great grandmother’s magical childhood, dancing to the fiddle players’ music. However a family tragedy rekindled her love of song writing, and through this, the realisation that music has such a special, personal place, in our lives, and memories. In this anthologies series, “stories of Music” Volume 1, the author has specifically picked out, from more than a thousand submissions a collection of examples of how music has changed people’s lives. You can, through the stories, learn so much about so many different aspects of music, its history, the lives of musicians, how it has healed, and importantly, how it transcends many of the barriers in our society like race and religion. One thing which I really loved about the book was its interactive feature which allows the reader to either use scan codes or go to the books site online and listen to the music, and really become a part of the story. With a wide diversity of subjects, it was hard to pick a favourite, however if I had to do so, it would be The Audacity of Children by Heidi Swedberg which is about the Global Family Philanthropy Home (an orphanage) in Les Cayes, Haiti. I thoroughly enjoyed, reading, listening and immersing myself in this wonderful book and look forward to its successor Volume 2, which will be released in the fall.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Stories of Music gives the reader (listener? viewer?) an emotionally satisfying journey through the world of music, as Holly E. Tripp weaves together the stories of more than 40 authors and artists, from 11 countries, telling in their own words and mediums how music has impacted their lives. I found it to be a very emotionally moving book. Having grown up within a musical family, Tripp was fascinated by stories of her great-grandmother, especially the one where she held “jam sessions” through a telephone party line. Her own parents gave Tripp a guitar when she was 16 and she has been writing and playing music ever since. But it was after the sudden death of her brother that she fully realized the impact music has on emotions – and healing – as the songs that kept coming to her somehow brought him closer to her, and helped her deal with his death. When she began this book Tripp says she put out a call for submissions from authors and artists, thinking she’d be lucky if she got 100. Instead, more than 1,000 poured into her inbox, and she carefully chose those which she felt represented people universally, and best told the impact that music has on individuals to offer fun, hope, healing, and impact on their lives. The result is an interactive, multi-media book that contains stories, poems, photographs, and music and videos that the readers can listen to and watch on their mobile devices. I love how the anthology is laid out. The first poem (which I listened to the poet read aloud) talks about music weaving through generations in an old home. Then the stories advance through time, with artists’ stories from their childhood, through adulthood, of how music has impacted their lives. My favorite photograph lies at the end of the book, of an aged pair of hands clutching sheet music. “Music,” Tripp says, “...transcends religion, race, language, and even time.” There are fun stories of music and children; a powerful poem about Civil Rights marches; and a story on how music is helping an artist’s home country of Bosnia heal after war. There are the impactful stories of bringing Mozart’s music into a prison and using rock music to help heal depression. And there’s the history of traveling musicians, from the beginnings of time to a group who currently participates in the Massachusetts Walking Tour every year. Another story (with included music) of a cellist – which bridges generations through Saint-Saëns’ “Le Cygne” – is beautiful to read and listen to. It’s nearly impossible to pick a favorite, but I was really touched by the story of an interview with Glen Campbell shortly after he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2011. Stories of Music is a wonderful book, which I found hard to put down. There were times when it had me in tears at the moving examples of how music touched – and many times saved – lives. It also made me smile, as one artist describes how kids in Haiti enthusiastically play music after their meal, even more excited about the music than the food. Tripp has done a marvelous job of bringing music to life, and showing that music indeed, does speak a universal language. No matter what country or background, what religion or political persuasion, the artists in this book all have one thing in common: music impacts their lives, and they use it to communicate their hearts. I would recommend this book to anyone, musician or non-musician. Tripp plans to publish a second volume, and I can’t wait to read it.
Grady1GH More than 1 year ago
‘Without music, life would be a mistake’ – Friedrich Nietzsche Now and then along comes a book that simply changes everything. STORIES OF MUSIC, of which this is Volume 1, is that kind of book, though ‘book’ would hardly define this heart work: this is a multimedia project that includes audio and video aspects of the physical, very handsome book that can be held in the lap for musing and with the little miracles of modern technology expand that reading experience spherically. Art, poetry, stories, songs, photography from around the world are gathered as a tribute to the influence of music in our lives. STORIES OF MUSIC is the creation of Holly E. Tripp, a musician, freelance writer, editor, and marketing consultant based in Denver, Colorado who stepped from the corporate world to respond to her own memories of childhood and stories from her grandmother, realizing the impact music has had in her history. Appreciating that relevance she decided to merge all of her talents to create a multimedia anthology featuring works from more than 40 authors and artists from around the world – a book that now includes poetry, nonfiction, photography, audio, and video presented in a print book with a free companion web edition. She is accompanied by California ‘blue collar’ poet Bill Cushing who has absorbed life across the USA, gaining his education from the University of Central Florida and earning an MFA in writing from Goddard College in Vermont. Bill teaches English at East Los Angeles and Mt San Antonio colleges and lives in Glendale, California. STORIES OF MUSIC is exactly what the title suggests – contributions (responses to letters sent round the world) from 40 authors and artists from 11 countries including India, Russia, England, Bosnia, Cuba, Uruguay, Indonesia, Bangladesh from whom Holly Tripp gathered poetry, nonfiction stories, photography, original music, and videos that share the impact of music on people’s lives. Technically speaking, the book shares URLs and QR codes that further the impact of the theme by directing the reader to a free companion web edition that allows immediate enhancement through the audio and video pieces. The impact of this Project is an appreciation of global traditions and histories of how music has changed mankind and carries those treasures into today, with poems, photographs, videos, songs by the contributing artists – from classical to rock. For example, Bhaskar Das writes, ‘Indian Classical Music – an art form comprising vocal, dance, and instrumental performances – is one of the richest music forms in the world where you find a nuptial know between art and mathematics, body and mind, human beings and the Almighty’. Not far from this thought is a section from the You Rock Foundation, so immediate and now and yet also a step in history. Robert William Iveniuk writes, ‘There’s a side to art that people are prone to neglect: the preservation of history. Not just world history and culture, but also personal history.’ Global words as poems and stories are illustrated by paintings and photographs and aural elements that not only make this book sing, but also brings us all into the realm of our personal moments when music changed us, provided us with indelible memories, and our own stories of music. This is a brilliant accomplishment, a life-changing book that invites the reader to be an active participant in the illumination from stories of music.
Buckler More than 1 year ago
This is an amazing compilation, if not the best I've ever read. I can see why Stories of Music Volume 1 is the 2016 Colorado Book Award winner—for the Anthology category, and the winner of two 2016 Next Generation Indie Book Awards, including third place Grand Prize for best nonfiction book. Once you read it, you will understand why, too. There is really no other book like it, not just because the photos are so gorgeous; not just because of the format, with the audio of great music that comes and goes along with the stories, and much of which you'll want to hear again and again—also some wonderful footage, recorded poetry readings, and stirring interviews—but because as a whole Stories of Music uncovers a layer of music that we didn't know was there, not even we who are ourselves serious musicians. This first volume (Volume II will come in fall 2016) was focused, in many ways, on the healing powers of music, physically and spiritually, and the power of music to help one overcome grief, a path clearly described and painted and mapped out, and how music has the power to help us grow and cry when we need to. This is not a good book or a powerful book, but a great book—the kind that changes your life. Don't miss this rare chance.