Fantastic, Deep, and Empowering. I loved every part of this book from one of the greatest bass musicians of our time.
but, in the end there is no way I could recommend it.
Unlike others who have been critical, I did listen to the very end. I'm sure Victor Wooten is a fine musician that really feels passionately about the importance of music, but this is poorly written new-age psycho-babble with music playing the part of mother earth.
I was hanging with it for about the first half, actually admiring most of the voices of the different characters, and the way music was interwoven in the background to reinforce points being made in the text. But in the end it just went too far. The story broke down into a new age cliches, bad math, and a comically bad voice/sounds for the personified music.
Basically, I would never encourage anyone I knew to read, listen to, or even borrow the book.
Wooten is on some next level Yoda shenanigans here. It's basically a Socratian dialogue that twists and turns in the weirdest of ways. Very poignant and MUST be heard. Cannot imagine how much must get lost in just reading the book.
How a well it developed little by little until all the pieces fall together. The story was funny and interesting. I couldn't stop listening to it, the story kept me wanting to hear more.
The gig scene at the bar.
Yes, it made me laugh many times. I also noticed I was almost always smiling while listening to it.
This book was recommended to me two times. I didn't buy it because I thought it was about music. Although I love music I was not interested in learning more about music. I decided to give it a try. Now I understand why it was so highly recommended to me. It's about life. Music is Life. Music is vibrations. Life is vibrations. Like Tesla said: "If you want to find the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency and vibration." Now this is one of my favorite books. It has changed my life. Teachers and coaches, take note of this book, listen and improve your method of showing and guiding. By the way, the acting is top notch. The background music is nice and the sound effects make it more immersing. It was like playing a real movie inside...my mind.
A very good book, at the start, but quickly became too cheeky and new age-y for my taste. Not in the sense that music is esoteric, but in that Wooten's ideas begin to spread into non-music. The adventure into mystical oneness gets tiring and made the book run on. Overall, though, a lot of good info on thinking about music differently than our instructors would teach. Although, his belief that we don't think about language when we speak and so we needn't think about music to play, seems a little false, since Victor is speaking beyond the element of a newbie to the instrument.
I wasn't searching for this book....or was I?
I don't recall ever seeing a book by Vic in the music store or hearing anyone say that he wrote a great book on life....ooops I mean Music.
You should buy this book and pay close attention....or not...............................
I have to listen once again. I can be considered someone not spiritualized at all. so it took me some a while to understand the book's purpose. once I opened my mind and let Victor's paved and rhythmic narration take over I joined his experience and suddenly I could feel his experience. awesome!
If ever there were a book made to be heard and not read, this is it!
The book is like "The Peaceful Warrior" for musicians - filled with life lessons and spiritual wisdom as told through the language of music.
Even and experienced musician will find new insights and perspectives on how to become a better musician through the delightful storyline of this book.
And I am so happy I found this book first in it's audio format and not the written page - the multiple characters, accompanying musical soundtrack and the sound effects bring the story to life in a way that would be impossible if digested in written form.
To first be enlightened by a new musical/spiritual concept and then to be able to hear it in musical form woven into the telling of the story is priceless.
the best thing about this audiobook is the music. And there isn't much music. most of what you'll hear in this book is what you might hear if you were sitting next to a drunken ex-con at a bar at 2 a.m. on a Monday morning. I love Victor Wooten. I don't like this book. Sorry Victor.