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.
This is one of the most creative books on music that I have ever read. Most teachers neglect or are not aware of the finer points in music and art. I recommend this book to anyone interested in true dedication. As a matter of fact, it is a reflection of my own thought processes in my 40 Year career as a saxophonist and woodwind player. I started teaching with those instruments then soon realized, it's all just music as Charlie Parker put it. So now, I teach all instruments. I am now playing piano with the same fervor and finding my progress with the same joy I had developed on the sax in my youth. From John Coltrane to Bill Evans. Do yourself a favor, folks, and read this book if you really want to achieve a musical spirit. Thank you Victor for your like-mindedness and caring about the art showing a way for all to see, feel, and achieve a musical mentality.
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 Would Recommend This To Anyone Who Wants To Look At Music In A Different Way.
I Haven't Read Or Listened To Any Other Book Quite Like This One.
Well I Listened To His Performances On His Bass Guitar. On Other Books I Doubt There Are Others.
Surprising, uplifting, a very positive story that applies to more than your music. Everything he says is accompanied by vibrant music, bass, guitar, even banjo! Never preachy, Victor shares wisdom about 12 elements of music (& life) that are often overlooked in traditional lessons and illustrates them with a diverse cast of unique characters. His delivery is warm animated and filled with humor. I plan to share this book with everyone who'll listen, I think they're in for a treat!
To call this an "audiobook" seems a vast understatement. It is a masterfully produced audio presentation in every aspect. The book was recommended to me by a friend and I'm SO glad I opted for the audio version. But beyond the drapings of the presentation, the material is a life changer. I will be re-listening to this several times. It should be required listening for anyone who wants to play MUSIC and not just play an instrument. I'll be eternally grateful to Victor Wooten for taking time to create this masterpiece. He truly is keeping music alive!