Music Lessons

Bob Wiseman (Author)
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Description

Bob Wiseman believes most things in life are universal or, as Lauryn Hill says, everything is everything. Bearing in mind that advice, Wiseman writes about finding the link between music and daily life, like what is common between Mary Margaret O'Hara, hiding around the corner with the lights turned off in order to record herself and his 5-year-old insisting he stop hurrying to her dance lesson and marvel at the fluff ball she is blowing toward the ceiling. Each entry is unique and compellingly written, but the themes throughout -- on improvisational music, life lessons, and conflict -- are ubiquitous.

Product Details

Price
$18.95  $17.43
Publisher
ECW Press
Publish Date
July 06, 2020
Pages
304
Dimensions
5.4 X 0.8 X 8.4 inches | 0.85 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9781770415126

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About the Author

Bob Wiseman likes having fun. He was on CNN lying about wanting to change his name to Prince; he played accordion on "If I Had a Million Dollars" by the Barenaked Ladies; he produced Kid in the Hall Bruce McCulloch's "Shame-Based Man"; he was the composer for The Drawer Boy, winner of the 2018 Best Feature Film at the Canadian Film Awards; and Odetta took his hands in hers and kissed them after hearing him play prepared piano at the Bitter End on Earth Day 2000. He was also a founding member of Blue Rodeo but quit in the early '90s when he no longer found it fun.

Reviews

"Wiseman's bite-size anecdotes, koans, allegories and highly stylish fragments, torn either from his memoirs or the pages of user manuals for unknown appliances, are super-smart, hilarious, highly addictive and persistent in their insistence on lingering in the reader's mind long after first encounter! Bravo, Bob!" - Guy Maddin, filmmaker

"Wiseman's Music Lessons belongs beside Sei Shonagan's Pillow Book, John Cage's 'one-minute stories, ' and Eduardo Galeano's collections of stories. Equal parts wisdom and whimsy, these are 'lessons' for musicians, parents, artists and anyone who wants to learn better to pay attention." - Chris Cavanagh, Storyteller, The Catalyst Centre Popular Education Co-op

"Reading Music Lessons is like listening to the finest of mix-tapes, curated by that disarmingly philosophical friend who knows way more about music than you do. A must-read for musicians, students of music, parents of students of music and anyone who's ever thought an MRI machine sounds like industrial ambient rock." - Carolyn Taylor of Baroness Von Sketch

"Music Lessons is funny, tender and at times profound. It is a brilliant and unusual memoir of a life dedicated to music told by a silver tongued storyteller. His voice in prose is as precise as it is in his music and his unpacking of the creative process and how best to access it is a master class from a great artist. I always knew Bob Wiseman could write a great song. It turns out he can write just about anything." - Scott Thompson of Kids In The Hall

"o my, this is fucking genius!!! making me smile like a 2 month old baby farting!!! real fucking cool style of writing. i'm sold on being amazed by page 2!" - Rami Jaffee of Foo Fighters