A young woman leaves Appalachia for life as a classical musicianor so she thinks.When aspiring violinist Jessica Chiccehitto Hindman lands a job with a professional ensemble in New York City, she imagines she has achieved her lifelong dream. But the ensemble proves to be a sham. When the group performs, the microphones are never on. Instead, the music blares from a CD. The mastermind behind this scheme is a peculiar and mysterious figure known as The Composer, who is gaslighting his audiences with music that sounds suspiciously like the Titanic movie soundtrack. On tour with his chaotic ensemble, Hindman spirals into crises of identity and disillusionment as she plays for audiences genuinely moved by the performance, unable to differentiate real from fake....
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Sounds Like Titanic Reviews
Holy Milli Vanilli!
Or, should I say Milli Violini?
While still in college, the author, an aspiring violinist, was chosen to be part of an professional music ensemble. Her duties involved playing her instrument, and selling CDs at shopping malls, AND the 54-city God Bless America concert tour. The catch was . . . she performed before a dead microphone. The flawless music came from a recording. The audiences paid big bucks to see musicians "lip sync" to a CD.
The entire scheme was masterminded by a ...more
I know I'm posting this review early, but I just have to share.
I'm going to cut to the chase and just come out and say that this is one of my favorite books that I have read in a long time and I want every woman I know to read it and we will all be in one huge book club.
On its surface, it is a memoir of a woman who spends a few years of her young adulthood faking it as a professional violinist. The Composer, a man who is never named specifically, has written simplistic orchestral music that soun ...more
This is an amazing story! I found myself shocked by many of the twists and turns in the author's life, the bizarre situations she found herself in, the ways she found to get by through all of it. But what really makes the book great is the author's style: direct, curious, unflinching, playful. Nearly every page has something that makes me think about some unobserved detail in life -- what we mean by "make a living", how it's often the most inauthentic things that authentically touch people's liv ...more
Let's put it this way, I read this in a day.
It's a fascinating and well-written memoir about a young woman's time "playing" violin in a fake orchestra in New York City.
The Composer, a man never mentioned by name, has written music that sound dubiously like the soundtrack from the movie Titanic. While the musicians "perform" to turned-off microphones, the music blasts from a CD.
The audiences, while being manipulated, are being genuinely moved.
It's about people's willingness to accept the most ina ...more
Here’s my review on NPR. https://www.npr.org/2019/02/13/693532...
A tad bit frantic and meandering for my taste.
I received a copy of this book for free through a Goodreads First Reads Giveaway.
A unique memoir that I was surprised to really enjoy. The premise doesn't sound all that engaging, but the opposite is true.
What made it so unique was both the content (a musician traveling the United States, and China, performing "live" music that is actually just a CD on playback) and the style. The writing is in the 2nd person, which was both distracting at first but a welcome change to the typical memoir format ...more
“There were just some things you couldn’t do for money. Not because they were particularly difficult, but because you just didn’t want to. Because they weren’t worth your life, which might not be worth much, but was worth something.”
God, this book. It’s catapulted itself into my favorite books of all time, but how do I even begin to explain why? Yes it’s about playing the violin (or not playing the violin, however you want to look at it), but the most important parts of this memoir are not about ...more