Imperfect Harmony: Finding Happiness singing with Others by Stacy Horn
This is a LibraryThing Early Review.
Imperfect Harmony is a non-fiction book thatImperfect Harmony: Finding Happiness singing with Others by Stacy Horn
This is a LibraryThing Early Review.
Imperfect Harmony is a non-fiction book that marries a memoir a musical education. Stacy Horn entertains and educates us with the inner workings of a church choir as well as the history of some of the world’s most important musical pieces.
Stacy takes us on her journey which starts with her joining the choir and the reasons behind it. We travel through her years and all the politics behind a church choir that most people, who have never belonged to a church choir, don’t know.
I was able to relate to a lot of the inner workings of her church choir as mine has similar situations happen. I especially liked the part where she said:
“I tried to catch the eye of everyone around me who wasn’t a soprano I. I get it. First sopranos don’t feel this. You hear it, but you don’t feel it. You don’t know that those lowly peasants making a nice vocal cushion for you to step on had parts that were every bit as rapturous as yours”
This rings very true. Many sopranos tend to feel superior, when in truth, all the parts are necessary in the choir. Of course this is something that one who is not in a choir, may not know.
I loved her stories of the people she sang with. Also being a New Yorker, and dealing with very similar personalities, I couldn’t help but to smile.
Another pretty cool thing I learned from this book was that: “…hearing loss starts at high frequencies and slowly progresses downward.”
Now I understand why the older women in my choir are always off key.
I thought this was a wonderful peek inside the life of one woman and her choir. It also opened my eyes to a lot of music I never heard. After reading this, I searched around for many of the music she commented on in this book.
The world is full of beautiful music. Stacy Horn makes it a little easier to find. ...more
I really enjoyed this book. I've been a Megadeth fan since 1986, and I was pleased to see Dave wrote a memoir. I thought I knew all there was to knowI really enjoyed this book. I've been a Megadeth fan since 1986, and I was pleased to see Dave wrote a memoir. I thought I knew all there was to know about this man, boy was I wrong. I knew the earlier stuff and up until his arm problems, but I didn't know all the details of his childhood nor did I know much about his life after 1995. It was nice to learn that he has matured and found his way. I will not give away how he does this. I am still hoping he and the guys in the 'Other Band' will finally have a smooth, non-bitter relationship. I had always liked Mustaine, but after reading this book, I am in awe, he is a fighter and I am proud to be a fan....more
I've been avoiding this book since it came out. I don't know why, the premise seemed so sad. But it was in the library and I thought, WHY NOT. It wasI've been avoiding this book since it came out. I don't know why, the premise seemed so sad. But it was in the library and I thought, WHY NOT. It was a quick read. The first two-thirds of the book was OK, it started like any other memoir, talked about childhood, marriage, life in general, dying...etc. The last third of the book grabbed my attention. He starts doling out the advice, things he's learned over the year. Things I have learned, but forgot or chose not to follow. Some of the writing is sophmoric, but the good intention was apparent....more
Etta James is one of those celebrities you hear about and wondered what happened to. Up until a few years ago, I thought she was deceased. You don’t hEtta James is one of those celebrities you hear about and wondered what happened to. Up until a few years ago, I thought she was deceased. You don’t hear much about or from here these days, but she is alive and kicking.
Jamesetta Hawkins was the product of a 14 year old African-American mother and a white father (who is rumored to be Minnesota Fats the pool shark). This book chronicles her tumultuous childhood complete with absent mother. It goes on to talk of her rise to stardom and her demise through various types of drugs. It also goes on to talk about her failed romantic relationships, criminal activity and stints in prison and rehab.
Pretty much your standard autobiography/memoir fare, however, Etta’s writing style makes the story more accessible. Not the queen of grammar, using double negatives all over the damn book, you still can read it with ease.
But Etta doesn’t feel sorry for herself; she falls down and stands up over and over again. Each chapter there is something awful happening in her life, and you would think this would make a depressing read, but it doesn’t.
This book was published in the early 1990s, and the story stops sometime after she was inducted into the Rock ‘n Roll hall of fame. The last chapter of this book, she talks about how she is still overweight and working toward being leaner and healthier. I looked her up recently, and she has succeeded.
She is now in her early 70s and looks like she weighs 120 lbs…a far cry from the 300+ lbs she weighed toward the end of her book.
This book was enlightening and I’m glad there are still some strong black women in this world. Etta James is a survivor....more