Music is the very foundation of life. It resonates, vibrates from the very core of every living thing, the DNA that defines who and what we are. LikeMusic is the very foundation of life. It resonates, vibrates from the very core of every living thing, the DNA that defines who and what we are. Like the famous oft-repeated quote by Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900) tells us, “Without music, life would be a mistake.” Tsera understands this. In fact, she incorporated the power of music into all of her creations. She is, after all, the Main Creator, the keeper and protector of all that is, the keeper and protector of music, the very breath of life. She has rivals, though, and these rivals seek to take over her power. Lerion wants to be the Main Creator and he believes that he has the power, the music intonation to do just topple Tsera’s position. He boasts an invention of twelve tones, an equally balanced scale where each pitch is equally separated from the others and is of equal importance. Very much like the real twelve-tone, or dodecaphonic scale created by Arnold Schoenberg (1874-1951), the egoistic belief was that this equally balanced scale would overpower all other forms of music, overpower the inequality of the other tones, and create a new sense of balance in both music and life. Meanwhile, as these powerful minds combat the overwhelming power of music and how it evolves through the basic DNA fabric of life itself, there is an unbalance affecting those humans, the real life of earth itself. Earth and the life on earth are Tsera’s creation and Lerion wants to destroy it, to create something better, more superior. However Tsera has hidden the powerful element of music inside the humans who inhabit this earth and it is one human, Eleanor, who must seek the true power of music that will regain the balance of life on earth. Eleanor, you see, is the last of the singers and Tsera’s most powerful creation. Connie Lansberg’s “The Perfect Tear” is a powerful story that digs deep into the very core of what makes us all human. Inside that core, inside the DNA, there is music, but there is also a more powerful essence that links the music into a balance cadence like no other. The author has a solid knowledge of music and human genetics and she has woven her knowledge and ideas into an overwhelmingly beautiful story about life. She has written a very complex analogy to life, a story that is very clever, but, as the author writes, “You may or may not understand what I’m trying to say and you may not understand me, however, rest assured, once we get past the filters, at our core, we are wonderfully and beautifully, exactly the same.” Let the music speak for itself and through her music as a songwriter and this compelling tale, music says it all. Reviewed for Reader's Favorite https://readersfavorite.com...more
I can always depend on Beverly Lewis for a good, relaxing read. I particularly enjoyed this book because of its musical connection. Lewis's use of desI can always depend on Beverly Lewis for a good, relaxing read. I particularly enjoyed this book because of its musical connection. Lewis's use of description and characterization makes for a valid story and a compelling plot. The reader learns a lot about Amish life through Lewis's books. Well done once again! Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford, award-winning author of "The Whistling Bishop" and "F-Stop: A Life in Pictures"....more
As Winter by Emily-Jane Hills Orford begins, it’s the early 1980s in Halifax, Canada. Young Joseph AlaReviewed by Raanan Geberer for Readers' Favorite
As Winter by Emily-Jane Hills Orford begins, it’s the early 1980s in Halifax, Canada. Young Joseph Alan Tomah -- part Jewish, part Christian and part Native American -- is full of resentment. His parents have been killed in a car crash, he’s living with his aunt, and he has to deal with a neighborhood bully who calls him an “Injun.” Then one day, his aunt shows him some valuable cellos that his grandfather, a famous violin maker and repairer, had showcased in his shop in pre-war Paris and that had been sent across the Atlantic with his mother, then a child, near the beginning of World War II. Joseph starts taking lessons and becomes a prodigy. Then, however, someone breaks into the house and vandalizes the cellos. Soon people around Joseph start dying, one by one. What does the unknown perpetrator want? Does he want the cellos, the gold that the family had smuggled to the New World along with the cellos – or something even worse?
It’s obvious from Winter, which is part of the Four Seasons series (appropriately, Joseph adapts the fourth concerto, Winter, from Vivaldi’s Four Seasons for cello) that Emily-Jane Hills Orford has a great love, and understanding of, classical music and the world of stringed instruments. She also knows a lot about the customs and beliefs of both traditional Judaism and the Mi’kmaw, the tribe of which Joseph’s father was a member. The suspense really moves things along; we don’t know who the villain is or what his motives are until the book is nearing its end. Winter is also very well written. All in all, it combines three genres – historical, musical and mystery – and does so very well. ...more