There was a time when the art of music meant everything to some, and it wasn't about fame and riches; it was about passion. I think every up and cominThere was a time when the art of music meant everything to some, and it wasn't about fame and riches; it was about passion. I think every up and coming musician and songwriter should read this book [and other autobiographies from this era] to understand what true passion is all about. This book reflects a time when there were no instant celebrities or contest winners, and no one purchased beats and auto-tuned the vocal tracks. It was an era when music was created by real people, with dedication, sincerity, drive, and just plain raw guts. Recording music wasn’t easy by any means, nor was the lifestyle, but it’s how a musician existed if they wanted to play music. Gary Wright’s story has passion.
What I enjoyed the most were the adventures, sometimes lugging monstrous gear across the seas, other times on a spiritual journey. I found it very interesting to read the names of the musicians who collaborated on the recordings—up and coming artists at the time, but nothing short of musical legends in present day. Musicians have always learned from each other, and this book details many instances where coming together as a team only led to the real magic behind the music. It was also refreshing to be reminded how music companies once played a nurturing role in the development of a band or artist.
The message of Yoga and the Divine was delivered loud and clear, possibly too much. Remembering this to be an autobiography, though, as opposed to past issues of Rolling Stone, I read on, and surprisingly found myself inspired, even rooting for Mr. Wright during moments of turmoil. I think many would be surprised to discover how many projects and albums Gary Wright has been involved in. Some may say he was a one hit wonder, but I tip my hat to a man who endured well over a half century of dedication in order to give the public a few minutes of listening pleasure.
This book captures an era when music was exciting and independently crafted. I enjoyed reading Gary Wright’s journey.
As a big fan of autobiographies and a decades long admirer of Heart, I took a special interest in this book and couldn’t wait to read it. What I thougAs a big fan of autobiographies and a decades long admirer of Heart, I took a special interest in this book and couldn’t wait to read it. What I thought I knew about Heart was a drop in the bucket. I had no idea they had broken so many boundaries. Ann and Nancy have carved their own niche by sharing their souls, giving us all they have. This book follows the same generous path.
It’s formatted to be an interesting read, revealing first-hand, significant facts without lingering on any subject too long, These women unveil a mountain of honor without a drop of arrogance, evident by the constant, extreme loyalty to family and friends. It’s fascinating to learn the truth behind certain songs, but even more compelling is discovering how they made positives out of negatives.
The book is filled with interesting personal stories, behind the scenes adventures that blend courage with imperfections. They remained focused, while dipping their toes in some tempting pools of water. They are grounded, yet vulnerable. They explored without forgetting their principles.
This book is a testament to keeping your nose to the grindstone and focusing on what you love. They make decades of hard work sound like fun, a quality they also possess on stage.
I became an instant fan of Red Velvet Car the minute it came out. Something about that song just cut to the bone. Ann Wilson’s ability to paint a picture through music has always fascinated me. After reading how the song originated, I now understand why. That song, like this book, represents the raw, gutsy truth.
It seems silly to say you’re proud of someone you don’t even know, but after watching this group since the release of Dreamboat Annie in 1976, it’s gratifying and heartwarming to read how they’ve endured the music business and came out on top. When I hear a Heart song on the radio I can’t help but turn it up. I would have to say the same of this book. Turn it up. ...more
When I read a book I think of one thing; the story, and this story was engaging. It was almost too realistic at times, making me a little edgy duringWhen I read a book I think of one thing; the story, and this story was engaging. It was almost too realistic at times, making me a little edgy during some scenes. There was some great tension and some great moments of downtime, as every story should have.
I always enjoy people coming together for a cause and that’s what these guys do. Some of the violence was a bit harsh, but when you’re dealing with meth labs and drugged out peeps, there’s really no sense in trying to stand on moral ground, even though in a roundabout way, the protagonist and his pals did. It showed me things I didn’t like, which took me outside of the ‘safe zone’ and made me like the book even more. It’s gutsy and raw in places and that’s what a story should be.
There were a few bumps, but as with the last two books I’ve read (Harper Collins and Penguin) there were bumps in those books as well. I’ve never been one to grade a book, but instead, focus on the story. This would be a good movie. ...more
I really enjoyed this book. It's no more repetitive than walking out the door each day, only to find an entirely new set of issues, problems, and answI really enjoyed this book. It's no more repetitive than walking out the door each day, only to find an entirely new set of issues, problems, and answers. Bill has taken a seemingly unknown trade and explained the intricacies. His approach to the hurdles he faced with each show was not only creative, but told in a very humbling way. Every story revealed insight and problem solving and the behind the scenes scenarios were definitely interesting. Learning about some of the actors and their love (or not) for animals was very human-especially when you discover how much care and attention was involved when it came to the treatment of the animals. Even though he mentioned all the hard work involved, it was the animals that received the credit. Explaining where the various animals ended up after each show was satisfying.
This book is truly one of a kind. The good kind. ...more
I thought this book was extremely well written. Certain subjects did repeat often though, and towards the end I began bypassing the footnotes. It wasI thought this book was extremely well written. Certain subjects did repeat often though, and towards the end I began bypassing the footnotes. It was a good look into the lives of a few people who chose to let the joy of life pass them by, in exchange for a dream. Funny at times and sad at times. ...more