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The Little Piano Girl by Ann Ingalls
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Oct 09, 11

bookshelves: read-biography, read-childrens-books, read-womens-history
Read in September, 2011

What a musical genius! This girl could play the piano--without having had lessons!--at the age of three. She could play any tune she heard without sheet music. Ingalls here recounts the story of Mary Lou Williams' life, as she grew up in Atlanta, encountered prejudice in Pittsburgh, and transformed all her experiences into music. Ingalls' lively descriptions of Mary Lou's music made me wish that a CD had been included with the book. In an afterword note, I was surprised to learn that, in the early days of jazz, "women sang or danced but rarely played any instrument." She was a cutting edge figure among women in music at the time. How nice that someone has written her story so that young girls today can be inspired by Mary Lou's determination to do what she loved and what came natural to her. Recommended!
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