Stories of Music, Volume 2 by Holly E Tripp

The powerful effect of music on us is universally recognized, just a few notes from a certain peace can instantly evoke memories which transport us back to another time, event, or place.

Raised in a musical family, the author, Holly Tripp has fond memories of listening to her grandmother’s reminiscences of a childhood dancing to fiddlers’ music. However, it was the tragic death of her brother Brandon, and their shared love of music, which reawakened her love of song writing, and subsequently, the realization of the special place in our lives, and memories, certain pieces of music hold.

I thoroughly enjoyed the author’s first book, ‘Stories of Music’ Volume 1, and have been looking forward to Volume 2. As with its predecessor, this book enables you to, by visiting the free companion web edition, use the QR and short URLs throughout the book, to enjoy the original music and videos which accompany some of the stories.

The book is divided into sections, Origins, Interconnection, Exploration, Against All Odds, Transcendence, and Ghosts. The stories, poems, and essays within each section are personal accounts, from authors, and artists, throughout the world. All wanted to share with others how music has changed and affected their lives.

There are so many wonderful recollections to enjoy, however one I particularly like is called “The Magic of the Mouth.” In this story, newly arrived in Goa, India, Mukta Patil recalls being invited to a curtain raiser for World Mouth Harp Festival of India.
He recounts his confusion, as he imagines a full sized harp, and cannot see how one will fit in a mouth. However, as the story progresses all is revealed, and we learn about this fascinating musical instrument, thought to be one of the earliest known to man. There are wonderful pictures included, and the opportunity to listen to one being played by Neptune Chapotin.

They say that music breeches all boundaries and this book does just that, demonstrating clearly how music can inspire, create and heal. The icing on the cake for me, however are the QR’s and URL’s which provided me with the opportunity to enjoy the full sensory experience.

As a foot note I would like to add, that following through with her belief that music heals, the author is donating 10% of all of the proceeds to the non-profit organisations, Hungry for Music, and Music & Memory.

About the Author: Holly E. Tripp grew up in a musical household with musician parents and a passion to follow in their footsteps. These musical beginnings, and her love for storytelling, inspired her to create the “Stories of Music” series, with which she has set out to celebrate the ways in which music is changing lives around the world. These multimedia anthologies feature authors and artists from around the world and include poetry, essays, photography, original music, and videos. An emotionally impactful collection, these books are inspiring examples of the power of music and how it connects us all. Ten percent of book proceeds are being donated to nonprofit organizations which bring greater access to music: Hungry for Music and Music & Memory.

About the Book:Stories of Music, Volume 2 is the latest installment of the multimedia anthology series that focuses on the ways in which music impacts people’s lives. Featuring works by authors and artists from around the world, Volume 2 celebrates how music can propel us forward–despite obstacles, pain, and uncertainty–and in some cases, save lives.

You will meet a host of incredible people in these heartfelt stories–a man who survived the Holocaust because he was a talented violin player, a woman who learned to play the piano at age 91, the founder of the World Mouth Harp Festival of India, and many more. You will travel back in time to experience monumental moments in music history, and to present-day India, France, Belgium, the United Kingdom, Israel, Russia, Siberia, Morocco, and the United States, where you will discover stories from people who continue to live through music today.

While reading, enjoy original music and videos that accompany select stories by visiting the free companion web edition. You will find QR codes and short URLs throughout the book to direct you to the correlating multimedia works (full instructions inside!).

Ten percent of book proceeds will be donated to nonprofit organizations Hungry for Music and Music & Memory.

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Stories of Music, Vol. 1 by Holly E Tripp

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Music evokes memories, of that everyone can agree, be they good, bad, happy or sad, a certain piece of music will mean something special to someone.

Holly Tripp’s love of music some would say was inborn, she was raised in a musical family, and loved hearing tales of her great grandmother’s magical childhood, dancing to the fiddle players’ music.

However a family tragedy rekindled her love of song writing, and through this, the realisation that music has such a special, personal place, in our lives, and memories.

In this anthologies series, “stories of Music” Volume 1, the author has specifically picked out, from more than a thousand submissions a collection of examples of how music has changed people’s lives. You can, through the stories, learn so much about so many different aspects of music, its history, the lives of musicians, how it has healed, and importantly, how it transcends many of the barriers in our society like race and religion.

One thing which I really loved about the book was its interactive feature which allows the reader to either use scan codes or go to the books site online and listen to the music, and really become a part of the story. With a wide diversity of subjects, it was hard to pick a favourite, however if I had to do so, it would be The Audacity of Children by Heidi Swedberg which is about the Global Family Philanthropy Home (an orphanage) in Les Cayes, Haiti.

I thoroughly enjoyed, reading, listening and immersing myself in this wonderful book and look forward to its successor Volume 2, which will be released in the fall.

About Holly E. Tripp

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Tripp left behind more than 10 years in the corporate world as a marketing communications professional to dedicate her time to Stories of Music, a passion that had been brewing in the back of her mind for a long time. Fascinated by her great-grandmother’s own stories of music, Tripp wanted to share with others the impact that music has on people’s lives, and how it is interwoven so deeply into who we are and where we come from.

Tripp’s parents gave her a guitar when she was 16, and she has been writing and playing music ever since. Music has always been a part of her life, and a strong bond within her family. She lives in Denver, CO with her husband, and is at work on Stories of Music, Volume 2.

About the book:

**Winner of two 2016 Next Generation Indie Book Awards (Third Place Grand Prize for Nonfiction and an award for the Anthology category) and winner of the 2016 Colorado Book Award for Anthologies**

Music is something we all have in common. It transcends religion, race, language, and even time.Stories of Music explores an array of experiences with music and how it has impacted people’s lives, from its role in healing, community, and family traditions to musicianship, travel, and much more. With works by more than 40 authors and artists from 11 countries, this anthology will take you on a journey around the world through poetry, nonfiction, photography, original music, and videos (URLs and QR codes are provided throughout to direct you to a free companion web edition, where you can enjoy the audio and video pieces).

Learn how rock and blues music helped to heal the war-torn country of Bosnia, about the tradition of candombe drumming in Uruguay, and about the history of musicians who travelled on foot—from the balladeers of Victorian England and the Delta bluesmen of the early 20th century to present day musicians who participate in the Massachusetts Walking Tour. Along with these and other stories, this book will introduce you to fascinating people and perspectives; it will make you laugh, cry, and celebrate with the subjects of the stories; and, it will inspire the music lover in you.

More information can be found on the Stories of Music website: https://storiesofmusic.com/

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