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
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/