5.0 颗星，最多 5 颗星This one will stay on my bookshelf, right next to vinyl of "Chime". Just... get it... and read it!
2018年9月23日 - 已在美国亚马逊上发表
I'll be honest. I don't usually read biographies or memoirs... just not my thing. I can't think of another that I've actually bought. I love all kinds of music, but only follow a few musicians closely. Dessa is one of those, not only because the music is incredible, but specifically, the brilliance in the lyrics. I held off pre-ordering, because "I shouldn't spend the money", then gave in. I also pre-ordered the audio book, because... knowing where the author intended the emphasis to be, hearing it in their own voice, is special! I started with the audio book, because It came just after midnight, but finished with the real pages, because I read I read faster. Also; still, in this day and age, I feel like dogeared pages are the true sign of a well loved book... and I already love this book. It's full of beautifully written insights and laugh out loud wit. Dessa, as usual lays herself out honestly & without apology (none needed!) I don't know WHY I had trouble reading the last paragraph of the last chapter through watery eyes... or the last lines of the "thank yous". This one will stay on my bookshelf, right next to vinyl of "Chime". Just... get it... and read it!
I heard about Dessa only recently, from reading her article in the New York Times. Curious, I listened to some of her music, and instantly became a fan. I promptly downloaded three albums' worth of music, and I already know some of the songs well enough to belt along in the car (Fire Drills is an absolute killer. Also Fighting Fish, 5 Out of 6, Skeleton Key, The Bullpen, Dutch...).
Dessa's finely crafted essays made me, a total stranger, feel like a fellow traveler. They're brave, smart, honest - about her struggles and fears and foibles - and inspiring. She muses about the headlong, crooked paths artists take to pursue their dreams; writes tenderly about each of her parents and her younger brother; candidly reveals her painful struggle with a difficult love, and the pioneering path she takes to try to heal herself (I bet that in the future, people will regularly use neurofeedback to address addictions and dysfunctional brain patterns of all sorts).
I’m a huge fan of Dessa’s music so it didn’t really matter to me what her book was going to be about; I knew I was going to read it and love it. As it turns out, it’s a memoir of sorts, rambling and honest, circling around a romantic relationship that she can’t really seem to shake and the inspiration for many songs of regret and longing. But she also writes about her family, her ambitions, making music, and the reality of being a working art today. Her prose writing sounds much like her lyrics – I could hear her voice in my ear, reading her words to me in her distinctive rhythm, no audiobook required. And I was struck by her intelligence and honesty. If she held anything back, then it certainly must be deeply, deeply private since this felt like she opened a vein on the page as she admitted to her years of longing for her ex, her own responsibility in why the relationship never quite worked. Even before she actually described herself on the page using this word, I kept thinking how melancholy Dessa makes me feel, ranging backwards and forwards in her life with unflinching realism about her hopes and struggles, showing her love for her family, foibles and all. Her story is by no means complete as she’s still a young woman, so I’m glad to have many years of her music to look forward to, whether she finds happiness and leaves the sad songs of longing and loss behind or not. And perhaps, a few more memoirs about whatever the heck she wants to ramble about. (And for anyone who hasn’t listened to her music, what the heck are you waiting for? Start with her latest album Chime or go back to the start with A Badly Broken Code. Either way you have a treat waiting for you.)
In less than 24 hours, I gobbled up Dessa’s words; I couldn’t stop reading. I’ll be honest, I was already a pretty solid Dessa fan (after seeing a show 89.3 put on in Rochester MN that featured Dessa back in 2011, I continued to see her shows around the state- including her jaw dropping performance with the MN Orchestra back in 2017).... but this book has got me absolutely hooked.
You won’t regret reading through this window into a talented, genuine artist’s soul.
I’ll be first in line at her next book release.
Ps- buy this book from your local bookstore. I was bedridden during surgery recovery when I ordered this through amazon....but afterwards I wish I had supported my local bookstore.
She takes words, regular words, and does something crazy and amazing with them. Another reviewer used the word spellbinding--or spellbound?--and I have to steal it. That's what Dessa does with words, whether in her music or in the pages of this book. How does she do it?! I want to know. Unique voice from a unique expression of spirit; she is amazing. Listen to one of her songs, or read a section from this book, and something in you is likely to perk up. Because she's real. And there's a spark of something like a fiery star in her. But what's magical is that, even so, it feels like she's standing next to you, burning, warming, loving--out of this world and oh so good.