The Music Lesson
A Spiritual Search for Growth Through Music
Victor L. Wooten
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From Grammy-winning musical icon and legendary bassist Victor L. Wooten comes The Music Lesson, the story of a struggling young musician who wanted music to be his life, and who wanted his life to be great. Then, from nowhere it seemed, a teacher arrived. Part musical genius, part philosopher, part eccentric wise man, the teacher would guide the young musician on a spiritual journey, and teach him that the gifts we get from music mirror those from life, and every movement, phrase, and chord has its own meaning...All you have to do is find the song inside.
The Music Lesson by Victor Wooten is easily one of my favorite books of all time. The way he ties music into the spiritual world is eye-opening. I went through a spiritual transformation while reading this book (which is continuing to this day) and the book definitely changed my life in a great way. I've borrowed this book out to about 10 other people by now, and even if spirituality isn't your thing, the actual music lessons within the journey are fantastic. Don't hesitate, buy this book now! I've actually bought about 6 copies and given them to musical friends and even one of my college professors, because I love this book.
The message of this book, and it's connecting dots to understand the importance and significance of music and being a musician are worth the price. The stories are a little hard to take in places, and the venturing into outright mysticism and dreamscapes ultimately weakens the practicality of the lessons. All in all, it's a worthwhile read, whether or not you're a mucisian.
Victor gives good insight as to how he feels about the whole "music thing". I found the way he shares his views interesting and engaging. His book really shines a light on how to approach the process of music. I think it unlikely anyone interested enough to read these reviews would be disappointed with the book.