Fiddle: One Woman, Four Strings, and 8,000 Miles of Music

Fiddle: One Woman, Four Strings, and 8,000 Miles of Music

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by Vivian Wagner
     
 

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Fiddling suddenly seemed vitally important, even necessary, for me to learn. Perhaps it had to do with grief for my mom's death, and with the fact that I was just starting to feel the inklings of a midlife crisis coming on. All I knew consciously, though, was that I had to learn it.

After a chance encounter with fiddle music, Vivian Wagner discovered something

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Fiddling suddenly seemed vitally important, even necessary, for me to learn. Perhaps it had to do with grief for my mom's death, and with the fact that I was just starting to feel the inklings of a midlife crisis coming on. All I knew consciously, though, was that I had to learn it.

After a chance encounter with fiddle music, Vivian Wagner discovered something she never knew she had lacked. The fiddle had reawakened not only her passion for music, but for life itself. From the remote workshop of a wizened master fiddle maker in the Blue Ridge Mountains to a klezmer band in Cleveland, from Cajun fiddle music in Katrina-ravaged New Orleans to a fiddle camp in Tennessee, Vivian's quest to master the instrument becomes a journey populated by teachers and artisans-and ultimately creates a community that fortifies her through an emotionally crushing loss.

Intimate and enlightening, this is a story about the unique gifts of the fiddle, the redeeming power of music, the freedom of improvisation-and the importance of knowing that even though a song may reach its end, there's always a new tune to learn....

"Charming, smart, lyrical and surprising. I recommend it to anyone-savage beast or not-who needs their soul soothed." -Suzanne Finnamore, international bestselling author of Split

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ISBN-13:
9780806531229
Publisher:
Kensington
Publication date:
05/01/2010
Pages:
276
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.70(d)

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Fiddle: One Woman, Four Strings, and 8,000 Miles of Music 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
lledford More than 1 year ago
Vivian Wagner's background as a violinist has transmigrated into her writing. Her lyrical style progresses effortlessly from one movement to the next in her metaphorical musical journey of self-discovery. Along the way she unmasks both the pleasure and pain in her roles of daughter, wife, and mother. As a reader we also get learn about fiddle music. The pretentiouness of the violin is revealed and the fiddle is elevated to equal status with its classical cousin. This is a compelling and well-crafted book. I highly commend it to you even if you are not a fan of fiddle music. The quality of the storytelling alone make the journey worthwhile.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Get this book!! You will love it very heartwarming!!!!!
Ann Wagner More than 1 year ago
Wonderful, heart warming
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