Tales from the Red Book of Tunes

Tales from the Red Book of Tunes

by Tyler R. Johnson

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ISBN-13: 9781940822013
Publisher: Wild Musette
Publication date: 01/13/2014
Pages: 286
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.81(d)

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Matthew_Peters More than 1 year ago
Tyler Johnson’s collection of short stories, entitled Tales from the Red Book of Tunes, tells the stories behind tunes originally collected by fictitious thirteenth century musician Mil Harei, as he crossed the fantastical northern isles of Hollean. Each short story is accompanied by a tune allegedly set down by Harei in The Red Book of Tunes.  Interspersed throughout is an interview with Jiri Hansom Felding, fictitious editor of The New Book of Red Tunes, and professor in the Department of Folklore and Cultural Preservation at Highlands University, Telm.  The stories span the centuries: from Hollean’s distant past, to the present day. We learn much about the people and the place through the music and through the stories that seem to flow effortlessly from the mind of Johnson. From the first story, “The Standing Goat,” one is captivated by Johnson’s lyrical prose and his strong evocation of place.  The themes are universal: lost love, jealousy, fear, dysfunctional families, folk legends, yet they are set in such a way as to be unique. Though the setting is fantastical, the people who inhabit Johnson’s stories are real people with real problems that undergo some sort of transformation; we learn to care deeply about the characters in the short space dictated by the form.  And we feel the theme of each tune, deftly composed by Johnson, course through each story. For one doesn’t as much read these stories, as sing them, as they flow ceaselessly through the reader like the movement of contra dancing through the initiated. One is left wanting more, waiting for the stories to continue, eager to step again into more tales, to be swept up by their powerful and melodious appeal.  An excellent and brilliant debut collection, Tales from the Red Book of Tunes is a must read for anyone who has ever been touched by the power of music.-Matthew Peters, author of Conversations Among Ruins (forthcoming through All Things That Matter Press), and The Brothers’ Keepers (forthcoming through MuseItUp Publishing)