A Mind Full of Music - Chris Forhan
A Mind Full of Music: Essays on Imagination and Popular Song is a captivating exploration of the profound connection between music and our minds. In this thought-provoking book, Chris Forhan delves into the enigmatic relationship we have with the songs we love, examining how they shape our thoughts and how our imaginative and memorable experiences influence our perception of music. Rather than presenting a linear narrative, the book takes an associative approach, interweaving topics and inspiring new thoughts along the way.
Forhan's writing style is both poetic and informative, immersing readers in his personal reflections and experiences with music. He discusses the power of lyrics, the intricate workings of songs on our minds, and the diverse ways in which we respond to different genres and eras.
Through engaging anecdotes and analysis, the author invites readers to rediscover their own connections to music and relish in the joy it brings. With endorsements from notable figures such as Griel Marcus, Gayle Brandeis, Liz Prato, and members of The Head and the Heart, A Mind Full of Music is a four-dimensional mixtape that resonates deeply with readers. Whether you're a music aficionado seeking a new perspective or someone looking to rekindle their love for music, this book offers generous insights and a profound appreciation for the art form.
About the Author:
Chris Forhan is a celebrated author known for his memoir My Father Before Me and his award-winning poetry collections. His remarkable ability to delve into personal experiences and introspection shines through in A Mind Full of Music, making it a must-read for music enthusiasts and those curious about the transformative power of music.
What people are saying about this book:
“Chris Forhan can get right inside your head, because as you follow his responses to music, you'll very likely recognize yourself.” —Griel Marcus, author of The History of Rock 'n' Roll in Ten Songs, contributor, Rolling Stone
“This book is a four-dimensional mix tape, one full of deeply personal reflection... A Mind Full of Music is full of light, itself, full of charm, full of life.” —Gayle Brandeis, author of The Art of Misdiagnosis and Drawing Breath
"A spectacular deep dive into the intimate workings of this mystery we call music." —Liz Prato, author of Kids in America: A Gen-X Reckoning and Volcanoes, Palm Trees and Privilege: Essays on Hawai'i
"If a book can be a love song, Chris Forhan's A Mind Full of Music is it, and its muse is the art form itself." —Matty Gervais and Charity Rose Thielen, members of The Head and the Heart
"Generosity, insight, and shrewd love underlie the whole text. This is a wonderful book." —Gregory Orr, author of The Last Love Poem I Will Ever Write and The Blessing
About Chris Forhan:
Chris Forhan is a poet, memoirist, and essayist. He is also the author of the memoir My Father Before Me, as well as three books of poetry. He's the winner of the Barrow Street Prize, the Morse Poetry Prize, the Bakeless Prize, and the Washington State Book Award. He has won a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and three Pushcart Prizes. He lives in Indianapolis, where he teaches at Butler University.