'I decided that I wanted to write a little book of essays about songs I loved ...Songs are what I listen to, almost to the exclusion of everything else.' In his first non-fiction work since "Fever Pitch", Nick Hornby writes about 31 songs that ...
either have some great significance in his life - or are just songs that he loves. He discusses, among other things, guitar solos and losing your virginity to a Rod Stewart song and singers whose teeth whistle and the sort of music you hear in Body Shop. 'The soundtrack to his life ...a revealing insight into one of Britain's most popular writers' - "Evening Standard".
If I could write music, I'd never have bothered with books. (p. 58)
"We discover writers we've never read all the time, and only rarely, as adults, do we stumble across major pop artists with a decent back catalogue: it is usually prejudice rather than ignorance that has prevented us from making their acquaintance,
..." and prejudice is harder to overcome (indeed, much more fun to maintain).” (p. 139)Continua...Nascondi
This is the Chinese translation of Nick Hornby's "Songbook". If you are like me, and read the book in Cantonese, you'll find it very difficult to read. I guess I'll have to read the original version to make sure I understand everything correctly.
It's a anthology of music criticism, but also a collection of short essays about how music and people can shape and change over time. I don't totally agree with Dave Eggers:even if I listen to a song over and over, I don't have to 'solve' it. On the
..." contrary, I discover new ideas about it.
------------- "All sorts of pieces of music are constantly being described as 'sexy', but that doesn't necessarily mean that you'd want them to accompany love-making"