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The author, Charles Bernstein, is a Hollywood composer who has written music for countless movies and television films. In this book, he goes beyond the world of film music to explore how the creative process works in our culture. The writing is accessible, easy to read, often witty, and should appeal to anyone interested in creativity, films, music, or just a good read.
Some questions considered in this book: What is inspiration? Where does music come from? Can music heal? What is originality? Can limitations free us? What can silence teach us? Why do melodies haunt us? The topics of the chapters are wide ranging, covering such diverse subjects as architecture, food, fashion, love, magic, psychology, religion and medicine. But the underlying themes are common to all of us—music, life, spirit and the struggles faced by all creative people.
This book is, as the title says, about Film Music...And Everything Else.
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ALSO AVAILABLE FROM CHARLES BERNSTEIN on Amazon.com is the musical CD "MASS: Voices of the World," a rhythmic, world-beat version of the mass featuring voices from different cultures. It is listed under Popular Music. The Amazon ASIN Number is B000051TSA.
MASS for Voices of the World combines the traditional form of the Mass with authentic voices of different cultures. The musical setting is contemporary, rhythmic, and multi-cultural in concept and execution.
MASS strives to bridge the differences that exist between the world's many spiritual practices—and bring listeners into a shared experience of musical unity.
Quincy Jones says: "Charles Bernstein's inspired opus, Mass for Voices of the World, stands tall like a beacon of light bringing hope to our hearts as we enter the 21st century."
Thomas Moore, author of the bestselling book "Care of the Soul" says: "Music is one of the best ways to enrich and bring re-enchantment into our lives. Charles Bernstein's MASS is a wonderful example of this."From the Author:
I loved writing this book. It was a welcome break from the often stressful job of writing music for movies. Although these words were originally intended for the film music community, I hope they will now reach a much larger audience. I also hope that the reader will find stimulation, interest and enhanced creativity along the way.
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