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Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite
Parchment paper made out of music manuscripts. A harmonica jazz musician who played with the best. Two concert violinists that escaped certain death during the Holocaust. Over 6,000 carol singers in West Reading, Pennsylvania singing Christmas carols to cheer a young girl dying of leukemia. Music filters through everything about our lives. Music is everywhere and it is everything. It’s not just the music elite, those who excel at their craft of musical performance, who reap the benefits of a life filled with music. Those who listen, those who try to learn to play an instrument, those who do simple musical events like karaoke or just singing in the shower – these are people whose lives have been enriched by the power of music.
Theodore Jerome Cohen, an award-winning author, has put together a collection of 32 of his short and flash stories, all fiction, all with the underlying theme of music. Flash Fiction Stories for the Musically Inclined is a joy to read for those who, quite simply, are somewhat musically inclined to allow music into their lives. Some are serious, sad, emotional, while others are happy, joyful, and even a tad humorous. As a retired music teacher, so many of these stories spoke deeply to me, not just of the power of music, but also its importance in our daily lives. Some stories I enjoyed more than others. Some are like the secret ingredient in the apple pie Haydn’s wife was well known for. Yes, there is even music in the food some people eat. The stories are well crafted, the skill of the author evident in each one, whether it’s a longer story or a really short flash fiction. Whether it’s classical, jazz, rock ‘n roll, or some other marvelous musical style, this book covers it all with a unique flair that exemplifies this author’s work. Loved it!