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Sounds Like Titanic

A Memoir

by Jessica Chiccehitto Hindman

Sounds Like Titanic by  Jessica Chiccehitto  Hindman X
Sounds Like Titanic by  Jessica Chiccehitto  Hindman
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  • Nancy K. (Perrysburg, OH)
    Strange but readable
    This is a memoir by a not well-known musical performer. For 4 years the author "played violin" with a group that was not named. Led by "the composer" who also remains unnamed. The author uses the word "played" but really none of the group played for the audiences as the speakers were always turned off and the music came from a hidden CD player. The group traveled the US and "played" in shopping malls, music halls and many times on PBS. I assume that the editors vetted the story as it is presented as the truth. In this age of fake news nothing should surprise us but at the end of the book I am still wondering can this be true and who is the unnamed composer. It's an interesting but sad tale.
  • Nanette C. (Sarasota, FL)
    Funny and Thought Provoking
    Jessica Chiccehitto Hindman might not be a great violinist, but she's a very entertaining writer. I was hesitant to read "Sounds Like Titanic" because I don't generally enjoy non-fiction. But her humor engaged me from the start.

    In her book, Hindman chronicles four years of her life as a "fake" violinist for an unnamed composer whose music bears more than a little resemblance to the theme song from Titanic. Crowds would flock to hear this music, be it at a farmer's market or a concert for PBS. Listeners threw open their wallets to buy the CDs. But here's the rub -- the musicians' mics were dead and they played along to a CD.

    Having read about these concerts, I still don't quite get how they got away with, as Hindman calls it, their Milli Violini performances. Nor, without being able to hear the music myself, do I understand why it was so wildly popular. One of Hindman's conjectures was that people just don't that much attention. I think she has a point. I still haven't reached my conclusion about how "bad" what they were doing was. Yes, it's fraud of a sort, but did it really hurt anyone? Isn't it a good thing to encourage people to embrace classical(ish) music?

    Hindman's recollections of the group's travels on their "God Music America Tour" will have you laughing. But the impact on her was not anything to chuckle over. She ended up having panic attacks during every performance and eventually had to spend what sounds like an extended period of time at her parents' home to recover. One of the shortcomings of the book was that I didn't quite understand the connection between her work and the ailment. Why, exactly, was the gig so anxiety-inducing? Guilt, I get. Anxiety, not so much.

    The book also became repetitive as the group went to concert after concert after concert. But perhaps that ultimately was the point.
  • Carol N. (San Jose, CA)
    Sorry but...
    This book was sent to me by BookBrowse to review. Based on its blurb, I found this book to be not quite what I had expected. As I started to read, I soon discovered it was not as humorous as I thought it would be. The storyline jumped all over the place going haphazardly between childhood and adulthood periods while giving the reader an inside look at a musical group that made its living as a lip-syncing orchestra. Fake it until you make it is the basis of this book. That in it is an interesting concept however, it left this reader a bit bored and herself pushing through to the end in order to put this review together.

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