Monday, April 16, 2018


MUSIC is an important part of my life. My choice of music is quite the opposite of most people, including my husband. My preference is quiet and melodic, so I listen mainly to classical (Beethoven, Schumann, Mozart, Brahms, to name a few) and what is often called "New Age" music. 

I listen to such music when I am writing, meditating, and reading. It relaxes and inspires me. If I hear lyrics I am disrupted. The music that was played during my video for my book, Davida: Model & Mistress of Augustus Saint-Gaudens captured the essence of this true story about unconditional love.


Over my many years of reading, I have read several books about Beethoven, Mozart, and Rachminoff. I have learned a deeper appreciation for each of them who had difficult challenges to face: deafness, poverty and mania, and depression. Yet they each overcame their individual challenges to compose magnificent music. 

I gained appreciation for music primarily from my grandmother who had dreamed of being a concert pianist. When I would visit her she played my three favorites: Beethoven's 5th Symphony, Mozart's Requiem, and Piano Concerto No. 2 by Rachminoff. She would tell me about each of them and lessons to be learned from their lives, which were never give up and follow your dreams.

The previous sentence leads to a different kind of book about music. It might be different, but it is powerful. If Only There Was Music..." by Nonnie Jules and Giani Jordan is a collection of poems about forbidden love. The poems can be touching, sexy, thought-provoking, and emotional. Each one is very special. Available at

My review: 5 stars 

I do love poetry so I was excited to read this book. And since my husband and I met and fell in love while still married to others, forbidden love fit for me. Except it was not really forbidden...only in the eyes of society. Thirty years later we are still deeply in love.
The poems through HER eyes truly spoke to me. I liked the rhythm and music of them more than those through HIS eyes.Some of my favorites were "If That's Wrong," "This Is It," and "If You Should Ever."

I highly recommend this book for anyone in love, falling in love, or been in love. It is easy to read, yet the messages are deep and poignant.

A sequel is now available (...And the Music Played) It is a short story that continues the story about the love between Giani and Christine. It is on my TBR list. 

What role does music play in your life? Does it capture the essence of who you are? Does it inspire, bring you peace, make you joyful, or increase your creativity? Does it express the love you have for another person?


  1. I love what you said about music. I have used Mozart to get me past a writer block or just relax. I liked how you tied in your review so personally. This book has been on my reading list and I can see I must move it up after reading your review.

    1. Thank you, Denise for your kind words. I just downloaded "...And the Music Played" and I am quite anxious to read it.

  2. The power of music... Excellent post, review and music too, Karen! :) Sharing

    1. Good to have you here and know that your comment is appreciated. My great-grandfather who is a prominent character in my book, "Davida" often played Beethoven while working on his art. In his beautiful singing voice, he would sing from the 5th Symphony when he was happy with his sculpture.