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by Jay Nabonne
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0978549716, Paperback)In an age when so many rock bands seem to be actively opposing their fans' attempts to actually enjoy what they do, by burying their music beneath a mountain of merchandise, and trade-marking anything that even remotely resembles a sense of identity, the Dave Matthews Band stand proud among the handful that buck the trend. They respect their audience's need to identify, they honor the fans' instinct to communicate, and they know that, without the devotion of an army of supporters, they'd be lucky to even be janitors in the arenas that they so routinely headline today. Making music is about so much more, after all, than simply making music. It also requires a musician to make the music come alive, and remain so long after the song itself has stopped. True Reflections is living proof of those qualities. The stories herein tell tales and truths that no simple biography, or a few moments of hot gossip on tabloid TV could ever document; they cut to the heart of what it means to be a fan and, conversely, what it means for a band to have fans. It is a work of love and passion, of devotion and fascination, but more than any of that; it stands as a reminder to all of us about why we give ourselves over to a particular band in the first place. We do it because they make us happy, because they make us dance and, most of all, because they make us think - which is something that too few people have an opportunity to do these days. Life comes so fast, and throws up so many distractions, that the moments when we can actually curl up with our own self, and listen to what our heart is saying, can barely be measured any longer. Music, however, can break the cycle and great music. that is, the music of a band that you genuinely love. always will. Thought begets freedom, freedom begets imagination - and imagination is where life truly begins. The stories in this book are fiction. But the events and emotions are reality all the same, and sometimes that's all that stands between man and madness. A reality that is built upon the knowledge that you are not experiencing it alone; that there are hundreds, thousands, millions of other people listening to the same music, dreaming the same dreams, flying the same fantasies. So maybe you will recognize some of the stories here - you listened to the same songs, after all. Or maybe those songs told you different stories and, some day, it'll be you who's sitting down to write them up. Either way, as you devour this volume, spare a moment, too, to marvel at just how magical the world unfolding in these pages is. a world in which something so simple as a few words and a jumble of notes can translate themselves into a universe of their own, in which meaning and mood and so much more explode out with unimaginable force. And, again, you will forget the trials and tribulations of mundane life, to lose yourself instead within those realms that the everyday world simply cannot touch. This book is titled True Reflections. But an equally valid title would be, simply, True. The reflections will follow later.
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