Songs in the Key of My Life: A Memoir

Ferentz Lafargue


Songs in the Key of My Life: A Memoir

Songs in the Key of My Life: A Memoir

  • Title: Songs in the Key of My Life: A Memoir
  • Author: Ferentz Lafargue
  • ISBN: 9780767924061
  • Page: 211
  • Format: Paperback



Music is a world within itself, with a language we all understand Stevie Wonder, Sir Duke In 2003, young professor Ferentz LaFargue traveled to Paris, where his fianc e, Tricia, declared she wasn t happy with their relationship, ending what he thought was a wonderful engagement After days of craying that sorrow laden blend of crying and praying delivered in perfec Music is a world within itself, with a language we all understand Stevie Wonder, Sir Duke In 2003, young professor Ferentz LaFargue traveled to Paris, where his fianc e, Tricia, declared she wasn t happy with their relationship, ending what he thought was a wonderful engagement After days of craying that sorrow laden blend of crying and praying delivered in perfect pitch by those in mourning Ferentz happened upon Stevie Wonder s 1976 classic double album Songs in the Key of Life Listening to it anew was a healing, spiritual trip down memory lane, helping him to come to terms with his breakup and reflect on how songs in general have been linked to his life.In this book, Ferentz invites us to get cozy and listen as he hits PLAY on meaningful tracks from Wonder and others, including Lauryn Hill, Wyclef Jean, LL Cool J, Beenie Man, Sheryl Crow, Roberta Flack, Donny Hathaway, and Black Sabbath He recalls How the fusion of rock and rap in the breakthrough Run D.M.C Aerosmith video Walk This Way helped to change an adolescent Ferentz from outcast to authority figureHow Michael Jackson s Thriller brought back a traumatic childhood experienceHow Kanye West s Jesus Walks speaks to the tension between his Christian beliefs and his need to rip it up in clubs as a hip hop headIn the tradition of Nick Hornby s Songbook these words paint a portrait of a life framed by sounds, allowing all of us to think about what songs have been key in our own lives.


Recent Comments "Songs in the Key of My Life: A Memoir"

It's been a while since i finished reading this, but I had intended to use a series of questions at the back of the book to do some writing, which I haven't gotten around to yet. But that's why I've kept it from the library so long and have overdue fines! Anyway, Ferentz Lafargue's book, "Songs in the Key of My Life" got an "I liked it" (3 stars) from me. The reasons I liked it were:1) the concept. Lafargue chose a song or two songs as the title for each of his chapters. Then, he related a story [...]

There are few books by males of African descent that deal with the every day, with memory, with making one's way; this is one of those books. Contemporary, affecting, it reveals the author's memories of a Haitian-American childhood and young adulthood through musical markers. It is sensitive and the pay-off for what sometimes feels like the author's building a musical barrier between his readers and emotions (or perhaps himself and his emotions) is a revelation so intimate, regarding, childhood [...]

This was written by an acquaintance of mine whom I met while living in New York. It’s a quick read—entertaining and informative. It really is a book about music as much as it is a memoir. It was interesting to learn some of the background on songs that I’ve enjoyed but had known nothing about and also to get some insights into how they shaped the author as he grew up. And, in parts, it was laugh-out-loud funny—that’s always a good thing

Best book of 2007!


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