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The net royalties from the sale of this book will be donated to the Water Music Fund at the United Nations Foundation.

About the Author

Marjorie Ryerson is a teacher, journalist, photographer, and poet. She is Professor of Communication at Castleton State College, where she teaches journalism and photography. Ryerson lives in Randolph, Vermont.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: University of Michigan Press; 1St Edition edition (August 22, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0472113380
  • ISBN-13: 978-0472113385
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 0.8 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,132,763 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Dan Denerstein on November 28, 2003
Format: Hardcover
The stunning photography that is the heart of this work reminds us of the inspiring Oneness of Earth, Water and Music. That Ms. Ryerson had the vision to recognize Music as the spiritual and artistic extension of this natural unity is a gift to the reader and viewer of this remarkable book. Sixty-six world-renowned musicians, including Kenny Loggins, Randy Newman, Garrick Ohlsson, Dave Brubeck and Taj Mahal, contribute text that draws a direct line between the Muse and the constancy, beauty and timelessness of Water. In his profound essay/poem, jazz pianist Marcus Roberts beautifully captures the framework of the book: "I respect the water. Because it's been here forever-feeding nature, quenching thirst, healing the land, nurturing the flowers. And it will be here long after we are gone, demanding and receiving respect. Singing the sweet song of eternal life..." Ms. Ryerson displays an uncommon organizational and aesthetic genius, not to mention a singular commitment to the cause of sustainable water sources, contributing the royalties for this project to the United Nations Foundation. But it is her photography that is the soul of this work. Witness the misty mirror image landscape on page 151, opposite the story by cellist Tilla Henkins. I rest my case.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on September 15, 2003
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Water Music is a gorgeous, full-color visual showcase and celebration of water, the substance on Earth that gives life. Marjorie Ryerson's truly splendid color photography combines wonderfully with insightful poetry, thoughtful vignettes, and music from sixty-six diverse and talented musicians from around the world. Simply put, Water Music is a stunning and unique coffee-table volume which justifiably deserves inclusion into the personal, professional, academic, and community library Photography and Music Appreciation collections.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 15, 2003
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The review below was taken from [...] which also contains several other reviews of this incredible new book.
"The natural environment sustains the life of all beings in the world. However, nearly everywhere these days, it is undergoing extensive degeneration. Therefore, it is more important than ever that we all make whatever effort we can to ensure the conservation and protection of the planet, its air, its land and its water.
"Our inner environment determines our attitude towards the earth's natural environment, our relationship with it, and our impact on it. The beautiful photographs and inspiring words in this book, Water Music, will remind readers of the crucial importance of water in all our lives. Only when enough people cultivate an inner environment that respects all forms of life, reflects a sincere concern for justice and equality, a genuine compassion for all beings, and projects all of this onto the outer environment, will the world's water and other natural resources be safe for the future.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 27, 2003
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Ryerson's extraordinary photography blends with the words of 66 renowned musicians to provide a gorgeous (and I do not use that word lightly) fusion of image and thought. But this is far more than another coffee table book. The proceeds of Ryerson's work benefit the United Nations Foundation in support of sustainable water resources throughout the world. The reasonable price of this book is surprising considering its exceptional publication quality and its size.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mary Youngblood on March 22, 2005
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Cama-i (Aleut Greetings)

I am honored to be the 66th musician Marjorie Ryerson included in her incredible group of diverse and talented musicians in Water Music. Our discovery of each other was as magical and poetic as this project and has set the stage for what I believe will be a lifetime friendship. Marjorie's passion for the importance of this project, her love of Mother Earth, and appreciation for the music makers of this planet come together in a way that makes me so very proud to be an American Indian woman, a musician and an appreciative kayaker who LOVES the- Water! "Quyanaa" sister! (Aleut- Thank You) May Creator always bless your journey...

Mary Youngblood- Native American Flutist/singer/songwriter
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