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The Disharmonic Misadventures Of David Stein Paperback – December 12, 2011
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About the Author
Like the protagonist in “The Disharmonic Misadventures Of David Stein”, Jonathan Segal is a pianist and singer. He has performed at over a thousand events for movie stars, politicians, diplomats, corporations, but mostly for just plain folks. Some of the things Jonathan has done in a long and diverse career: He has composed many themes for network television, including “Monday Night Football” and “Another World”, received an Emmy-nomination for “Outstanding Original Song”, been an on-camera pianist, music director, actor and co-host for various TV comedy shows, including “Afterdrive” hosted by Denis Leary, was musical director for two international education TV specials that were hosted by Tom Brokaw, starred in the first national tour of Broadway’s “Pump Boys And Dinettes” and in “Song Of Singapore” in West Palm Beach, worked in various musical roles for industrial trade shows, appeared in the on-screen band in the feature film “Baby It’s You”, played in Radio City Music Hall’s pit orchestra, served as musical director for Off-Broadway’s “Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah”, put out albums of his jazz, pop and country songs, written musicals, performed at the piano with a wide range of artists ranging from Dizzy Gillespie to Chuck Berry, won WNYC’s “Commentary Slam” with his comic essay, and worked extensively with children teaching piano privately and music directing shows and choruses in various schools and camps.
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The main character in the book "The Disharmonic Misadventures of David Stein," is provoked by such a fragment to start on a crusade to track down its originator. A very intense, overwhelmed pianist/singer who is unhappy with himself and with the music he is making, Stein begins a life-changing quest to find the owner of the music. To tell you that he eventually does discover where and who it came from is not to give away the plot; the route he must take and the manner in which he comes to know it is beyond guessing and part of the fun of reading Jonathan Segal's novel. Beyond the entertaining mystery is the message that we will take our own sometimes difficult journey to find the potential that is inside each of us. Another layer of meaning is the contrast/conflict between the man-made and natural worlds.
This is Segal's first writing effort and he has packed a lot of meaning and thought-provoking questions into it with well-drawn characters. Worth a read no matter what kind of music you love.
Gloria M. Krolak
Host, Good Vibes
WWFM, WWPJ, WWCJ
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