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The Music Between Us: Memoir of a Bedside Musician Kindle Edition
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--Sam Liebowitz, The Conscious Consultant, author of Everyday Awakening
"Volunteers with a range of talents and interests are important for the success of hospice care. In this book, Steve Litwer takes us with him on his journey as a volunteer bedside musician and introduces us to those very close to their final destinations. Meaningful encounters with these individuals inspired him to take a fresh look at his personal story of pain and ongoing inner battle, and helped him reach new levels of intimacy, empathy, compassion, and contentment."
--Beth Ballenger, MSW, Executive Director, Ascend Hospice, Missouri and Kansas>
"As a hospice chaplain, I have been alongside Steve when lives became souls, souls becamestories, and stories became sacred. Steve collected the best of these stories and shares them with us in The Music Between Us. I highly recommend the book and, more importantly, I cherish the gift of living music he so freely shares."
--Chaplain Clark H. Smith,Crossroads Hospice
"In music, a grace note is an embellishment that is not essential to the harmony or melody. In relationships, grace is the all-important and thoughtful goodwill we extend to others. The great secret of the musician who plays an instrument for a sick or dying person as Steve Litwer describes doing in his book The Music Between Us is the pure grace and redemption this gift gives back. As someone nears the end of life, the simple pleasure of listening to a favorite song or two and sharing memories of the past with a compassionate friend is humanizing. Music and connection are medicines that heal the soul."
--Steven G. Eisenberg, M.D., medical oncologist, author of Love Is the Strongest Medicine
"The Music Between Us is an authentic, powerful, and honest look at the journey we all take. Struggle, pain, and loss, but also joy, redemption, salvation, and bliss are always present in this improbable life. Each story in the book is compelling and Steve's personal journey is an awakening that inspires us and gives us hope."
--Paul R. Lipton, attorney and author of Hour of the Wolf andIn These Five Breaths
"Steve Litwer, a self-proclaimed bedside musician, has written a poignant reflection of his life as it was revealed to him through the memories and reflections of his hospice patients. As he ministered to his patients with compassion and care, each piece he offered on his guitar was a bridge of love between his heart and theirs. Did music bring him the peace he so fervently searched for, or was it the love that flowed through him, connecting to the ultimate sacred mystery of the dying soul? Perhaps both. This beautiful book brought me great joy as it celebrates the love that can fill music as it is offered to another."
--Flicka Rahn, composer, singer, educator, sound therapist, and author of The Transformational Power of Sound and Music
From the Inside Flap
1: The Oldest Rock and Roll Groupie
2: The Woman Who Wasn't Looking for a Husband
3: The After Beats
4: Meatballs with a Side of Music
5: The Unlikely Hippie
6: Messy Rooms
7: On Hearing
8: Whoopee! We're All Gonna Die
9: Eloise and Her Roommate
10: Free Voice Lessons
11: The Graduate and the First Grader
12: Ten-minute Judy
13: Cool Jazz, Jet Setting and Prayer
14: Tuesdays with Owen
15: Until Death Do Us Part
16: The Artist, Entrepreneur, and Hustler
17: Betty Boop Philosophy
18: The Family Who Knew How to Say Goodbye
19: Harold Gives Me a Warning
20: The Man Who Knew Over One Hundred Interesting Celebrities (One Way or Another)
21: Sleepy Gene's Old Time Gospel Hour
22: David and the Two Cooks
23: Grace Notes
24: The Woman Who Knew Things
25: All Blues Ain't Blue
26: "Do you believe in miracles?"
27: Fifteen Pieces of Advice for the Living
28: The Converts
29: The Patient Who Helped Me See
30: The Sisters of Charity
31: "I'm ready and there are those waiting in the wings"
32: The Superiority of One Noodle Over a Guitar
33: A Conversation with My Mother
- ASIN : B08HR7WFQ1
- Publisher : One Guitar Place (November 23, 2020)
- Publication date : November 23, 2020
- Language : English
- File size : 2871 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 286 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1735527408
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #875,547 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Steve Shares his most intimate and cherished stories in the pages of “The Music Between Us”. As Steve chronicles his musical encounters with the dying he begins to recall the influences throughout his life that shaped him; Including his mother’s profound mental illness, his spiritual awakening, the powerful influence of music and so much more. Steve’s candor and honest look at his own failings are refreshing and endearing. He allows us to laugh and cry with him as he transports us across time and place on the journey of a lifetime. He weaves together a fugue, a rich tapestry of lives connected by love and loss and death and ultimately the connection between a man, his guitar, and a dying (LIVING) patient. Steve’s book, “The Music Between Us” does for its reader what any good song does for its listener, it makes us feel, it opens our heart.