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The Music Between Us: Memoir of a Bedside Musician by [Steve Litwer]

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"Music is the soundtrack of our lives. When you hear a song from your youth, it opens you topowerful remembrances. As Steve Litwer played guitar for dying people, offering them pleasure and comfort in their final days, his own early memories were activated. Through his journey he reveals to us how he found forgiveness and healing for his family and himself. This wonderfully written book is his story. Both funny and sad, it is at its heart a tale of compassion leading to personal healing, redemption, and joy."

--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

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CONTENTS

Author's Note
Preface 
Introduction 
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 
Epilogue
Acknowledgments 
Credits
Resources 
Aboutthe Author

Product details

  • 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
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