A young woman leaves Appalachia for life as a classical musicianor so she thinks.When aspiring violinist Jessica Chiccehitto Hindman lands a job with a professional ensemble in New York City, she imagines she has achieved her lifelong dream. But the ensemble proves to be a sham. When the group performs, the microphones are never on. Instead, the music blares from a CD. The mastermind behind this scheme is a peculiar and mysterious figure known as The Composer, who is gaslighting his audiences with music that sounds suspiciously like the Titanic movie soundtrack. On tour with his chaotic ensemble, Hindman spirals into crises of identity and disillusionment as she plays for audiences genuinely moved by the performance, unable to differentiate real from fake....
|Title||:||Sounds Like Titanic|
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Sounds Like Titanic Reviews
This is a pretty incredible story. When I first read the premise of Sounds Like Titanic, I genuinely thought it was a work of fiction. To find out that it was, indeed, a memoir was shocking. The memoir transitions from a few different periods in Hindman’s life: her upbringing in the Appalachian Mountains, her time at Columbia University, and her time on the God Bless America Tour with The Composer. Her vivid description of the Appalachia people and how they lived was fascinating. And I loved the ...more
I've become interested in the violin for a variety of reasons. That's what brought me to this book, that, and, well isn't Titanic one of the best movies? I think it is.
Jessica has had a love affair with the violin since she was a child and her parents did the right thing by encouraging her even to the point of taking her to weekly lessons hours away from home. I liked that. They encouraged without being stage parents.
I enjoyed reading about Jessica's growth as a violinist, her willingness to g ...more
“There were just some things you couldn’t do for money. Not because they were particularly difficult, but because you just didn’t want to. Because they weren’t worth your life, which might not be worth much, but was worth something.”
God, this book. It’s catapulted itself into my favorite books of all time, but how do I even begin to explain why? Yes it’s about playing the violin (or not playing the violin, however you want to look at it), but the most important parts of this memoir are not about ...more
In Sounds Like Titanic, Jessica Chichetto Hindman weaves a remarkable tale that is utterly unique yet eminently relatable.
Early on in this hard-to-put-down memoir, Hindman switches from first to second person because, she posits, “For many people, myself included, sitting down to write something in first person feels like the worst type of fakery.” Hindman knows a thing or two about fakery, having traveled across the country playing her violin with the mic turned off as music music that ‘sounds ...more
When I initially read the plot for this book I thought it would be about Jessica and her experience working in a fake ensemble which definitely caught my attention BUT I was pleasantly surprised that she shared her journey and struggles as a broke student in NYC in comparison to her classmates along the way. The homeless, Penn Station at night, drugs, unaffordable everything, applying to every job and not getting one interview after graduation, a dark cloud that seems to be above your head at al ...more
Everything about this book is extraordinary.
”Sometimes I wonder where I've been,
Who I am,
Do I fit in.
Make believin' is hard alone,
Out here on my own.”
-- Out Here On My Own, Irene Cara, Songwriters: Leslie Gore / Michael Gore
”Vivaldi is in your head. The music you hear is like the blaze-orange clothing the men wear on the mountainsides while deer hunting in autumn. The music is like a bulletproof vest, a coiled copperhead, a rabies shot. The music is both a warning and a talisman. The music tells you things.”
”The music says: What you ...more
A tad bit frantic and meandering for my taste.