How can we pause long enough to repair ourselves? How can we make space and time in our lives to know ourselves?
One way is through music - learning music, listening to music, being open to music. Because music consoles and restores us. Through music, whether we are listening or playing, we know ourselves more intimately, more honestly, and more clearly with every note. And with every note, music offers us a hand to the beyond.
Through music, we can say what we didn't even know we felt.
This book is an ode to music, and a celebration of humanity's greatest creation. It is not a call to arms, but a call to instruments.
In music, Ed Ayres finds answers to the big questions life throws at us. Using personal anecdotes - including those relating to his transition from Emma to Ed - and observations from teaching and learning music, Ed finds hope in our desire to become whole, with some simple music lessons along the way.
'Whole Notes may appear to be about music, but really, it's simply about how to be kind and how to listen without judgement. Which is the best definition of love, no?' Jessie Tu, Sydney Morning Herald
'A truly beguiling account' Geraldine Doogue
'An almost divine presence' Rick Morton
'Don't miss this book - it is an ode to music, by a truly inspirational teacher' - Inge Southcott, Loud Mouth, Music Trust e-zine
'Ayres communicates with joy, and clarity, inviting us to walk the journey of life with openness to others' Ian Palmer, The Melbourne Anglican
'With his collection of essayistic reflections on the beauty of music and what the process of learning it can teach us about life, Ayres has gifted his reader with something truly generous and utterly joyful' - Stella Charls, Readings
Publication Date: 29-Sep-2021
Publisher: ABC Books