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Summary

Grammy Award-winner Victor Wooten's inspiring parable of the importance of music and the threats that it faces in today's world.

We may not realize it as we listen to the soundtrack of our lives through tiny earbuds, but music and all that it encompasses is disappearing all around us. In this fable-like story three musicians from around the world are mysteriously summoned to Nashville, the Music City, to join together with Victor to do battle against the "Phasers", whose blinking "music-cancelling" headphones silence and destroy all musical sound. Only by coming together, connecting, and making the joyful sounds of immediate, "live" music can the world be restored to the power and spirit of music.

Read by the author, with:

  • Odelphis Davis as Mom
  • Keb' Mo' as Dad
  • Jonathan Chase as Jonathan
  • Cameron Wooten as the record-store owner and truck-stop employee
  • Sam Lutomia as Ali
  • Ryoko Suzuki as Seiko
  • India Arie as the music and Isis singing-voice
  • Brian Edwards as Sifu
  • Michael Kott as Michael
  • Chuck Rainey as Uncle Clyde
  • Radmila Bowers as Isis
  • Daniel J. Levitin as Phaser
  • Brandon Blake as Brandon
  • Dave Welsch as Larry
  • and Jeff Coffin as the saxophone player 
©2020 Victor L. Wooten (P)2020 Random House Audio

Critic reviews

“[A] bit like Carlos Castaneda’s shamanist tales, a bit like tween fiction, a bit like websites on, say, sonic healing through principles of sacred geometry and - at its best - an enactment of epiphanies told in the ping-pong dialogue.... It’s a book that stands happily against traditional music pedagogy and canned notions of achievement. This is to its great credit.” (Ben Ratliff, The Washington Post)

“Wooten, bassist for Béla Fleck and the Flecktones, delivers a remarkable fable in which music is dying.... This allegorical foray into the power of music is both heartfelt and wildly imaginative. Music lovers will adore this sparkling manifesto.” (Publishers Weekly, starred review) 

“Part exhortation, part New Age-ish memoir, part philosophical treatise, Wooten’s book is full of surprising and illuminating lessons.... [An] always rewarding delight for music fans of a mystical bent.” (Kirkus Reviews)

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Amazing

Another amazing work from this genius! I love the narrative and insights this book uncovers and the strangest thing was was that after listening to it, I had a dream the next night where the teachers from the book taught me even more new things about life! Very cool, thanks!

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Lovely!

This was another joy and inspiration to read, just like the music lesson! Deeply reccommend it.

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Great cast and introduction but not very engaging

After reading and being inspired by the first book, The Lesson, I was expecting another thought provoking, inspirarional book. However, despite a strong jntro, the book itself was not very inspiring and so far-fetched, it was hard to get through.
if you Love Victor Wooten, check out The Lesson instead.
The cast and performance was great though and the incidental music by Victor was brilliant. It's a shame the story didn't live up to expectations.

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Excellent!!!

Really inspiring words, great story, makes for a wonderful walking meditation!!! Would definitely recommend. 🙏🙌👌👍

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  • Dave
  • 24-02-21

A rich exploration of our relationship to music

Victor Wooten has woven another rich tale about Music and what our relationship should be to Her. Every musician, every aspiring musician, and anyone who loves music should dive into The Spirit of Music, the sequel to Victor's celebrated first book, The Music Lesson.

This book describes the efforts of a group of friends who embark on a journey to save Music, who is dying, and the book asks us to join in the battle. The tale is full of humor on the one hand, and valuable lessons on the other, while wrapping it all up in a story that will please your ears, aided by snippets of music from Victor and other musicians throughout the book. And for those of you who have read the print version of The Spirit of Music, let me assure you that the audio version adds so much more richness to the story.

Those of you who have been to Vic's camps will likely find characters you know and hear references to incredible information you have been given, and I promise that the book will bring smiles to the faces of campers. I give this book five giraffes!

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  • Fourmallets
  • 15-03-21

A Disappointing Decry of Modern Production

I loved "The Music Lesson" and eagerly downloaded the sequel when I saw it. After a prologue of heartwarming introductions and thanks, Wooten goes into a heartbreaking rant about how the reduction in fidelity and switch to more modern music production methods is "killing" music, resulting in a less "grand" experience for the listener. Unfortunately, I thoroughly disagree.

Modern Production methods, for one, have increased accessibility to music recording and publication dramatically. This has arguably only increased the diversity, opportunity, and quality of our radio. Second, Wooten argues a reduction in fidelity equals a reduction in quality, saying the experience of HiFi vinyl or a premium DAW cannot compare to the current mp3. Finally, Wooten began claiming the robotic timbres of auto tune out quantized rhythms were killing music. While I agree such tools might be used wrongly to try to simulate an amazing performance, they can also be used intentionally to create a grand performance, embraced especially by younger crowds. If T-pain was killing music, why do millions flock to his concerts or enjoy his music?

"The Spirit of Music" comes across as a bitter old man's rant against that racket those kids listen to these days. I was disappointed and heartbroken to hear one of my heros just trashing the grand and authentic musical experiences and culture being built in the 21st century. If you relate to these ideas, you may be tempted to listen to Victor Wooten's "Spirit of Music" and substantiate your hate for a blossoming evolution of music. I would caution you against it, and rather instead open yourself to these new trends and their merits.

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  • Scott Head
  • 07-03-21

Far Departure From The Music Lesson

Was a real fan of Wootens first book. It combined practical music tips with a story that held it together and strung the lessons together well.

In many ways, this book is the opposite of that. The book is 90% story and 10% tips on making better music.

The story is passable. It reminds me a lot of YA fiction I read in middle school. It follows a lot of tropes that you’d find in a Harry Potter book. The story and writing is probably passable for a book like that, but it’s not really what I wanted or expected.

This might be a good book to gift a niece or nephew interested in music, but if you’re a musician looking for a book that will help you improve your skills, this is not the book for you. The Music Lesson covers all of the lessons from this book and it does so in a more concise and straightforward manner.

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  • Alan Wheeler
  • 25-02-21

What if music told you she was dying?

At the end of his previous book, "The Music Lesson", music told Victor that she was sick and dying. Now, victor and a group of fellow musicians are called to save music, to fight for her life against forces that want music dead. It is a heroic battle in which love may do as much, if not more to save music than music itself!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 27-12-21

Love It

These music books by Victor have helped open and free my mind to what music ought to be. They have also helped me to know that I am not crazy in thinking that something is wrong with music today. I recommend them to everyone I know who loves music.

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  • Tim
  • 04-08-21

Entertaining

Many mini life lessons delivered with music, sound effects and narration. Very very very entertaining!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 25-07-21

Remembering Who I Am

Thank you Victor, The Spirit of Music, has given me a renewed and more purposeful pathway. My life journey continues and has been awaked again to help define "who am I". Thanks Victor for showing so much to me through The Spirit of Music. Namaste, Felton

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  • Dave
  • 06-05-21

Not my genre

I really loved the Music Lesson, though the end became a bit out there for me. This continuation of that story unfortunately continued in that mode... way outside. Like the avant garde part of a jazz festival, some may enjoy it but it eluded me.

Victor and the other voices are done well, though I found some hard to hear at times.

But where I learned a lot from the first book, this one dragged me through a weak story and presented few new ideas. I should have stopped at the first book.

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  • Jprpl
  • 19-04-21

Victor is a gift to this world!

I have been close in his presence, but I have never personally met Victor Wooten. As far as I can tell, he is a world class HUMAN, gifted teacher, and brilliant PLAYER of music! His presence in the world is s as needed gift and the lessons in these books not only needed, but priceless! Strange-ass story...but as in the first book, you are transformed AND a better musician simply for reading it. Audio version rocks! Cheers to its success...and THANK YOU, Victor (and all involved) for all you are and do!

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  • Aldric Smith
  • 18-04-21

Amazing

This is deeper than an insight to the spirit of music. Waiting on Michael to show up at my door (or Victor) lol....