- Book author
- Gayla M. Mills
Do you hope to expand your musical circle? Need inspiration and practical ideas for overcoming setbacks? Love music and seek new ways to enjoy it? Roots musician Gayla M. Mills will help you take your next step, whether you play jazz, roots, classical, or rock. You'll become a better musician, learning the best ways to practice, improve your singing, enjoy playing with others, get gigs and record, and bring more music to your community. Most importantly, you'll discover how music can help you live and age well."Making Music for Life is a doorway into the endless joys of making music, for everyone at any age." -- Bernard Holland, Music critic emeritus, The New York Times and author of Something I Heard
"A keen road map that supports musicians and the expansion of their craft. Gayla's done the work. All you have to do is step on the path and follow her lead." -- Greg Papania, music producer, mixer, composer.
I could not have written this book without a supporting ensemble. My many thanks to the sixty-five people who shared their stories and knowledge with me. I’m indebted to Liz Hodges, Mil Norman-Risch, Trudy Hale, and Gene Mills for reading early drafts and helping me clarify who I wanted to reach and what I wanted to share. Thanks to other readers who gave technical feedback on specific chapters: Pete Wernick, Ben Surratt, Chris Sanders, Jacob Ofman, and Plum Cluverius. My writing group—Foust, Mil, and Elizabeth Sheehan—has listened and given invaluable insights. My good friends have supported me throughout: in particular, Rebecca Jones has offered on-going advice and encouragement, and Kathryn DiPasqua has tutored me in the mysteries of social media. Sara Sgarlat was instrumental in encouraging me and suggesting next steps. Lisa Hagan, my agent, has been invaluable in guiding me and in finding a publisher. I’m grateful to Fiona Hallowell, my editor at Dover Publications, for taking on this project, working with me step-by-step, and serving as a bridge to the Dover crew.
Above all, Gene has been my partner in music and in life. He brings out my best.