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Jon O'Bergh has been playing piano since the age of 7. He graduated from the University of California at Irvine, where he studied piano performance and composition while performing with a rock band. He has released 7 CDs, including Intergalactic Odyssey, Specters of Twilight, Songs from Other Planets, Meditations from a Lost World, Sacred Spaces, Carta (which reached #1 nationwide on the NAV chart), and Millennial Landscapes. He has performed and recorded several CDs with the jazz/funk fusion band Gemini Soul, and co-produced songs with other artists. Jon has also written concert music and music for television.
Flying With Red Haircrow Productions
on April 12, 2012 :
“Song of Fire” is a unique type of what is essentially a memoir and personal journey through the author’s experiences in which the love of music was dominant. It is written as a series of vignettes combining both words and musical tracks you can download to fully appreciate the depth of the author’s passion as scenes of his life are revealed as the motivation of composing a song. Even were a reader deaf, the descriptions of melody and sound might be quite provocative. Some of the titles include “Loma Prieta”, “Orpheus in the Underworld”, “Uncertainty” and “The Blue Grotto.”
The writing itself is expansive, and was refreshingly mixed with intelligent, well-written prose and vivid memories often combining contemporary observations and historical perspectives. The commentary was both informative and interesting discussing everything from Mayan cosmology or Darwinian theories; from cacao bean differences to the innate attraction to music most of us are born with. Definitely a work of creative non-fiction, whether you are a true lover of music and its history or not, “Song of Fire” was what I call a beautiful work, and revealed aspects of the author’s life. What I particularly appreciated also was the author’s presentation of the sometimes utter normalcy yet special dynamics that gay life and relationships can naturally have.
I absolutely have to say this is one of the best books of its type I’ve ever read in my life.
(reviewed the day of purchase)