Making Music for Life (autographed copy)
Making Music for Life: Rediscover Your Musical Passion guides musicians over forty on their next musical steps. It offers hundreds of tips on the best ways to practice and jam, enjoy playing with others, get gigs and record, and bring more music to communities. The message permeating the book is that music can help readers live and age well.
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~Bernard Holland, music critic emeritus, New York Times, and author of Something I Heard
“Gayla Mills’ precision with language, delight with music, and intrinsic joie de vivre make her the perfect author for Making Music for Life. Everyone who has tapped a foot or hummed along with a band will love this book, and maybe, just maybe, make music a bigger part of their lives.” ~Charlotte Morgan, author of Protecting Elvis
"Gayla Mills shares the nuts and bolts of fostering one's hidden musical talent. But perhaps most importantly, she shares the power behind music. It boosts creativity and reduces stress. It strengthens social bonds, helping us find harmony while resonating with others. From amateur musician to Grammy-winning performer, anyone seeking to awaken their musical passion will find this book ideal."
~Dr. Lynn Szostek, psychologist and gerontologist
Making Music for Life “delivers 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
"As a scientist who frequently speaks about the benefits of music on the brain, I'm often asked: is it too late for me? Mills provides a highly readable and practical guide that democratizes music's promise."
~Dr. Nina Kraus, Professor, Brainvolts Auditory Neuroscience Lab, Northwestern University
"Making Music for Life absolutely fascinated me. It's beautifully written and engagingly constructed and it helped me better understand why music has remained central to my life. I found it entrancing."
~Steve Yarbrough, novelist and guitar player
"What better way to counteract boredom, stress, anxiety and even depression than playfully learning a new instrument, singing, jamming, or just learning to hear the pitch, rhythm and timbres of sounds around you. Gayla Mills, in her book, Making Music for Life, offers tips for learning to hear and live life like a musician, while boosting your dopamine and improving cognition at the same time."
~ Dr. Jodie Skillicorn, author of Healing Depression Without Medications: A Psychiatrist's Guide to Balancing Mind, Body and Soul
A musician all my life, if anyone had suggested that I might stop playing, I'd have laughed. But life can get in the way: aging parents, heightened work and family demands. My guitar strings rusted; my piano went out of tune. I am the perfect audience for this thoughtful, detailed book, and I'm very thankful Gayla had the vision and heart to write it.
~Liz Hodges, author of What the River Means, guitar player and pianist.
“Music can be a powerful part of your life even if it is not your livelihood, and Gayla’s book Making Music for Life is a powerful serving for this magical, mystical, musical table setting of love.”
~Michael Johnathon, folksinger and host of WoodSongs Old-time Radio Hour
As I began my sixties and approached retirement. I experienced what Gayla M. Mills calls, “the idea nagging at you like a puppy nipping at your heels.” I bought a mandolin, and three weeks later began taking lessons. I wish I had had this book when I started. Gayla’s book is so full of good advice, inspiration, encouragement, practical suggestions about all aspects of making music, and sage quotations from other musicians, that I cannot imagine any student who would not find it helpful. It is a store of helpful information to which I intend to return regularly.
~Gary Ivory author of Leading with technologies: Improving performance for educators and mandolin player