Manhattan Road Trip: Short Stories

Manhattan Road Trip: Short Stories

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Manhattan Road Trip: Short Stories

In Robin Meloy Goldsby’s musical tales of passion, wild success and gut-wrenching regret, a classical pianist battles middle age and Rachmaninoff; a bebop saxophonist struggles with a varmint sharing her New York City apartment; and a cellist performs Mozart for her mentally ill mother. Filled with the biting humor and razor-sharp honesty familiar to Goldsby’s Piano Girl fans, thirteen sparkling fictional stories illuminate the not-so-public lives of musicians. Fragile, feisty, courageous, but sometimes just plain world-weary, Goldsby’s unbreakable protagonists push aside little injustices, dodge the slings and arrows of their tone-deaf neighbors, and keep playing the music they love.

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“Goldsby’s inside look at musicians and their daily travels, trials and travails gave me, as a fellow troubadour, more than one ‘A-ha!’ moment. She spins her short stories like a fine bebop solo, with down-to-earth themes and joyous ‘what’s-coming-next?’ improvisation.” BILL MAYS (composer and jazz pianist, New York City)

Manhattan Road Trip sings the songs of the unsung heroes of the music business; the working musicians who do their best to practice their art and craft and put food on the table, with dignity intact, in a world that really doesn’t understand them. Sometimes haunting, often poignant, always beautiful, these stories are told with the kind of love and wry humor that could only come from a fellow traveler.” GREG THYMIUS (Broadway musician, New York City)

“With brushstrokes of subway grates, sequins, stairways and Steinways, Goldsby paints textured portraits of what it means to be a musician, navigating a road of grit and glitz where life happens on the way.” EMILEE FLOOR (singer and pianist, New York City)

Robin is a wonderful storyteller whose writing will capture you from the first page. MARVIN STAMM (jazz trumpeter, New York City)

“Goldsby has her own voice when she writes, one that I truly look forward to spending time with each time she comes up with something new—and she keeps getting better!” LOREN SCHOENBERG (Artistic Director, The National Jazz Museum in Harlem)

Piano Girl fans will find Goldsby’s trademark wit in Manhattan Road Trip, but her writing takes a sophisticated leap. Goldsby ties together her symphony of character vignettes with a common theme—the power of music to shape, define, and transform lives.” CHRISTA GRIX (harpist, Detroit)

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Bass Lion Publishing

  • ISBN-10: 1523374225
  • ISBN-13: 978-1523374229

Published: 2016