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The Boy Who Wanted To Rock
by David Weiser View author's profile page

Overview


Written by music industry veteran David Weiser for his five-year-old son, The Boy Who Wanted to Rock takes readers on a musical journey that encourages children to learn the ropes...and swing from the ceiling! Guided by a cast of helpful and unlikely creatures, a young boy discovers that his inner monster is the key to learning and enjoying music. Beautifully illustrated by longtime friend and fellow musician Derek Lavoie, the story is a tribute to the inner child that sustains every rock 'n roller.
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Description


The idea for the book came about while I was helping our son, Arlen, as he made first contact with a few instruments: keyboards and synthesizers, guitar, and a variety of tuned percussion instruments. It did not always go well. His intense love of music was matched by an equally intense desire for immediate results. This combination often led to a considerable amount of frustration. To help Arlen cope with this frustration, I decided to write a short rhyming story. My initial vision was for the book to encourage practice and sticktoitiveness, enshrining the many virtues of delayed gratification. Mercifully, I came to my senses and abandoned that idea as utter nonsense. It dawned on me that our boy's innocence and earnestness fueled a kind of rock power, that unnamed spark of creative joy that many of us in the music industry have chased in practice spaces and recording studios for decades. Our five-year-old boy is Thoreau's "childlike mirthfulness" come to life. He dances like there's no one watching; he doesn't know any other way. He sings with abandon, and sometimes, he roars. In the end, I thought that if he learns something from the book, wonderful, but above all else, I wanted this book to help ensure that he never forgets how to roar.

https://www.theboywhowantedtorock.com

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About the author


David Weiser has worked as a keyboard programmer with numerous Broadway, West End, touring and televised musicals, including NBC's 2018 Jesus Christ Superstar, Phantom of the Opera, Cats, and Les Miserables. His credits also include work with artists like David Bowie, The Who, and Brian Wilson. David lives outside of Boston with his wife, son, and a few goblins hanging about in the basement.

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Book details

Genre:MUSIC

Subgenre:genres & Styles / Children's

Language:English

Pages:38

Format:Hardcover

Hardcover ISBN:9780578799568


Overview


Written by music industry veteran David Weiser for his five-year-old son, The Boy Who Wanted to Rock takes readers on a musical journey that encourages children to learn the ropes...and swing from the ceiling! Guided by a cast of helpful and unlikely creatures, a young boy discovers that his inner monster is the key to learning and enjoying music. Beautifully illustrated by longtime friend and fellow musician Derek Lavoie, the story is a tribute to the inner child that sustains every rock 'n roller.

Read more

Description


The idea for the book came about while I was helping our son, Arlen, as he made first contact with a few instruments: keyboards and synthesizers, guitar, and a variety of tuned percussion instruments. It did not always go well. His intense love of music was matched by an equally intense desire for immediate results. This combination often led to a considerable amount of frustration. To help Arlen cope with this frustration, I decided to write a short rhyming story. My initial vision was for the book to encourage practice and sticktoitiveness, enshrining the many virtues of delayed gratification. Mercifully, I came to my senses and abandoned that idea as utter nonsense. It dawned on me that our boy's innocence and earnestness fueled a kind of rock power, that unnamed spark of creative joy that many of us in the music industry have chased in practice spaces and recording studios for decades. Our five-year-old boy is Thoreau's "childlike mirthfulness" come to life. He dances like there's no one watching; he doesn't know any other way. He sings with abandon, and sometimes, he roars. In the end, I thought that if he learns something from the book, wonderful, but above all else, I wanted this book to help ensure that he never forgets how to roar.

https://www.theboywhowantedtorock.com

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About the author


David Weiser has worked as a keyboard programmer with numerous Broadway, West End, touring and televised musicals, including NBC's 2018 Jesus Christ Superstar, Phantom of the Opera, Cats, and Les Miserables. His credits also include work with artists like David Bowie, The Who, and Brian Wilson. David lives outside of Boston with his wife, son, and a few goblins hanging about in the basement.

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Francis
The Boy Who Wanted to Rock I was extremely interested in this book, since I'm a "seasoned" musician that grew up on Deep Purple and Led Zeppelin. My daughters are in college now, but we do have younger relatives who love to see my guitars and keyboards when they visit. All of them can learn about the joys of playing an instrument, especially in an ensemble with others. What is often missed is the hours and hours of dedicated practice to become proficient. In today's world of instant gratification, the question is often "I want to be able to play my favorite songs by tomorrow", and "Is there an app for this?". "The Boy Who Wanted to Rock" addresses this in a unique fantasy adventure, with important lessons from a dog, octopus, cats, and even goblins and trolls! The artwork is stunning, and don't forget to search for the fantastic music video. Highly recommended - for children of all ages! Read more
Jason
Wonderful Book! I got this book for my nephew, since it's my job as his uncle and a professional musician to foster his love of music! It's a present and I haven't actually given it to him yet, but I read the book, and I love it! I knew it would be encouraging, but I didn't realize David Weiser would also find a wonderful, child-friendly way of teaching some basics of music theory. It's just a great story (with some amazing illustrations!) written by a true musician, and you just can't get any better than that! I almost feel like this would be a great intro book for a music theory course for kids. I hear rumors that there will be more books in this series and I can't wait to buy them! Read more
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