This a songwriter’s memoir. It is honest and raw but also humorous in places. It made me laugh and cry, just like any good memoir should do.
This book is written in engaging prose. The prose is as smooth and colourful as her Juno-nominated melodies.
Dayna Manning’s memoir provides a window into the world of her song writing. In this book, Manning depicts her collaborations with Canadian legends such as Burton Cummings, Chris Hadfield, and William Lishman, providing readers with an intimate view of a musician’s life and up-close encounters with some of Canada’s greatest personalities.
Manning’s charming debut memoir is a fascinating read, spanning Canada itself as well as a three-decade career in an ever-changing music business.
I learned after reading this book that the music business in Canada is very difficult to flourish in. It is a smaller market than usual, and because of this it is constantly changing and always in motion. Songwriters such as Manning has a difficult time to keep up and to keep authentic in this world of piracy and copying.
I love Canadian folk music. So, I have always loved her voice and her insightful songs. They represent a history of Canadian musical art that goes back to the early 60’s and sounds equally vital today.
I just love Canadian musicians. Manning’s songs are so mellow yet so deep. They will move you past all of your struggles to a place of peace and bliss.