Soundtrack: Liner Notes from a Pandemic Mixtape (Paperback)
Soundtrack: Liner Notes from a Pandemic Mixtape captures the full range of emotions, just like a favorite song. In twenty essays and two bonus tracks written during the heart of the COVID-19 crisis, Alison Cupp Relyea evokes the power of music to inspire, heal, and move us even . . . perhaps especially . . . in our most difficult times. Soundtrack acts as a microphone to amplify the intersection of intimate bonds, surprising nostalgia, and universal meaning that were essential to cope with the defining world event of our era.
While the dark early days of an unknown circulating virus are behind us, Cupp Relyea reminds us that the tender exchanges and heightened observation we sought then are, like music, timeless. Whether sharing vulnerable family moments or the lasting influence of pop culture icons such as Sin ad O'Connor, Patti Smith, or Tom Hanks, the author blends lyrical descriptions and poignant storytelling.
This insightful memoir reveals how curiosity and connection can lead to a greater understanding of the relationships, environments, and voices that shape us. Like homemade mixtapes curated with love and deep intention back in the day, Cupp Relyea carefully chooses the words and rhythms that will resonate with her intended listener--you.