Seaside, CA (PRWEB) March 21, 2016
U.S. publisher Wonder Wheel Publications introduces 'My Heart Sings the Harmony,' collecting more than 100 album reviews, artist interviews and essays by pop music critic Jason Warburg, editor of The Daily Vault (http://www.dailyvault.com). 'My Heart Sings the Harmony' is a love letter to rock and roll—and progressive rock, and power-pop, and jazz, and Americana, and popular music itself—that delivers an overview of the last 60 years of popular music from the perspective of a music writer whose passion for his subject overflows onto the page.
Warburg bridles at the label “critic,” though, seeing his role as serving as a “gateway” to the music rather than an arbiter of taste. “My job is to narrate my experience as a listener, to explain how the work was received on my end, which buttons it pushed and which it didn’t. Any given review might contain both criticism and praise, but my default setting is positive, not negative. I do what I do because I love music, not criticizing those who make it.”
The pages of 'My Heart Sings the Harmony' are populated by artists that range from the iconic—The Beatles, The Who, Led Zeppelin, Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder—to the niche—Ronnie Montrose, the Jayhawks, Fountains of Wayne, Les McCann, Yes—to the relatively unknown. Warburg devotes a chapter plus to his explorations of highly regarded independent artists such as Arms of Kismet, Jill Knight, David Corley, Butchers Blind and Casey Frazier.
Album reviews are interspersed with a series of interviews with artists ranging from well-known names like Jon Anderson (Yes), Ronnie Montrose, Danny Federici (Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band), and Jonathan Foreman (Switchfoot) to emerging artists like Greg Spawton (Big Big Train), Chris Cubeta, and Jean-Paul Vest (Last Charge of the Light Horse).
Fellow critics and music publicists are offering advance praise for 'My Heart Sings the Harmony':
“Jason Warburg writes with an unreasonable amount of velocity and heart. 'My Heart Sings The Harmony' is a gentle, funny and thoughtful reminder about why music makes us feel so much, and offers the kind of emotional honesty that we rarely see anymore. Each piece here is like a sepia snapshot of a forgotten time, but one that can be called back immediately in just one note—and it's in that one note where we feel most at home.”
-- Alex Green, editor of 'Stereo Embers' magazine and author of 'Emergency Anthems'
“Jason Warburg is one of the finest music writers out there. 'My Heart Sings the Harmony' demonstrates in a clear, passionate and unpretentious way the process of ‘acquiring musical memories’—Warburg is out to celebrate and share what he loves and why. You’ll more than likely be re-visiting some albums you may have given short shrift to, or searching for a new artist or album that, as Jason puts it, stops him in his tracks.”
-- Bernadette Quigley, music publicist, QuigleyMedia
'My Heart Sings the Harmony’ is available in trade paperback and Kindle editions.