Book Review: “The Moment: Wild, Poignant, Life-Changing Stories from 125 Writers and Artists Famous & Obscure” edited by Larry Smith

Though it is of course natural and obligatory, when talking about the major moments in one’s life, to discuss the birth of a child or knowing when someone was “the one,” they are not my first loves. Wildly and unresistingly able to love, I do not fear reveling within the emotion, but everything beautiful that I have ever experienced comes after a different kind of magic: music. Yes, I am in the business of writing, and have done so since the alphabet was within my grasp, but music? Oh, music is something other. Music is where my moments live, and the biggest moment of them all arrived when I took the train from Spokane to Seattle to see Ryan Adams & The Cardinals and Oasis live. For over a decade, I’d listened and been changed by this music, yet this would be the first time I’d ever seen either band perform. I traveled alone, and I preferred it that way.

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