Somewhere in the Music, I'll Find Me: A Memoir
A COMING-OF-AGE-STORY told with raw honesty, suspense, and dashes of humor, Somewhere in the Music, I'll Find Me is a woman's journey about self-acceptance and healing in the face of grief and devastating loss.
Musician Laurie Markvart was adrift in life. In the wake of the deaths of her father and preemie baby, her family life was in anguish, and her music career stalled.
Music was the remedy for anything in Laurie's life. Looking for a quick fix, she attended an open audition in Los Angeles for the X-Factor reality TV singing show. During the demanding two-day audition, Laurie reflected on her lifelong music journey.
As a teen, she fled her isolated Wisconsin farm town for the famous music scenes of Minneapolis, Austin, and New York City. In rock bands, on tours, and with Broadway auditions, Laurie had many highs and lows, successes and failures - some humorous, some dangerous. At the center of it all was a stormy relationship with her mentally ill mother and Laurie's growing anxiety disorder that plagued her most. The despair she thought would be extinguished with marriage and parenting was for a time, but it shattered with the profound loss of her father and baby.
With mounting pressure to succeed at the X-Factor audition, Laurie must push through her anxieties and heartbreaking reflections and not only find herself in the music but a way to move forward and heal.
Plot/Idea: 10 out of 10
Originality: 8 out of 10
Prose: 9 out of 10
Character/Execution: 10 out of 10
Overall: 9.25 out of 10
Plot/Idea: This is an engaging story that combines music and moxie while exploring the impact of loss. Markvart undertakes a significant and difficult journey; her story holds the reader's interest as she confronts challenges head-on, emerging as a more empowered and self-fulfilled individual in the process.
Prose: Markvart's conveys her love for music in a moving and elegant manner, while her emotional pain, anxiety, and the often comfortable moments she endures are palpable on the page.
Originality: Somewhere in the Music, I'll Find Me is a unique and personal story about music, grief, and the pressures of pursuing a dream that will undoubtedly inspire readers.
Character/Execution: Markvart has done a marvelous job of sorting through her own tumultuous past and is very much the center of her own story. Additional characters are organically portrayed and true to life.
Blurb: Somewhere in the Music, I'll Find Me is the moving and candid story of an aspiring musician whose journey takes her from rock bands to Broadway.
Date Submitted: October 07, 2022