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Shawn Colvin Ò 5 review

A to the dark smoky bars in Austin Texas to the world stage at the GrammysHumorous and deeply honest Colvin relates the experiences behind her best loved songs in vivid color in this memoir Diamond in the Rough captures her years of touring cross country in bands and vans full of guys; falling in and out of love; meeting heroes like Joni Mitchell; searching for her musical identity; and making friendships that would last a lifetime It is also an unflinching account of Colvin's This book is pretty uneven though that s also how I find Colvin s music some of it I love some of it I have to skip She breezes uickly through her childhood detailing a few formative experiences which I thought was good no reason to dwell too much there But she sort of skimmed over the alcohol addiction part and at one point she mentions drugs but doesn t come back to it she is candid about it but doesn t seem to be telling the whole story While I respect her privacy writing a book like this was her choice and I do think that being upfront might be helpful to the readerI felt the same way about some of her relationships While she describes both her husbands and explains her reasons for the marriages failing I d rather that she had shown us She tells us about her commitment issues but doesn t give examples of how they were overwhelming or caused problems Again some of this is probably out of respect for her privacy as well as theirs but I don t think that telling us how you felt in love and falling out is too much to ask of a singer songwriter writing a biography She dwells on a failed romance after her 2nd marriage almost as long as she does both marriages it s a little tough to read because the person isn t named I understand why but I wish she could have brought the same candor to the parts where she discusses the people that she thought she d be with foreverShe does a great job with her depression I think this is a must read for anyone who s grappled with depression or mental health issues Colvin is upfront though not too detailed it s a good balanceabout her own battles with depression and does a good job describing her feelings how she is able to maintain her job and lifestyle while dealing with these issues And I don t think she tells too much here she maintains a level of distanceAs someone who s followed her career since the beginning it was also nice to read about the making of her albums and what ideas were behind the songs her writing process etc If you re not familiar with her work that may not be interesting to you but she is a good songwriterIf you re a fan a writer or interested in depression and related issues this is a good book for you Otherwise it s pacing is kind of uneven and you may not care enough to pick it up Blackmailed Into the Greek Tycoons Bed (International Billionaires, years of touring cross country in bands and vans full of guys; falling in and out of love; meeting heroes like Joni Mitchell; searching for her musical identity; and making friendships that would last a lifetime It is also an unflinching account of Colvin's This book is pretty uneven though that s also how I find Colvin s music some of it I love some of it I have to skip She breezes uickly through her childhood detailing a few formative experiences which I thought was good no reason to dwell too much there But she sort of skimmed over the alcohol addiction part and at one point she mentions drugs but doesn t come back to it she is candid about it but doesn t seem to be telling the whole story While I respect her privacy writing a book like this was her choice and I do think that being upfront might be helpful to the readerI felt the same way about some of her relationships While she describes both her husbands and explains her reasons for the marriages failing I d rather that she had shown us She tells us about her commitment issues but doesn t give examples of how they were overwhelming or caused problems Again some of this is probably out of respect for her privacy as well as theirs but I don t think that telling us how Her Husbands Christmas Bargain you felt in love and falling out is too much to ask of a singer songwriter writing a biography She dwells on a failed romance after her 2nd marriage almost as long as she does both marriages it s a little tough to read because the person isn t named I understand why but I wish she could have brought the same candor to the parts where she discusses the people that she thought she d be with foreverShe does a great job with her depression I think this is a must read for anyone who s grappled with depression or mental health issues Colvin is upfront though not too detailed it s a good balanceabout her own battles with depression and does a good job describing her feelings how she is able to maintain her job and lifestyle while dealing with these issues And I don t think she tells too much here she maintains a level of distanceAs someone who s followed her career since the beginning it was also nice to read about the making of her albums and what ideas were behind the songs her writing process etc If The Geography of Witchcraft you re not familiar with her work that may not be interesting to Hold On To Me you but she is a good songwriterIf Copping It Sweet (Murphys Law you re a fan a writer or interested in depression and related issues this is a good book for Ill Be Yours for Christmas (Harlequin Blaze, you Otherwise it s pacing is kind of uneven and Her Babys Bodyguard (Eagle Squadron you may not care enough to pick it up

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Diamond in the Rough

Struggles weathering addiction and depression learning to care for not only herself but also a child and always channeling those experiences into songWith the wit lyricism and empathy that have characterized Colvin's performances and inspired audiences worldwide Diamond in the Rough looks back over a rich lifetime of highs and lows with stunning insight and candor In its pages we witness the inspiring story of a woman honing her artistry finding her voice and making herself who Five stars for Shawn Colvin s musicGreat start to this book with vivid details from her humble Midwestern upbringing to her arduous journey as multiple Grammy winning artist Brave and honest telling of her battle with depression anti depressants and therapists Humorous accounts of life with a band Wonderful glimpse into the artist s process And then there s the heartaches The book could use a good editor and the ending was somehow not resolved Still a must for any fan Enjoyed it

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After learning to play guitar at the age of ten Shawn Colvin was determined to make a life in music a decision that would send a small town girl out on the open road for good In 1997 two decades after she started she got her big break Like the troubled would be arsonist and survivor of her smash hit Sunny Came Home Colvin knows a thing or two about heartache and setting fires Diamond in the Rough recounts this passionate musician's coming of age from the prairies of South Dakot I remember where I was when I first encountered Shawn Colvin I was in a Best Buy in Bloomington Illinois in the spring of my freshman year Her album Steady On was sitting on an end cap display in the new music section it looked good and I was feeling consumeristic so I bought it I probably uite frankly put it on my Discover Card as I was wont to do back then which means I m probably still paying for it That being said it was worth the moneyShawn Colvin s music has shown up at a lot of significant moments in my life Her cover of Every Little Thing He Does Is Magic was playing while my wife and I enjoyed a poolside meal at a resort in Scottsdale Arizona during our honeymoon I sat with my sister on the floor of the student center at Northwestern University while Colvin moved effortlessly from her song Polaroids into the chorus of Just My Imagination by the Temptations I bought her album Whole New You in a Borders Bookstore that no longer exists And on September 11 2001 I sought solace in her song Cry Like an Angel as I tried to make sense of the violent deaths of than three thousand peopleAll the feelings associated with those moments came back when I learned that she had written a memoir Diamond in the Rough I gobbled it up and enjoyed every nibble although I m not sure I would have been as enthralled had I not already been a fan Diamond in the Rough isn t so much a memoir in the sense of a book that mines an event or setting or relationship for some universal meaning as it is an autobiography It s a book for fans first and foremost I don t mean that disrespectfully but I do think if someone saw my four star rating for a memoir and bought it without prior connection to Colvin they d be disappointed with their reading experienceThat being said it was for me a great reading experience Colvin is a singer songwriter and such people are uniuely gifted storytellers if not always the most articulate interpreters of stories Songwriters tell stories in song and so the meaning is usually intentionally obscured Not so in a book though Colvin tells her life story compellingly taking us through several distinct chapters a childhood occasionally disrupted by family relocation a young life on the road as a traveling musician a settled but arguably less stable life as a New York musician an award winning recording career a post major label singer songwriter s schedule all with a through line that involves addiction depression anxiety and turbulent romantic relationships No great surprises or big new insights here we sadly have come to expect substance abuse emotional hardship and complicated relationships of our celebrated artists They re sad stories in many cases but they re told here with the perspective of time passed and life recovered Like a good storyteller Colvin can find the grace and humor in each chapter I think one of the best reason for reading books by musicians and other artists such as Steve Martin and Joe Jackson for example is the window such books provide into the artistic mind and the creative process Colvin s songs are in the foreground of her later chapters once she s committed herself to songwriting and recording I learned a lot about the songs on Steady On that has since enriched my listening I learned about her later albums as well having my suspicions confirmed for example by her comments about the first line of Polaroids Please no therapy It s not just her music of course Colvin was part of what might be considered a folk renaissance in the late 1980s bleeding into the 1990s Her experience writing with Jon Levanthal touring with Buddy Miller even just hanging out with Joni Mitchell offer insight into where artists find inspiration and how such inspiration is translated into something that can be received and embraced by an audience It should by now be obvious that I struggle in vain to have objectivity about Shawn Colvin More objective readers might write a robust critiue of her book More power to them me I ll remember it fondly as a story that touches ever so faintly my own story If you could show me the story of love she sings in Climb On a Back That s Strong I would write it again and again If she did I would surely read it at least once Marriage by Deception year Her album Steady On was sitting on an end cap display in the new music section it looked good and I was feeling consumeristic so I bought it I probably uite frankly put it on my Discover Card as I was wont to do back then which means I m probably still paying for it That being said it was worth the moneyShawn Colvin s music has shown up at a lot of significant moments in my life Her cover of Every Little Thing He Does Is Magic was playing while my wife and I enjoyed a poolside meal at a resort in Scottsdale Arizona during our honeymoon I sat with my sister on the floor of the student center at Northwestern University while Colvin moved effortlessly from her song Polaroids into the chorus of Just My Imagination by the Temptations I bought her album Whole New You in a Borders Bookstore that no longer exists And on September 11 2001 I sought solace in her song Cry Like an Angel as I tried to make sense of the violent deaths of than three thousand peopleAll the feelings associated with those moments came back when I learned that she had written a memoir Diamond in the Rough I gobbled it up and enjoyed every nibble although I m not sure I would have been as enthralled had I not already been a fan Diamond in the Rough isn t so much a memoir in the sense of a book that mines an event or setting or relationship for some universal meaning as it is an autobiography It s a book for fans first and foremost I don t mean that disrespectfully but I do think if someone saw my four star rating for a memoir and bought it without prior connection to Colvin they d be disappointed with their reading experienceThat being said it was for me a great reading experience Colvin is a singer songwriter and such people are uniuely gifted storytellers if not always the most articulate interpreters of stories Songwriters tell stories in song and so the meaning is usually intentionally obscured Not so in a book though Colvin tells her life story compellingly taking us through several distinct chapters a childhood occasionally disrupted by family relocation a A Tangled Affair (The Pearl House young life on the road as a traveling musician a settled but arguably less stable life as a New York musician an award winning recording career a post major label singer songwriter s schedule all with a through line that involves addiction depression anxiety and turbulent romantic relationships No great surprises or big new insights here we sadly have come to expect substance abuse emotional hardship and complicated relationships of our celebrated artists They re sad stories in many cases but they re told here with the perspective of time passed and life recovered Like a good storyteller Colvin can find the grace and humor in each chapter I think one of the best reason for reading books by musicians and other artists such as Steve Martin and Joe Jackson for example is the window such books provide into the artistic mind and the creative process Colvin s songs are in the foreground of her later chapters once she s committed herself to songwriting and recording I learned a lot about the songs on Steady On that has since enriched my listening I learned about her later albums as well having my suspicions confirmed for example by her comments about the first line of Polaroids Please no therapy It s not just her music of course Colvin was part of what might be considered a folk renaissance in the late 1980s bleeding into the 1990s Her experience writing with Jon Levanthal touring with Buddy Miller even just hanging out with Joni Mitchell offer insight into where artists find inspiration and how such inspiration is translated into something that can be received and embraced by an audience It should by now be obvious that I struggle in vain to have objectivity about Shawn Colvin More objective readers might write a robust critiue of her book More power to them me I ll remember it fondly as a story that touches ever so faintly my own story If Matthews Choice you could show me the story of love she sings in Climb On a Back That s Strong I would write it again and again If she did I would surely read it at least once


10 thoughts on “Diamond in the Rough

  1. says:

    I remember where I was when I first encountered Shawn Colvin I was in a Best Buy in Bloomington Illinois in the spring of my freshman year Her album Steady On was sitting on an end cap display in the new music section; it looked good and I w

  2. says:

    I have been a Shawn Colvin fan for over 10 years so I went into this with high hopes As a memoir I think it is pretty well written lots of personal stories and information That being said however this is the first autobiographybiogr

  3. says:

    Thank you Shelf Awareness On a day when I was really in need of good news I received notice that I had won this book I'll get a little review up whenever I can get my hand to cooperate

  4. says:

    I read this book in just two sittings It was a thoroughly enjoyable swift read because it is written purely from the heart It is a gritty no holds barred brutally honest soul baring confessional memoir that is at once uplifting and sad at the same timeThe author speaks frankly about her battles with alcohol depression weight fluctuations drug use suicidal thoughts and a string of unfulfilling relationships whi

  5. says:

    This book is pretty uneven though that's also how I find Colvin's music some of it I love some of it I have to skip She breezes uickly through her childhood detailing a few formative experiences which I thought was good no reason to dwell too much there But she sort of skimmed over the alcohol addiction part and

  6. says:

    My wife and I have been fans of Shawn Colvin's music since her first album er CD Steady On was released back in 1989 We saw her at least three times during that tour and we both could tell from her songs her sta

  7. says:

    Well you cant accuse Shawn Colvin of not being honest in this memoir Sometimes maybe she's just a little too honest leaving me to wonder what her teenage daughter will think when she reads her mom's book Overall though a pl

  8. says:

    Five stars for Shawn Colvin's musicGreat start to this book with vivid details from her humble Midwestern upbringing to her arduous journey as multiple Grammy winning artist Brave and honest telling of her battle with depression anti depressants and therapists Humorous accounts of life with a band Wonderful glimpse into the artist's process And then there's the heartaches The book could use a good editor and

  9. says:

    I love books about artists discovering themselves and Colvin's memoir is no exception What's even fascinating is that she seemed to stumble into her career because she really wasn't good at anything else She had a huge substance abuse problem which will limit how much and what you can do but she always found the energy for

  10. says:

    As you'd expect from a woman who's worked her way through most of America's psychiatric medications this is not an in depth bookIt bounces about like a nervous moth rarely settling on a subject for long as a fresh idea or thought rushes to t

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