Instrumental A Memoir of Madness, Medication, and Music


Instrumental  A Memoir of Madness, Medication, and Music by James Rhodes 

“Classical music makes me hard.” 

Possibly the best opening line ever. From the moment I read those first five words, I knew I was going to like this book. And I did. Immensely. 

This heart-breakingly honest memoir had me in tears and in stitches. I laughed, I cried. James Rhodes has written a book that will make you furious and hopeful at the same time. How he discovered the fortitude to survive child sexual abuse and mental illness is contained in the 304 pages of this brilliantly written book. 

I won’t give a synopsis here because no short paragraph could possibly encapsulate the powerful message of this book. You have to be brave enough to dig in and discover the beauty, the grace, the wit and the courage of James Rhodes. 

Great quote: “How awful to have a passion so intense it dictates your every breath and yet to lack the moral backbone to pursue it.” (fucking love this!) 

P.S. I read his chapter (track nineteen) on relationships twice and will most likely read it several more times. Insightful and extremely wise. 

P.S.S. As soon as I finished the book, I went on to iTunes and bought all of his music. I think you will, too. I’m listening to his album ‘Razor Blades, Little Pills, Big Pianos’ as I type this. 

Instrumental A Memoir of Madness, Medication, and Music by James Rhodes