Monday's Stuff We Like
Rob Sheffield - Turn Around Bright Eyes: The Rituals of Love and Karaoke
I read Rob Sheffield's first book - Love Is A Mix Tape - on a friendly recommendation. The recommender also lent me her copy of the book so I could read it. There were a ton of penciled notes and underlined phrases. I studied these intently, as to discover more about my friend. Anyway, I am halfway through the book and talking about it with my friend. I mention her extensive notes. She says, "Oh, those aren't mine. Those are from the friend who gave me the book." How funny! I was pouring over the words of someone I had never met, thinking they were some secret person code. I started the book again and decided not to pay attention to those notes. It's a great book. You should read it.
Today, though, we are here to talk about Sheffield's more recent work. Turn Around Bright Eyes takes place after the events in the earlier memoir. I don't want to give anything away (not for narrative sake, but I think the stories have more emotional weight when you read Sheffield's words), but TABE is about singing and moving on. Love Is A Mix Tape and Turn Around Bright Eyes are both about ways we make music our own (tapes and karaoke). Sheffield excels at conveying things deeply personal while reaching the broader experience of an audience. It boils down to this - Rob Sheffield writes well in an enjoyable style and I think you should enjoy his work.
– John Siegel