Will Layman is a writer, teacher and musician living in the Washington, D.C. area.
My friend Jacki recently asked me, "Are you one of those folks who prefers music to people?"
I had no idea she knew me so well. For a music fanatic, getting lost in the vibrations is as easy as letting a riptide drag you out to sea.
The power of music is similar to the power of books — but books are notoriously poor at describing the abstraction and subtlety of a melody. Still, authors keep trying to bottle the magic. Here are three books — one about a fan, one about a critic, and one about an unlikely musician — that sing like the real thing.