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There are three kinds of memory slips I tell my students One when Memory slips but you find your way back without losing a beat Two when you don't find your way back until the downbeat Three when you don't find your way back in time and must stop and restart the music I don't tell them about a fourth possibility when one memory slips another intrudes and you don't find your way back for a very long time from Memory Slips Linda Katherine Cutting's memoir of family and music movingly portrays the trauma and recovery of a woman whose childhood was betrayed by those who were supposed to protect her In exuisite prose she illuminates the inner life of a child for whom the gift of music was the only refuge a refuge that protected her as long as it could For when Linda began to remember what her father had done to her and her brothers both eventual suicides she stopped being able to remember Beethoven's notesLinda Cutting's writing bears witness to what had occurred Her stunning Hers column originally printed in the New York Times Sunday Magazine in October 1993 was clipped and carried in wallets and pocketbooks and reprinted around the world Now her memoir Memory Slips will not only reach out and give voice to victims of abuse but also move anyone who cares about the power of writing the beauty of music and the innocence of children In her writing Linda Cutting displays the same grace thoughtfulness and talent that she's always brought to her music making With courageous candor Linda has shone light into the darker corners of her own compelling life and we the readers are richer for it John Williams Academy Award winning composer and conductor laureate The Boston Pops Orchestra This is a mesmerizing story about the loss of music and innocence and very nearly the self and the subseuent recovery of all those things It is testimony to the power of Linda Cutting's writing that the same book that tears at your heart can in the end make it rise up with gladness Elizabeth Berg author of Talk Before Sleep Range of Motion and The Pull of the Moon


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    My lovely daughter gave me this book to read and said I think you'll like it mom Imagine my surprise when as I got deeper into the narrative by a gifted pianist was that I discovered it was a memoir about incest Truth is I did like it and I could relate to her story While not a gifted pianist I did play piano for over 10 years I was quite good even after my trusted teacher of 6 years molested me one day at a lesson Both of these experiences sparked a deeper connection to Miss Cutting's story told in back and forth 10 years apart between the time she was a rising concert pianist to her hospitalization for suicidal tendencies which came after she could not longer ignore the dark childhood memories that slipped in despite her concentrated efforts to block them as an adult There are three kinds of memory slips I tell my students One when memory slips but you find your way back without losing a beat Two when you don't find your way back until the downbeat Three when you don't find your way back in time and must stop and restart the music The latter memory slips is my interpretation of what Ms Cutting experiences in terms of her father It took her years to find her way back losing two brother to suicide in the process The connection to her father and the piano is woven throughout the story Her father gave her the piano and she was safe from him there when playing Yet despite playing the Boston Pops and other renowned groups across the country she never gets her father's approval or praise The hardest thing about this book is her conflicted relationship with her father She describes how after her hair starts to turn brown from childish golden curls her father starts to ignore her While this a blessing it also hurts this child Once I was special Not I'm not My heart ached throughout the reading of this honest and heartbreaking story of a survivor The girl who finally had the courage to tell in hopes Does she get redemption? You will have to read it to find out