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AUTHOR: Nanci Lee Woody

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Against all odds, young Joey fights to hang on to his dream of becoming a musician. His father is dead set against this, tries to humiliate the boy, and finally resorts to cruelty to keep him from achieving his goal. As he grows, he learns the value of friendship and a mother's devotion. He falls deeply in love with a beautiful girl in high school but marries another who is willing to support him financially as he pursues his music education. This triangle romance nearly destroys the lives of the two women who love him. Tears and Trombones is filled with music from Mozart to Johnny Cash, from Shostakovich to The Beach Boys. It is an emotional story that will make you laugh and cry as you witness what Joey gives up to reach his dream. Tears and Trombones is a roller coaster of highs and lows with humorous twists and poignant turns as we watch Joey pursue his dream.

Winner, 2018, Readers Favorites Medal "Coming-of-Age YA Fiction".
Winner, 2017, Readers Favorites Medal "Literary Fiction".
Winner, 2016, Independent Publishers Medal "Best Fiction in the Western Pacific Region".
Book Excellence Award - Music Category.

Characters: 45. Amazon rating: 4 1/2 stars. Genre: Fiction.

Discussion Questions:
Tears and Trombones

Discussion Questions: General


Ch1     ListenTo Mozart's Requiem trombone solo - Tuba Mirum.
      San Francisco War Memorial Opera House.
      ListenTo Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto in D Major. Enjoy!
      Portrait of Beethoven.
      ListenTo Home On The Range.
      Jackson, California.
2     1940's school bus.
      1941 Chevy Coupe.
      ListenTo Old Shep by Red Foley with Lyrics.
      Sacramento Memorial Auditorium.
      ListenBetty Hutton, It Had To Be You.
      ListenTommy Dorsey, I'm Getting Sentimental Over You.
      ListenStan Kenton, Artistry In Rhythm.
      ListenFlight of the Bumble Bee.
      ListenLa Virgen De La Macarena.
3     ListenArthur Rubinstein - Brahms Piano Concerto No.1.
      ListenTommy Dorsey Marie.
      ListenThe Andrews Sisters - Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy.
      ListenTrombone Solo - Grand Concerto by Gräfe.
      ListenBeethoven's 5th Symphony.
      ListenKay Kyser - On A Slow Boat To China.
      D8 & DW20 Hauling Road Material.
      ListenThree Blazhevich Duets.
4     ListenChoral, Henri Dutilleux,  Cadence et Fugato for trombone and piano.
      ListenIan Bousfield Plays Bolero Trombone Solo.
      ListenRichard Wagner - Ride Of The Valkyries
      ListenWedding March Home Brass Quintet.
      ListenTchaikovsky 6th symphony Bernstein (Pathetique).
5     ListenRyan Anthony plays Someone To Watch Over Me.
      ListenGeorge Roberts Collection - Seventy-six Trombones.
      ListenYouTube: Check out this 1930's Music, Ziggy Elman & Orchestra.
      ListenThe Beach Boys - Surfin USA.
      ListenShostakovich: Symphony No. 5
      ListenFranck - Symphony In D Minor.
      Listento Milt Bernhart play the trombone.
      ListenPaul Weston Easy Jazz.
      ListenElvis Presley - Blue Suede Shoes - 1956.
      ListenGustavo Dudamel : Dvorak Symphony No. 9.
      Folsom Prison.  
      Listento Johnny Cash - Folsom Prison Blues - Live at San Quentin.
      ListenTo Johnny & June singing Jackson. 
      ListenCorelli Sonata In E Minor, Opus 5.

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