Music To My Years, Life and Love Between the Notes
For over fifty years, in radio, on multiple stages, in scores of movie soundtracks, and tête-à-tête performances with the rich and famous, Artie Kane’s music has touched and inspired millions of people. His memoir, Music To My Years, Life and Love Between the Notes, is the story of a pianist, film composer, and conductor whose credits span the industry and reveal the enduring bond between a gifted musician, his piano, and the people who crowd around it.
From 1960 through 1978, Artie Kane was an in-demand, first-call session pianist in Hollywood, working with such stars as Frank Sinatra, Henry Mancini, John Williams, and Quincy Jones. He scored over 250 episodes for TV, including Wonder Woman, Vegas, Loveboat, Hotel, Dynasty, Matlock, Question of Guilt, and Man Against the Mob, in addition to seven motion pictures, such as Looking for Mr. Goodbar, Eyes of Laura Mars, Night of the Juggler, and Wrong Is Right.
Parallel to Artie’s illustrious career is the story of his eight marriages, numerous girlfriends, and his own family—all of whom had a marked effect on his life. Artie doesn’t white-wash anything. In this deeply personal book he bares his feelings and his soul as he discusses his failed marriages, legal problems, and addiction to anxiety and pain pills, showing that he is only too human.
Music To My Years captures the romantic as well as the rough-hewn and unrelentingly perfectionist sides of the world of professional entertainment. For the love of music, and in quest of love through eight marriages, Artie reimagines his dreams, and with characteristic candor and acerbic wit, proves that the American landscape thrives as a place for misfits who follow their dreams to success. Music to My Years is also the story of the ever-changing world of professional entertainment, told by an artist whose talents helped to define the transformative era. This memoir will delight and inform lovers of music, fans of Hollywood culture and films, and devotees of TV shows of the last five decades. This story will resonate with anyone who has pursued a dream or struggled to find true love.
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