Letters I never mailed Clues to a life Author:Alec wilder Spanning six decades and variously address to friends , enemies, relatives, teachers , chance acquaintances music critics , such artists as Mercer Frank Sinatra, Marian McPartland, Ella Wilder's "unmailed letters" comprise the memoir of a gifted, quixotic man whose integrity continually tilts against our centuries windmills. Always honest, perso... more »nally un sparing , letters I never mailed reflects and affirms the composers lifelong fight to content his spirit and, at same time, to do his best work regardless of profit or fashion. Throughout wilder's wanderings - an odyssey through recording studios, after hours clubs, jazz joints, hotel lobbies, concert halls, an sleepless hours aboard midnight trains – the reader accompanies a serious artist who remains steadfastly loyal to his friends and to his music, and hostile to the casual rudeness and cruelty of what he calls the present "human Ice Age."
Sparked by the Wilder charm and his witty brand of healthy nostalgia, letters I never mail brings all sides of the composers life – "divided between travel and music and my friends and solitude" – face front. And delightfully, like his music, his book is original, more than occassionally ironic, and filled with surprises.« less