Grammy Award winner Victor Wooten's inspiring parable of the importance of music and the threats that it faces in today's world.

We may not realize it as we listen to the soundtrack of our lives through tiny earbuds, but music and all that it encompasses is disappearing all around us. In this fable-like story three musicians from around the world are mysteriously summoned to Nashville, the Music City, to join together with Victor to do battle against the "Phasers," whose blinking "music-cancelling" headphones silence and destroy all musical sound. Only by coming together, connecting, and making the joyful sounds of immediate, "live" music can the world be restored to the power and spirit of music.


Read by the author, with:
Odelphis Davis as Mom
Keb' Mo' as Dad
Jonathan Chase as Jonathan
Cameron Wooten as the Record Store Owner & Truck Stop Employee
Sam Lutomia as Ali
Ryoko Suzuki as Seiko
India Arie as the music & Isis Singing voice
Brian Edwards as Sifu
Michael Kott as Michael
Chuck Rainey as Uncle Clyde
Radmila Bowers as Isis
Daniel J. Levitin as Phaser
Brandon Blake as Brandon
Dave Welsch as Larry
and Jeff Coffin as the Saxophone player
“[A] bit like Carlos Castaneda’s shamanist tales, a bit like tween fiction, a bit like websites on, say, sonic healing through principles of sacred geometry and—at its best—an enactment of epiphanies told in the ping-pong dialogue. . . . It’s a book that stands happily against traditional music pedagogy and canned notions of achievement. This is to its great credit.”  —Ben Ratliff, The Washington Post

“Wooten, bassist for Béla Fleck and the Flecktones, delivers a remarkable fable in which music is dying. . . . This allegorical foray into the power of music is both heartfelt and wildly imaginative. Music lovers will adore this sparkling manifesto.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Part exhortation, part New Age–ish memoir, part philosophical treatise, Wooten’s book is full of surprising and illuminating lessons. . . . [An] always rewarding delight for music fans of a mystical bent.” —Kirkus Reviews