Keys to the Kingdom
Reflections of Music and the Mind
2010. Wising Up Press
For a decade, Housley played piano with Katrina Withey, a gifted musician partially paralyzed from a stroke. To understand those times in their playing when disabilities disappeared in a shimmer of grace, she wrote brief reflections, turning to neuroscience and history for deeper insight. Some are as complex as a fugue. Others are as simple as a finger exercise on the C scale. Yet sounding throughout the reflections is a sublime theme—the importance of friendship.
“I am certain I will return to this book many times—to prevent music from becoming solely intellectual, friendship simply casual, and life experiences reduced to a progression of day-to-day events.” Pamela J. Perry, Professor of Music, Central Connecticut State University