As befitting a book written by Music, The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto has a soundtrack.
On an evening in the small Spanish town of Villareal, a young woman, heavily pregnant, enters a church to light a candle. Then the raiders come, followers of Franco, and her labor begins. In a hidden room attended by a single nun, her son, Francisco Presto, enters the world, grabbing a giant handfull of Music as he comes. In a desperate attempt to keep him quiet, his mother hums to him Francisco Tárrega’s Lágrima. As the church begins to burn, the new mother, the nun, and the infant huddle together. Only one of the women make it out alive.
Thus begins the life of musical legend, Frankie Presto who would die so spectacularly. His life and music touched and was touched by so many. Django Reinhardt, Duke Ellington, Elvis Presley, Lyle Lovett, Tony Bennett, and many, many more.
I loved this book, told to us by Music with music. Be sure to read it with YouTube open so you can listen to the music as you read. It really does enhance the experience.
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars