Blind but Now I See
by Kent Gustavson, PhD
I love when I am contacted by a publisher regarding a new book they have available for review because it allows me to discover wonderful and inspiring people, such as Doc Watson. Sure, his name might be well known to some but unfortunately I wasn’t one of those people. I have never heard of Doc Watson or his gifted talent of flatpicking.
The biography of music legend, Doc Watson, Blind but Now I See is a great book about this Appalachian musician. As the title indicates, this book is a biography of Doc Watson’s life. From his humble beginnings, through his years as a musician, and ending with the impact he had on the many lives of others who knew him or heard his music. In between the stories shared are sketches of Doc along with photographs illustrating his life and certain situations he encountered; from family portraits to stage performances.
When receiving this book, I was anxious to begin reading the story of Doc Watson. From the synopsis on the back cover I knew this was going to be an inspiring story about a man who beat some incredible odds to reach the heights he did through his guitar playing. I wasn’t disappointed as I read through the book. Each chapter shared a certain aspect of Doc Watson’s life, along with a great life lesson – something Doc learned along the way. Lessons we all could learn and use in our own life.
Not only was the book a delightful read, it also peaked my interest about Doc Watson’s music and I found myself searching the web for videos of him playing the tunes mentioned in the book. Below my review are two such videos I found. I can now truthfully say I am a fan of Doc Watson and his guitar flatpicking. And to think, I didn’t even know what flatpicking was when I first received the book. I had to ask my guitar playing fiancé!
Kent Gustavson did a fantastic job of writing about Doc Watson’s life. I give extra credit to Mr. Gustavson because his writing was engaging enough to peak my interest in Doc Watson’s music. Blind but Now I see is more than a biography; to me it was an open door to discovering a great musician.
Since the book mentions some tragic events in Doc’s life, I would recommend this book to any adult reader. Of course, if you are a musician looking for inspiration then I would recommend picking up this book. It’ll encourage you on your journey and give you some helpful information along the way.
“A good guitar is like a friend. Sometimes when you are lonely, bored, or depressed, you pick that guitar up and play and all at once it’s gone. It’s like a conversation with a good friend, I imagine. You play an old song, and you remember all kinds of wonderful things. Or you come across a sad song and recall some bad things.” –Doc Watson
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher Sumach Red Books. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”