Music is a world within itself, with a language we all understand Stevie Wonder, Sir Duke In 2003, young professor Ferentz LaFargue traveled to Paris, where his fianc e, Tricia, declared she wasn t happy with their relationship, ending what he thought was a wonderful engagement After days of craying that sorrow laden blend of crying and praying delivered in perfect pitch by those in mourning Ferentz happened upon Stevie Wonder s 1976 classic double album Songs in the Key of Life Listening to it anew was a healing, spiritual trip down memory lane, helping him to come to terms with his breakup and reflect on how songs in general have been linked to his life.In this book, Ferentz invites us to get cozy and listen as he hits PLAY on meaningful tracks from Wonder and others, including Lauryn Hill, Wyclef Jean, LL Cool J, Beenie Man, Sheryl Crow, Roberta Flack, Donny Hathaway, and Black Sabbath He recalls How the fusion of rock and rap in the breakthrough Run D.M.C Aerosmith video Walk This Way helped to change an adolescent Ferentz from outcast to authority figureHow Michael Jackson s Thriller brought back a traumatic childhood experienceHow Kanye West s Jesus Walks speaks to the tension between his Christian beliefs and his need to rip it up in clubs as a hip hop headIn the tradition of Nick Hornby s Songbook these words paint a portrait of a life framed by sounds, allowing all of us to think about what songs have been key in our own lives. Read Songs in the Key of My Life: A Memoir by Ferentz Lafargue – bluevapours.co.uk
Born in Haiti, Ferentz Lafargue moved to Jamaica, Queens in 1981 at the age of five, joining his parents who had immigrated to the United States in 1976 Ferentz first cut his teeth as writer at The Hilltopper, Jamaica High School s student paper While at Jamaica High, Ferentz also for New Youth Connections, New York City s preeminent magazine written for and by youth, which also counts Mohammed Bazzi, Edwidge Danticat and Rachel Swarns amongst others as alumnus Prior to completing his PhD in African American and American Studies at Yale University, Ferentz earned his B.A in Africana Studies and Englisht at Queens College, CUNY Ferentz matriculated at Queens through S.E.E.K and was later awarded the prestigious Mellon Minority Undergraduate Fellowship, and an internship at the Village Voice His essays have appeared in the collections Starting With I Persea Books, 1997 and Strong Teens, Strong Neighborhoods 2007 , the inaugural issue of Bronx Biannual Akashic Books 2006 , and at 215mag.com Ferentz currently shares his thoughts on contemporary events and politics on the blogs The Nightshift Chronicles and Pelerin89 Ferentz now lives in Brooklyn, New York.
- 192 pages
- Songs in the Key of My Life: A Memoir
- Ferentz Lafargue
- 22 March 2019 Ferentz Lafargue