Date of Award

5-15-2009

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.F.A.

Degree Program

Film, Theatre & Communication Arts

Department

Film, Theatre, and Communication Arts

Major Professor

Lavender, William

Second Advisor

Church, Steven

Third Advisor

Melnick, Patrice

Abstract

How did music play a consistent role through various memories? In this memoir, I look at the sweet, the traumatic and troubling. I use specific songs as connections to lost loved ones. I pin the power of music to the loss of three important people in my life: my sister, father, and mother. Who were their musical touchstones? Did I share them? Did music run through them as it has always run through me? The memoir is sandwiched by a brief extended metaphor that props up the conceit that we are entering a live concert performance. It is billed as a "letter to a lost loved one" because it is indeed meant to address that lost one, my sister, my guide. In the opening section I've lost my voice. I eventually reclaim it and vow that I will perhaps meet my sister at some point in the future.

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