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In Drive All Day, Jamie Anderson narrates several funny and adventurous stories about her experience as an active, outgoing musician. She takes us through her music tours, guitar lessons, how she built her YouTube channel, her discovery of Spotify's disappointing earning system, and her adventures with friends and music lovers. Music fans are advised to desist from asking musicians what their real jobs are or if they could play quieter in Jamie's list of "Twenty-three Things You Should Never Say To A Musician." The book contains other insights and tips that the author gained from touring for over thirty years, recording thirteen albums, and teaching several people music (both online and offline). Prepare to meet many interesting and surprising characters in Jamie's memoir, including her students, friends from online communities, YouTube commentators, and more.
Jamie Anderson tells it like it is—no sugar-coating and no shying away from uncomfortable topics. Her unapologetic frankness about lesbianism, internet trolls, sexism, appreciating musicians, and other subjects won me over completely. As a musician, I know what it's like to receive little for Spotify streams, and I found it comforting that Jamie understands and expresses this and the other aspects of being a musician in today's fast-moving world. Drive All Day teaches the importance of having a great sense of humor and making the best of one's circumstances—even when suffering from the pain of losing loved ones, facing rejection, or reading discouraging comments on social media. You will learn from Jamie's profound tips, be entertained by her exciting outdoor activities, and revel in the beautiful moments and memories that she shares in her colorful, relatable, and deeply engaging memoir.