John Nova Lomax
Praise for Pluck
... I'm coming to know more about David's extraordinary life.
Have not finished the book yet but due to the influence of what I've read so far, videos and blog the author has been posting I purchased a McSpadden dulcimer.
Clearly a labor of love, Pluck provides fascinating details about David Schnaufer's musical journey.... the book lives up to the "Life and Times" subtitle by including a huge cast of supporting characters who interacted with David and who were also important participants in the "dulcimer revival"....I was fortunate to have studied with David and gotten to know him over several weeks and was delighted that Paulus captured not just his dazzling technique on the instrument, but also his humor, gentleness, patience, and kind encouragement. I highly recommend Pluck.
Well researched and written; a great read. For anyone who loves mountain dulcimer music and musicians. Covers not only the amazing life of influential musician David Schnaufer, but gives insights into the rich culture that produced so many colorful and creative personalities. Fleshes out an important part of the history of the beautiful Appalachian dulcimer and its players.
Pluck puts you on the road with David Schnaufer, my favorite dulcimer player. His greatest contribution to music was getting the world to reimagine the power and beauty of the mountain dulcimer.
Excellent ... well written on the life and times of a great dulcimer player ... You can't put the book down. It leaves you wanting more and when the last word is read, a tear comes to your eye!
I read Pluck three times-- the story of David's life deeply moved me: it's about striving to be the best you can be at what you love doing. Trying to preserve something you're passionate about. Hoping to leave something behind that matters.
His story inspired me so much.
I’ve just begun to read [Pluck). The history in the beginning is wonderfully written. Anxious to get deeper into the book.
Dave Shattuck on
"I truly love this book—I never heard of a dulcimer or of David Schnaufer before I read it, but Pluck made me fall in love with David & dulcimer music. I keep thinking about this story even though I read it last year. Read it and you’ll fall in love, too.
I’m honored to be a part of this epic endeavor and so happy that someone found in her heart the true person that David was and wrote the book for the world to get to know David Schnaufer.
My daughter reads every day and loves music and history. She and her entire family and those like-minded will love this book. I liked the excerpts I read because
I lived those times, and I can relate to much of them even though I don't play the dulcimer.
I’m so grateful for all of your research about his life. I absolutely love what you’ve done.... I’ve returned to playing my dulcimer ... If everyone would learn to play this sweet, dulcet instrument, peace would flourish in this world.