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Recent Reviews of The Music Between Us

"[Steve Litwer's] book, The Music Between Us: Memoir of a Bedside Musician isn't just about the music he plays for dying patients, though. It's a story of growing up with a mother who had severe mental illness and a father who was incapable of protecting his children from the ensuing neglect and abuse. It's a story about music, memory, healing, and intimacy - against all odds.

A non-practicing Jew, Litwer discovers Christianity almost by accident. He describes visiting a dying nun in a religious order, the Sisters of Charity. In the course of their gentle spiritual teachings, the elderly nuns invite Litwer to answer the call to accept divine love. Litwer answers, "Yes, I accept. I surrender. Please take me." This passage left me wondering if our challenge as caregivers is similar: to embrace love, abandon judgment of ourselves, and simply accept what we cannot control."

Read the full review here.

Donna Thomson

Author of The Unexpected Journey of Caring: The Transformation of Loved one to Caregiver


"There’s no dearth of books, articles and blog posts or films, documentaries and videos about elderhood, serious illness and end-of-life issues, but I’d never come across any from the perspective I know so well: that of another hospice volunteer. So I was eager to read Steve Litwer’s new book, The Music Between Us: Memoir of a Bedside Musician.

His matter-of-fact style in relating his own shortcomings seems to expect neither excessive sympathy nor absolution from the reader. Each chapter starts with a vivid written sketch of an individual he has played guitar for and like a jazz riff, moves on from there to relate to relevant pieces of his own evolution."

Read the full review, along with an interview with Steve here.

Ellen Rand

Author of Last Comforts: Notes from the Forefront of Late Life Care


Steve Litwer's book, The Music Between Us: Memoir of a Bedside Musician is available from all online major booksellers.

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