Book Review: Chopin and Beyond
Written By: Paranormal News
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Chopin and Beyond -- My Extraordinary Life in Music and the Paranormal, is an autobiography detailing the rich life of the pianist Byron Janis. Published by John Wiley & Sons and written together with his wife Maria Cooper Janis--an active board member of the American Society for Psychical Research--the work eloquently conveys the history of a unique musical career interspersed with frequent inexplicable events including such things as self-materializing objects, synchronicity, past lives, soul mates, ghostly apparitions, and precognition. From his frequent visits with Picasso to the unusual spoon bending escapades held with Uri Geller to his weeping death mask of Chopin, there is something in here for both music lovers and paranormal enthusiasts alike.
With a severed tendon in one of his fingers and debilitating arthritis, Janis credited his continued ability to play on his lifelong openness to the paranormal. When the pain became too difficult to bear, he utilized acupuncture, hypnotism, and other alternative therapies so that he simply did not feel the pain during concerts. At one point, he even had an acupuncture needle placed in his ear and every time during one of his concerts where he began to feel pain, he would squeeze the pin which would relieve him of any uncomfortable sensations in his fingers so he could finish. If you have never seen or heard his music, here's a sample of one concert he held during his affliction:
Well written and deeply personal, Chopin and Beyond serves as a unique addition to a subject matter cluttered with copycat authors and overused themes. I have read countless works on the paranormal, but never one quite like this and so deeply personal. Byron Janis was truly a master in his field, and his consistently bold references to paranormal incidences which took place around him are both intriguing and inspiring.
As such, when you get a chance, pick up a copy, and let us know your thoughts!