Books & Brews December 10 & 11 2019

Jun 12, 2019

WMRA December Book & Brews features roots musician Gayla Mills discussing her book Making music for Life: Rediscover your Musical Passion.

Tuesday, December 10 2019 at Pale Fire Brewing Company in Harrisonburg at 7pm.

Wednesday, December 11 2019 in Crozet at the Pro Re Nata Farm Brewery at 7pm. 

Exciting News - this event includes a special jam session (at both locations). Stick around after the discussion to Learn & Jam with Gayla Mills and JMUke! JMUke is a participatory ukulele project within James Madison University Center for Inclusive Music Engagement that fosters fun and informal music making and music learning. No experience necessary and ukuleles are provided (but feel free to bring your own!).

When you present your WMRA Member Card at either event, you'll receive a certificate for a complimentary beer.

Do you hope to expand your musical circle? Need inspiration and practical ideas for overcoming setbacks?  Love music and seek new ways to enjoy it?

Roots musician Gayla M. Mills will help you take your next step, whether you play jazz, roots, classical, or rock. You'll become a better musician, learning the best ways to practice, improve your singing, enjoy playing with others, get gigs and record, and bring more music to your community. Most importantly, you'll discover how music can help you live and age well. 

"Gayla Mills' precision with language, delight with music, and intrinsic joie de vivre make her the perfect author for Making Music for Life. Everyone who has tapped a foot or hummed along with a band will love this book, and maybe, just maybe, make music a bigger part of their lives."

~Charlotte Morgan, Author of Protecting Elvis

"Gayla Mills shares the nuts and bolts of fostering one's hidden musical talent. But perhaps most importantly, she shares the power behind music. Music enriches our lives in so many ways, from strengthening our senses to enhancing memory and thinking. It boosts creativity and reduces stress, facilitating positive physical health and mental well-being. It strengthens social bonds, helping us find harmony while resonating with others. From amateur musician to Grammy-winning performer, anyone seeking to awaken their musical passion will find this book ideal."

~Dr. Lynn Szostek, psychologist and gerontologist




Gayla loves exploring the world and sharing her discoveries with others. Prior to writing her book about music, she published over sixty essays, features, and reviews. She taught college students to write, high school dropouts to earn their GEDs, ESL learners to speak English idiomatically, freshmen to understand the Middle Ages, preschoolers to listen to stories and prison inmates to read.