Book Review: Composing Temple Sunrise: Overcoming Writer’s Block at Burning Man

Book Review

Hassan El-Tayyab, Composing Temple Sunrise: Overcoming Writer’s Block at Burning Man, Poetic Matrix Press, 2016.


If you are now or ever have been raised in a family, fallen in love with the wrong person (“Who, me? Never!” – right), written a song or wanted to, experienced Burning Man or wanted to, there’s a good chance you will enjoy this book. The author, Hassan El-Tayyab, gracefully tumbles through upheavals in his work and love life, venturing forth on a quest of self-acceptance as a songwriter and a man.

Forged through the fire of pain and loss, we see our own journeys illuminated by the author’s. Unlike some others of the genre, this American Nomad's memoir will not leave you wanting to slap a self-indulgent young author upside the head. Hassan neither resorts to cliché nor panders to privilege. His is an urgent quest for self-acceptance as he sheds the shell that held him back from embracing his musical gift.

With his writing and his music, Hassan El-Tayyab has proved himself worthy of this gift. And we are better for his sharing it with us.

Performing songwriters take note: If you tend to preface your songs with long introductions, do like Hassan El-Tayyab and write a book!


Please click on the links:

To preorder: Composing Temple Sunrise from Amazon (publication date 7/1/16) 

To learn more about Hassan El-Tayyab and his music

Book Cover for Composing Temple Sunrise: Overcoming Writer's Block at Burning Man by Hassan El-Tayyab

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