Sitting Down With The President, Part 2

Alan Meerow The second part of our conversation with Spirit of Harmony Foundation founder and president, Todd Rundgren. AM: Craft and inspiration seem to be kind of the twins of not just musical creativity, but other kinds of muses. You've talked about how Laura Nyro influenced your early solo work, and she was kind of the catalyst for my rediscovery of your solo music afte...
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A Family Legacy

Sheila Craig remembers church hymn written by her grandmother 50 years ago Sara Stromseth-Troy BURR OAK, IOWA – Fifty years after its publication, Sheila Craig remembers a  hymn written by her grandmother, Genevra Smith, an ode to a country church where she was a lifelong member. "The Little White Church on the Hill," penned by Smith, was completed with notation assistance...
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Iowa band Foot-Notes celebrates 25th anniversary with World’s Largest Schottische

1,881 dancers partake in folk dance; Guinness World  Record sought  Sara Stromseth-Troy DECORAH, IOWA – What should an Iowa band specializing in Scandinavian and Scandinavian-American old-time dance music do to celebrate its 25th anniversary? How about attempting to set a Guinness World Record? Foot-Notes is a band based in Decorah, Iowa, a town in the northeast corner ...
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Música do Coração, Part 3. Feminina

Alan Meerow [PLEASE NOTE: Some of the music tracks in this post contain a link that will open a new window in YouTube] In this final installment of Música do Coração, we turn to some of the great female voices of Musica Popular Brasiliera (MPB). First up, a woman whose tragically short career was contemporaneous with the birth of MPB, Elis Regina.  With her roots in bo...
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Música do Coração, Part 2. Twin Sons of Different Baianas

Alan Meerow [PLEASE NOTE: Most of the music tracks in this post contain a link that will open a new window in YouTube] Bahia, the largest of Brazil's Northeast states, is also the bastion of Afro-Brazilian culture, rich in history and marvelous music.  Two contemporaries, children  of the 50's and 60's and friends since college, have forged their unique musical paths, but came ...
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Blues in Schools

Cliff Yankovich As one of the roving reporters for this blog I got to witness a classic example of How Things Ought To Work recently. With a heads up from Lowell's Harmonica in Chief, Chuck Myers, I sat in on a wonderful example of pretty much everything the Spirit of Harmony exemplifies. Chuck is a member of the West Michigan Blues Society (http://www.wmbs.org/) and he let m...
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