Sitting Down With The President, Part 3

Alan Meerow The final installment of our conversation with SOHF President Todd Rundgren. AM: You've expressed a disdain for country music, and for almost half a century you've only recorded a single and arguably satiric country influenced song.  [Todd chuckles].  What are the music genres that you really like the least, and which the most? TR: That I like the least? AM:...
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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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Words and Music

Alan Meerow “The effective combination of melody, harmony, rhythm and tempo with lyric and its structure can create a force to be reckoned with. It can change lives. It can topple empires.”  - Paul Pattison, author of “Writing Better Lyrics,” and professor, Berklee College of Music. You love music.  I doubt that you would even be reading this were it not for that simple fac...
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Music Is My Lifeline

Lisa Sniderman 88+ Ways Music Can Change Your Life, published by Keep Music Alive, is a compilation of  over 150 inspirational stories & quotes from musicians, music educators and music lovers from all over the world. Included are a number of stories from Grammy winning and Platinum selling artists & composers.  The authors have given Music In A Word permission to post...
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The Christmas Kid: Musical Holiday Memories

Sara Stromseth-Troy Thanks to my unbridled enthusiasm of the holiday season, I've been called the 'Christmas Kid'. The day after Thanksgiving, I decorate at least one Christmas tree. I pick a color theme each year and make sure the ornaments and wrapping paper are complimentary. Treasured mementos are placed around the house. Perhaps most significantly for me, the Chris...
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Music In Your Car

Carol Swanson Hey you! Do you sing? I sing in my car; I have many diverse albums on my iphone, and the Bluetooth in my car makes it all so easy! I like Broadway tunes, jazz, and songs by various artists. The music selection depends on my mood. Nobody can hear me, and that’s probably a good thing! I don’t think the world is ready for me singing “Matchmaker”. https://www.yo...
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Iowa’s Sopha Sisters spread joy of singing far and wide

Sara Stromseth-Troy CRESCO, IOWA --Nestled in the Northeast corner of Iowa, four young sisters raise their voices in song, their harmonic blend often stopping passersby in their tracks. Addie, 14, Josie, 12, Ella, 10 and Gwen, 9, are the daughters of Steve and Julie Sopha of Cresco, Iowa. Largely self-taught and surrounded by a music-loving family, the girls listen to their...
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