The Power of Music

Don Baragiano A long time Cincinnati fan contacted me yesterday telling me about her 9 year old autistic son. She calms him down by playing my “Hejira” CD. Isn't that incredible? It’s gratifying knowing what I do is healing as well as entertaining. “....Don, my 9 year old son, Bobby, is autistic and has listened to the HEJIRA CD 1,000’s of times in the last few years. He wo...
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My Bollywood Love Affair

Swati Chaturvedi 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 po...
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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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Música do Coração, Part 1. Milton Nascimento

Alan Meerow My first exposure to Brazilian music was a Stan Getz recording of my father's that featured the music of Antonio Carlos (Tom) Jobim. It made scant impression on my young mind, as I was far more interested in the Beatles, and the burgeoning sounds of the 1960's pop revolution. It was later, in the mid-70's, when my California housemate, a jazz vibraphonist, sat me d...
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