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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Sitting Down With The President, Part 1

Alan Meerow Despite  a schedule from hell, and a bad case of food poisoning, Spirit of Harmony founder and president Todd Rundgren found time to sit down with Music In A Word editor Alan Meerow at the Tyrolean Getaway in Stowe, Vermont for a wide-ranging interview.  Here is part one of what will ultimately be three posts for our blog. AM: In his 2007 book, "Musicophilia," t...
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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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Anyone Here Play the Banjo?

Bobby Hart with Glenn Ballantyne 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 ...
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How I Got Back To Music

Ray Naylor 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 con...
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My Best Friend

Gari Stein 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 con...
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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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“Don’t Give Up!”

Kelsey Coan 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 pos...
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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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