Composer Florence Price: To Be Young, Gifted, and Black in a Jim Crow Era

February 7, 2016 by Women's Voices For Change

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In honor of Black History Month, we are spending the month celebrating the fabulous black women who have and are making a difference in our nation and around the world. Today, we share with you our profile of Florence Price. On the evening of June 15, 1933, in Chicago, Illinois, an all-white male orchestra, led by a German conductor, played music composed by a 46-year-old black woman—a breakthrough thanks to the gifted Florence Beatrice Price.

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My Hanukkah–Christmas Song

December 22, 2015 by Eleanor Foa Dienstag

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By Eleanor Foa Dienstag

As a child, I found nothing strange about the fact that, despite our being Jewish, we had a huge tree, hung with lots of sparkly decorations, with a panoply of presents underneath. We were Americans. We loved Christmas. So did everyone else.

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Björk at the Museum of Modern Art: Come Fall in Love

April 21, 2015 by Suzanne Russell

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By Suzanne Russell

Even if you don’t enjoy listening to Björk’s otherworldly music as you are cooking dinner or running in the park, you owe it to yourself to try to appreciate one of the most original pioneers of contemporary culture alive today.

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Tech Tuesday: A Guide to the Best Music-Streaming Services Online

March 10, 2015 by Amy Blum

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By Amy Blum

If you have a computer, smart phone, tablet, or digital home audio system, then accessing millions of songs is as simple as knowing what website to visit. This guide will walk you through the strengths and weaknesses of the best music-streaming services on the Internet, so that you can find the service that works best for you.

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Jenny Burton: “Singing is the Best of Who I Am”

February 17, 2015 by Alexandra MacAaron

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By Alexandra MacAaron

Jenny Burton’s new album includes soaring inspirational anthems that seamlessly blend the spiritual with R&B, Motown, and musical theater. “I want to stand up with all my life experiences and put it into songs and put it on that stage,” she says. “I want to let it go out and help heal, give clarity and joy.”

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Women of Reinvention: Grace Haggerty—“I Didn’t Want to Have Any Regrets in My Life”

December 23, 2014 by Deborah Harkins

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By Deborah Harkins

“I wasn’t sure I had something that someone would want to listen to,” Grace Haggerty says, “but that fear subsided, and I decided that whether or not someone liked it or someone didn’t like it, I had to do this for myself.”

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Betty Buckley’s New “Ghostlight” Is a Hauntingly Beautiful Homecoming

December 9, 2014 by Alexandra MacAaron

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By Alexandra MacAaron

“Ghostlight” is a disarmingly intimate collection of songs, spanning several decades and a breadth of genres—a carefully curated mix ranging from Irving Berlin to Mary Chapin Carpenter, Jacques Brel to Tom Waits. It was designed to transport you to “a mysterious, smoky place.”

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Molly Fisk: Meditation After “Black Friday”

November 29, 2014 by Molly Fisk

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By Molly Fisk

On singing traditional carols at Christmastime: Even if we are not, all of us, faithful, we can still be joyful and triumphant.

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Songs for International Happiness Day

March 20, 2014 by Women's Voices For Change

What are the tunes that convey unalloyed joy to you?

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Movies: ‘The Lady in Number 6’—“Music Saved My Life”

March 16, 2014 by Alexandra MacAaron

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By Alexandra MacAaron

Her mother was taken to Treblinka and her husband to Dachau. Neither survived. Herz-Sommer and her son, Raphael, who was then 6, were among the lucky ones (if you can imagine using that phrase to talk about anyone persecuted during that period). They were taken to Theresienstadt.

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This Just In! My First (and Last) Justin Timberlake Concert!

November 9, 2013 by Karen Mehiel

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By Karen Mehiel

After an impulsive bid at a New York City charity silent auction, I found myself in possession of four tickets to see Justin Timberlake at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. I have never been a huge fan of Justin’s musical genre—but his showmanship at the MTV Music Awards was exciting enough to compel me to pick up that pen and sign my name on the auction list.

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Finest Musical Flashmobs

October 27, 2013 by Deborah Harkins

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By Deborah Harkins

Oh, that contralto sidling into view singing confidently while flourishing a huge fish! Once again, part of the fun of watching a video like this is trying to figure out which of the customers eyeing the veggies is going to burst into song.

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Book Review: Linda Ronstadt’s ‘Simple Dreams’

October 8, 2013 by Toni Myers

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By Toni Myers

Fluid writing, modesty about her accomplishments, and a light touch make this book a fun read. I have always admired Linda Ronstadt’s singing; now I admire her intelligence and style, in both the literary and the musical sense.

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You Never Forget Your First

July 25, 2013 by Roz Warren

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By Roz Warren

The music we blasted at age 12 defined who we were. Not only that, but I believe that your first 45 record suggests something about who you still are, or at the very least contains important clues to your character, in a way that’s every bit as significant as your birth order, Zodiac sign, or response to a Rorschach or Scientology Personality Test score.

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Lynne Halliday: This Singing Life

June 18, 2013 by Deborah Harkins

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By Deborah Harkins

Lynne Halliday’s voice training gave her a love of good lyrics—a love she finds lacking in some of today’s pop singers. “Porter, Gershwin, Berlin can take a simple lyric and make it just stunning.” she says. “But some contemporary singers, I think, are not listening to the words; they’re listening to their voice . . . it’s all about frills rather than the words of the song.”

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