Emerging Melodies: A Lesson in Collective Songwriting

The process of writing a song has always seemed daunting to me. Especially at the Folklife Festival, surrounded by wildly talented musicians steeped in generations of tradition and bursting with innovative ideas, I can’t even imagine how to begin. I think many Festival visitors felt … Continue reading Emerging Melodies: A Lesson in Collective Songwriting

The Arrow-weeds: Environmentalists, Activists, and Artists

Gold mines and wind turbines are no match for Helena and Preston Arrow-weed. Environmentalists, activists, educators—the Arrow-weeds are a force. They protect the sacred sites and desert ecosystem of their ancestral lands, the lower Colorado River region, through successfully protesting the creation of mines and turbines. … Continue reading The Arrow-weeds: Environmentalists, Activists, and Artists

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