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Lawrence, Kate, and Lilith: Looking Back at the Women’s Music Movement

first published in FolkWorks, March-April 2005; revised 2014 Ross Altman’s recent Folkworks article on the music of the IWW featured the 1912 “Bread and Roses” strike by women textile workers in Lawrence, Massachusetts and the now-famous song that the young strikers inspired. In the same issue, alongside Larry Wines’s cover story on present-day songwriters, all […]

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Voice and music—some favorite quotes

“If all my possessions were taken from me with one exception, I would choose to keep the power of communication, for by it I would soon regain all the rest.” —Daniel Webster “The best communications technology is the ear.”— Esther Dyson “A voice that is free, that feels its inherent right to speak, will have no fear of calling […]

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Backstreet Boys: Voice Therapy onscreen!

Brian Littrell of the Backstreet Boys became my client in 2013, while a documentary crew was filming the band’s 20th anniversary journey. The movie “Backstreet Boys: Show ‘Em What You’re Made Of” is now out, and includes a  short scene of our work together. This is a new level of visibility for voice therapy! I can’t […]

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The Grammy Garage

Adventures at the awards show.  I’m married to a gearhead. The Spouse of Voice spends most of his time in intricate journalistic relationships with digital entertainment tech. Two days before the Grammy Awards he joined a press posse backstage at the Staples Center to view the miles of audio cabling, multiple rear-projection screens, and other technological […]

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Pete’s Forehead: a remembrance of Pete Seeger

I fumbled with an unfamiliar guitar and fingerless gloves in a cold little house behind the studio, a converted barn. Pete Seeger perched on the opposite chair, lanky as the tall bare wintry trees outside, trying out recorders for the ballad we were about to play together, “The Lass of Glenshee.” It was a grey, […]

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