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Baritone Will Liverman's upcoming album is devoted to Black composers past and present. CREDIT: Cedille records

NPR’s Classical Music Editor Previews 2 Albums You’ll Want To Hear

In 2021, I’m looking forward to, fingers crossed, live music. I really miss the roar of a symphony orchestra in concert or a soaring soprano on the opera stage. But artists are still making albums, even in lockdown, like British composer Max Richter. His upcoming album is a follow-up to last year’s Voices. This new one is Voices, Part 2 which will be released in April. Continue Reading NPR’s Classical Music Editor Previews 2 Albums You’ll Want To Hear

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Melodic Harp, Choral Vocals, Beautiful Views Highlight Active Child’s Tiny Desk (Home) Concert

From a stunning room overlooking the San Gabriel Mountains in Pasadena, Calif., we hear the ethereal sounds of Active Child. “I chose this space, as this is where I’ve written nearly every piece of music for my active child project. my music and this house / this view are completely intertwined.” Continue Reading Melodic Harp, Choral Vocals, Beautiful Views Highlight Active Child’s Tiny Desk (Home) Concert

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Lil Nas X, the Grammy-winner behind "Old Town Road," has written and released his first children's book, C Is for Country. Kayla Reefer/Courtesy of the artist

Lil Nas X Says Children Are His Core Audience Right Now, And That’s OK

A little boy decked out in a pink rhinestone cowboy outfit travels around a farm and points out things that bring him joy. “A is for adventure. Every day is a brand new start. B is for boots — whether they’re big or small, short or tall. C is for country,” the story goes. This is the basic premise of the new kids book C Is for Country written by Lil Nas X, the Grammy-winning, chart-dominating rapper behind “Old Town Road.” As a storybook version of Lil Nas X shows readers around the farm, he gets to F, which is for fringe, feathers and fake fur. “I love that for me,” the illustrated rapper says. Continue Reading Lil Nas X Says Children Are His Core Audience Right Now, And That’s OK

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"It sounds like a friend now instead of an enemy," John Prine says of his singing voice.

101 Songs You Turned To In 2020 To Help Navigate A Tumultuous Year

As 2020 came to a close, we asked artists and authors about the songs that helped them survive a strange and devastating year. We also posed that question to you, and compiled a playlist of 101 songs that you played over and over again this year. Some songs offered an escape. Some infused joy and despair. Continue Reading 101 Songs You Turned To In 2020 To Help Navigate A Tumultuous Year

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