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Karen Marguth's 'A Way with Words' inspires more wordsmiths

  Planning a morning program starts the afternoon before the show. I review new music in the office while working on other tasks and research the next day's musical choices. As I listen to a disc, I immediately think of other music to go with it. As I dug in to this morning's premiere A Way With Words by singer Karen Marguth, I tried to come up with music to complement this very distinctive session for today's show.

"A Way With Words" is distinctive not only for Karen's lovely voice and innate phrasing sense, but also for the material. She covers songs by Carroll Coates, a composer and lyricist worthy of far greater recognition. Thus, not just any songwriter's work would stand up to this material. Throwing the topic out on Facebook, the suggestions poured in for Madeleine Peyroux, Blossom Dearie, Lady Sunshine, Billie Holiday and others. Pairing these great songwriters and singers up with my original inspiration to play Abbey Lincoln and Nina Simone, we came up with a great morning of original music for Women's History Month. To listeners whose requests I did not get in - worry not - we'll do another day of great singers next week doing cool covers and your suggestions will get in then. Thank you for listening today.

Linda Yohn simply cannot remember a day in her life that was not filled with music. Her early life was full of changes as the daughter of a well-respected cancer research scientist who moved his family about, but one thing was constant: the love of music instilled by her mother. So, when it seemed life was too hard to bear, young Linda would listen to her radio, play her guitar, dance her heart out and sing at the top of her lungs. So, it isn’t so strange that “older” Linda still does all those things!