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A Pianist Hears Chopin From Inside His Instrument

Chad Lawson needed to find a way to record at home while his children slept. The result is The Chopin Variations, a set of Chopin works with an intimate, otherworldly sound.
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Womack Returns To The Spotlight With 'The Way I'm Livin' '

Grammy-winning country singer Lee Ann Womack has a new album. NPR's Wade Goodwyn, a fellow Texan, speaks with her about The Way I'm Livin'.
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Jennifer Hudson 'Jenniferizes' New Album With Positive Energy

The Oscar and Grammy Award-winning R&B singer says her new album, JHUD, has more energy than her previous ballad-heavy albums, and expresses more of her "everyday person."
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Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga Go 'Cheek To Cheek' On New Album

The legendary crooner and pop superstar have a natural chemistry on their new collaborative album, which might introduce a new generation of pop fans to the world of jazz.
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A Vulnerable Voice, Singing From Another Era

As a kid, Scottish soul singer Paolo Nutini fell in love with male harmony groups like The Drifters. He says the fragility on those old recordings inspired the sound of his new album, Caustic Love.
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Nortec Collective's Last Album Reflects Changing Times In Tijuana

Fifteen years ago, two men from Tijuana came up with a new style of music called Nortec — a mix of norteno and techno. Now they are out with their latest and last album, Motel Baja.
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The Song That Never Ends: Why Earth, Wind & Fire's 'September' Sustains

It begins, "Do you remember?" — and we supply the memories. Dan Charnas tells the origin story of the Earth, Wind & Fire hit that still unites generations on the dance floor.
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Breaking A Song Apart, Note By Note

"It's about us breaking up as a couple and also about changing weather," Phil Elverum says of "I Want Wind To Blow," the opener from The Microphones' 2001 album, The Glow Pt. 2.
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The Rise And Fall Of The Fade-Out

A slow fade, rather than a hard stop, used to be the popular way to end a pop song. NPR's Robert Siegel speaks with Slate reporter William Weir about the fade-out's history and recent decline.
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As A Lyricist And Novelist, The Mountain Goats' Lead Man Writes About Pain

John Darnielle's novel, Wolf in White Van, is about a man who survives a trauma. The songwriter tells Fresh Air about his difficult childhood and finding shelter in music and the Incredible Hulk.

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