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The sound track of a small town

August 9, 2015
Estherville News

It doesn't matter how old you are, where you come from or how long you've been playing an instrument, passion for coaxing a tone out of a hunk of wood or metal, or using your voice and words to build a story is an experience that sticks. It's easy to forget the best experiences are the little known gems of rural life, like a cozy performance in the park or square.

Studies show the arts, including music, revitalize neighborhoods and promote economic prosperity. It improves physical and psychological well-being. The ability of the arts to bring people together helps a community achieve its goals together.

Audience participation in music increases life enjoyment, relieves stress, builds community identity, and brings people together who might not otherwise come into contact with each other.

Playing music together causes a similar phenomenon people who would not otherwise socialize together find common ground in playing music. In some places there are jam nights in which anyone can bring their instrument, a good knowledge of chord changes and standard tunes and riffs, and create music never before played in that combination.

We have a lot going for us here from the performers we highlighted at the beginning of the summer who bring us Music on the Square to Alan Morphew to students in the school music programs to Iowa Lakes Community College's bands and up and coming musicians developing their talent. We send participants to the Northwest Iowa Concert band and regional orchestras as well as the Many Voices Choir. Very often the performances are free or practically free.

With the change of seasons, rehearsals and performances will resume at the schools, churches, and local bands may look at new music or reformat their playlist after a busy summer.

Whatever style of music appeals to you, it's likely you can catch some of it live without driving far from home.

We're grateful for our hometown musicians, igniting our nights and days with great music created right here.



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