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7:34 am
Fri June 26, 2015

To Master Stage Fright, Practice Makes Imperfect OK

Sara Solovitch plays the piano in the Terminal B baggage claim area at San Jose International Airport.
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Originally published on Mon June 29, 2015 7:47 am

In the past, if Sara Solovitch tripped up while playing the piano she would get flustered and stop. Especially in front of an audience.

"I felt like I had to correct everything and each note had to be perfect," the Santa Cruz, Calif.-based author and pianist. But now, she can breeze through a few bum notes while playing Claude Debussy's lyrical piano piece Reflections on the Water as if no one were listening.

"One of the things I've really worked on has been continuing to play," Solovitch says.

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Music Reviews
1:24 pm
Thu June 25, 2015

Leon Bridges Offers Retro R&B With A Twist In 'Coming Home'

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Music Interviews
2:28 pm
Wed June 24, 2015

Pop Singer Tori Kelly's 'Unbreakable Smile' Keeps Her Optimistic

Tori Kelly
Lydia Thompson NPR

Originally published on Wed June 24, 2015 6:01 pm

Singer Tori Kelly is an unapologetic optimist about love, her image and her music. At the ripe old age of 22, she's been at the edges of the music business for a long time. She started singing when she was just 3 years old, and at age 11, she took her powerful, mature voice on the TV show America's Most Talented Kid -- and won.

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Music Interviews
12:03 am
Wed June 24, 2015

New Documentary Finds Nina Simone 'In Between The Black And White Keys'

The documentary What Happened, Miss Simone? explores Nina Simone's rich and complicated life.
Courtesy of Peter Rodis/Netflix

Originally published on Mon June 29, 2015 4:34 pm

Even those who didn't live through Nina Simone's heyday can recognize her songs, or at least her voice. Born Eunice Waymon, the passionate performer and activist died in 2003, and today her recordings still loom larger than the rest of her story.

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Music Reviews
2:29 pm
Tue June 23, 2015

Review: 'Covered,' Robert Glasper

Originally published on Tue June 23, 2015 6:56 pm

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When he started the Robert Glasper Experiment, the pianist was trying to blend hip-hop, jazz and R-and-B into a new sound.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "CHERISH THE DAY")

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The Two-Way
9:16 am
Tue June 23, 2015

James Horner, A Giant Among Movie Music Composers, Is Dead, Agents Say

Composer James Horner, seen here at a movie premiere in 2012, is believed to have died in a plane crash.
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Originally published on Tue June 23, 2015 9:38 pm

Update: 11:30 p.m. ET

In a statement Tuesday night, the talent agency that represented Horner mourned "the tragic passing of our dear colleague."

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NPR Story
3:02 am
Tue June 23, 2015

Musicians Deny Requests To Allow Their Music To Be Streamed

Originally published on Tue June 23, 2015 6:10 am

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The Two-Way
6:13 pm
Mon June 22, 2015

In The Battle Between Taylor Swift And Apple, Swift Didn't Fight Alone

Originally published on Tue June 23, 2015 11:51 am

Taylor Swift is no stranger to positive, even fawning, press coverage. Just this month, there was the story about teenagers using light-up bracelets from a Swift concert to flag down help when they were trapped inside their car after a crash. The headline from MTV read "Taylor Swift Saved Three Teens' Lives — Literally."

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Music Reviews
2:39 pm
Mon June 22, 2015

Back In Ghana, Pat Thomas Gives New Life To Highlife

Pat Thomas' new album, Pat Thomas and Kwashibu Area Band, brings the West African genre of highlife into the 21st century.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed June 24, 2015 2:34 pm

Pat Thomas, a singer and bandleader from Ghana, is nearly 70. He's lived in England, Germany, Canada and the U.S. But these days he's back home, once again making the music that enshrined him in the hearts of his countrymen: highlife.

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