Michael Feinstein: Why America Needs Music

You might say that Michael Feinstein has always had a unique approach to music. As a child, he was unable to learn from traditional piano lessons, perhaps because he’d already begun learning by his own means. Growing up in the 1960s and early 1970s, he wasn’t attracted to the popular music of that era, but was instead drawn to the Great American Songbook almost from the beginning.

Poochamungas

Poochamungas: Music for All Ears

John Joyce didn’t start playing guitar until he was 30 years old. When he picked the instrument up, his daughter was two. As he began learning songs, he also started writing his own. Having his daughter nearby during that time, the words he started writing lent themselves to children, and with that in mind, Poochamungas came to life.

Virtual Band

Dean Brantley Taylor is a songwriter and producer. He also has Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), which makes it hard for him to leave his apartment, much less sing or play an instrument. It’s even hard to simply listen to music, he says. “But, I’m in a band. Hallelujah!” he exclaims with a resounding euphoria you wouldn’t expect from someone afflicted with such a condition.