Heart and Place- The Book!

A quick post to let you know the news that yesterday I signed a publishing contract with McFarland & Company, Inc. for my book: Heart and Place: Music and the Westward Expansion (this is the working title). The project is near and dear to my heart. I guess you say the book has been 51 years in the making, as both music and living in the West have played such a huge part in my life. There is still a long road ahead, but yesterday marks a big milestone along the way.

The book explores a variety of music traditions of the 19th Century American West including Northern Cheyenne courtship flutes, fiddle playing explorers, women composers, medicine songs, French tunes, dancing fur trappers, hymn-singing missionaries, piano playing nuns, frontier flutists, girls with guitars, wagon driving balladeers, opulent theaters, musical instrument showrooms, Chinese American Suona players, singing farmers, opera enthusiasts, musical miners, and preaching songsters. Stay tuned for updates on the book launch date!

Signing the Contract with McFarland & Company, Inc. 6/15/20


4 thoughts on “Heart and Place- The Book!

  1. Dana Standish says:

    Laura! You are always breaking new ground. Please let me know as the book progresses. I had to sell my piano when we moved, and even though I couldn’t play it I loved it dearly & think fondly of our time together. Thanks for being in touch. ❤️ PS: I think of you when I’m swimming in Puget Sound in my wetsuit😊. Not swimming for a year was out of the question.

    Sent from my iPhone


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