Music In the Westward Expansion: Songs of Heart and Place on the American Frontier

McFarland Publishing. May 23, 2022

Most Americans have heard of The Lewis and Clark Expedition, the Oregon Trail, and the Westward Expansion, but few people are aware that music was an integral component of this movement. Heart and Place views the Oregon Trail and early frontier communities through the lens of music, highlights the power of music in difficult times, and inspires the reader to add simple yet meaningful musical experiences into their own lives. 

I’m delighted to announce the publication of Music in the Westward Expansion: Songs of Heart and Place on the American Frontier (McFarland).  I invite you to peruse or purchase the book at your local bookstore such as Third Place Books-RavennaAmazonMcFarland, or wherever you buy books.  I hope to connect with you at one of the upcoming author events! 

Laura at Rancho La Puerta, Tecate, Mexico. 2022

Upcoming Author Events

Listen to a lively conversation about my book on the podcast, Enhance Life with Music, Ep. 134 hosted by Mindy Peterson. While you’re there, subscribe to this wonderful podcast that “explores the holistic power of music in our everyday lives through the lens of science & health, sports & entertainment, business, and education.”

Read my guest blog post on the website, No Dead Guys, hosted by writer and pianist, Rhonda Rizzo.  The guest post shares links to sheet music and sources that are pulled from the pages of my book. While you are on Rhonda’s blog, check out her novel, The Waco Variations,  an irresistible coming of age page turner about one woman’s tumultuous  life journey and the healing power of music. 

Attend an in-person author event!

Saturday, August 6, 2022, 7:00 -8:30 PM

Piano concert featuring stories and music from the book, audience Q. and A., and book signing

Music Center of the Northwest

901 N 96th St, Seattle, WA 98103

Free Admission (Audience members are required to wear a mask)

*I will have a limited number of books on hand for sale. If you’d like a book signed, I encourage you to purchase a copy from your favorite book seller ahead of time.

Tuesday, August 9, 2022, 7:00 PM

Author talk peppered with songs/ guitar accompaniment, audience Q. and A., and book signing

Third Place Books at Ravenna: 6504 20th Ave NE, Seattle WA 98115

Store Phone (206) 525-2347

Free Admission by registration: call or register online

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