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Little Girl Blue: The Life of Karen Carpenter

August 19, 2010

For anyone who lived through the turmoil of the 1970s, songs like Close To You, Superstar, and Rainy Days and Mondays are a part of your history. Some people openly enjoyed the music of the Carpenters, others called them “cheesy” and “bubblegum” — but secretly listened to and fell in love with the velvet voice of Karen Carpenter.

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Summer Travels

May 26, 2010

As musical activities for the year slow down, thoughts of summer fun, additional learning and exciting travel enter the thought process. While the possibilities are endless, there are some destinations and events musicians may want to consider.

I’ll start with the obvious.   We’d love you to stop by and visit your local Pepper store, or attend one of our more than 40 summer music reading sessions this summer.   It’s a nice addition to any trip you have planned,  and you’re likely to find inspiring music to consider for next season.  So, if your travels take you our way and you have time, put us on your itinerary.

Summer events: http://www.jwpepper.com/sheet-music/events

Locations:  http://www.jwpepper.com/sheet-music/services-stores.jsp

There are also some very interesting music museums throughout the country to consider.  Halftime Magazine recently provided information on some unique musical destinations to get you started:

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum – Cleveland, OH – www.rockhall.com

Musical Instrument Museum – Phoenix, AZ – www.themim.org

The Grammy Museum – Los Angeles, CA – www.grammymuseum.org

Museum of Making Music – Carlsbad, CA – www.museumofmakingmusic.org

Rhythm Discovery Center – Indianapolis, IN – www.rhythmdiscoverycenter.org

Experience Music Project – Seattle, WA – www.empsfm.org

You can find more unique possibilities by entering a Google search for Music Museums.

While you are busy exploring the possibilities, the Pepper staff will be preparing for your next musical year.  We wish you happy and safe travels!