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Idea Exchange: Who or What Inspires You?
January 11, 2023
In call and response, there's a relationship that we have with each other.
-Ella Jenkins, "The First Lady of Children's Folk Song"
As we begin the new year, I invite us all to reflect on key influences in our field. We're curious to know who and what has shaped your practice, including those longstanding people, perspectives, and experiences that remain foundational, powerful, and inspiring over time, as well as newer influences that have led you to rethink what you do and how you do it. My hope is to both honor our heritage and open ourselves to a broader range of voices.

Please share your thoughts in our brief survey, which will be open until January 15, 2023. We eagerly await your responses and the opportunity to share them back with you!
One of the joys of writing ExchangeEveryDay is receiving your feedback and the conversations that result. Lois Ingellis, a frequent contributor to Exchange, prompted this idea, as did a conversation about inspiring books with That Early Childhood Nerd Heather Bernt-Santy. Thanks for sharing!


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Kirsten Haugen · January 13, 2023
Eugene, OR, United States

Right? This list starts from a very restricted cultural and regional perspective, and I should perhaps have highlighted that more clearly in the message. That said, even within this narrow range I was struck by the range of ways we can express ourselves through voice and music. Francis, your additions to the list are great. Thanks for shaping my playlist!

Francis Wardle · January 13, 2023
University of Phoenix/ Red Rocks Community College
Denver, Colorado, United States

(This is for the piece on the top 200 singers). What about Paul Robeson, Kathleen Battle, Katheen Ferrier, Roland Hays, Marion Anderson, Maria Callas, Leontyne Price, Jesse Norman, Denyce Graves.......? Ops - I guess they only want "popular singers". But why do they not say so? And "popular" to whom??? I listen to classical music (there's diversity!)

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