"Because I grew up in such a strong Hispanic community, I carry that," Luz Elena Mendoza says. "I carry it whenever I go, so that's always strong."
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"I write from the perspective of the most nurturing, empowering, 'lifting-you-up'-type voice," Jillian Banks says. "That's what's so great about making music — you can give that to yourself."
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"I dismissed it as an emotional release, and I didn't listen to it for three weeks. I was not planning on doing anything with the song," Yoakam says of his cover of Prince's "Purple Rain."
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Pulitzer Prize-winning composer and celebrated critic Virgil Thomson, photographed in 1972. The Library of America has brought out a second volume of his writings on music.
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