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Life 'Up On The Divide' Lures A Songwriter Out West

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Life 'Up On The Divide' Lures A Songwriter Out West

Life 'Up On The Divide' Lures A Songwriter Out West

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

For singer Martha Scanlan, the inspiration for the first song she ever wrote came 10 years ago during a trip to eastern Montana.

(SOUNDBITE OF GUITAR)

MARTHA SCANLAN: I'd come out to this ranch for the first time to play at my friend's wedding. But I was so struck by the place and I think I was just painting pictures of what I was seeing.

GREENE: And even after she left, the place pulled at her for years until she finally decided to make her home, as we learn in this week's What's In A Song.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "UP ON THE DIVIDE")

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "UP ON THE DIVIDE")

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "UP ON THE DIVIDE")

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "UP ON THE DIVIDE")

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "UP ON THE DIVIDE")

GREENE: What's in a Song is produced by Hal Cannon and Taki Telonidis of the Western Folklife Center. And you can watch a video of Martha Scanlan performing her song, "Up On The Divide," at NPRMusic.org.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

GREENE: This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. Rachel Martin is back in her chair next week. I'm David Greene.

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