What's In A Song? The series weaves together a tapestry of American music. Each episode exposes the meaning of a particular song. Songwriters, singers, and those whose lives have been changed by song are the guides.
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What's In A Song?

Produced by Hal Cannon and Taki Telonidis of the Western Folklife Center in Elko, Nevada.

Elizabeth LaPrelle sings "Black Is The Color." Hal Cannon hide caption

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Power In Simplicity In 'Black Is The Color'

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Ian Tyson, pictured with wife Sylvia, wrote "Four Strong Winds" after hearing Bob Dylan perform a new song. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Elmo Ray (left) and Rosemary Scott are members of the Stars of Harmony, an African-American quartet tradition based in Texas. Taki Telonidis hide caption

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African Children's Choir Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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