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Arts: Music for Moms

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Orwell musician Michael King has found a unique way to make a Mother's Day: He expresses maternal love in music. Last year, King experienced two milestones. His band the Jesters broke up after an 18-year run, and he scattered his mother's ashes. He decided to honor her memory with a music composition. How does he do the same for moms he doesn't know? He interviews them. "They have no idea the poetry that's in what falls out of their mouths," he says. From there, he retreats to his home studio, where he works out the guitar part, the words, and finally drums, keyboards and other tracks. The resulting music is poignant and personal. And free of charge. So far, 14 moms have inspired an original CD from King. "My mom, she would have wanted me to be expressive, and to think, and to give," he says of his new mission. "I love it."

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