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Thursday, May 2, 2019

Writing From Your Heart

“I write journals and would recommend journal writing to anyone who wishes to pursue a writing career. You learn a lot. You also remember a lot... and memory is important.” – Judy Collins

Born on May 1, 1939, Collins started her amazing music career at age 13 as a piano prodigy, dazzling audiences by performing Mozart's “Concerto for Two Pianos.”  Since then, the award-winning singer-songwriter has earned the esteem of audiences and fellow performers and writers alike for her imaginative interpretations and poignant original arrangements and compositions. 

Her music has ranged from folk to soft rock to classical and gospel.  Her version of “Amazing Grace” was selected for preservation in the National Recording Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or artistically significant.”   Born in Seattle, she spent her teen and young adult years in Colorado and was recently named to the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame for her musical career. 
                               As a prose writer, Judy has authored half-dozen books, including the powerful and inspiring Sanity & Grace and her extraordinary memoir Sweet Judy Blue Eyes: My Life in Music.   “I don't think you get to good writing unless you expose yourself and your feelings,” she said.   “The (things) that you are suppose to write, I believe, are in your heart.”

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