June 27th, 2017

Tarkington Park

by cgindy

Today she felt something she never felt before Aye freedom it’s a coming knockin’ on her door Said come outside I gotta show you something more There ain’t no limits to the worlds you can explore A day at the park Changed her whole life Forever Tarkington Park, located at 39th & Illinois in the […]

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June 22nd, 2017

Heaven Sent

by cgindy

Can you make me A santa claus suit? Can you make me A santa claus suit? You were exactly What I needed How’d you get here? You heaven Sent You heaven Sent You heaven Sent How’d you get here Must be heaven Sent For 40 years, Costumes by Margie has been an anchor of the […]

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June 13th, 2017

Drawn in by the Porch

by cgindy

I had to make the time to thank you For all the love you always send I’m thankful for the porch that drew me to you Because in you I found a friend Because in you I found a friend When all I needed was a friend Over the last year, we have celebrated Maple […]

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June 8th, 2017

Barbershop a Blessing

by cgindy

I don heard em say Cheatham and Moore they a pillar They don said that I’m neighborhood figure When we moved to Illinois and 38th I don been blessed and safe I don got a testimony lemme testify I don heard a lot of brothas say the barber changed they life Thank you for your […]

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May 9th, 2017

Spelunking for Songs, an Ode to the Sound Cave

by Emma Hall

Music resident Emma Hall discusses her process for writing “Sound Cave”, a song about our one-of-a-kind recording studio. Writing a song about the place where you write songs is just as convoluted as it sounds. At all costs you must try to avoid describing the walls and ceiling. I did break that rule a little […]

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April 28th, 2017

Everlasting City

by cgindy

Gotta hand it to persistence We finally found our only chance I feel the spirit The soul of this place Freedom honeysuckle sweet The grief all fades away In this Everlasting City A plot of Opportunity Grows from Monon 16   We are excited to share another song from our talented resident singer/songwriter, Emma Hall. […]

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April 20th, 2017

Regret, Nostalgia and Hope

by Emma Hall

Emma Hall is participating in the Harrison Center’s singer/songwriter program, writing and recording place-based music during her 10-week residency. Writing this song required extensive research into the Monon 16 neighborhood. Before I started my music residency at the Harrison Center, I didn’t know much about Monon 16, its rich history, or its decline. I tried […]

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April 4th, 2017

Verdure in the City Gallery

by cgindy

verdure[vur-jer] noun 1. greenness, especially of fresh, flourishing vegetation. 2. green vegetation, especially grass or herbage. 3. freshness in general; flourishing condition; vigor. This month in the City Gallery you can see new work by Alicia Zanoni and Brendan Day, and you’ll be green with envy over these paintings! Following the lead of our annual FoodCon convention, Alicia […]

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March 28th, 2017

Hip Hoperetta, Song by Song: Gladys

by cgindy

For the final song in our tour, we hear from one of the neighborhood’s own. Gladys, a longtime resident of Maple Crossing, was reminded of a poem she memorized in grade school and she happily recited it for us to use in this closing song. A fitting tribute to Maple Crossing past, present and future. […]

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March 21st, 2017

Hip Hoperetta, Song by Song: North United Methodist at Maple Crossing

by cgindy

Our Hip Hoperetta tour of Maple Crossing turns your attention to North United Methodist Church, established in the area in the mid-1800s with the present building at 38th & Meridian being dedicated in 1931. Our tour guide, Okara, sings you through some of the church’s history here:   The Hip Hoperetta Musical History Tours set to music the history of the […]

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