090: Music and Storytelling – Interview with Anna Harwell Celenza
Today, I have the pleasure of speaking with Anna Harwell Celenza, a music professor of Georgetown University where she teaches courses in music history, radio journalism and the music industry. She has written several scholarly books, is a writer/commentator for National Public Radio’s Performance Today, and her work has been featured on nationally syndicated radio and TV programs like BBC’s “Music Matters and C-Span’s “Book TV.”
But the section of Anna’s work that I’m most familiar with are her wonderful picture books: Once Upon a Masterpiece, where she tells the story behind a famous musical masterpiece, explains the meaning of the music.
In this episode Anna and I discuss:
- Looking for the gap on the shelf, for what is not there.
- The process of research and creating historical fiction that jumps off the page.
- How shifting point of view can enhance the story you are trying to tell.
- The impact of technology on music and publishing.
- The self-powered, targeted platform
Plus, Anna’s #1 tip for writers.
For more info and show notes: DIYMFA.com/090