Finding Your Voice

As artists, we frequently hear that we’re supposed to “find our voice.” But what does that mean? And once we find that voice, how do we use it?

In this month’s issue of 21CM, three musicians share their stories about searching for, and making use of, their unique artistic offerings. 

Composer Dale Trumbore lends a practical eye to the situation in “Let’s Break The Money Talk Taboo.” Once a musician finds their voice, how do they best communicate its value – to themselves, their collaborators and their peers? 

Then, Dr. Eddie Henderson joins us in the 21CM studios to talk about coming of age around the in-person influences of legends like Louis Armstrong, Miles Davis and Herbie Hancock. As the first African-American competitive figure skater and a practicing medical doctor, Henderson also provides some inspiration to those musicians who feel themselves pulled in many directions.

Our interview series re/CREATE continues with a soulful re-interpretation of Joni Mitchell’s “Both Sides Now” by singer/songwriter Akie Bermiss. Bermiss addresses the inherent difficulty of covering an idiosyncratic artist like Joni Mitchell – and how to do it without sounding like you’re pulling off an impersonation. 

Finally, we welcome Kimberly Fisher, principal second violin with the Philadelphia Orchestra, as our POP Picks curator. Fisher highlights the people, organizations and projects that have developed voices worth amplifying. 

Thanks for joining the conversation. 

Mark Rabideau
Director, 21CM


A Conversation with Dr. Eddie Henderson

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The only rival for Eddie Henderson’s playing is his collection of life stories. “The Funk Surgeon” reflects on his experiences as the first African-American competitive figure skater and as a protégé of Herbie Hancock and Miles Davis.