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By Ann Markusen
Community Columnist 

Music blunts the chill of winter


December 28, 2018

The days shorten. The clouds deliver snow, ice, rain. On some mornings, Venus shines in the dawn sky. On other mornings, she hides. We spend more time indoors: in schools, churches, homes or community centers. And often, the kitchens, halls and walls are ringing with song.

Singing is the only art form where your body is the instrument. Mine is aging and cranky. It demands at least 20 minutes to warm up. But it’s worth it.

Many churches host choirs. It’s why musicians are more widely spread in Minnesota than any other group of artists. Some are paid, many volunteer.

And every year, Cr...

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