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As the U.S. approaches nearly 500,000 deaths from the COVID-19 pandemic, NPR is putting together a tribute to remember people we've lost.

We're looking for family or friends to share stories of their loved one's favorite song — or a song that had special meaning for them.

Was there a song or piece of music that meant the most to them? What about the song did they connect with? Maybe it's a song that made them smile and dance, or maybe it's a song that got them through a tough time.

Touring musician Andrew "Blaze" Thomas believes musicians must adapt to downtime the pandemic has forced upon them.

You've traveled Highway 309 with us during this turbulent year. To say thanks, we'd like to gift you with an hourlong special called Holidays on Highway 309.

Edward David Anderson performing during the summer of 2019 at the Black Dirt Music Festival in Bloomington
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The pandemic has hit full-time performing musicians especially hard. There are very few places to perform and in-person audiences are sparse, at best.

Delta Frank Black in the WGLT studios during his encore show on May 15, 2016
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WGLT's honored the late legendary blues host Gilbert "Delta" Frank Black on Saturday with a rebroadcast of the final hour of the encore appearance he made during WGLT's 50th anniversary celebration.

Frank Black with WGLTs trophy for the Blues Foundation 'Keeping the Blues Alive' Award
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Listen at 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21, for an hourlong special dedicated to Delta Frank, our legendary blues host. Listen on 89.1 FM or stream at WGLT.org.

WGLT Hall of Famer and longtime blues host Gilbert Frank Black died Sunday of COVID-19-related complications. He was 79. Black served as a blues music host from 1985 until he retired in 2013.

Group poses at Black lIberation event
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Standing in solidarity and using fine arts as the form of expression, a downtown Black Liberation Celebration brought people of all demographics together Saturday to support the African American community in a plea for justice among injustices taking place nationwide.

Producer John Larson recording vocalist Sara Williams
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Any blues musician will tell you that everyone gets the blues. But for the past few months, that line has changed to “nearly everyone now has the blues.”

Craig Lee
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With schools closed and gatherings prohibited, one District 87 teacher is taking advantage of being able to connect with students in a unique way.

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We hope you had a great time Sunday night kicking back and watching the first installment of the WGLT and WCBU Stay At Home Concert Series!

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The coronavirus pandemic is scary for many who live on tight margins or don’t have the security of a steady paycheck. That includes independent musicians, venue owners, promoters, and others whose livelihood depends on a thriving and functioning arts and music scene.

Musicians on a dock fishing.
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Many people might think of classical music as a genre largely filled with works popular with audiences hundreds of years ago, or difficult-to-access current music hard for non-musicians to "get." Illinois State University hopes to dispel that misconception next week at the RED NOTE New Music Festival.

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Tracy Cook...with horns
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If music be the food of love, play on... 

Samantha Fish performs
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Years of vibrant growth in the live music scene in Bloomington-Normal have benefitted men, not women. Maybe that shouldn’t be a complete surprise. A study by the USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative last year found women are vastly underrepresented in popular music. But an in-depth report by WGLT shows harsher central Illinois numbers and cloudy prospects for change.

Jacob and Justin
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The music industry is highly competitive. Those who have talent can get overlooked.

Jacob Hoffman, founder of Basement Bars Records, says he can change that.

Bob Dylan sings
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Music legend Bob Dylan will perform next month at Illinois State University's Braden Auditorium.

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Illinois Wesleyan University Tuesday had a lawn and sidewalk full of Steinway & Sons pianos.

Mark Knopfler and Emmylou Harris on stage
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Have you noticed that WGLT's music lineup sounds a little different these days?

Ariele at the microphone
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Some changes are coming to GLT’s music lineup—and we think you’re going to love it.

Ken Lam in action
Ken Lam

The lure of the symphony and the timelessness of classical music comes from the power and images invoked in the listener.

A woman carrying fruit and dressed in African garb  speaks during s TedX talk.
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It is a cruel irony that the first Christian church in what is now the country of Ghana is built in a coastal fort directly over the holding pens for the slave trade.

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New Yorker magazine music critic Alex Ross credits his parents' love of both classical music and European and American history for the intimate connection he made between the two disciplines at a young age.

Adriana Martinez in studio
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In a time when immigrants are painted as illegal invaders and something to be feared, Adriana Martinez studies how music ties American and Mexican culture together.

Miles Nielsen performing  in "The Hallowed Hall" October 11, 2018
Karen Bridges

Bloomington-Normal musicians continue to create new ways to promote their events and are even creating new venues for performances.

Normal Marching Band performs
Cindy Le / WGLT

Over 40 marching bands from across Illinois competed Saturday at the High School Marching Band Championships at Hancock Stadium.

Ken Lam in action
Ken Lam

The Illinois Symphony Orchestra begins its season Friday evening at the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts.

Tom plays guitar
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Tom Neal is a handy, creative guy and a skilled woodworker. He could spend his time making just about anything if he felt like it—rocking chairs, picture frames, tables.

Milk Carton Kids (Joey Ryan, left and Kenneth Pattengale, right) performing at the American Honors and Awards show on Sept. 12, 2018.
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Since 1992, GLT’s Acousticity has explored the world of “flexible folk,” with a distinctive mix of bluegrass, Celtic and songwriter music. Here are Acousticity host Bruce Bergethon’s Top 20 songs for October, via a Spotify playlist.

doors to a big room opening in the middle of the windowed expanse
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Bloomington High School has cut the ribbon for its fine arts wing expansion and renovation.

Ben Luginbuhl poses in his classroom
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A music and choir teacher from Unit 5 is one of 10 nominated to be the 2019 Illinois Teacher of the Year.

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