This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. As a society we appreciate and preserve great works of art. American Folk Music is an art that tells an insightful story of its period of our history, why are we not preserving it in the spirit of why it was created?

As a corporate videographer, U.S. Air Force veteran and naturally curious soul her many miles of trekking always seemed to bring her back “right where I started.”

If Linda is not making music chances are you can find her crafting her own instruments. By up-cycling just about anything she can find Linda and friends started making canjos, cigar box strum sticks, ukeleles and percussion instruments. It is not uncommon to see these homemade masterpieces during Front Porch Folk performances.

As a songwriter, Linda believes strongly in protections for music writers, however, she also believes that music is a gift and the best way to keep a song alive is to have it broadly shared. “Some songs become so loved that there needs to be a path toward making them national treasures for the good of all,” Linda believes. And she hopes one day one of her songs might become one of them.

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