Music Soothes the Soul

Cindy Midgorden is a retired elementary school music teacher.  After 35 years of teaching she has heard, and told, many stories!  Some of her favorite lessons included using classroom instruments to bring storybooks to life.   Life during retirement includes teaching piano lessons to young students as well as being a part of her church’s praise band.  A graduate of the University of Kansas, she is an avid basketball fan.  As a breast cancer survivor, she is learning the sport of Dragonboat Racing and loves to share stories about her escapades with her Dragon sisters.

Cindy lives in Independence, Missouri, with Mark, her husband of 38 years.  They have two grown children, a wonderful daughter in law, and a beautiful new granddaughter.  And, of course, Jerry the cat.  Before Covid life was very busy with many community activities but, since Covid, they are spending more time at home with family and watching movies!  She is also an avid reader, cross stitcher, and jigsaw puzzler.  She is in the process of learning to quilt and loves to hear stories of her grandmothers and how they quilted.

Music Soothes the Soul

Pumpernick’s Delicatessen & Restaurant Chain

Carnival, Music and Lyrics, Bob Merrill, Book, Michael Stewart, Gower Champion, Broadway Director

KU – University of Kansas

Graceland University

Music Therapy

Kansas City Symphony

Independence City Orchestra

Aaron Copland – Composer (1900 – 1990) The Tender Land Opera, (1954)

Stephen Foster – Composer (1826 – 1864)

James Taylor – Singer-songwriter, guitarist, (1948 – Present)

Carrie Underwood – Singer-songwriter (1983 – Present)

Matthew West – Singer-songwriter, Christian Musical Artist (1977 – Present)

Beach Boys American Rock (1961 – Present) album – All Summer Long

Jim Brickman – Pianist, Radio Host (1961 – Present)

Rascal Flatts Country Rock (1999 – Present) 

Sidewalk Prophets American Contemporary Christian (2003 – Present)

Summit Road Christian Band on Facebook

We are Messengers Christian Contemporary Rock (2015 – Present)

Tenth Avenue North Christian Contemporary Rock (2000 – Present)

Steven Curtis Chapman Christian Contemporary Rock (1987 – Present)

Pentatonix (2011 – Present) Albums available on iTunes

The Piano Guys (2010 – Present) Classical Crossover, Orchestral pop, Instrumental Rock, Videos available on YouTube

The Pat Metheny, Guitarist, Pat Metheny Group (1974 – Present) Jazz, jazz fusion, Latin jazz, progressive jazz

Kenny Loggins (1948 -Present) Singer-Songwriter, guitarist Years active (1968 – Present)

John Denver and the Muppets Christmas, (1979) Christmas TV special and album

Hillsong United, Worship music, contemporary Christian, Christian rock, (1998 – Present)

Bruce Hornsby, American Singer-songwriter, pianist, Rock, gospel, heartland rock, jazz, bluegrass, blues rock, years active  (1974 – Present)

Little Fires Everywhere, Novel Celeste Ng, Series, (2020) on Hulu, Lynn Shelton, Nzingha Stewart, Michael Weaver, Directors, Liz Tigelaar, Shannon Houston, Harris Danow, and 4 more, Teleplay, Shannon Houston, Poems

Where the Crawdads Sing, Delia Owens

Jodi Picoult, My Sister’s Keeper, Movie (2009) Nick Cassavetes, Director, Jeremy Leven, Nick Cassavetes, Screenwriters, Also by Jodi Picoult, Songs of the Humpback Whale: A Novel

Gone With the Wind, Novel Margaret Mitchell, Movie (1939) Victor Fleming, George Cukor, Sam Wood, Directors, Sidney Howard, Oliver H.P. Garrett, Ben Hecht, and 2 others Screenwriters

Downton Abbey (2010 – 2016) Julian Fellowes, Creator, Brian Percival, and 13 others, Directors, Julian Fellowes, Tina Pepler, Shelagh Stephenson, Screenwriters

Little House on the Prairie series, Novels Laura Ingalls Wilder, TV series, (1974 – 1983) Michael Landon and 9 others, Directors, Blanche Hanalis, Michael Landon, and many other Screenwriters

Caroline: Little House Revisited, Sarah Miller

Laura Ingalls Wilder Home, Mansfield Missouri

Harry Potter series, J.K. Rowling

Game of Thrones, Novels, George R. R. Martin, (2011 – 2019) David Benioff, Creator, David Nutter, and 18 others, Directors, David Benioff, George R.R. Martin, and 7 others, Teleplay writers 

Love You Forever, Robert Munch

Mortimer, Robert Munch

Those Miller Girls, The Motoring Millers, Does Anybody Care About Lou Emma Miller?, Alberta Wilson Constant

Denise Grover Swank, The Curse Keepers A Roanoke series, Chosen series

Kim Vogel Sawyer – Author

Becoming, Michelle Obama

A Promised Land, Barack Obama

What Should I Read Next At Modern Mrs. Darcy – Podcast with Anne Bogel

Story~Power Episode #18, Virginia Pfau Thompson, “The Wonders of Art and Travel”

Pulitzer Prize Winning Book List

The Hate U Give, (2018) George Tillman Jr., Director,Novel, Angie Thomas, Audrey Wells, Screenwriter

On Golden Pond, (1981) Mark Rydell, Director, Ernest Thompson, Screenwriter

This is Us, (2016 – Present) Dan Fogelman, Creator, Ken Olin and 28 other, Directors, Dan Fogelman, and 38 other Screenwriters

The Shawshank Redemption, (1994) Frank Darabont, Director, Short Story “Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption”, Stephen King, Frank Darabont, Screenwriter

The Partridge Family, (1970 – 1974) Bernard Slade, Creator, Richard Kinon and 27 other Directors, Bernard Slade, and 39 other Television Writers

The Brady Bunch, (1969 – 1974) Sherwood Schwartz, Creator, Oscar Rudolph and 25 other Directors, Sherwood Swartz and 49 other Television Writers

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, Barbara Robinson

Star Wars Saga, George Lucas, Creator

The Trial of the Chicago 7, (2020) Aaron Sorkin, Director, Aaron Sorkin, Screenwriter

SAG Awards, Screen Actor’s Guild, and AFTRA – American Federation of Radio and Television Artists 

Spotlight (2015) Tom McCarthy, Director, Josh Singer, Tom McCarthy, Screenwriters

Selma (2014) Ava DuVernay, Director, Paul Webb, Screenwriter

Forest Gump (1994) Robert Zemeckis, Director, Novel, Winston Groom, Eric Roth, Screenwriter

“Humans are not ideally set up to understand logic; they are ideally set up to understand stories.” ~ Roger C. Schank, Cognitive Scientist


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Published by lucindasagemidgorden

I grew up in the West, the descendant of people traveling by wagon train to a new life. Some of their determination and wanderlust became a part of me. I imagine them sitting around the campfire telling stories, which is why I became first a theatre artist, then a teacher and now a writer. They are all ways of telling stories.

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