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The Song That Changed My Life: A Community Storytelling Event

Chris Coomey, KUNC
KUNC's Luke Runyon hosts The Song That Changed My Life: A Community Storytelling Event

Britney Spears teaches a young gay man how to live his truth. "Love Is a Battlefield" saves a life. Barbra Streisand inspires a young singer/songwriter. A family road trip narrowly avoids disaster thanks to "Michael, Row The Boat Ashore."

On June 13, Colorado storytellers came together for "The Song That Changed My Life: A Community Storytelling Event" at The Lyric in Fort Collins. Hosted by Luke Runyon, four preselected speakers and two wild card audience submissions told their stories on one theme, with musical interludes provided by Matthew Wilburn Skinner.

Ryan Thompson - Britney Spears - Stronger

Ryan is the operations manager for KUNC and The Colorado Sound. 

Mary Roberts - The Highwaymen - Michael, Row the Boat Ashore

Mary Roberts explains how one song saved her family's sanity on car trips to Cape Cod.

Mary is a writer, real estate agent, and animal activist. She believes everyone has a story to tell, and holds classes for anyone wishing to tell their own. 

Wild Card: Lori Daigle - Pat Benatar - Love is a Battlefield

Our first Wild Card of the night, Lori Daigle, explains how Pat Benatar literally saved her life, and a fortuitous meeting with the pop star years later.

Wolf Van Elfmand - Len Chandler & Robert Kaufman, Green Green Rocky Road

Wolf Van Elfmand telling the audience how Green, Green Rocky Road is a song he just keeps coming back to.

Wolf is a songwriter and singer. He has been composing music for over 15 years, and has released 5 solo records. Wolf is also a music therapis who works in oncology and with developmental disabilities. 

Wildcard: Jayne Renuld - The Rolling Stones, Gimme Shelter

Wildcard speaker Jayne Renuld tells the tale of a hitchhiking expedition gone awry, and the Rolling Stones song that may have just saved her life.

Liz Barnez - Barbra Streisand, Evergreen

Liz Barnez tells the story of the Barbra Streisand song that inspired her to be a singer/songwriter.

Liz started her musical career in the clubs on Bourbon Street in New Orleans. She brought her eclectic style of music to Colorado in the late 80s and hasn't slowed down since. 

The Song That Changed My Life recorded at The Lyric in Fort Collins. Produced by Ryan Thompson and Luke Runyon. Music Accompaniment provided by Matthew Wilburn Skinner of Tallgrass.

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