A restaurant owner in Missouri, a Marine reservist in Maine, and an orchard farmer in Massachusetts.
A college student in New Hampshire, a physical therapist in North Dakota, and a preschool teacher in New York.
For Make Music Day 2020, each of them – and 44 more, one from each state – chatted with a professional songwriter on June 21. That evening, over a second video chat, they experienced a live, private performance of a new song written that day, just for them, based on their stories.
Today we are proud to share the videos of all 50 of these intimate performances.
Browse through This American Song to travel to each state, hearing love stories, family tragedies, political awakenings, career choices, the joys of dog ownership, and everything else on people’s minds in this remarkable year, transformed into song.