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Gary Edwards is a composer of classical, musical theater and film music based in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. He has also written jazz, rock/pop, R&B gospel and country music. His music has been performed in ensembles from Washington to Argentina, Russia and other countries and he has played with both the Spokane and Louisville Symphonies.

Gary has written five musicals and three screenplays as well as two concertos and hundreds of pieces of music. One of his goals has always been to bring different cultures and people together with his music. He is currently the Playwright/Composer in Residence for the Ignite Theater in Spokane Valley, Washington.

Gary's acclaimed album, Reflections, features Tom Stryker, virtuoso touring harmonica player (Hohner rep) playing light jazz, easy listening and light classical tunes and focuses on the theme of reflecting on life and it’s meaning. Find our more about Gary's Music. Questions? Contact Gary. 

May 1, 2016 Mother's Day, Kindle books and other news 

May 1, 2016 Happy Mother's Day coming up. As music minister for the children, we are rehearsing for a special Mother's Day service music at the Unity Church on Coeur d'Alene on May 8th at 11 a.m. The kids' rehearsals are going great!

Jacob Johns- We have had two recording sessions where Jacob sings traditional and original music in the Hopi language. We hope to have a new music CD released in a month or two. If interested, send me an email with questions through my website contact page.

Two of my books are now available in Kindle format. The Chinese Curse is a memoir true to the best of my memory about growing up in North Idaho from 1941 to 1961. Phantasy is an R rated novel about a rock musician in the San Francisco Bay Area from 1968-to 1974. Some of the experiences include the protagonist playing in a soul band, demonstrating at Berkley and helping Civil Rights movements from Selma to Cesar Chavez.

Books - I went to a talk at the Post Falls Library by C.J. Box, a very successful author who has written a series of books based on a character named Joe Pickett who is a Wyoming Game Warden who solves murders and conspiracies. CJ gave a very informative and funny talk about the vicissitudes of becoming an author. His books have been translated into 27 different languages.  He signed my copy of his latest novel Off The Grid.

Hope Never Dies - La Esperanza Nunca Muere by Domingo Orozco. I have been working for a year editing and translating this story in English and Spanish about a successful immigrant and it is almost ready for publication. We  plan on releasing this memoir by the 25th anniversary of the Las Chavelas Restaurant at the Sunset Mall off of Highway 95 at the June 25th, 2016 anniversary party, where a mariachi band as well as me by myself will be singing and playing Spanish songs. I hope to see you there.

I hope you find this blog informative and useful. Please share this blog with your friends and family and encourage them to sign onto my blog at my website www.EdwardsMusicSite.com.

March 8, 2016 All four installments of Christmas on The Concourse are uploaded. 

Hello, fans: Now you can see all four installments of Christmas on the Concourse by going to the <films> page on www.EdwardsMusicSite.com and clicking on the four links. Here they are if you want to copy and paste the links yourself: Viewing the musical is free and feel free to share and pass this on to your friends and family so they can enjoy the show. Any producers, theaters, directors who are interested in producing this show at your venue, please contact Gary A. Edwards at gedward@roadunner.com for licensing and royalties information.
 

Christmas on the Concourse musical part 1 of 4 by Gary A. Edwards at https://youtu.be/xhD677KnIOM 

Christmas on the Concourse musical part 2 of 4 by Gary A. Edwards is at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CXLPrqy7jCw&nohtml5=False  

Christmas on the Concourse musical part 3 of 4 by Gary A. Edwards is at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W6-s5dcsSDE&nohtml5=False  

Christmas on The Concourse musical part 4 of 4 is at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3yoj0DGz_HE&feature=youtu.be

Qualchan Opera - At present I am researching for more information to expand my Qualchan music CD into an opera about native American Indians of the past in the North Idaho and Washington State regions about the time primarily from 1855 to 1858. I am looking for collaborators who are familiar with the Yakama language and history and also native flute, drums and other native instruments to include in the orchestration. I spent an enjoyable week at the American Indian Heritage week at NIC networking with people, listening to lectures and participating in workshops as part of my research.

Book Review: The Scotty Barked at Midnight  by Kaitlyn Dunned was an enjoyable read about a woman who was participating in a talent reality show and others were murdered and the amateur detective tries to solve the case by taking over the murdered woman's dog and dance act. My first dog Scotty was the impetus for reading this book.

Book Review: The Fall of Moscow Station by Mark Henshaw is a cloak and dagger spy mystery about a Russian spy who wants to resurrect the cold war and almost destroys the CIA's Moscow operations, while the CIA tries to thwart the Russian and the CIA mole who regrets his turncoat actions. Very enjoyable.

Movie Review: The Boss starring Melissa McCarthy is a profane, funny movie about a female tycoon who has to start all over and uses a Girl Scout Cookie sale type operation to make her comeback while learning lessons about the importance of good relationships.

Restaurant News: To make this short, The greatest hamburger joint in Kootenai County, Moon Dollars on Syringa in Post Falls has reopened. I especially love their sweet potato fries and reasonable prices. We ate at Italian restaurant Uva's, recently moved to 3rd and Lakeside in Coeur d'Alene, and were very happy with the food and friendly atmosphere chatting with Steve, the owner. They have live Jazz on Thursday nights.

Thanks for reading and be sure and send me some feedback and, again, share this blog at www.EdwardsMusicSite.com åawith your friends... Gary A. Edwards
 

March 22, 2016 Part 3 of Christmas on The Concourse is now online 

Hi, I hope you're having a wonderful week. I am thrilled to announce that after a lengthy delay due to potential legal issues, I have just finished uploading the video file to part 3 of Christmas on the Concourse. You can see it at https://youtu.be/W6-s5dcsSDE. The reason for the delay is that I rewrote the melodies to two songs and pasted the music into the timeline. This part 3 includes the talent show at the airport that Tess came up with to help the passengers get through the blizzard delay. It includes the beautiful duet Christmas Is The Best Time to Fall In Love. Please enjoy this video and share the link with your friends who I invite to join the fan club at WWW.EdwardsMusicSite.com so you can receive news of my latest activities as well as reviews of books, movies and restaurants I recommend.

As you may know, in February I released my ninth and latest Music CD entitled Qualchan, a classical instrumental featuring Tom Stryker as soloist and Henry McNulty as narrator. Since the release I have written a grant request to expand this music into an opera about a Native-American local to the Spokane area and his triumphs, loves and tragedy in the 1800's as a hero defending his people, his love and his family in the losing fight against the encroaching settlers and the US Army. I hope to visit Toppenish Washington soon to do more research into the native perspective and would love to include the native language and musical instrumentation in some of the musical orchestration.

The Ignite Theater in Spokane Valley is starting its production of Around The World in 80 Days on April 24th and it runs through April 24th. Contact www.igniteonbroadway.com for specific dates and times.

Gary A. Edwards 3/06/2016 Blog – play and movie reviews  

Play Reviews - On Sunday 3/7/016, we went to the Spokane Civic Theater and watched Little Women, the musical. The two outstanding performers were Emily Cleveland (wife’s great-niece) playing and singing the role of Jo and Julia Keefe singing the role of Meg. All of the acting and singing were first rate. The author had some extraneous material that made some parts unnecessarily long. But, overall, the play brought out strong emotions ranging from laughter to tears. The show runs through March 20th and I encourage your attendance. 
  
Last Friday I saw How The Other Half Loves at the Ignite Theater. It is a farce about three couples, two of whom involve cheating spouses, and somehow they start rumors about the third couple having affairs, when they are innocent. The acting was very excellent but unfortunately the show’s run has ended. It is discouraging to see a half-full theater when I have seen many shows at the Ignite and they all great productions of which any theater would be proud. 
  
We saw the movie RACE recently. It is the well-known story of Jesse Owens, the black man who competed in the 1936 World Series in Berlin and who showed the world that the Nazi theories about their racial superiority were all hogwash. The movie brought out some ideas that I hadn’t heard before. They showed one of the German athletes reaching out to Jesse Owens in friendship and the Nazis later sent him during World War II to the front lines as punishment where he died. The movie showed filmmaker Leni Riefenstahl as being sympathetic to Jesse Owens but if this is true, this is the first I’ve heard about it. My belief based on my research is there is only one race, the human race, we are all brothers and sisters and the main cause of evil is the desire to feel more special than others. 
  
See you next time and don’t forget to invite your family and friends to check out and sign up as a fan on my website and receive a free music download at EdwardsMusicSite.com. 
 

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