Columbia-Montour Quarterly Vol. 8: April-June 2023

from John Zaktansky, Middle Susquehanna Riverkeeper Association


The Middle Susquehanna Riverkeeper Association has se- lected 20 new original songs from more than 50 submis- sions for its Songs of the Susquehanna: Volume 3 playlist. “This project has been extremely rewarding from its begin- ning in early 2021. We are now on our third annual album and what an incredible mix of sounds, genres, experience levels and unique stories that have been inspired by our river,” said Riverkeeper John Zaktansky. “We highly value the incredible number of talented musicians in our wa- tershed and are excited to showcase their skills while also engaging new audiences about the river and the issues it faces.” As a new way to introduce the songs that are on this play- list, a special episode of the Middle Susquehanna River- keeper Podcast was recently released with the songs and interviews from some of the musicians about their songs. You can check out the show below. It will also air on WXPI Community Radio in Williamsport (88.5FM) for three dif- ferent airings during the week leading up to Earth Day (6 p.m. Tuesday, April 18, and Friday, April 21, as well as 2 p.m.

Saturday, April 22). It is being shared out with other radio stations for additional exposure.

“I appreciate the time and virtuosity and dedication to a decent-sounding submission,” said Leo Armbruster, of Lewisburg, in his online feedback. “I liked the range of submissions -- from the upbeat ‘We All Need Water’ to the angst of ‘Hellbender’ -- there is a lot going on in this list!” Volume 3 CD pre-orders are available now for $15 each and will be available for pickup or mailing in late April. You can also order 2023’s Volume 3 along with any combi- nation of the prior two iterations of the project. Two CDs are available for the special price of $25 or all three can be purchased together for $35. An online album/song down- load will be available in the near future for those who no longer use CDs. All funds collected will go directly into helping the Middle Susquehanna Riverkeeper Association achieve its mis- sion of protecting and promoting the river, its tributaries and the creatures that depend on it across a massive 11,000-square-mile watershed.


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