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Music Resource Center to Sell CD of Student-Produced Music

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Harli Saxon strums her guitar Harli Saxon strums her guitar

The Music Resource Center (MRC) is selling a CD of songs by students. The money will help continue programs that teach kids to play instruments, write, sing, dance, and produce music.

The money will help students like Harli Saxon, a 13-year-old eighth grader who is home-schooled in Charlottesville. Harli has been playing music at the MRC for years.

"The Music Resource Center is the coolest place ever," Harli said. "To some people, like me, it's an escape. We live in Charlottesville for Pete's sake. It's not like it's a big city. There's not a lot to do here."

Harli has been singing and playing instruments since before she can remember.

"I've been doing music for so long it's like a second nature to me now," she said.

"She has been singing since she probably started talking, and she started talking really early," said Suzanne Saxon, Harli's mother.

Harli said her songs have helped her through hard times.

"Whenever I get sad or anything I just sit down and play my guitar. I'll write a song," Harli said.

"She's been through, since she was born, lots of different moves from place to place to place, changing of schools, that sort of thing. I believe that it helped her develop a sense of friendship," her mother said.

Now Harli has put her emotions into a professionally produced song. She's one of several teenage members of the MRC that have created original tracks.

"For people my age especially, what are you going to do? Roam around the downtown mall and get in trouble? No. You're going to come here and do something productive with your life," Harli said.

The CD, entitled "#ohshoot," is a compilation of rock, country, pop, hip-hop, beat music and jazz. The title is an inside joke, but the music, Harli thinks, will resonate with anyone.

"When you write music it helps to heal other people around you," she said. "Music saves lives."

The MRC is hosting a CD release concert Friday, May 31 at their location on Ridge Street in Charlottesville. The event starts at 5:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

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