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7/2/2013 3:37:00 PM
Like a tie in the music, "SpiriTed" ties together people

By Alexa Nash

Music is a connection everyone has. Everyone likes music in some way, shape, or form. Some like listening to certain kinds, some like making it, and some just like watching other make it. For this duo, being able to make and perform their musical pieces to people all over the place.

SpiriTed is a musical duo consisting of Janet Clazzy and Jonathan Cring They met over 30 years ago while Janet was still playing oboe in the college symphony in Louisiana, and then again five years later. She had been going through a rough time in her life with her three sons when they met again, and soon Jonathan and Janet were making music again and his family helped hers to move forward and to help raise her sons. He had been writing a book on the messages of the Bible and they began adding music to it. Then, seventeen years ago, they began SpiriTed with the idea in mind to spread their faith and connect people together through their music. Jonathan sits at the piano and plays it while singing or telling stories, while Janet plays her oboe or their new instrument called the WX5 Wind Machine, which has over 250 instrumental sounds in it ranging from violins to flutes.

Jonathan writes their songs and also writes his own column called Jonathots, which is one of the longest running consecutive columns with 1,919 posts since its creation for every day since then. Janet plays her instruments with him while he does his stories, like playing a sad violin during a depressing moment and a happy flute during a fun part.

The event will be at St. Paul's Lutheran Church on Saturday and Sun July 6 and 7. Saturday will be at 5:30 p.m. with a presentation lasting 30 minutes, and Sunday will be at 8:15 and 10 a.m., both with a 30-minute presentation.

"To put it simply," said Janet, "My favorite part is how everyone in the audience start out as strangers and then end up brothers and sisters."

Claremont Service

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