Tracy Spring is as drawn to the written word as she is with putting music to those words.
"I love crafting songs that tell stories that move others toward compassionate action," Spring told the Herald via email. "I also love writing songs that are just fun to sing and play and listen to."
Spring brings her unique brand of music to town Nov. 16 at the Community Unitarian Universalist Church, 2819 W. Sylvester St., Pasco. Showtime is 7:30 p.m.
Spring was about 9 years old when she and her cousin, who lived next door, found a family guitar.
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Both their dads (Bob and Ira Spring) were well-known outdoor photographers who shared a darkroom, so sharing was a family thing. Spring and her cousin shared the love of that one family guitar.
"We moved about 35 miles away when I was 10," she said.
On her 11th birthday, after proving she was serious about playing, her mother purchased her a folk guitar.
"I've been playing ever since," Spring said. "My material is diverse, as is my guitar style, ranging from bottleneck blues to fingerstyle arrangements."
But finding the right words to use for a song can be a challenge.
"I spend a lot of time finding just the right words to say what needs to be said," she said. "I have been immersed in photography as an artistic expression in previous times in my life, and actually went to college on a partial scholarship for photojournalism. I find many of the elements that make a good photograph also make a good song."
She refers to some of her songs as "4-minute novels."
"I write some songs that are complete stories," she said. "I use a lot of careful imagery. A picture is worth a thousand words and the songs average four minutes."
Spring also hopes her music will make its mark as effectively as photography.
"I was a child in the Vietnam War era," she said. "The image of the young girl running naked from napalm changed my life. I want to write songs that do the same."
The concert is sponsored by the Three Rivers Folklife Society. Tickets cost $11 for adults and $9 for seniors and students. Admission is $1 more at the door. Advance tickets are available at Tri-City Bookworm stores or Octopus' Garden in the Uptown Shopping Center in Richland.
*Dori O'Neal: 582-1514; firstname.lastname@example.org