Children are a great gift! I’m blessed to have two happy and healthy little ones, who were big babies at birth (both over 9 pounds!). However, several friends of mine have children who faced complications because of premature birth. Knowing what they went through has led me to be more active in March of Dimes this year.

I hope you will participate this year, as well.  Through The Persistence of Song, I want to offer you an easy way to be involved – the Music for the March series.

Posts in the Music for the March series will feature a collection of Amazon MP3 albums.  Purchase any MP3 album between now and September 23rd, and I’ll donate ALL of my Amazon Affiliate commission (which is 10% of the album cost, up to $1.50) to March of Dimes.  You can follow my fundraising efforts (and make other contributions) here.

This week’s collection consists of my candidates for the 53rd Grammy Awards (to be held in February).  One of my most visited entries on this blog is this post, which featured a few mid-year Grammy predictions.  Click any of the links below to contribute to March of Dimes by purchasing the album.  Checkout the YouTube clips to see if the albums are up your alley.

Album of the Year

Adele, 21 Adele (who happens to share my last name) has the voice of an old-soul, and 21 is a great production, with, imagine this, real instruments!

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Alternative Rock Album of the Year

My Morning Jacket, Circuital I cannot write coherently about Circuital without teenage-girl gushing.  The album’s title track has no serious competition for best rock song of the year.

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Best New Artist/Best Contemporary Folk Album  

The Civil Wars, Barton Hallow If anything, we should all rally behind them to keep Bon Iver (pronounce that like your French) and their prating falsettos at bay in the Folk Album category.

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Best Bluegrass Album  

Gillian Welch, The Harrow & the Harvest Ten tracks of minimalist, newgrass excellence.  It will be difficult for this album to win the bluegrass category, since the Academy plans to rename the award, “the Allison Kraus Award for Excellence in Bluegrass.”

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Albums that Deserve a Nomination

Abigail Washburn, City of Refuge, for Best Bluegrass Album.

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The Head and the Heart, The Head and the Heart, for Best Contemporary Folk Album.

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King Creosote & Jon Hopkins, Diamond Mine, for Best Contemporary Folk Album.

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