White song praises ‘August in Ohio’Written by Casey Harper | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Toledo performer Kyle White contributed her summer song “August in Ohio” to Toledo Free Press’ “Red, White & You” album for the American Red Cross of Northwest Ohio.
“It’s important to the community that the Red Cross have support because they support the community if something happens,” White said.
White is a staple of the Toledo music scene. She plays at least five times a week in the summer. In the month of June, she has played as many as 32 shows. White has developed this popularity in part by writing songs from her heart.
“Everything I write is on my own experiences and my emotions,” she said. “It’s about me or somebody else that has to do with me or my feelings on something.”
After four years of dating, White wrote a song about her relationship with her now husband. Wanting him to propose, she called the song “Get On With The Show.”
“Four years into our relationship I was kind of sending him a message, so that’s what that song is about,” she said, laughing. “He proposed within a year.”
White said she feels passionate about her city and wants people to appreciate it. She said the music scene in Toledo is its own community.
“We’re all pretty tight and very supportive of each other,” she said. “Nights that I’m not playing I’ll go out and watch somebody else play.”
White said that community comes with a lot of talent.
“There’s a lot of really good musicians in Toledo and it is nice to be able to support each other and build up the music scene,” White said. “Toledo is oversaturated with the amount of talent. There are friends of mine in Toledo who could rival national musicians.”
Michael S. Miller, the CD’s executive producer, said White’s song is a highlight of the disc.
“She captures summers in our region like a painter or poet,” Miller said. “There is a line in her song about ‘Breathing in Lake Erie as it falls down from the sky’ that is beautiful and to me set a tone for the spirit of the entire project.”
White has a degree in psychology and has seriously considered combining it with her passion for music to help others through music therapy.
“I actually have a couple of people who have worked with autistic kids and if the kids would get worked up they would pop in my CD and it would calm them down,” she said. “Even if they are autistic and can’t communicate, they can respond to music.”
White plans to continue playing music for years to come.
“I know I’ll always play music,” she said. “I’ll always be a songwriter.”