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Musicians turn flood tragedy into musical inspiration

Published: May. 20, 2011 at 5:04 PM CDT|Updated: Feb. 19, 2013 at 4:39 PM CST
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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) - When Anna Kline began to see the disaster from the mighty Mississippi, she wanted to help those affected through the best way she knows how. So, she wrote down some lyrics, turning devastation into inspiration.

With the help of her band, in the middle of her living room, the song "Flood Waters" struck a cord.

"It was hard to ignore the footage that we were seeing every single day that we were watching the news," said Kline.

"It was kind of a natural thing that kind of poured out of us, like a river," said band member Travis Pinkston.

They go by Anna Kline and the Grits & Soul Band, a group of Mississippi musicians hoping to turn a note of tragedy into a measure of hope for those in the path of flood waters and the communities swallowed up.

"I would hope that it would give them heart but also express something that they're not able to talk about or say," said Kline.

It took less than a week from the moment the lyrics hit the paper until it was done, a relatively short period of time these musicians hope will become timeless.

"It's a really good song and it's fun just being a part of it," said band member Scott Anderson.

"This is a song that documents a very specific crucial time in the Mississippi River's history," said Kline.

With the history of the river still being written, Kline isn't sure how well her song will be received, but to her and the band, it's written and played on a string of emotions.

"I think it was just a heartfelt sentiment for me and something that I hope people will enjoy and can relate to," said Kline. "I think that even though I'm not directly affected, I'm still a Mississippian and what affects our neighbors affects us."

Affected now with a musical backdrop to anyone looking for harmony in the merkey water.

Info on the band, performance dates and music can be found on these Web sites:

www.myspace.com/gritsandsoul

www.facebook.com/gritsandsoulband

http://www.reverbnation.com/#!/gritsandsoul