Music: Songs from a Loose Shingle

Lacy J. Dalton breathes some freshness into the country air

Jill Byrem, just out of high school in Bloomsburg, Pa., could draw, sing a little and see a future of limited possibilities. Like no job at the end of the summer. Like few friends left in town once they took off for college. She was, she recalls now, desperate.

She found an application for Brigham Young University, the Mormon school in Provo, Utah, and sent it in "because it wasn't expensive." She was accepted, and borrowed $200 from her grandmother to get there. Her favorite...

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