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SOP Podcast #19 Michael Johnston And John Apple (Part 1) Welcome to episode 19 of Secrets of Organ Playing Podcast! Today's guests are Michael Johnston and John Apple, American organists from Michael's Music Service, a blog and website dedicated to making old organ music live again. ​ In this conversation they will share their ideas about what it takes to restore, reprint, and distribute organ music, most of which is otherwise unavailable. ​Enjoy and share your comments below. ​ If you like these conversations with the experts from the organ world, please help spread the word about the SOP Podcast by sharing it with your organist friends. This conversation will continue next Sunday in Part 2. Stay tuned. ​Listen to the conversation Relevant links: MMS "About Us" page contains information on Michael and John and links to social media. There is also a link with content about what they do called "Learn about sheet music restoration." MMS Youtube channel contains interesting videos, but the one that addresses restoration is: The main channel is at: The MP3s page: Michael mentioned that for Christmas, an organist might like something NOT based on a well-known tune. In the Merkel, he shows a demonstration of different editions and he gives away the scan from an internet free source: MMS blog contains a few biographies and a list of suggested pieces, such as marches and novelties: Michael mentioned the roll by Clarence Eddy restored by David Rumsey: John mentioned Will o' the Wisp. The article by Nevin that John mentioned is on this page as "What Small-Town Music Needs." List of theatre organ music: In A Persian Market Michael mentioned Lotus: