Translator Crafts Music from Tunes He Turns Sounds into Songs on Paper

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EUSTIS -- Listening to music is something most people do to unwind and recharge their batteries, but for Terry Harr, it has become a thriving business.

When the Eustis man receives a new CD in the mail, he doesn't just kick back and relax with it. He picks every piece of it apart so he can put all the notes on paper.

Since 1981, Harr has been creating original sheet music arrangements for Warner Bros. Publications in Miami and a number of other publishing houses around the nation. "You'd be amazed how many artists don't read music," Harr said. "They create it, record it and, except for record sales and concerts, that's where it ends."

However, when Harr translates the sounds into musical notations for piano, guitar and vocals, the work is published in books or individual pieces of sheet music, then sent to major book and music stores so it can be recreated.

"I reduce it down to a playable music situation so people can play," Harr said. "Then we send it back to the artist to make sure they agree with how the arrangement sounds."

Harr is currently working on Don Henley's latest solo effort. With the 100 to 150 projects per year that pass through his trained ear, he has been fortunate to be involved with a wide array of composers and artists, including Henry Mancini, Vince Gill, Faith Hill, Bob Marley, Boney James and Dave Koz. …