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Songwriter keeps many balls in the air

Songwriter keeps many balls in the air

In that she's actually making a living as a songwriter and performer in Nashville, Sara Beck has beaten the odds. In her latest pursuits, however, one might think she's pressing her luck.

Beck, the first-time mother of a not-quite-2-year-old daughter, is working toward master's and doctoral degrees in developmental psychology at Vanderbilt University. And although she has curtailed her performing schedule a bit, she still plays gigs and is also composing and recording music for a children's television show now in development.

People, including your humble correspondent, have questioned her sanity.

"In some ways it's a crazy thing," allows Beck, who appears at...