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One song, dozens of permutations

Posted at 10:39 AM on August 16, 2007 by Bill Wareham

(I somehow botch a post on this yesterday, so here goes again...)

I hope you've had a chance to check out the Songs From Scratch project. It's been a lot of fun to follow.

I was intrigued by the idea when Larissa Anderson and Chris Roberts first brought it to me, but their execution (with Sanden Totten, Nikki Tundel and Jim Bickal) has exceeded my expectations. It has been facsinating to hear the Roe Family Singers, The Owls and Matt Wilson work through the challenges of putting melodies to Stephen Burt's lyrics, and in my opinion, the songs sound great.

We also asked the audience to take the challenge and submit their versions of Afternoon Song. We've got about 30 of them posted here. I spent some time sampling them yesterday, and they are very impressive. I highly recommend checking them out.