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Songs Inspired By Literature - Chapter One

by Various Artists

Songwriters from all over America and Canada have donated their songs inspired by books, plays and poems to help raise funds for literacy. These tunes vary from acoustic pop to whimsical.
Genre: Pop: Folky Pop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Evil Night Together
Jill Tracy
4:23 $0.99
2. Tell Your Story Walking
Deb Talan
3:31 $0.99
3. Ghost World
Aimee Mann
3:32 $0.99
4. Tolstoy
Bob Hillman
2:33 $0.99
5. Einstein's Brain
Lynn Harrison
4:24 $0.99
6. ReJoyce
Grace Slick
4:03 $0.99
7. The Last Temptation of Odysseus
Justin Wells
4:35 $0.99
8. Still Crying
4:07 $0.99
9. Calypso
Suzanne Vega
4:14 $0.99
10. 7th Step
Deborah Pardes
5:15 $0.99
11. Bucking Bronco
Scarth Locke
3:40 $0.99
12. He Can't Come Today
Ray Manzarek
4:41 $0.99
13. T'was Her Hunger Brought Me Down
Anny Celsi
4:22 $0.99
14. Dark and Deep
David LaMotte
3:04 $0.99
15. The Legend of Enoch Arden
Diane Zeigler
3:19 $0.99
16. The Ghost of Tom Joad
Bruce Springsteen
4:20 $0.99
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
This is a benefit CD. All net proceeds from the sale of this CD benefit Artists for Literacy - a nonprofit that connects artists and their work to English teachers who are on the front lines of the fight against illiteracy. We are grateful to CD Baby for facilitating these on-line sales.

The Songs Inspired by Literature Project - SIBL - a project of Artists for Literacy - is made up of artists who care about creating a more literate world. We held a contest - 357 songwriters sent in songs from 38 states and 8 countries. We picked the best 10 songs and matched them with commercial cuts written by world class artists: Bruce Springsteen, Suzanne Vega, Ray Manzarek, Grace Slick and Aimee Mann.

These songs are the bridge between readers and non-readers. They connect us all to great works of literature and engage our ears so that our eyes may be tempted to drink in some words too. We hope you enjoy Chapter One - it's the first in a series. Visit http://www.artistsforliteracy.org for more information.

Track listing/Literary Inspiration:

1. Jill Tracy - Evil Night Together ** - 4:24
Inspired by Luc Sante's historical account Low Life

2. Deb Talan - Tell Your Story Walking * - 3:27
Inspired by Jonathan Lethem's novel Motherless Brooklyn

3. Aimee Mann - Ghost World - 3:30
Inspired by Dan Clowes' graphic novel Ghost World

4. Bob Hillman - Tolstoy * - 2:32
Inspired by Leo Tolstoy's novel War and Peace

5. Lynn Harrison - Einstein's Brain * - 4:27
Inspired by Michael Paterniti's memoir Driving Mr. Albert

6. Grace Slick - ReJoyce - 4:01
Inspired by James Joyces' novel Ulysses

7. Justin Wells - The Last Temptation of Odysseus * - 4:36
Inspired by Homer's epic poem "The Odyssey"

8. Essence - Still Crying * - 4:06
Inspired by Mark Levine's poem "Work Song"

9. Suzanne Vega - Calypso - 4:11
Inspired by Homer's epic poem "The Odyssey"

10. Deborah Pardes - 7th Step - 5:11
Inspired by Frank McCourt's memoir Angela's Ashes

11. Scarth Locke - Bucking Bronco * - 3:38
Inspired by Shel Silverstein's children's poem "Bucking Bronco"

12. Ray Manzarek - He Can't Come Today - 4:40
Inspired by Samuel Beckett's play Waiting for Godot

13. Anny Celsi - T'was Her Hunger Brought Me Down * - 4:19
Inspired by Theodore Dreiser's novel Sister Carrie

14. David LaMotte - Dark and Deep * - 3:03
Inspired by Robert Frost's poem "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening"

15. Diane Zeigler - The Legend of Enoch Arden * - 3:19
Inspired by Alfred Lord Tennyson's poem "Legend of Enoch Arden"

16. Bruce Springsteen - The Ghost of Tom Joad - 4:20
Inspired by John Steinbeck's novel The Grapes of Wrath

* SIBL songwriting competition winner
** Grand Prize Winner



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Craig's Music Club

Terrific collection of literary songs
This is simply great. High quality, award-winning songs collected in the name of literacy. My favorites are Evil Night Together, Still Crying, Tolstoy, and 7th Step. They make you want to run out and get the books. Thanks SIBL!

Suzanne Drover

The only trouble with this CD is that I am constantly having to get it from my h
I had no idea when I first heard an interviewer reference this work that it could be so incredible. I really only bought it to benefit literacy, but what a great surprise! Each song is so unique and has sent me to the library to look up some of the works that inspired the music.

CD Baby

A really high-quality benefit CD, with all net proceeds to help teach adults and families how to read. Each of the artists on this CD responded to a call for songs inspired by books, plays or poems. 357 songwriters sent in songs from 38 states and 8 countries. They picked the best 10 songs and matched them with commercial cuts written by world class artists: Bruce Springsteen, Suzanne Vega, Ray Manzarek, Grace Slick and Aimee Mann. EVERY TRACK on this compilation is amazing.


Great CD
these songs are awsome, especially "still crying" great song.. And its for a Great cause. my review this Cd is Great~

Russ "Kaboodle" Rogers

Unique concept + good music + great liner notes = 1 fine CD.
This CD doesn't need a cause to be good. But it feels good to support a good cause. The music is as inspired as the concept. I also own Chapter Two. I'm looking forward to Chapter Three.


I really liked this.
Enjoyable salute to songwriters' favorite books and poems.

Fran Zimmermann

Fantastic to use with high school students!
Students and teachers love this CD and use it for a variety of writing projects. I used it last year during "Banned Books" Week since the Odyssey was banned by Plato in 387 B.C. and the songs Calpyso by Suzanne Vega and The Last Temptation of Odysseus by Justin Wells really inspired students to write their own responses to the Odyssey. Great music, great lyrics, great CD. I love it!

Edward Dowdy of Pinnacle Records

A literature collection to be admired , played & enjoyed regularly....
This is a sweet taste of true creativity.A world of centiment and priceless emotional treasure. This music plants a seed of hope and love in everyone who listens. I can really tell the artists are in the people buisness not just music! Edward Dowdy...Email goldenloadies@aol.com


Good Music and nice voice!
I like the voice of this singer. The songs I heard are great.



Awesome for teaching literature!
All the tracks are great for insightful analysis of the literary works. Any advanced literature teacher will find this collection an asset to lesson planning.
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