dmersonhess on 05/21/2011 at 06:56PM
The hand-picked contributors to the Artsongs compilation & website were invited to submit a song "inspired by an artist or work of art," and were free to interpret that as broadly as they'd like. The 18 offerings that resulted from this call for submissions include songs inspired by Belgian painter Piet Mondrian (Sonny Smith), art thieves (Bart Davenport), folk-artist Butch Anthony's fortune-telling chicken (Sean Hayes), the Warhol Factory scene (Chris Stroffolino), the Brothers Quay (Makunouchi Bento), Jean-Luc Godard (David Copenhafer) and many more.
The music, is, of course, hosted here at the ever-amazing FMA (thanks to Jason Sigal, who responded to my request to bring it here)! But to experience Artsongs fully, I recommend browsing through the website as well. If you enjoy this compilation, please tell someone about it. You are encouraged to share these songs with friends and to learn more about all of the musicians and the art that inspired them.
I'd like to say thank to you to all of the contributors who donated their time, their words, their music, and--in the case of cover artist Maureen Gubia and various photographers & illustrators--their images, to this free, Creative Commons-licensed compilation. It has been a labor of love from all angles, and your creativity and your patience are much appreciated.
Special thanks also to Danny Cohen, whose song "Magritte" inspired the idea for Artsongs, to Sonny Smith for recruiting Jim Long, and likewise to Jim for writing the two joyful songs that serve as the golden bookends of this project ("Mondrian" and "There Were Some Famous Artists"), to Jess Roberts, Billy Shebar and Chris Stroffolino for their many helpful suggestions, to Jett Superior for the fantastic Bob Ross photo and background information, and to the labels without whose permission some of this music would not have been able to appear: Paul K @ Antenna Farm, Hector @ Anti-/Epitaph, and Andy Bernick @ Richmond County Archives.
--dave mh, "Artsongs" curator, 21 May 2011