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Songs Inspired by Literature: Chapter One Songs Inspired by Literature: Chapter Two Artists for Literacy (The SIBL Project), Songs Inspired by Literature: Volume One
Artists for Literacy (The SIBL Project), Songs Inspired by Literature: Volume Two

These are important albums. Luckily, they're also excellent ones.

SIBL founder Deborah Pardes has gathered songs from such terrific artists as Aimee Mann, Bruce Springsteen, Suzanne Vega, Ray Manzarek, Grace Slick, Steve Earle, Tom Waits, David Bowie, and Roseanne Cash, as well as winners of songwriting contests held specifically for this project. The theme these songs have in common is that they are all based on the writings of others. Songs Inspired By Literature -- SIBL.

Songs Inspired by Literature: Chapter One is the name of the first album and it is credited to Artists for Literature. Jill Tracy's "Evil Night Together" (the grand-prize winner of the contest) is a particular standout. Other favorites are "Tolstoy" by Bob Hillman, "Still Crying" by Essence, "He Can't Come Today" by the Doors' Ray Manzarek, and "7th Step" by (SIBL founder) Deborah Pardes.

(From the liner notes of Chapter One):

"All net proceeds from the sale of this CD go towards programs that teach and/or promote reading. The Songs Inspired by Literature Project - SIBL - is committed to creating a more literate world. We are a nonprofit organization made up of musicians, authors, teachers, and journalists. together we're using the universal language of music as a vehicle to engage, inspire, and reinforce the magic of literature and the power of reading."

So, if you can read this, express your thanks and--even if you don't normally buy CDs--buy one of these two and support literacy.

These are the track listing so that, after buying the CDs, you can go buy the books as well.
    Chapter One
  1. Jill Tracy - Evil Night Together
    Inspired by Luc Sante's historical account Low Life
  2. Deb Talan - Tell Your Story Walking
    Inspired by Jonathan Lethem's novel Motherless Brooklyn
  3. Aimee Mann - Ghost World
    Inspired by Dan Clowes' graphic novel Ghost World
  4. Bob Hillman - Tolstoy
    Inspired by Leo Tolstoy's novel War and Peace
  5. Lynn Harrison - Einstein's Brain
    Inspired by Michael Paterniti's memoir Driving Mr. Albert
  6. Grace Slick - ReJoyce
    Inspired by James Joyce's novel Ulysses
  7. Justin Wells - The Last Temptation of Odysseus
    Inspired by Homer's epic poem The Odyssey
  8. Essence - Still Crying
    Inspired by Mark Levine's poem "Work Song"
  9. Suzanne Vega - Calypso
    Inspired by Homer's epic poem The Odyssey
  10. Deborah Pardes - 7th Step
    Inspired by Frank McCourt's memoir Angela's Ashes
  11. Scarth Locke - Bucking Bronco
    Inspired by Shel Silverstein's children's poem "Bucking Bronco," (from A Light in the Attic)
  12. Ray Manzarek - He Can't Come Today
    Inspired by Samuel Beckett's play Waiting for Godot
  13. Anny Celsi - 'Twas Her Hunger Brought Me Down
    Inspired by Theodore Dreiser's novel Sister Carrie
  14. David LaMotte - Dark and Deep
    Inspired by Robert Frost's poem "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening" (included in this Frost anthology)
  15. Diane Zeigler - The Legend of Enoch Arden
    Inspired by Alfred, Lord Tennyson's poem "Legend of Enoch Arden" (included in this Tennyson anthology)
  16. Bruce Springsteen - The Ghost of Tom Joad
    Inspired by John Steinbeck's novel The Grapes of Wrath
    Chapter Two
  1. Deb Allen - Pennsylvania
    Inspired by Orson Scott Card's novel Songmaster
  2. Eileen Laverty - Tread Softly
    Inspired by W.B. Yeats' poem "He Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven" (included in this Yeats anthology)
  3. David Bowie - 1984
    Inspired by George Orwell's classic novel 1984
  4. Ira Marlowe - The Wish
    Inspired by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's play Faust
  5. Marta Gomez - Paula Ausente
    Inspired by Isabel Allende's memoir Paula
  6. Deborah Pardes - Bobo's Country
    Inspired by Alexandra Fuller's memoir Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight
  7. Michelle [Bloom] - Listen, the Silences
    Inspired by Thomas Merton's essays Raids on the Unspeakable
  8. Larry Kenneth Potts - The Ballad of Poker Alice
    Inspired by Stephen Ambrose's historical account Nothing Like it in the World
  9. Steve Earle - Dixieland
    Inspired by Michael Shaara's historical novel The Killer Angels
  10. Vicki Randle - Don't Let Me Fall
    Inspired by James McBride's memoir The Color of Water
  11. Patti Witten - Goin' Back to Moline
    Inspired by Robert Clark's novel Mr. White's Confession)
  12. Tom Waits - A Good Man is Hard to Find
    Inspired by Flannery O'Connor's short story " A Good Man is Hard to Find"
  13. Stephanie Riggio - Voice Inside (Song of Siddhartha)
    Inspired by Herman Hesse's novel Siddhartha
  14. Rosanne Cash - The Summer I Read Colette
    Inspired by Colette's Collected Stories of Colette
  15. Ana Porter - Hunger
    Inspired by T.S. Eliot's poem "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" (included in this very inexpensive Eliot anthology)
  16. Gaskit - Peel This Away
    Inspired by Elie Wiesel's autobiographical novel Night

Or, if you'd prefer just to donate money, that is available on their website, as well.
You'll get a free CD and it's tax deductible!

...And while you're on CD Baby, buy these albums that I personally recommend and have reviewed here on Green Man Review.

TIM GRIMM: Heart LandTIM GRIMM: Heart Land

Named 2000's "Best Discovery" in roots/Americana music by the Chicago Sun-Times, "his rich, expressive vocals put him among the best in the genre." true country-folk.

Buy the CD
HEATHER SHAYNE BLAKESLEE: BonesHEATHER SHAYNE BLAKESLEE: Bones

Cowboy zen with a nose ring: alt-folk, pop, and country-twinged narratives that'll make you want to cry in your whiskey.

Buy the CD

This is Tim Grimm's (Heart Land) newest release!
TIM GRIMM: Coyote's DreamTIM GRIMM: Coyote's Dream

True roots-americana. masterful storyteller- award-winning songwriter with a rich, original voice that's been compared to the greats-- Cash, Haggard, Springsteen to name a few...

Buy the CD

And I heard this couple on WUMB-FM from Boston. They were terrific!
NEAL AND LEANDRA: Old LoveNEAL AND LEANDRA: Old Love

"These are songs of great warmth and simplicity of which a half-dozen I believe will be classics."--Tom Paxton

Buy the CD
NEAL AND LEANDRA: Bridge RailNEAL AND LEANDRA: Bridge Rail

A keen melodic sense and incredible harmonies through a sparse yet fulfilling acoustic sound.

Buy the CD
NEAL AND LEANDRA: Listen to the AngelsNEAL AND LEANDRA: Listen to the Angels

A gorgeous and peacful, joyful and true collection of songs to listen to by the fireplace or the tree, or whenever you want to be reminded of what Christmas is really all about.

Buy the CD

Reviews appearing elsewhere on this site (just check out the reviews page).
BROKENNESS: ICU In DandylionsBROKENNESS: ICU In Dandylions

Mix The Beatles ‘Sgt. Pepper’, Bob Dylan’s ‘Blood On The Tracks’, a recovering heroin addict, the faith and love of a child and the power of music and you get the new, darkly inspirational CD ‘ICU In Dandylions’.

Buy the CD
VARIOUS ARTISTS: Anthology: Urban Beats Vol.1VARIOUS ARTISTS: Anthology: Urban Beats Vol.1

Sophisticated,melodic urban music with power and passion.

Buy the CD
VARIOUS ARTISTS: Connecti CutsVARIOUS ARTISTS: Connecti Cuts

The BEST of Connecticut.The music is edgy power rock, haunting melodic alternative rock, laid-back reggae vibes, R&B influenced pop & outspoken, visceral hip-hop rap.

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DANNY FRYE & THE DEVIL DOLLS UK: Hellbent-LPDANNY FRYE & THE DEVIL DOLLS UK: Hellbent-LP

Melodic high energy punkabilly rock & roll like you've never heard before.. If you like bands like The Supersuckers & Rocket From The Crypt, and The Reverend Horton Heat you'll definately fall head over heels for Danny Frye & the D-Dolls ..

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(Email me and let me know what you think.)

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