Songs Inspired by Literature: Chapter One Benefit CD

Chapter One features 10 winning songs from our international songwriting competition as well as several songs donated by world-class songwriters: Bruce Springsteen, Suzanne Vega, Ray Manzarek, Grace Slick and Aimee Mann.The true featured stars of Chapter One are the books, plays and poems that inspired those songs. The CD booklet features those literary works, highlighting the unique connection that those works share with the songs they've inspired.


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 Joyces' 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"

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

13 Anny Celsi - T'was 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"

15 Diane Zeigler - The Legend of Enoch Arden
Inspired by Alfred Lord Tennyson's poem "Legend of Enoch Arden"

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

Chapter One promotes great works of literature through the universal language of song. It also raises money for programs that teach and/or promote reading. Above all, it builds awareness about the growing rate of illiteracy in this country and around the world. The more this problem is discussed, the more opportunities will be created to curtail its growth.

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