Songs from Scratch Vol. 2: What's it all about?

by Tom Crann

Singer/songwriter Jeremy Messersmith plays his guitar while composing a song.
Singer/songwriter Jeremy Messersmith plays his guitar while composing a song. (MPR Photo/Bill Alkofer)
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    Jul 7, 2008

Minnesota Public Radio is launching Songs from Scratch Vol. 2, a project that explores the creative process and gives you a chance to participate.

We want to find out what happens when you ask a bunch of people to each compose a song inspired by the same story, and include some lyrics based on that story.

Last year we launched Songs from Scratch for the first time, and it got terrific response. So we're doing it again.

This time, we asked songwriter Adam Levy of the Honeydogs to write four lines of lyrics based on "The Wizard of Oz." Then, we asked some professional musicians to write a song based on that same story and using Levy's lyrics. Best Friends Forever, Jeremy Messersmith and P.O.S. are all contributing a song.

We'd also like to hear your songs. MPR's Tom Crann talked with two of the project producers, Larissa Anderson and Chris Roberts, about how it will work.

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