• Thank 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 contributing photographers--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 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, to Jess Roberts, Billy Shebar and Chris Stroffolino for their many helpful suggestions, to Jett Superior for the Bob Ross photo and background info, 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.

    Thank you also to the WFMU's Free Music Archive for hosting the audio files.

    [Update 24-May-2011: All streaming files are graciously hosted by the FMA. All direct download links in the right sidebar now point to a mirror at the Internet Archive's Netlabels collection.]

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  • Artsongs was curated by Dave M-H, who runs the Reverse Engine netlabel.

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Songs Inspired by Artists & Works of Art

Contributors to this Creative Commons-licensed compilation 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.

At left you can browse songs by contributor, and at right you can browse by inspiration. If you enjoy Artsongs, 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.