For one month in February and March 2008, and during the week before Christmas, Rise and Shine, a unique show came into being.
The concept is simple - write a song each day about a story from the daily news, incorporating a live audience's contributions.
To write and perform a song live is a challenge, it’s fun. The show is highly entertaining, the songs are unpredictable in style and genre but always finished on time. These songs, inspired by events, are a catchy commentary for our age.
This collection is the best written by our dedicated team of writers, who laid their reputation on the line, exposed their writing processes to intimate scrutiny, turned on the cameras and the microphones, and let the audience into their inspiration and their craft.
Giving is at the heart of the show - as much as people gave us, we give away to good causes. In 2008, the small-scale pilot series raised over $1000 US for Busk Aid www.buskaid.org.za
, which gives music training to South African township children.
As with the pilot show, we are continuing to support Busk Aid by donating the proceeds of this album.
This album was written by the Rise and Shine Show songwriting teams in collaboration with the musicians, lyricists, wags and wits who are the Rise and Shine audience. Thanks for showing up, giving us wonderful ideas, watching us make it up as we go along and celebrating with us the ludicrous, profound and the mystifying world we share.
© Daily Song Ltd
released March 20, 2009
All songs were composed during the Rise and Shine Show February, March and December 2008
Writers and Hosts:
Dean Whitbread, Dan Brittain, Mark Crook, Mike Turtle, Ben Walker.
Arranged, mixed and produced by Dean Whitbread, except: Magma Lady, arranged, mixed and produced by Ben Walker; Subterranean Santa, arranged, mixed and produced by Mike Turtle; Sweaty Hat Symphony, which was left entirely to chance.
We'd like to thank series sponsors Seesmic Café, Cheezewire, DFBMBE, and Total Podcastrophe for their generous financial support. Thanks also to Ewan Spence at The Daily Dust for the Christmas cheer.
Special thanks to Derek O'Brien for brilliant artwork, Annie Boccio for Wordpress wizardry, Adam Jochum for coffee, and Christophe Delire for unbridled enthusiasm.
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