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This is an album from the pilot series of the Rise and Shine show, and this is the theme tune.

Wouldn’t it be great fun to write a daily song about current news stories, with audience contributions and participation? we thought. So, that's what we did. With our audience watching, listening and taking part, we wrote over 30 good new songs in a month.


The Rise and Shine show is unique broadband interactive entertainment. It's simple and fun.

The live audience suggests stories taken from the day's news, and the songwriters then write and perform a song within 3 hours, with audience participation. It's fascinating viewing and listening.

The songs are good. Sometimes tongue in cheek or sardonic, sometimes soulful, they emerge from news in a range of styles and genres - from heartfelt ballads, to infectious stomps, hard-hitting poetry to farce, tragedy, comedy, protest, celebration - these daily songs go beyond clever - they are articulating real issues which affect all our daily lives.

People have commented on the impressive variety which has come out of the project - the extremely spooky "Three Feet off Gabriola" about human feet being washed up on Canadian beaches, "Sexy Underwear" which deals with sexual exploitation and Parisian landlords, and "The Other Side", a poetic muse on mortality. But the show also produced the classic Euston Films romp "Strike!" and the epic tale of Hope, the gambling cat from Cincinatti.

We donate money raised by the pilot shows to charity.


from Rise and Shine: Breakfast with Inspiration, track released March 20, 2009
Written performed and produced by Dean Whitbread.


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