Art of the Song

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Caption: Art of the Song Creativity Radio
Art of the Song Creativity Radio 

A one-hour weekly program (1/2 talk, 1/2 music) exploring the universal truths common in all creativity through conversations and music with songwriters and other artists.

After a hiatus from the virtual hallowed halls of PRX, Art of the Song Creativity Radio is back with programming that invites listeners to discover the nature of creative process.

Exploring the personal stories of a diverse company of singer songwriters like Janis Ian, Robert Mirabal, Greg Brown, Anjelique Kidjo, Rahim Alhaj, Gretchen Peters, Dr. John and Ryan Tedder, Art of the Song’s hosts Vivian Nesbitt & John Dillon follow their guests beyond standard responses of where a song comes from to the intersection of everyday life and the universality of creative expression. With a uniquely intimate, comprehensive, and often intuitive interview style Art of the Song provides a conversational experience in which listeners recognize their own creative potential.

These timely discussions reflect the appearance of creativity in recent news. IBMs study of 1500 CEOs determined that creativity is the number one quality needed to survive and succeed in the current economic climate, underscored by Newsweek’s cover articles written by Po Bronson, finding that America is experiencing a Creativity Crisis. Art of the Song offers an educational and entertaining show of pragmatic insights into the concept and misconceptions of creativity.

For six years, Art of the Song has been providing consistent, high quality content to an increasing number of stations in the public radio system. Currently serving 200 stations with 300 shows in the archive Art of the Song Creativity Radio is balanced 50/50 talk and music. Proven to be very popular with listeners, Art of the Song fits well in transition times between afternoon news and talk into evening music programming, or weekend programming that highlights local folk and acoustic shows.

Formats:
Art of the Song Creativity Radio has developed three formats for their programming keeping the sound fresh and always evolving.

Standard format is comprised of interview, supporting music and two short features, The Creativity Corner in which artists and non-artists alike (often drawn from listeners) give an account of their personal experiences with the creative process; and the Song Analyst which goes into detail on the craft of songwriting using lessons about techniques used to make songs sound good, to further the understanding of creativity at work.

Concerts and Conversations is an alternative format. This is a live show recorded with an audience. These shows often include a lively Q & A with audience members at the end of the interview. There are no short segments in programs recorded live.

A third offering is the AOTS Special: either focused on a particular recording effort of note (eg: We Are All Connected: Music for The People of Darfur from Berklee College of Music & Song Of America - which includes a rare interview with Atty General Janet Reno) or music for the season - the annual Holiday Sampler, a joyous, sometimes hilarious visit to music of the winter holidays.

52 weekly shows with 26 new programs per year and 26 repeats from prior years.

All shows available as 59:00 minute with floating break or 53:50 two segment.
Content is delivered either by CD or via download from the Art of the Song server. Hide full description

After a hiatus from the virtual hallowed halls of PRX, Art of the Song Creativity Radio is back with programming that invites listeners to discover the nature of creative process. Exploring the personal stories of a diverse company of singer songwriters like Janis Ian, Robert Mirabal, Greg Brown, Anjelique Kidjo, Rahim Alhaj, Gretchen Peters, Dr. John and Ryan Tedder, Art of the Song’s hosts Vivian Nesbitt & John Dillon follow their guests beyond standard responses of where a song comes from to the intersection of everyday life and the universality of creative expression. With a uniquely intimate, comprehensive, and often intuitive interview style Art of the Song provides a conversational experience in which listeners recognize their own creative potential. These timely discussions... Show full description


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We're deeply saddened to learn of Leon Russell's passing last week. Here we re-broadcast our 2014 interview with the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Famer.

Bought by WRNC-LP


  • Added: Nov 17, 2016
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: The Handsome Family , Credit: Stock
With a following that is closely approaching Cult status, The Handsome Family (Brett & Renie Sparks) clue us into the fantastic journeys they take ...

Bought by KKRN, WNMU-FM, WRNC-LP, KRCB-FM "Radio 91", KFOK-LPFM and more


  • Added: Sep 03, 2010
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 7
Caption: Don Was , Credit: Berklee Press Photo
Recorded live with an audience at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Don Was talks about the creative process involved in producing, playing and m...

Bought by WETD


  • Added: Aug 14, 2010
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Janis Ian , Credit: Press Photo
"I've rarely had more fun with an interview, or performance, for that matter. Thanks so much for letting me play!" Janis Ian ~ This week we celeb...

Bought by WRNC-LP and KFOK-LPFM


  • Added: Aug 14, 2010
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 2
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West Virginia born, Nashville songcatcher Kathy Mattea talks with John & Viv about the creative process behind her recent release Coal. Deeply pers...

  • Added: Dec 16, 2008
  • Length: 59:00