We're going to post lyrics and videos for the brand-new stuff we wrote for this event inspired by works from the Met's collection, but for now here are the songs we played. In the spirit of the event theme, we played all songs about "Heroes & Heroines."
SET 1, 6pm
Cool Papa Bell
a song about the Negro League baseball star
Parading Through Rome (is no fun on the ground)
inspired by Tiepolo's "The Triumph of Marius"
Standing in the Garden / Visions
inspired by Bastien-Lepage's "Joan of Arc." I wrote this with Bella Butler, a 4th-grade student who also performed the tune with the band last night.
a song about Gandhi's philosophy of nonviolence
Henry (Hudson), How Ya Gonna Find a Way?
a tune about the explorer that got a river named after him
Little Red Airplane
a song about Amelia Earhart
SET 2, 7pm
Henry Box Brown
a song about the man who mailed himself to freedom from slavery in a box
Tub Tub Ma Ma Ga Ga
a song about Harriet Tubman, Martin Luther King, and Gandhi
this song tells a cool story from the great scientist's life
Sandstone Bodhisattva Blues
inspired by the sandstone bodhisattva, ca. 550-560, China
Everybody Flat Against the Wall
a new dance craze (we hope), inspired by the Assyrian reliefs
about the woman who traveled across the country with Lewis, Clark, and a baby on her back
a true tale of a very durable Civil War horse