Well, we're all pretty excited here at NPR Music these days. Earlier this week, we learned that we've been nominated for an Emmy, specifically for our Project Song feature.
The category we've been put in is a mouthful: "New Approaches to News and Documentary Programming: Arts, Lifestyle and Culture." Who knew?
If you've not seen or heard it, we're proud of Project Song and think it's a cool feature. We give artists access to the NPR studios and two days to write and record an entirely new song. To help get them going, we give them some photographs and words to mull over. In the end, they pick one photo and one word, like "distortion," and turn them into music. Project Song documents this creative process.
The specific episode nominated for an Emmy is the one we did with the Washington, D.C., pop band Georgie James. I was really blown away by what the band managed to come up with in two short days. At one point, it looked like the band — a duo featuring John Davis and Laura Burhenn — wasn't going to pull it off. But in the 11th hour, the two got a sudden creative boost and recorded an amazing song.
So wish us luck on the Emmy. Bob and I plan to do each other's hair and wear matching gowns to the awards ceremony.
Here are the other nominees in our category:
40 Years of Respect (Detroit Free Press)
Dubai: Night Secrets (PBS Frontline/World Rough Cuts)
Moscow's Sex and the City (PBS Frontline/World Rough Cuts)
The First Ones, by Jake Paltrow (The New York Times Magazine)
TV Free Burning Man (Current.com)
On Being (Washingtonpost.com)