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Photography Inspires Music

If you haven't already seen NPR's Emmy-nominated Project Song, you must stop whatever it is you're doing (after you read this, of course), and watch it immediately. All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen, as well as multimedia producer John Poole and our sound engineers, invite musicians into NPR's performance studio 4-A and give them a mere two days in which to produce a song. The whole thing is taped, resulting in backstage-type access to the songwriting process. As inspirational fodder, the musicians are given a choice of five photos and five words.

The newest installment of Project Song, featuring Chris Walla (of Death Cab for Cutie) and J. Robbins (of Jawbox and Burning Airlines), has finally been released. Bob showed them photos by Tom Chambers. And from a choice of five images, they selected Black Dog's Retreat. Here is a larger selection of Chambers' work — and there's even more on his Web site.

What do you think? Do you feel inspired to pick up that old guitar?

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