Computer programs like GarageBand and Pro Tools have made it possible for millions of people to become musicians. This past weekend, NPR music gave its followers the whole weekend to write and produce a song, any kind, any length, any genre, forgive the expression, just had to include one of the following words: dog, firecracker, lampshade, Japan, or NPR. We got more than 150 submissions including this one, a minute and a half long.

(Soundbite of song, �NPR�)


Mr. BOB BOYLE (Singer): (Singing) The radio goes on I'm half asleep, it's MORNING EDITION with Steve Inskeep. On the morning commute in the pouring rain, I hear the soothing sounds of Renee Montagne. When I get to work I stream you live, without my NPR I wouldn't survive. NPR, NPR, NPR, NPR, do what when, where do I have, NPR I need you now. It's time for lunch, but I look at the clock, I got to hear the news from Melissa Block, (unintelligible) (unintelligible) White House aides.

I want to eat lunch but I can't go far, I got to stay close to my NPR. NPR, NPR, NPR, NPR, do what when, where do I have NPR I need you now. (unintelligible) sitting in the car, I got to hear the story on NPR. There is a monkey in Japan and (unintelligible) forget about dinner this I got to hear. Now Robert Siegel on a software hacker and the origins of the firecracker. NPR, NPR, NPR, NPR, do what when, where do I have, NPR I need you now, I need you now.

MICHELE NORRIS: From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Michele Norris.

ROBERT SIEGEL: And I'm Robert Siegel.

NORRIS: (Unintelligible) three months in a row.

SIMON: The song is called �NPR� and it's written by composer Brad Mossman, who joins us from Denmark. Mr. Mossman, thanks very much for being with us.

Mr. BRAD MOSSMAN (Composer): Hi. Thanks very much.

SIMON: Well, you wrote that - you figured out the way to write this song that gets on our air, didn't you?

(Soundbite of laughter)

Mr. MOSSMAN: Well, I must say that my songwriting partner, Bob Boyle, wrote all the lyrics and emailed them over to me and said, oh, let's do this, you know. And usually, as with Bob's stuff, I hear the melody in my head and I get to work.

SIMON: Yeah. So what am I, chopped liver?

(Soundbite of laughter)

Mr. MOSSMAN: I know, I'll have to talk to Bob about that. I don't know what happened.

SIMON: Oh, blame it on the lyricist, huh?

(Soundbite of laughter)

SIMON: Did Rogers blame Hammerstein?

(Soundbite of laughter)

Mr. MOSSMAN: I'm sure.

(Soundbite of laughter)

SIMON: Yeah, probably, as a matter of fact. Well, so what's the key to quick and effective songwriting?

Mr. MOSSMAN: For me, the key is to be around really good partners who listen very well to what you do. So I'd say get your idea down right away and start right away and go with then, and then for me I work best bouncing those ideas of good people. But in the meantime, just get your ideas down really quick and don't worry about the technology, just whatever equipment you have, in your home or in the - you just go, go with it, you know�

SIMON: (Unintelligible) like what all you've got is a soup kettle and a ladle?

Mr. MOSSMAN: Go with it. That's the key. You don't have to, you know, be a piano player. And my - you know, especially in today's day and age, if you want to present a song with just a - whatever you said, spoon and a ladle, that's what it's about.

SIMON: Soup kettle, I think�

Mr. MOSSMAN: Soup, you're right.

(Soundbite of laughter)

Mr. MOSSMAN: Soup kettle. It's about bringing your voice out with whatever you have in front of you, and the technology today is such that you can have that ability to enhance it to sound pretty pro.

(Soundbite of laughter)


SIMON: Mr. Mossman, nice talking to you.

Mr. MOSSMAN: Yeah, you too. Thanks so much.

SIMON: Brad Mossman joined us from Denmark. You can hear some of the other submissions at

(Soundbite of song, �NPR 2�)

SUITCASE NUKES (Band): (Singing) NPR, N-P-R, NPR�

SIMON: And this song is from the Suitcase Nukes; they call their entry �NPR 2.�

(Soundbite of song, �NPR 2�)


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