I Have A Dream SOTW #37

June 7, 2009 | Song of the Week


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On NPR the other day they interviewed a guy who takes audio from newscasters and other orators and puts it to music.  He uses auto tune (software that forces any note to be perfect within any key you specify) to accomplish this.  Now, pop radio has been using this for years, but the idea of making people who were talking, sound as if they were singing on perfect pitch intrigued me.

So, fast-forward to Sunday morning.  All Tim and I had for a song was something that sounded like it could be heard in the background of a movie…  It was more like mood music than anything and so I thought it would be cool to do something like we did with “A Thousand Bars” (Listen to a sample of “A Thousand Bars”) and make it artsy fartsy.

Here is what came of that idea.

The process of taking Martin Luther King Jr’s famous speech and giving it rhythm and pitch was an inspiring experience for me.  I hope you are inspired as well!

Picture taken from here and is public domain

For text and audio of Martin Luther King JR’s speech go here.

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Comments (9)


  1. joe healey says:

    More than slightly impressed.

  2. Jason J says:

    That’s pretty darn cool.

  3. Kyle Gach says:

    Re: Joe’s comment – Agreed.

  4. Lindsey says:

    I LOVE this!

  5. Keith Trevolt says:

    Hi, I really like this compilation! Is there any way I can link the full version melodic speech itself to my facebook?

    • two seconds away says:

      Glad you like it Keith! Try this… go to our page on the sixtyone and click on the share link under “I have a dream” You can also click the share link on this page. Don’t know if either of those links will let you listen to it. I think if you use ilike you should be able to add it using their app as well and maybe even embed the song. Let us know what works best for you!

  6. Lori says:

    I am looking for a place to purchase I Have A Dream but can’t find the place to do it. Can you point me in the right direction?

  7. Martin says:

    nice music keep playing stuff like that that all a good vibe all along this song

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