The Dick & Jane Project

Fridays, 11:55am during Ante Meridiem

The Dick & Jane Project is a non-profit organization based in Columbus, Ohio. We host workshops where middle school students are partnered with professional musicians to create radio ready songs.

The students write the lyrics, the musicians compose and record the music, and together they collaborate with student designers and journalists on the production of a professionally recorded song. To date, the Dick & Jane Project has worked with over 250 students throughout Columbus, and has professionally produced 32 songs, all of which have been played on the radio. Tune in every Friday at 11:55am during Ante Meridiem to hear a new song from the Dick & Jane Project!

Visit the Dick & Jane Project website for more information.

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Dick & Jane
2:28 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

Dick & Jane Song of the Week: "Party With Me"

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Dick & Jane
2:23 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

Dick & Jane Song of the Week: "Trains"

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Dick and Jane
2:56 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

Dick and Jane Song of the Week: "Photosynthesis"

Photosynthesis

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Hip Hop

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LYRICS

Yo, yo listen up. I’m gonna tell you ‘bout the process of photosynthesis.

I’m a tall green plant sitting in the sun, absorbing nutrients and having fun! You may think it’s boring, you may think it’s lame, but I’m a plant and that’s my name. Now, how I got green that’s a story to tell. It’s my little friend called chlorophyll.

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Dick and Jane
2:47 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Dick and Jane Song of the Week: "No Me Gustan Pantalones"

No Me Gustan Pantalones

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Rock

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LYRICS

We like shorts because we have great legs and we can’t do splits in our pants. We like shorts because it gets too hot and we can’t express ourselves.

Gymnasts wear shorts, not pants. Climbers wear shorts, not pants. Old dudes wear pants.

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Dick and Jane
3:37 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

Dick and Jane Song of The Week: "Beauty and the Black Sky"

Beauty in the Black Sky

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Folk

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LYRICS

I wake to the sound of the seagulls calling. The sun is still below the mountain range. I hear the captain yelling orders, and the day I know is here again.

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Dick and Jane
3:20 pm
Mon October 21, 2013

Dick and Jane Song of the Week: "I Love You Too"

I Love You Too

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Swing

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LYRICS

He looks at her and she looks at him. She wonders where, where he’d been. He hopes her heart’s not taken. She hopes she won’t end up breaking again.

He takes her hand, and she can’t stand to think he’d ever leave her. He says the day he leaves is the day he stops to breathe. He never wants to see his baby cry.

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Dick and Jane
2:48 pm
Mon October 14, 2013

Dick and Jane Song of the Week: "Don't Tell Me"

LYRICS

Just so you know, I cry myself to sleep from night to night. I fear the sunrise because I don’t want to face the world. I’m not what you think I am. I’m about to break. Now I let the night take me away.

No, don’t tell me that you just don’t care because you know that it will break me. Don’t tell me that you feel my pain when you never shed a tear. No, you don’t know what’s good for me. You’re not the thing I need. You’re never there for me.

Take me away. Now I’ll let the night take me away.

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Dick and Jane
3:29 pm
Sun October 13, 2013

Dick and Jane Song of the Week: "Soar Like a Bird"

LYRICS

I spread my wings to fly, but all they do is die. My brother already soars, yet I’m behind closed doors.I look up into the sky. Everything seems so high.

But if you don’t quit. It’s your goal you’ll get. But if you don’t quit

Just like a baby bird who’s falling, your life it might be stalling. The bird will soon succeed. Just follow its lead. But if you don’t quit.

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Dick and Jane
2:33 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

Dick and Jane Song of the Week: "Meant To Be"

LYRICS

I’ve been hurt before. There are scars on my heart. I put all my faith in you, praying you wouldn’t tear me apart. You seemed different in every way. You never ever ran from me. You never played those stupid games. It was easy to fall for you.

I think you knew why I looked at you that way. I tried to hide and make it go away. I tried to stop and put on the brakes. But my heart wasn’t listening. You stopped my heart and I couldn’t breathe. And I was left wondering. Do you feel it too? Or is it just me? Or maybe you and I are meant to be.

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Dick and Jane
4:51 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

Dick and Jane Song of the Week: "What If I Did"

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Ska / Reggae

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LYRICS

I saw you running around with her this summer, her honey blonde hair billowing around her face. I should have known you were a playa, boy. You’re laughing and hugging and I want to cry.

What about the sweet memories of you and I? I guess none of that matters now. You made your choice.

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Dick and Jane
2:44 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

Dick and Jane Song of the Week: "A Train Ride to the Zoo"

CREDITS

lyrics by Senuru / music by Trains Across the Sea / mixed by Andrew Dodson / recorded at the Jazz Academy

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Dick and Jane
2:22 pm
Fri April 12, 2013

Dick and Jane Song of the Week: "Hair Like Yea"

CREDITS

lyrics by Angelique, Nakita, & Noela / music by The Town Monster  

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Dick and Jane
2:01 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

Dick and Jane Song of the Week: "Red Carpet"

CREDITS

lyrics by Dayon, Tracy, & Eric / music by Speak Williams

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Dick and Jane
2:00 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

Dick and Jane Song of the Week: "If You Start Crying"

CREDITS

lyrics by Destiney, Alana, & Anthony / music by Johnny Newman

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Dick and Jane
2:20 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

Dick and Jane Song of the Week: "You are Who You are"

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 LYRICS

 Lost inside the fog and doubt in a world I don’t know, I’m scared that if I try and fail, there’s only me to blame, searching for the real me. Who am I? I am alone. I find strengths within my fears and courage in my pain. When you’re lost, you have to look for the light. When you believe in yourself, you’ll be alright. Times can be tough, but so can you. This is your chance, just keep pushing through. Yeah, you are who you are. The fog is clearing in my mind and I’ll make it if I try. I’m scared that if I never try, there’s only me to blame, searching for the real me. And I wonder who I’ll find. I find the light within myself, and I’ll never be the same. When you’re lost, you have to look for the light. When you believe in yourself, you’ll be alright. Times can be tough, but so can you. This is your chance, just keep pushing through. Yeah, you are who you are. Here I am. I’ve found myself in a place I’ve always known. I made it here because I’ve tried and look at all I’ve gained. Searching for the real me and, oh, look how I’ve grown. ‘Cause I am who I am and I found I can’t be changed.

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Dick and Jane
2:40 pm
Fri March 15, 2013

Dick and Jane Song of the Week: " We are Strong"

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LYRICS

 You tried to take me down. You took out my legs. You made me fall to the ground. You took the light away. But you didn’t know that I’d stand back up. And you didn’t know that I’d be stronger. You thought that you could bring us down. You thought that you could break us. But little did you know that we’d grow stronger. Little did you know that we are strong. I tried to see the light. I tested out my legs. Above me was the moon shining in the dark, but I didn’t know how to stand back up and I didn’t know how to be stronger. You thought that you could bring us down. You thought that you could break us. But little did you know that we’d grow stronger. Little did you know that we are strong. Now I am standing up and I can see the light. You back away because I am growing as one. Now we are standing up and we can see the light. You back away because we are growing as one. We are growing as one. 

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Dick and Jane
3:44 pm
Fri March 8, 2013

Dick and Jane Song of the Week: "Ode to Mothers"

LYRICS

If I am a hand, then you are a ring that shines in the light. If I am a hand, then you are a glove that keeps me warm in winter.

If I am a seed, then you are the dirt that keeps me warm and safe. If I am a seed, then you are the water that pours on me and keeps me growing.

CREDITS

written by Rowen H / music by The DewDroppers / produced by Andy Dodson / additional mixing by Josh Landis / recorded at the Jazz Academy 

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Dick and Jane
3:16 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

Dick and Jane Song of the Week: "If I Had Money"

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LYRICS

I have ten thousand dollars of money and a house. My mom would be so happy ’cause I got my diploma. And I’ ve got guards to guard my house.

My house is red and blue with a big gate. I was working on writing and science and social studies. I was learning about the North Pole. And I’ve got guards to guard my house.

We’re going to be chilling in my new house. We’re going to be playing in my blue house. We’re going to be singing in my cool house. We’re going to be praying in my new house.

If you come over my house, you have to cook something like macaroni or sweet potato.

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Dick and Jane
1:57 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

Dick and Jane Song of the Week: "Girl in the Window"

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LYRICS

 I was sitting in the window, trying to find the me lost inside, so sad I wanted to cry, felt a drop on the side of my cheek, wiped it away, came running down faster than rain. I didn’t know what to say, so I hid in my room for the rest of the day, and I cried in my pillow. Sat on my bed, trying to forget all the things that you said. They came back every time that I shut my eyes. I couldn’t fall asleep because my dreams took over the world. I should have known. I should have known that you were going to break my heart till the last piece shattered to the ground. I dream of you, our touch, our kiss, the way your lips touched mine, your hands felt on my side, the moment our hearts collide. Open your arms, if you only showed me your heartless ways. I thought you loved me. Your voice it echoes, echoMusices inside my head. I wake up with worry about every moment. My life is just a fear. I miss you. I want to be with you, but you moved on to another girl. Hoping for love, but now I found myself right here, writing this song, pouring out all my heart, hoping you’d hear it once and for all. I should have known. I should have known that you were going to break my heart till the last piece shattered to the ground. I dream of you, our touch, our kiss, the way your lips touched mine, your hands felt on my side, the moment our hearts collide. I found myself sitting in the window, stopping the tears. But I’m getting stronger, no longer so lonely. I’d know I am lovely. 

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Dick and Jane
2:15 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

Dick and Jane Song of the Week: "Reach a Little Further"

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LYRICS

 Hello? Can you hear me out there? Let me be the first one to tell you: be yourself, don’t ever fall down, speak up, shout out for what you believe in. Let everybody know who you are, and I promise you’ll go very far. Getting ready for battle and he’s trying to hold his ground. His heart is racing, numb with fear and doubt. The reign of bullets begin, as missiles streak the sky. Everything’s about to change in the blink of an eye. She feels like closing door. Oh, reach a little further and you will find, that you can walk the distance, discover bravery inside. Outrun the resistance, keep on persisting, and it will be alright. Oh, reach a little further. They watch with pity as her pain takes its toll. She takes a deep slow breath. She’s longing to feel whole. Despite uplifting words, they can’t help anymore. She’s fought for so long; she feels like closing door. Learn how to stand up. Learn how to fight. Whether you’re wrong or right, think like a bird or a butterfly, ready to take flight. Finally, you need to learn. Stand up, be strong, be heard, ready to fight, ready to lead. High and tall, you’ve got to exceed. Break the barriers. Jump the hurdles. Run the distance. Take off when you hear that startin’ gun. Don’t wait for resistance. Be brave and don’t let nobody ever push your fire. Speak what’s on your mind, then learn how to take steps higher. Everyday, relentlessly, they try to break him down. (Don’t let ‘em get ya.) Their laughter echoes as they push him down. He’s trying to speak up, to break through the walls. No matter how hard he tries, no one can hear his calls. (Come on, come on.)

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