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Every Thursday this year we're celebrating All Songs Considered's 15th birthday with personal memories and highlights from the show's decade and a half online and on the air. If you have a personal memory about the show you'd like to share, drop us an email: allsongs@npr.org.

The Midatlantic (Jason Andre, Steve Schroeder, Will Maxwell, Jesse Bond, Ben Sciance and Allan Upham)
the band

Late last year, NPR Music's Tiny Desk Concert announced a contest. "NPR Music wants you to play a concert in our office," read the invitation. "Adele, John Legend, Wilco and T-Pain have played in our Tiny Desk Concert series. You could be next."

To enter, a musician must record an original song behind a desk.

Wilmington, North Carolina-based band The Midatlantic performed their entry behind a desk in an imaginative location. They were aboard a boat on the Cape Fear River:

I came to know Daniel Lanois through his instrumental collaboration with Brian Eno, Apollo: Atmospheres And Soundtracks, in 1983. I fell in love with Lanois' own music through his singing and the heartfelt, textured songs on albums like 1989's lovely Acadie (with its New Orleans flavor) and 1993's For The Beauty Of Wynona (with its haunting sounds and stories).

5 Locally Grown Projects At Winter Jazzfest 2015

Jan 8, 2015

New York's Winter Jazzfest seems to grow like kudzu: fast and far. This year's installment, the 11th annual, features 500 musicians in styles ranging from gypsy swing to electronic.

Apple's innovative iTunes music service is still the market leader in music downloads, but after more than a decade of growth, sales of music tracks on iTunes have been declining. Last year saw the largest drop in sales — 14 percent. The drop is attributed to the increasing popularity of streaming music services such as Spotify, Pandora and YouTube. These services give fans access to millions of tracks from any Internet-connected device for a monthly fee or in return for listening to commercials.

He came so humble, holding his acoustic guitar and wearing his heart on his sleeve. Trey Anastasio isn't new to NPR: Concerts of his have even included "All Things Reconsidered," a variation on the All Things Considered theme.

The Thistle & Shamrock: Midwinter Musing

Jan 2, 2015

Travel into the traditions of midwinter through some spellbinding music of the season. You'll hear a number of selections appropriate for this darkest time of the year, including music from Irish choral group Anúna with the Ulster Orchestra.

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