Lend your voice to narrow down the best Columbus-inspired songs

Just in time for the city's 200th birthday today, 200Columbus released the finalists for the Celebrate Columbus in Song contest today. A public vote will determine which 10-12 songs qualify for a $500 prize, free studio time and inclusion on a compilation album.

I was part of the committee that helped narrow more than 100 submissions down to the top 29 that are now up for public vote, and I'm pretty proud of the diverse spectrum represented here. Have a listen to all 29 songs and cast your vote here. Each email address can vote for up to 10 songs; voting is open until March 23.

While you're listening, why not check out Alive's recent feature on 200 arts and cultural moments that shaped Columbus? It's a must-read!