Tuesday, February 28, 2012

I'm not technically extending the deadline

but we need more songs! So, if you have an idea of some kind, whether it be half-hearted or not, just finish it. And if it comes in on March 1st instead of February 29th, so be it. What I'm saying is there's some leeway, so don't throw in the towel. Write your songs. Finish your songs. Do it as fast as you can, but don't use the deadline as a reason not to give it a try. Just get it done in the next few days, okay?

Friday, January 27, 2012

Songwriting Challenge #9, #9, #9, #9, #9, #9, #9, #9, #9

It's a new year and maybe the world is ending, but either way 2012 sounds pretty momentous. The year of the dragon also just started, so somebody told me. And it's a leap year. And don't anyone forget the Olympics! Basically what I'm trying to tell you is NOW is that moment you've been waiting for. Seize it! Answer the call of the songwriting challenge. Tell your friends and lazy spouses (no, I don't really think you're lazy, my sweetheart) and most importantly yourself to get wid it.

The challenge this time is simple. Write a song entitled "Heart Meet Brain" or possibly "Heart Meat Brain" or if this means anything to you, feel free to also try "Heart Mete Brain."

Keep the recording as simple as you can, and ship it off to rocktastica at gmail dot com by the end of February. I'm serious about deadlines this time because I'm having a freakin' baby in March and I'm not going to deal with this stuff. Also you have an extra day anyway this year. Seize it.

Sunday, December 11, 2011


Looks like "Barber Shop Maria" is the winner. Yeah, we had very few votes, and I know my sloth is partly to blame for this, so sorry for being a jerk-face. Anyway, it was a charming song, and that makes back-to-back wins for THAT guy. Congrats--you're on fire! I don't know if it's fair to win your own prompt, but there's no rule against it.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Vote for your favorite "advertising" song

Yes, it is beyond ridiculous how long it has taken me to upload the latest entries. Would you believe I was in a submarine accident? Suddenly the water was coming in and it was just so bubbly that it reminded me of a bubble bath I once took at the tender age of seven and how the fear of water moccasins coming through the faucet (I had heard stories--we lived in Texas then) and slipping under the bubbles so I couldn't see them gave me a panic attack. So, in the replay of the panic attack that was happening in the submarine I started running and slipped and banged my head on a pipe and that's all I remember until that tick-tick of my heart monitor woke me from a coma six weeks later.

Anyway, here are the entries. Listen and weep (in a good way, or maybe a bad way cause you done lost, fool).

Find all of the entries at the Songwriting Challenge 8 page on soundcloud.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Entries are in

We have five entries for the latest challenge. Expect them up sometime soon.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Challenge #8: The Advertease

As described by the previous winner:
The subject of this challenge is advertising. Take it wherever you want to go. Write a jingle. Use a classic line of advertising in your song. Sing about an offensive billboard you once saw. Or do something like this. Whatever, you are only limited by your own imagination (kind of like the Green Lantern).

Send your production-free recordings to rocktastica at gmail dot com by fall equinox, just because I am all about the equinox. As always, winner gets to gloat and pick the next challenge.

Saturday, June 25, 2011


So I was thinking about advertising, mainly because our last winner was also thinking about advertising and my job is to share his thoughts as custodian of the Songwriting Challenge blog, preferably in a way that gets everybody fired up to be musical. But since at this point I got nothing, I'll share with you what I learned about the word "advert." May it brighten your day.

From Merriam Webster:

You may be familiar with the noun "advert," which is used, especially in British sources, as a shortened form of "advertising." That's one way to use "advert," but it has also been used as a verb in English since the 15th century. There's a hint about the origin of the verb in the idea of "turning" the mind or attention to something; the word derives via Anglo-French from the Latin verb "advertere," which in turn comes from Latin "vertere," meaning "to turn." "Vertere" is the ancestor of a number of words in English, including "controversy," "divert," "invert," "revert," and even "versatile." In addition, we'd like to turn your attention to one particular ''vertere" descendant: "avert," meaning "to avoid." Be careful to avoid mixing this one up with "advert."

Challenge coming soon