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Sunday, February 3, 2013

SpinTunes #6: Round 2 Challenge

Song Fight - Write a fight song for your favorite sports TEAM.  It doesn't have to be a professional team.  This should be about the team, not 1 or 2 athletes working together. (1 minute minimum) (your submission is due February 10th 11:59PM)

Submitting Entries:- Entries must be received by the given deadline. Otherwise it'll be posted as a shadow. Received means that it has to appear in my e-mail inbox by the given deadline. I will be going by the time stamp on the e-mail in my inbox. PLEASE do not wait until the last hour to send me something. If there is a blackout in your area, your computer crashes, or your dog actually eats your thumb drive...I will not care. You are allowed to send in a draft of your song early just in case something horrible happens & you miss the deadline. Then you can add polish to your song & send in a better version closer to the deadline. 1 minute late is still late people.

- Send your file in a format that Bandcamp accepts. (.aiff, .wav or .flac) (at least 16-bit/44.1kHz) You can find the specific requirements for Bandcamp files HERE.

- Name your file the song's title, but without spaces & punctuation.

- Title of the e-mail should be the title of the Challenge & your band's name.

- Include the song lyrics in the body of the e-mail. (If your song doesn't have lyrics...consider yourself eliminated. Instrumentals can be pretty, but SpinTunes does require lyrics.)

- Include information on anyone that needs credited if you collabed with someone.

- If you have a BandCamp account, you can just send me a link to your song on BandCamp if you include all the info I mentioned above. Make sure you have it set as a free download, and have it set so that I don't have to put in an e-mail to download it if you pick this option. THIS IS THE BEST FILE SHARING OPTION!

- Other file sharing options if you need them: YouSendIt, Sound Cloud & Drop Box. Please send an e-mail as I already stated, but with the download link if you need one of these services. Please follow directions so your file doesn't wind up in my spam or trash folder accidentally.

Side Notes:
- Good luck everyone. I don't care who wins, but I hope you all have fun & maybe even learn a little something along the way.

- Remember that you are allowed to send in a little background about your song. Some people don't like to do that, and you don't have to, but if you want to write a couple sentences about your song I'll post it on the BandCamp page for people to see. Some judges will look at the lyrics & this extra info, but they aren't required to.

- If you didn't sign-up in time to compete in SpinTunes #6, you can still complete the challenge & send in a song. It'll be uploaded with the other entries as a "Shadow Song". Check the FAQ if you don't know what that means. You can even complete past challenges from previous contests.

- If you didn't sign-up you can also do a song for "Single Rainbow Across The Internet". You're song would be played during the LP as well.

- The only other way to get your music played at the LP is to cover "Today's The Day" by Inverse T. Clown.

- Feel free to leave any questions in the comments.


  1. Just for clarification's sake?

    Do I understand correctly that the judges' intent is that every one of the 28 surviving participants/groups must DETERMINE their "favorite team" and write its fight song -- not CHOOSE a team about which to write? (Put another way -- the choice of team is not an OPTION, but rather something already determined by our sporting preferences over the years?)

    If this is the challenge, that's fine. But if some of us constraint ourselves to writing about the team that is, in fact, our favorite sports team (with the constraints that come with that), while others take the liberty of choosing _A_ sports team about which to write (presumably a sports team that lends itself particularly well to the kind of song they'd like to write), that seems like it would provide an undue handicap to the people who actually met the challenge as stated.

    Can we get some clarification -- either as regards the judges' intent or with respect to what kinds of songs will be found acceptable/will avoid disqualification? (And yes -- what to do in the case of participants who can honestly claim to have never had a favorite sports team at ALL?)


    1. Nobody is going to check your garage to see if you have Cincinnati Reds banners hanging up Edric (I know they're your favorite). We're more worried about it being about a team at all than WHAT team it is.

      For those who have never had a favorite sports team we left it pretty open. It can be professional, amatuer, or fictional. Maybe they don't like sports, but like the movie "Bad News Bears"...there's their team.

  2. (1:45 minute minimum) is too long to be a team fight song. Most real fight songs are under a minute; some are as short as 30 seconds. Is there a chance the time limit will change?

    1. I've posted this question for the judges, and I'll post their response when I get it.

  3. My interpretation is that the idea is that you get to choose A team and write a song as IF it were your favorite and you were trying to motivate that team to win.

    (I've never had a favorite sports team in the traditional sense - and certainly don't have one now - but going back about 20 years I could remember once being _on_ a team of sorts that I can honestly root for, so I'm doing that. I don't know if that team still exists - heck, I don't know if the *school* still exists. But I can still write a song about it.)

    1. My response to Edric above might help you.

  4. Is there a requirement that the team be named explicitly in the song? May I refer to it as "my team" or "the team"? Not in the interest of creating some kind of mystery, but simply in the interest of universal connection between listener and content.