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Sunday, February 14, 2016

SpinTunes #11: Round 3 Challenge

Greek Chorus - Write a song with no chorus based on a ancient mythological figure/story. You must identify the mythological figure in your email when you submit your entry. (2 minute minimum length) (your submission is due by Sunday, Feburary 21st 11:59PM)
Examples of Mythological songs include "Flight of Icarus" by Iron Maiden, "Rhiannon" by Fleetwood Mac, and "A Whiter Shade of Pale" by Procol Harum. Examples of songs with no chorus include "Stairway to Heaven" by Led Zeppelin, "The Sound of Silence" by Simon and Garfunkel or "Rapture" by Blondie.

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: Sound Cloud (set to download a format BandCamp is ok with) & 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:

- 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 #11, 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.

- 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. What do you consider a "chorus" for the purposes of this challenge? If each verse ends on a similar line, does that count? If there's a chorus-like section with the same music but different lyrics each time it comes around, would that be okay? If there's an instrumental or scat section between verses that's the same each time, would that be okay?

    1. Will post your question in the forum for the judges to discuss.

    2. Sounds of Silence has verses all ending with the a similar line ("something something sounds of silence") so I'm assuming that's fine.

    3. The judges have gave their 2 cents in the Facebook group about this.

    4. Ummm... Some of us don't Facebook. Care to share?

    5. "We gave some examples, which should help guide you as to the sort of things you can pretty safely get away with.

      Again, speaking for myself alone... I would say that starting or ending on a similar line or "stinger" would be OK so long as the verses are distinct. I would hate to remove ALL of the risk for you, because if we define it too tightly it takes a lot of fun out of it. After all, the uncertainty is what makes a lottery exciting, no? And I'd rather not *define* you out of taking a chance on something cool. It might pay off, it might not.

      Just know that if you're asking these questions yourself about your song, then at least some of the judges will do the same, and you're taking a risk. You know what's iffy, and can decide whether you want to take a chance for glory and risk crashing and burning in style.

      Once again, other judges' opinions may vary, and guest judges are a black box." - Dave

  2. Didn't I already DO this? (And at Emperor Gum's request, no less!)



    1. Then you shouldn't have any trouble doing it again. ;)

    2. But the FIRST time around I ALREADY had trouble choosing a figure from mythology! (Read the song bio!)


      (No worries -- I've already chosen my song idea. Now I just need to know what the judges had to say about song CONSTRUCTION, and I'll be off-and-on-my-way!)