As noted earlier, the Long-Form Commuter Challenge ended up being a bit of a bust except that it got me making music, and it taught me a lot about my own abilities and limitations. It was also the kick I needed to get me submitting to Songfight.org. My goal is to submit entries for at least one Song Fight song per month.
The title for the Feb 10-20 Song Fight was "Lost Weekend", and I went ahead and submitted a song for it. They just posted the songs tonight, and you can check them out at http://www.songfight.org . If you listen to my song (band name Jerkatorium) and like it, please vote for it - again, you don't need to register or anything, just click the boxes next to any/all of the songs you enjoyed and then click the vote button.
After composing the instrumental parts of "Lost Weekend" I was extremely happy with the sound of it, but then I had to add my own sub-par vocals. Still, I think it's my best effort to date. Breadbox provided the main ideas for the Lost Weekend lyrics (he suggested the '99 bottles of beer' reference, the 'bottle top/glottal stop' rhyme, and the weekend/weakened wordplay), and I wouldn't have been able to complete the song without his inspiration. He is, of course, in no way to blame for my vocals. I just need to find a regular collaborator to sing for me. Given my compose-as-you-go Song Fight songwriting modus operandi, any such collaboration might be nearly impossible. It's certainly something for me to think about some more.
Also, last week the folks at SongFight.org sent out a general call for art for the Lost Weekend fight (anyone can submit art for the individual upcoming Song Fights within their guidelines), because I guess no one had supplied any yet. I rushed out this drawing (with some color and headers added), but they didn't use it:
It is essentially an exercise in crosshatching. It's my freehand stab at Peter Weller's pose after injecting bug powder into is foot in the movie Naked Lunch:
It could be that they didn't choose my drawing because with the size reduction plus the added color and headers it ended up looking like this:
The final image has to be 150x150 pixels, so a lot of the crosshatching gets lost in the lower-res mush. Also I probably shouldn't have bothered with the color.
One more item of note: The March 2015 Commuter Challenge will be to compose and perform an original song in the style of blues, gospel, or field holler. I will probably try for a twofer, something that will fit both the Song Fight title (maybe the just-announced "Fever Dream" Song Fight, due March 13) and the Commuter Challenge requirement. But we'll see how that goes.
Anyway, I'll continue to update this blog whenever I have something new, so you can expect around one entry per month to announce each Song Fight entry, and maybe some other entries if I ever get those EP songs improved enough to share.