Although, like all such things, I only really hear the imperfections, it was great fun. I see that Remix Fight Dot Org has now posted the various competing mixes, including my own. It's fun to hear how many different takes on "Me, I'm Not" can exist--and a relief, really, that virtually all of them rather mangle the original. I'd hate to be the only iron-monger in a delicatessan of dainties. We'll see if democracy unexpectedly aids the iron-monger at all, as the people on that site vote, although I am less concerned with competition than with fun. It turns out I am not really much of a Trent Reznor, deep at heart.
I noticed that Remix Fight Dot Org said on its main page that it was "inspired by" Song Fight Dot Org, so I went to check that site out. Songfight is really cool--they give the entrants a song title and a couple of weeks. Each entrant puts together a completely original song of the subject title.
I listened this afternoon to the entrants in the last Songfight contest, "Late for a Funeral". The twenty or so songs varied from the lowest-tech to rich mixes. The vocalists, by and large, would not make it to Hollywood in the American Idol competition. Yet I find something incredibly endearing about people who compose original songs at the drop of a two week hat to enter into a contest without prizes or glory.
Tonight I drew up a new song for the current Songfight contest, "That's What She Said".
Rather than sing, I added a spoken word track over a quite satisfactory keyboard line (said keyboard line I created by sequencing my trusty nose flute through a sampler).
The spoken word track was an actual autobiographical narrative of an era in my life in which someone I dated told me that "it should have been obvious" she was "majorly in love" with someone else. I had been mistaken as to varioous tokens of affection, you see, when a "majorly obvious" distraction was all I proved to be. I was amused how a pocket voice recorder and a gentle nose flute line can make for a nasally sentimental
songfight indeed. They'll post that songfight in a couple of weeks--I'm eager to hear the other songs.
I am mentally compiling a "current unsung heroes" list, which I will sing in a future post.