Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, you guys, and so we must straighten our backs and work for our freedom. Thatâ€™s what Martin Luther King Jr. told us during his famous â€œPromised Landâ€ speech in Memphis, Tennessee (April, 1968) and while weâ€™re reading between the lines a little bit, weâ€™re pretty sure what he meant was this: If you want the Co-Main Event Podcast to have a dope theme song, you have to take the initiative. That shit ainâ€™t gonna write itself.
And so it is up to you, CME Universe, to write, record and enter the contest we hope will produce a brand new main title theme for the show. Since our intense demographic research reveals that pretty much all of you play in cool bands, are DJs, singer/songwriters and/or amazingly talented solo musicians, we figure this wonâ€™t be a problem.
You have about three weeks to get this done. Once all entries are received, your humble co-hosts will review them and select a winner. Or maybe weâ€™ll pick some finalists and let the Universe vote on a winner. That part is up in the air at the moment. For now, all you need to concern yourself with is the creative process, and composing a dynamite song to lead the CME into the warm glow of the future. You want to make an epic seven minute video of yourself rapping on a pirate ship to go with it, thatâ€™s your business. All we need are the tunes.
ALL ENTRIES MUST BE RECEIVED BY NOON (in the one true time zone, obviously) ON JULY 16, 2013.
1.Â Â Â Â Â It must be original. By submitting to the CME music contest you are entering into a contract with the entire CME Universe that the music you provide will be your own. Donâ€™t go find some band you think weâ€™ve never heard of, download one of their songs and send it to us. First of all, if you do that weâ€™re going to find out. Second of all, the only person youâ€™ll be cheating is yourself. Do your own work, people. Eyes on your own paper.
2.Â Â Â Â Â It must be short. The podcastâ€™s current theme gets all of the particulars out of the way in about 15 seconds and then fades out. We donâ€™t really want yours to be much longer than that. If you choose to go longer, your shit better be really, really good.
Â 3.Â Â Â Â Â It must not get the CME in trouble with the law. Donâ€™t sample the opening bass riff from â€œSuperfreakâ€ and send it to us like weâ€™re going to be able to use that. Our legal department doesnâ€™t need the headache of a cease and desist letter from the estate of Rick James, got it? If youâ€™re a DJ/producer type who is going to sample some shit, it better be unrecognizable to the common ear.
Â 4.Â Â Â Â Â If you choose, you can use the CME introductory voiceover. The a cappella version of our current intro is available for download right here. Use it wisely.
Â 5.Â Â Â Â Â How to enter: Write your song (instrumental or otherwise), record it, export it as an Mp3 and email said Mp3 to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thatâ€™s about as easy as we can make it. Put CME Music Contest in your subject line.
What do you get if you win? Thought youâ€™d never ask. Prizes, B, we got prizes. For starters, the grand prize winner is going to get the a copy of theÂ UFCâ€™s â€œUltimate Fight Collection 2012â€ DVD series, unopened in its original packaging. That baby runs 20 discs, 50 hours and retails for around $150.00. Seems pretty cool, if you ask us. Also, there will probably be other prizes for finalists and maybe some for entrants that distinguish themselves in other ways.
Get it? Got it? Good. Now, go forth and create dope jamz.
(Oh yeah, legal notice: By entering the CME music contest you sort of automatically give the Co-Main Event Podcast the right to use your original material for broadcast. You wonâ€™t be compensated in any way besides winning rad prizes. The CME reserves the right to use your music as it sees fit, including but not limited to on the podcast, its website and the sweet-ass low budget science fiction movie Ben Fowlkes has been talking about making for years. The CME reserves the right to refuse service to anyone. The CME reserves the right to go to your house while youâ€™re not there and choose one thing to take from your room. For keeps. No take backs.)