Monday, February 10, 2003

The great American song poem contest

[Are you a frustrated would-be songwriter? PBS has organized a song poem contest to coincide with the documentary on song poems that they will be airing this week. Here is the press release...]

OFF THE CHARTS: The Song-Poem Contest

Do song titles like "I Am a Ginseng Digger," "Chicken Insurrection" and
"Non-Violent Taikwondo Troopers" cause a stir of the creative juices?
Well, then we have the contest for you!

In the world of the song-poem industry, you write a poem and they'll make
a song out of it – for a fee. But wait … if you go online and enter the
OFF THE CHARTS Song-Poem Contest... it's FREE!

The contest, launched in conjunction with the PBS premiere of OFF THE
CHARTS: The Song-Poem Story on February 11, 2003 at 10:00 p.m. on PBS
(check local listings), is happening now at OFF THE CHARTS explores a truly unique
slice of Gothic Americana through interviews with song-poem writers, the
jaded producers and musicians who turn their lyrics into songs, and
zealous song-poem connoisseurs.

The winning lyrics will be set to music, made into a professionally
produced CD recording and featured on the OFF THE CHARTS Web site for all
the world to hear!

The two runners-up get a video copy of Jamie Meltzer's documentary OFF THE
CHARTS: The Song-Poem Story and The American Song-Poem Anthology CD from
Bar-None Records!

Contest closes: February 28
Winners announced: March 17

ENTER TODAY! Pass this on to others!

The Facts:

WHO: Anyone 18 or over can enter

WHAT: The OFF THE CHARTS Song-Poem Contest

WHEN: Now through February 28


WHY: To have your original song-poem lyrics set to music, and recorded
on a CD, to see your name in lights and hear your song online 24/7, and to
tell all your friends!

[For more about the song poem industry, visit! "Burmese Land is like money land...."]