Saturday night, April 11th, I participated in the 2009 Rift Magazine 36 Hour Songwriting Contest at The Beat Coffeehouse.
This year's show featured:
In Part 1:
Dave Mehling, Nicholas Roesler, Jen Markey, David de Young (me), Adam Marshall, Eliza Blue, Chris Hall, David Brusie.
In Part 2:
Sam Keenan, Nikki Schultz, Eric Kalenze, Holly Newsome, Neil Zumwalde, Claire Taubenhaus, Andrew Lynch and Shug E.
The 16 contestants each had 36 hours to write a song based around the subject "the meaning of life." The results varied from a ballad telling the story of the songwriting process itself (my own song), to Jen Markey's tale of a weekend conference that told her "life is empty, life is meaningless" so you have to put your own meaning into it, to the winning song, the ethereal "Happy Human" by Andrew Lynch.
HowWaStheShow has full audio and selected video of the evening. (Photos by Jenn Barnett are forthcoming.)
Andrew Lynch winning song, "Happy Human":
Jenn Markey's "Life is Empty, Life is Meaningless"
David de Young's "Ballad of the Rift Magazine 36 Hour Songwriting Contest"
Claire Taubenhaus - "Life is..."
Nikki Schultz's "Struggle to Fight"
Andrew Lynch wins the contest (Point of view video basically, as I was on stage with the contestants)
See more videos in the Rift 36 Hour Songwriting Contest YouTube Playlist.