So I’ve been working on a new batch of tunes, and one of them I’ve had around for awhile but only lately started fleshing out in the studio. “Ain’t Nobody”, which you may have heard me do at a live show, is a song I really like and so I’ve been sending it around in it’s semi-demo state to some of the songwriting contests….yeh I know…..contesting about songwriting is like dancing to a painting, but these days it’s smart to get your stuff out there to get it heard, what’s the point of playing your music to yourself and whomever in your family you can bludgeon into sitting still long enough to hear it?
So they sent me this note a bit ago –
We wanted to contact you and let you know that the Song of the Year song & lyric writing contest has received the votes from the judges from July’s round. Though your material did not place in the top 5 within it’s respective category, your material was still quite impressive. You did make our Honorable Mention placement.
Honorable Mention means that the preliminary judges and/or the professionals offering the critiques have found your submissions exceptional for one reason or another. It could be the lyrics, melodies, music, etc… If Song
of the Year receives a lot of positive responses from our judges about a song, you will be place in the Honorable Mention category. This status indicates that a submission was found impressive by a number of the judges.
Oh goody goody, I guess what that really means is that I got BEAT by like at least 5 other songs that month, that REALLY sucks….
Then they send this –
Attention Wade Biery;
We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate you on your recent success in the July 2007 round of the Song of the Year song and lyric competition. We have received notification that a song you had submitted was recognized as a Honorable Mention in that month’s competition round. We have added this accolade to a webpage produced under your name in our “Web Awards” archive. This “Web Award” page is a powerful tool for you to share the good news of your success to family, friends, associates, and professional contacts! You may view or link to your “Web Award” page at:
Please review your “Web Award” page and contact us immediately if there are any corrections required. Based on information we have on hand, we have taken the courtesy of including a link to your website, if your submission record included one. Once again, congratulations!
regards….Blah Blah Woof Woof
Now THAT makes me feel better, I may not have even placed, but at least I get a Cheesy little web graphic that I can put on my site and everyone can go “Ooooooooo he got an award…..Ooooooooo”
I guess it’s better than having someone drive back and forth over your foot, but maybe not quite as good as having a well known music exec walk out of his office restroom in a bathrobe at a lunch meeting (WTF?!?!?) (that actually happened to a friend of mine…yikes), saying that he wants to sign you (and then show you something….)
Now I’m raving….
OK, ya wanna see the thing?
Great, here ya go….
So there it is, let the hate-fest begin…..
I’ve been wondering for some time now why I’m not hearing about who’s MAKING MONEY in Iraq right now. As they say, “Follow the money.”, you do that, and you’ll get some answers. When we’re spending something like 10 billion dollars a month in Iraq, someone’s getting paid, big time. A myriad of jobs once handled by the infrastructure of the Armed Services have been “no-bid” contracted out to huge corporations (for profit) to handle, the assumption is that they will function more “cost-effectively” because of the pressure to perform in a “free” market blah blah woof woof….but is that what’s happening?
We’ve hired private armies (Blackwater et al) to provide security for many of our operations (I guess our boys aren’t good enough eh?). We have all kinds of corporations contracted to do all kinds of rebuilding and transportation and troop services etc etc….when we’re spending this kind of money, why think that Bush’s only friends are oil companies?
Think BIG, he and Cheney sure are.
The longer they can make this war run on, at the tune of 10 billion + per month that’s a lot of Bush-buddies helping themselves to YOUR hard-earned cash, and your kids and grandkids’ future country.
It just doesn’t make ANY sense otherwise….no matter how much pounding on the wall with your head you do, and I’ve been doing it reflexively every time I look at CNN or any other “news” outlet…though sometimes the Mouth-Breathers on FOX leave me in drooling shock with their bizarre performances….
Can it be just that simple? Just that horrifying? And that criminal and callous?
I’m not sure, but you are talking about one guy who pretends to be about as intelligent as your average trailer park rec center manager but he’s the President, and another guy who shoots his friends in the face…I’m ready for anything at this point….