Monday, February 6, 2012

RPM Challenge

So yeah. I'm not really interested in talking about last night's game. I would offer my congratulations to Giants fans (except for you, Bonnie Rae. I'm happy for you...) but, let's face it, I'm not that nice a person. As you well know.

I do, however, have to take a moment to acknowledge my co-workers and my group of unwashed "inventory specialists." My co-workers were very generous in keeping game details to themselves so when I left The Store (during half time, even) I had no idea how the game was going. None at all. And then there were my "inventory specialists"... although you all desperately needed a close encounter with a bar of soap and a nicotine patch, you were amongst the most competent group with which I've worked (which isn't really saying a whole lot but, still...). I appreciate your efforts and would offer you all high fives if I was a person who did such things.

Moving on...

Today I'm talking about the RPM Challenge. It takes place during the month of February and is to musicians what NaNoWriMo is to writers. The challenge is to write and record an album (35 minutes, approximately ten songs) in twenty eight (well, twenty nine, this year) days. The Man (who, in another lifetime, was a rock and roll god) reports that this is insanity which really does put it on the same par as NaNoWriMo. What's that? You want me to write a 50,000 word novel in thirty days? No problemo!

My very excellent friend, Mike, is participating in this event. It's his second year doing it. He created a solo project called Addlepated (like it on Facebook!) and last spring he released the first album "Lost in the Snow" (available for download on Bandcamp!).

I actually have a writing credit on "Lost In The Snow." I wrote the lyrics to track #5 entitled "Maelstrom" which is based on a character in my (possibly never to see the light of day) novel, Effigy. Mike has always been a fan of my writing (go figure) and asked if he could write an album based on it. The whole album's never come to fruition but there are a couple of songs. "Maelstrom" is the first.

"Fight or Flight" will be the second and will be appearing on Mike's RPM album this year. I'll post the lyrics for both these songs later this week. So, I guess, consider yourselves warned...

But anyway...

I just want tell all the RPM Challenge participants that I'm rooting for them. Good luck to you all!


  1. Cool challenge and I wish them all well. I think that is incredibly wicked that you wrote song lyrics. That has to be one of the most challenging pieces of writing.

    And hugs, sweetie. I remember all too well when my Bears lost to the Colts.

  2. Now that's an awesome challenge. Wonder how many different ways I could strum the same tune...?

  3. @Melissa- Thanks for the hugs. I've been pathetically depressed about it all day. =) And I really had a good time writing lyrics. I'm working on a new set now.

    @Alex- Maybe you could just make the one tune last 35 minutes... I'd love to be able to do something like the RPM challenge. I can sing and play some instruments but I've never been any good at composing.

  4. Sounds like a cool challenge.

    I just awarded your blog the Versatile Blogger award and the Kreativ Blog award. You are certainly versatile and creative over here. I never know what I might find :)

  5. Hi M.J.,

    Thanks for the comments and the return follow:)

    And good luck to the Red Sox this year.. if you're a fan :)

  6. @Shell- Thanks for the awards. It's very kind of you!

    @Mark- Oh yeah. I'm a Red Sox fan.