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Idea

Each month, I'll be giving you a song to interpret as you wish - all media are welcome! At the end of the month, I'll publish the entries in a news article and in my journal, they'll also have a permanent place in my faves as a collection for each month.

There are NO prizes other than exposure and an advanced critique from me if you want one (specify in your note if you do and use the "Advanced Critique Encouraged" option if you want others to give you critique, too).

The idea is to give you a starting point to work on something conceptual and for you to see if you can put your ideas on canvas (or into whichever medium you chose) the way you thought they should be. Even if you "only" submit a WIP (work in progress) it will help you as an artist to try to achieve a set goal.

"Rules"

All media can take part in this challenge as long as the following two conditions are met:
  1. Interpret the song (not the video, not the band) either by trying to capture its mood or by choosing something from the text -- write in your artist's comment why you did what you did.
  2. Any entry that uses the lyrics themselves or pictures of the band or any other copyrighted material will be disqualified! Proper stock credits need to be given.
:bulletblue: Send your entries via note to me until the end of the month and specify if you would like advanced critique!

NOTE: You can submit to any song challenge at any time and I will still add you to the collection and give critique if you like, BUT you will not be added to any features (journal, news) if you are late.

Current Song Challenge: January

Summer

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~ Ville Valo & Natalie Avelon: Summer Wine ~

Strawberries cherries and an Angel's kiss in spring
My summer wine is really made from all these things

I walked in town on silver spurs that jingled too
A song that I had only sang to just a few
She saw my silver spurs and said let pass some time
And I will give to you summer wine

Oohhh- oh summer wine

Strawberries cherries and an Angel's kiss in spring
My summer wine is really made from all these things
Take off your silver spurs and help me pass te time
And I will give to you.. summer wine

Oohhh-oh summer wine

My eyes grew heavy and my lips they could not speak
I tried to get up but I couldn't find my feet
She reassured me with an unfamiliar line
And than she gave to me more summer wine

Oohhh-oh summer wine

Strawberries cherries and an Angel's kiss in spring
My summer wine is really made from all these things
Take off your silver spurs and help me pass the time
And I will give to you summer wine

Oohhh-oh summer wine...

:pointr: Entries Collection January 09

:bulletred: More information & "Rules" in my Song Challenge Journal

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December 2008: Jamiroquai: Cosmic Girl

CosmicGirl

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~ Jamiroquai: Cosmic Girl ~

I must've died and gone to heaven
Cos it was a quarter past eleven
On a Saturday in 1999
Right across from where I'm standing
On the dance floor she was landing
It was clear that she was from another time
Like some baby Barbarella
With the stars as her umbrella
She asked me if I'd like to magnetise
Do I have to go star-trekking
Cos it's you I should be checking
So she lazer beamed me with her cosmic eyes

She's just a cosmic girl
From another galaxy
My heart's at zero gravity
She's from a cosmic world
Putting me in ecstasy
Transmitting on my frequency
She's cosmic

I'm scanning all my radars
We'll she said she's from a quasar
Forty thousand million light years away
It's a distant solar system
I tried to phone but they don't list 'em
So I asked her for a number all the same
She said, step in my transporter
So I can teleport ya
All around my heavenly body
This could be a close encounter
I should take care not to flounder
Sends me into hyperspace, when I see her pretty face

She's just a cosmic girl
From another galaxy
My heart's at zero gravity
She's from a cosmic world
Putting me in ecstasy
Transmitting on my frequency
She's cosmic
Sends me into hyperspace when I see her pretty face
Sends me into hyperspace when I see her pretty face...

She's just a cosmic girl
From another galaxy
Transmitting on my frequency yeah cosmic, oh
Can't you be my cosmic woman?
I need you, I want you to be my cosmic girl
For the rest of time

:pointr: Entries Collection December 08

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November 08: Genesis: Land of Confusion

LandOfConfusion

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~ Genesis: Land of Confusion ~

I must've dreamed a thousand dreams
Been haunted by a million screams
But I can hear the marching feet
Theyre moving into the street.

Now did you read the news today
They say the dangers gone away
But I can see the fires still alight
There burning into the night.

Theres too many men
Too many people
Making too many problems
And not much love to go round
Cant you see
This is a land of confusion.

This is the world we live in
And these are the hands were given
Use them and lets start trying
To make it a place worth living in.

Ooh superman where are you now
When everythings gone wrong somehow
The men of steel, the men of power
Are losing control by the hour.

This is the time
This is the place
So we look for the future
But theres not much love to go round
Tell me why, this is a land of confusion.

This is the world we live in
And these are the hands were given
Use them and lets start trying
To make it a place worth living in.

I remember long ago -
Ooh when the sun was shining
Yes and the stars were bright
All through the night
And the sound of your laughter
As I held you tight
So long ago -

I wont be coming home tonight
My generation will put it right
Were not just making promises
That we know, well never keep.

Too many men
Theres too many people
Making too many problems
And not much love to go round
Cant you see
This is a land of confusion.

Now this is the world we live in
And these are the hands were given
Use them and lets start trying
To make it a place worth fighting for.

This is the world we live in
And these are the names were given
Stand up and lets start showing
Just where our lives are going to

:pointr: Entries Collection November 08

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October 2008: Coldplay: Viva La Vida


VivaLaVida

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~ Coldplay: Viva La Vida ~
I used to rule the world
Seas would rise when I gave the word
Now in the morning I sleep alone
Sweep the streets I used to own

I used to roll the dice
Feel the fear in my enemies eyes
Listen as the crowd would sing:
"Now the old king is dead! Long live the king!"

One minute I held the key
Next the walls were closed on me
And I discovered that my castles stand
Upon pillars of salt, and pillars of sand

I hear Jerusalem bells are ringing
Roman Cavalry choirs are singing
Be my mirror my sword and shield
My missionaries in a foreign field
For some reason I can not explain
Once you know there was never, never an honest word
That was when I ruled the world

It was the wicked and wild wind
Blew down the doors to let me in.
Shattered windows and the sound of drums
People could not believe what I'd become
Revolutionaries Wait
For my head on a silver plate
Just a puppet on a lonely string
Oh who would ever want to be king?

I hear Jerusalem bells are ringing
Roman Cavalry choirs are singing
Be my mirror my sword and shield
My missionaries in a foreign field
For some reason I can not explain
I know Saint Peter won't call my name
Never an honest word
And that was when I ruled the world

Hear Jerusalem bells are ringing
Roman Cavalry choirs are singing
Be my mirror my sword and shield
My missionaries in a foreign field
For some reason I can not explain
I know Saint Peter will call my name
Never an honest word
But that was when I ruled the world

:pointr: Entries Collection October 08

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Wlack's avatar
Awwww Im too late to participate using "cosmic girl" as a theme, Ill put attention to this maybe Ill get some motivation.
You do an awesome job for the dA community you know? Keep it up, your contests seem like a lot of fun
Anton42's avatar
When are you closing the collection? I hoped to complete today, but looks like need another day, and tomorrow night is going to be busy... But if you close right on time - that's okay, rules are rules.
kuschelirmel's avatar
I probably won't get around to doing the news articles until the 2nd, but if I know that you're going to submit, I can wait for you ;) it's not like it was a contest ;)
Anton42's avatar
Thank you, I will submit on the 1st. I do have a picture that I am working on, so I definitely will participate.
StinaBG's avatar
do a song challeng for dancing by elisa :)
roxanneross's avatar
interesting contest, i think i'll join! this is actually something i've wanted to do lately, but i didn't have the time to do it yet.
Sardoza's avatar
quick question regarding this. are stories allowed at all? whether they are or no does not determine whether I will participate, my grades do >w< I just would like to know if they are allowed or not :)
kuschelirmel's avatar
all media are welcome :aww:
Sardoza's avatar
yay! *glomp* i luff you owo
tommy-tonebender's avatar
I would like to participate. :)
o-BlueMoon-o's avatar
Klasse Idee! :thumbsup:
Ich denke ich werde es auch irgendwann mal versuchen... :)
karemelancholia's avatar
Hi!!

To let you know that i've promoted your contest in my last monthly news article : [link]

Your contest will also be promoted in my journal until the deadline : [link]

Hope it will bring you more participations!
I wish you success with your contest!

:kiss: Kare.

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Ancient-Hoofbeats's avatar
If you need anyone to feature (journal and/or article) the participants, let me know :)
I'd be more than willing to ;)
kuschelirmel's avatar
that would be a great help! :hug: thank you!
Ancient-Hoofbeats's avatar
you're welcome, just let me know when you want the features done!
kuschelirmel's avatar
in the first week of november, when the new challenge goes up :)
Ancient-Hoofbeats's avatar
ok, juz remind me if you can :)
arhcamt's avatar
sounds fun! most of my works are already inspired by certain song. i'll try to come up with something. :dance:
SoyUnHamster's avatar
Truth be told, this is something I like to do, every now and then. Making a pic/creating a character/story inspired on a song. It's been quite a while since I've last done it. Maybe, if I get the chance, I'll try it, just for kicks.
kuschelirmel's avatar
theoriginalhappydais's avatar
Is it okay if the entry is TOTALLY amature? I have a 10-minute pen-and-ink sketch I just made after reading this. Is it okay if I enter it? ^^
kuschelirmel's avatar
sure! the point of this challenge is to do sth that relates to the song, not do sth perfect ;)
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