The Great Request Raffle

August 30, 2013 5:28 AM

The Great Request Raffle: take up the challenge!

I am excited to announce that the new Music Challenge will shortly be launched: the Great Song Request Raffle, as suggested by Jessamyn and fine-tuned (lulz) as a concept by some of us MeFiMufites.

When the challenge launches we'll start getting requests in, so roll up, roll up - if you think you can take on the challenge of fulfilling someone's wish, please comment here, memail me or email MeFiRequestRaffle@outlook.com!

The Rules:
- First rule of request raffle is always talk about request raffle. The more requests we get and the more people take them up, the more fun it will be.
- The deadline for submissions is November 1st
- You can take on more than one request, but not simultaneously - ie. once you finish one, you can request another
- If you get a request that you don't think you can fulfil, it's ok to send it back and get a different one.

This is my first time curating a challenge so if anyone has any comments or suggestions then let me know!
posted by greenish (108 comments total) 16 users marked this as a favorite

This post doesn't appear to explain what "the Great Song Request Raffle" is.
posted by Wolfdog at 7:18 AM on August 30, 2013 [1 favorite]


Oh dear sorry - a bit more explanation might be good. Here's how it works:

1. Requests are sent in by MeFites (musician or not), for a song or piece of music to their specification, eg. a cover of a song they love, an accompaniment to some words they wrote, a song about a particular thing.

2. Requests are distributed by those who have said they want to take up the challenge - they then create the requested item in whatever way they choose, and post it on the Music board

3. General laudation and profuse hugs
posted by greenish at 7:34 AM on August 30, 2013


I like the idea quite a bit, but there might need to be some sort of mechanism for accepting the challenge. Like, what if the raffle serves you up something that you're just not capable of for some reason? Say a song with a really weird time signature when you're stuck to a limited pool of canned drum beats?
posted by COBRA! at 9:33 AM on August 30, 2013


Feels like we could handle that with the sort of unspoken Axiom Of Flexibility that I feel governs Music Challenge stuff in general: if something just won't work / isn't work, say so and we'll nudge it until it does. The value in constraints is a big part of why I think these things are great, but we don't have to be hardcore about it just for the sake of the purity of the thing or whatever, it's ultimately about making some music and having fun.
posted by cortex at 9:37 AM on August 30, 2013


Fair enough. The more I think about it, my hypothetical was really about a man curled up on the floor with a broken guitar and an empty bottle of Two Gingers internally castigating himself for Having Let Someone Down Musically and that's not really a problem you fix with a formal policy.
posted by COBRA! at 11:13 AM on August 30, 2013 [8 favorites]


1. Requests are sent in by MeFites (musician or not), for a song or piece of music to their specification, eg. a cover of a song they love, an accompaniment to some words they wrote, a song about a particular thing.

Is there going to be a MeTa and\or a sidebar thing about this? (Presumably post holiday) I think that's the way to get requests.
posted by Gygesringtone at 11:35 AM on August 30, 2013


Yeah, I think that'd make sense. Maybe I'll put the challenge up on Tuesday and then we can have a metatalk and a sidebar for it to let the larger mefi crowd know what's going down.
posted by cortex at 11:38 AM on August 30, 2013


I am way ahead of you guys - got the MetaTalk all ready to post, I'm just waiting for Sunday so it's officially the 1st of the month :)
posted by greenish at 12:21 PM on August 30, 2013


So anyway. I haven't been getting excited about this for weeks. No. I have other things going on in my busy and fulfilling life.
posted by greenish at 12:22 PM on August 30, 2013 [2 favorites]


Ooh! This sounds fun and potentially fulfilling! I'll toss my hat into the ring, as a solo artist and that of the collective group, so feel free to call upon us for anything you can or can't wrap your heads 'round.

Also, I'm sorry to report that our go at Soul Love fell through, time-wise. We've spent so much time finishing OK, Computer? that we had 2 sessions left to do the Bowie track, one of which fell through because I was sleep deprived, and Kerry had a conflicting gig. Hopefully we'll get a belated post of it in the coming week or two.
posted by askmeaboutLOOM at 4:08 PM on August 30, 2013


I'm in!
posted by dubold at 4:37 PM on August 30, 2013


I'm in.
posted by The World Famous at 5:35 PM on August 30, 2013


I would like to participate.
posted by grog at 11:48 AM on August 31, 2013


Yesss, sign me up.
posted by Corduroy at 1:16 PM on August 31, 2013


I too am in.
posted by DaDaDaDave at 5:43 PM on August 31, 2013


Me too!
posted by buriednexttoyou at 9:31 AM on September 1, 2013


I suppose I should say explicitly that I'm in.
posted by cortex at 12:14 PM on September 1, 2013


I'm in.
posted by modernserf at 12:32 PM on September 1, 2013


I'd like to give this a try.
posted by topoisomerase at 12:41 PM on September 1, 2013


I'll take up a challenge.
posted by threeants at 12:54 PM on September 1, 2013


I'll give this a shot too.
posted by thisclickableme at 1:22 PM on September 1, 2013


In.
posted by COBRA! at 1:44 PM on September 1, 2013


I'm moving continents so I am in in a very general sense.
posted by dobie at 4:19 PM on September 1, 2013


Count me in.

(a one, an' a two...)
posted by flapjax at midnite at 4:28 PM on September 1, 2013


I would like to do this one, too.
posted by frecklefaerie at 5:56 PM on September 1, 2013


I ACCEPT YOUR CHALLENGE.

Probably. I mean, if it's just impossible I'll probably fret for a while and then send it back and ask for a new one and then I'll ACCEPT THAT CHALLENGE.
posted by dirtdirt at 6:01 PM on September 1, 2013


I second that ^ (e)motion.
posted by freya_lamb at 6:20 PM on September 1, 2013


I'm in but, fair warning, I am very slow and anxious these days.
posted by Karlos the Jackal at 1:12 AM on September 2, 2013 [2 favorites]


Well, we have a whole bunch of requests already, so I'll be sending them out in the next couple of days!

Some of them are so great too. I can't wait to distribute them all.
posted by greenish at 2:31 AM on September 2, 2013


I want to play! Please send me one!
posted by Slothomatic at 5:19 PM on September 2, 2013


I'd like to participate too !
posted by nicolin at 2:18 AM on September 3, 2013


In general, would it be possible to steer away from the challenges that focus on a single album by a single artist? OK Computer and Ziggy are phenomenal albums--I am looking forward to a slow day at work today to give a listen to the September entries--but I think it would be nice with the challenges to give a bit more freedom of choice, and a bit more variation (though all the results are so different). "Choose from these 12-15 songs to play" can be great, but not every time.

Favorite song when you were 18? Favorite song by an artist from your city/state/province/fiefdom/city-state? Song from your birth year?

But definitely count me in. I am doing this one finally. Oh yes.
posted by Admiral Haddock at 4:48 AM on September 3, 2013 [1 favorite]


In general, would it be possible to steer away from the challenges that focus on a single album by a single artist?

Well *in general* we have steered away from and do steer away from those kinds of Challenges. The Mefi Music Challenge happens once a month, and has been going for several years now. The "let's do this particular album" challenge has only happened two or three times, among more than 60 Challenges.

Favorite song by an artist from your city/state/province/fiefdom/city-state?

I like that one! Pretty sure mine would be a Hank Williams tune (born in Alabama) although Sonny Blount (better known as Sun Ra) was born in my hometown of Birmingham, putting him even closer. I think I'd submit two songs, then, for that particular Challenge. File that one for future reference, greenish!

Song from your birth year?

We did one for the song that was #1 on the day you were born. Back in 2010.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 5:22 AM on September 3, 2013


Banked!
posted by greenish at 5:35 AM on September 3, 2013


Nice--I am safely ensconced at work and found that both the boss and another prole are out, and I have a significant paperwork adventure to go on--fire up the tunes!
posted by Admiral Haddock at 6:08 AM on September 3, 2013


Count me in
posted by InfidelZombie at 9:33 AM on September 3, 2013


I've sent out tunes to a quarter of you guys so far... some of the requests are quite specific so it's taking a little while! But I will get the rest out over the next couple of days :)
posted by greenish at 3:42 PM on September 3, 2013


Ugh, specificity.
posted by Karlos the Jackal at 5:04 PM on September 3, 2013 [1 favorite]


Sign me up please.
posted by fleacircus at 1:20 AM on September 4, 2013


I mean, I can't promise any kind of reasonable turnaround time, but I'm in, sure.
posted by uncleozzy at 5:27 AM on September 4, 2013


I am old and I've just gone back to school so my disposable time has decreased considerably...but I would really like to do this one, if I can scrounge the energy.
Have to finish that Bowie one first, though.
posted by chococat at 4:05 PM on September 4, 2013


I await my assignment. Quietly, calmly, expectantly. I wait. In my darkened room. I wait.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 4:30 PM on September 4, 2013 [1 favorite]


I would request a song played in the style of flapjax at midnite, but by someone other than flapjax at midnite, but then it would probably be assigned right back to me and I'd be screwed.
posted by The World Famous at 5:04 PM on September 4, 2013 [2 favorites]


well, let's kick this off then!

MST3k Theme

posted by dubold at 3:07 AM on September 5, 2013 [2 favorites]


Ok I'm 2/3rds of the way through now - it's taking longer than I thought! Sorry to those who don't have one yet, no-one will be left out I promise.
posted by greenish at 2:28 PM on September 5, 2013


I'm late to the party, but I'd like to get back into this whole music making racket, so if there's enough to go around, I'm in!
posted by TwoWordReview at 4:21 PM on September 9, 2013


When I was around 16, me and my chums were in various bands and, whenever any discussion about what a song should be called came up, our default name was always "My Arse Is So Hairy I Can't Shit."

I have literally no idea why.

This policy was gradually extended to include any song whose name you couldn't quite remember; any song whose name you couldn't be bothered to remember; any song that you thought might be improved by having such a name and, finally, to literally any song.

Long story short, I always kind of wondered what a song called "My Arse Is So Hairy I Can't Shit" might sound like.

Actually, no I didn't. Please feel free to ignore this suggestion entirely. Also, cortex, please ban me from participating further in this discussion.
posted by Jofus at 8:17 AM on September 10, 2013 [2 favorites]


Request: a punk rock version of John Prine's Angel From Montgomery. I've wanted to make one for a long time because I feel it is a punk song at heart. But I never did. So you do it!
posted by Potomac Avenue at 8:49 AM on September 10, 2013 [3 favorites]


Wait do I send them in here in a comment or to greenish by memail? The instructions at the top are rather vague.
posted by Potomac Avenue at 8:51 AM on September 10, 2013


I'll give this a shot, especially if there's any electronic element to it.
posted by spiderskull at 8:52 AM on September 10, 2013


send 'em to greenish, either by memail or to the email address in the MetaTalk post.

If you'd like to make a request, please email MeFiRequestRaffle@outlook.com.
posted by dubold at 9:25 AM on September 10, 2013


If this post instead of the Metatalk is going to be the link from the front page maybe a mod should edit the post up there to say where requests go otherwise other people might be as bad at close reading as I am, though that may not be possible.

Looking forward to hearing these jams!
posted by Potomac Avenue at 10:13 AM on September 10, 2013


You call it a Raffle. Is this A. Going to involve Real Money in any way and B. Be some kind of lottery system where only some people get to request a song?
posted by IndigoRain at 10:18 AM on September 10, 2013


I think it's more like, Raffles the charming gentleman thief.

(More seriously, anyone can request, and I'm pretty sure there's no money involved, just everlasting satisfaction.)
posted by LobsterMitten at 11:04 AM on September 10, 2013


I'm in.
posted by Doleful Creature at 11:14 AM on September 10, 2013


I'm in but technologically at the mo i'm not hugely better equipped than COBRA!'s man curled up on the floor with a broken guitar and an empty bottle of Two Gingers albeit with a tape recorder, so if that makes a difference then um er dunno
posted by criticalbill at 2:42 PM on September 10, 2013 [1 favorite]


I would like to be assigned a request, please. This is my request.
posted by slappy_pinchbottom at 3:19 PM on September 10, 2013


Totally in. I will do a thing this time. Unlike the last time. (Apologies).
posted by motty at 3:31 PM on September 10, 2013


I request a request.
posted by swift at 8:06 PM on September 10, 2013 [1 favorite]


I would like to give this a go. Thanks greenish
posted by dagosto at 8:27 PM on September 10, 2013


I'd like to try this. November is the deadline for completed recording submissions, or the deadline for request submissions? Or both?
posted by saulgoodman at 9:13 PM on September 10, 2013


I am game.
posted by Brent Parker at 9:28 PM on September 10, 2013


Ok. I need to dust off the Telecaster. Please send any requests my way. Where/Who/How do we submit requests, btw?
posted by KevinSkomsvold at 11:57 PM on September 10, 2013


How exciting! Lots of new requests and challengers due to the podcast. I'll try and get them all sent out asap.

Points to answer:

- no there is no money involved! unless you count the currency of high fives, in which case you can expect bountiful riches should you fulfill a request
- November 1st is the deadline for submission of completed recordings. If I keep getting requests right up to it, we might keep the challenge rolling in the background if people want it to.
- In order to either make a request or receive one, just use the email address above or memail me.


Also one last thing - if you've said you want to take part but can't promise a speedy response, I'm leaving you til last in order to make sure that requests are fulfilled before the deadline if possible. If your circumstances have changed, and you'd be able to do it by the deadline now, just let me know and I'll shunt you up the priority list!
posted by greenish at 5:26 AM on September 11, 2013


Well being just talented enough to play the eight track, I'll put in a request:

An electro-acid-punk version of Liebeslieder Waltzes 11


No. 11
Nein, es ist nicht auszukommen
mit den Leuten;
Alles wissen sie so giftig
auszudeuten.
Bin ich heiter, hegen soll ich
lose Triebe;
bin ich still, so heißts, ich wäre
irr aus Liebe.


No, there’s just no dealing
with people;
they manage to put such an evil
interpretation on everything.
If I’m jolly, they say I harbor
wayward lusts;
if I’m calm, the story is I’m
out of my mind with love.
posted by sammyo at 6:29 AM on September 11, 2013 [1 favorite]


I'd like to do one!
posted by hooha at 9:29 AM on September 11, 2013


I'd love to fulfill someone's wish!
posted by Katine at 5:01 PM on September 11, 2013


Request: a punk rock version of John Prine's Angel From Montgomery. I've wanted to make one for a long time because I feel it is a punk song at heart. But I never did. So you do it!

Do you know the version by the Leslie Spit Tree'o, I believe they are (were?) called? Not exactly punk rock, but a great, great cover.

Me, I'd like to hear some kind of cowboy ballad or something about MefightClub, heavily featuring the legend of rotato. This is not a serious request.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 12:39 AM on September 12, 2013


At the risk of sounding a bit dense, I'm assuming that unless requests are sent to the address specified above, they're not serious (thanks for clarifying stavros :) )

By the way, I'm doing a bit of listening to back catalogues here and there to make sure no-one gets a request that they might not be able to physically or technically accomplish, and wow, there are some real gems out there. You talented beasts.
posted by greenish at 3:36 AM on September 12, 2013


I wanna get involved! Can i haz request raffle?
posted by we are the music makers at 8:06 AM on September 12, 2013


I will personally handle that Liebeslieder Walzer one.

And another.
posted by Madamina at 10:51 AM on September 12, 2013


Do you know the version by the Leslie Spit Tree'o, I believe they are (were?) called

All hail Toronto! The Tree'o were alt-country before alt-country was cool, back in my student days in TO. So called because they lived on a filled part of Lake Ontario called the Leslie Spit.

Submitted a request, but it's pretty offbeat. Hoping somebody rises to the task.
posted by Shepherd at 5:42 PM on September 12, 2013 [1 favorite]


Because I love you, and I'm pretty sure that the band is long long gone, here's the cover I was talking about, which is aces. You'll need the decryption key, I guess, which is: E_MhTUp657PpSJwLeN7SQ3XZ-C8ZUPNjvsWo91qlLro
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 2:24 AM on September 13, 2013


Thanks Stav! You're awesome. Definitely would still like to hear a pure poppunk version tho!
posted by Potomac Avenue at 5:58 AM on September 13, 2013


I'll do one - if it can be done with just vocals and guitar.
posted by 3FLryan at 7:50 AM on September 13, 2013


May I join as well please?
posted by svenvog at 9:07 AM on September 14, 2013


Ok then, dear people, it's official, all of you should now have your request!!

There are, at last count, 46 challengers, and all but two of the requests have been allocated! (and those are from someone who requested more than one, so they're not going home empty-handed).

One request fulfilled so far... I'm working on mine... is anyone going to get in there before me?

I thought I'd be fed up with it after sending out all those requests but I'm not, I'm dead excited to see the results!
posted by greenish at 3:42 AM on September 17, 2013 [1 favorite]


PS. if I've missed anyone and you wanted to take part and haven't received your request, memail me and I will send you one of the remaining ones!
posted by greenish at 3:42 AM on September 17, 2013


Me too please, if I can! I'll memail you, greenish.
posted by His thoughts were red thoughts at 6:47 PM on September 17, 2013


Looking forward to see the results come in. Thanks, greenish and everyone fulfilling requests (:
posted by Quilford at 3:52 AM on September 18, 2013


I just want to say that I'm super-excited about my assignment ... it just happens to be one of my most favorite things ever. My only fear is that I just won't be able to do it right.
posted by uncleozzy at 4:52 AM on September 18, 2013


Is it too late to get involved?
posted by nicebookrack at 3:02 PM on September 19, 2013


So...slight spoiler: I was requested to do a cover of The Cars' Just What I Needed featuring piano and clarinet. I'm planning at least two versions, and the first is well underway; the tracks should, hopefully, be recorded next weekend. The second version is gonna take a little more effort, and will depend on coordinating my schedule with that of a friend who's a first year medical resident, so...hopefully that'll pan out.
posted by askmeaboutLOOM at 9:17 PM on September 19, 2013


It's definitely not too late, nicebookrack, let me know whether you want to request or fulfil a request by memail!

askmeaboutLOOM, vis dees ferrero rocher two versions you are really spoiling us
posted by greenish at 3:50 AM on September 20, 2013


I'd like to take a crack at fulfilling a request, please. Assuming anyone reads the posts down here etc etc
posted by The Minotaur at 10:31 AM on September 24, 2013


Sending in a request shortly.
posted by robocop is bleeding at 5:20 AM on September 27, 2013


Ok I've got some fresh requests, so anyone who thought it was too late to join the challenge, throw your hat in now!

I feel less hypocritical about this now that I've posted my own entry. I greedily want to take another request for myself but I'm not going to if other people want them :)
posted by greenish at 2:54 AM on September 30, 2013


I am certain I can supply some buffer requests to make sure there's no danger of the hat getting empty.
posted by cortex at 7:20 AM on September 30, 2013


I wish to take a request! I will do the thing!
posted by Sokka shot first at 9:09 AM on September 30, 2013


How many requestors and requestees are there so far?
posted by sammyo at 5:13 PM on September 30, 2013


Where do I go to listen to the entries and where should I send my finished piece?
posted by svenvog at 7:45 PM on September 30, 2013 [1 favorite]


How many requestors and requestees are there so far?

Mmmmmm stats.

THE STORY SO FAR

- I have received 59 requests as of this morning

- 49 challengers (including me) have taken up a request

- Three have been three submitted (you can see them on the Music front page and also here)

- There have been three people who asked to change because the one they got first wasn't possible for some reason.

- Requests are still coming in at about 1-2 per week

- There are currently 10 requests unallocated (although dubold might take on one of the most beastly difficult ones), which can be taken up by challengers who have completed one already, or who are drawing blanks on how to fulfil the one they've been given and want to swap.
posted by greenish at 2:26 AM on October 1, 2013


I'd like to do this challenge!
posted by baniak at 8:38 AM on October 1, 2013


I hate to say it, but I think I need to withdraw. I'm stalled out and general Hectic Life Shit's going to be keeping me tied down until well past the deadline. Sorry to be a challenge bummer.
posted by COBRA! at 2:08 PM on October 3, 2013


Thanks for the heads up COBRA! I'll re-allocate your challenge. If you want to step back into the ring later on then just shout :)
posted by greenish at 5:11 AM on October 4, 2013 [1 favorite]


I also need to withdraw, at least for the next month or so. It turns out that moving continents is actually a bit of a drain on your spare time..
posted by dobie at 2:35 AM on October 10, 2013


I am also going to have chicken out. /=
posted by Brent Parker at 12:13 PM on October 12, 2013


The request I got was “I have a number of songs about Friday, Saturday, and Monday. Even one song about Tuesday. I'm wondering if anyone has something to say about Wednesday, Thursday, or Sunday.” So here's what I worked up: Wednesday.
posted by ochenk at 10:35 PM on October 12, 2013


It's neat how I didn't ever get around to making a request but so many of the completed ones are things I totally would have wished for. Thanks everybody.
posted by MCMikeNamara at 6:34 AM on October 24, 2013 [1 favorite]


I'd like to try one.
posted by spbmp at 8:54 PM on October 28, 2013


Almost done mine. It's very silly.
posted by chococat at 4:39 PM on October 29, 2013


Done! And under the wire, if you are in a different time zone than I am.
posted by not_on_display at 9:54 PM on October 31, 2013


I'm taking the deadline to be inclusive of November 1st in which case I'm in under the wire, unless I don't know what day it is and it's actually the 2nd already, which is entirely possible...
posted by TwoWordReview at 12:51 PM on November 1, 2013


You guys RULE my world.

I've made a Metatalk with the challenge results so far, but please, keep em coming. There are so many awesome requests still out there, I'm itching to hear them.
posted by greenish at 4:14 AM on November 2, 2013


*stands outside looking in, presses face against window, waves pathetically*
Hey! I'm not on the list! I even got it in before the deadline!
posted by chococat at 7:57 AM on November 2, 2013


Oh my goodness choco. I'm so sorry my friend. I think I was so overcome by your entry that I neglected to add the completed URL on my so-called master spreadsheet. NOT SO MASTER NOW EH. last time I rely on filter and sort to make a list.
posted by greenish at 6:04 PM on November 2, 2013


No problem at all, greenish! I didn't want it to look like I blew off the challenge.
I put a link to it in the Metatalk thread.
Thanks for putting this whole thing together.
posted by chococat at 6:18 PM on November 2, 2013


Are there still some entries coming in, or if a request hasn't been fulfilled yet has that challengee dropped out? Asking...for a friend. Who isn't in the least impatient. or lacking in a life right now
posted by billiebee at 9:55 AM on November 11, 2013


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