On September 10, 2010, nine songwriters gathered together in a Ustream chatroom to challenge each other to write challenge-based songs. Each participant chose a songwriting challenge that one of the other participants would have to meet, and then an ice cream pail full of ping pong balls chose which songwriter would receive which challenge.
Graham Porter (Emperor Gum) challenged Edric Haleen to write a song from the point of view of a character from Greek Mythology.
Edric Haleen challenged JoAnn Abbott to write a children’s song.
JoAnn Abbott challenged Jenny Katz to write a song about one of the deadly sins.
Jenny Katz challenged Mark Meritt (The Offhand Band) to write a duet that’s not a love song.
Mark Meritt challenged Charlie McCarron to write a song involving the notion of empathy.
Charlie McCarron challenged Heather Miller to write a song from the perspective of an animal that wouldn’t be considered a pet.
Heather Miller challenged Kevin Savino-Riker to write a dance/club song.
Kevin Savino-Riker challenged Ross Durand to “write a song from the perspective of your pet.”
Ross Durand challenged Graham Porter to write a song structured around the idea of a lyrical palindrome.
Here you can hear all of the songs that were written for this cycle. To learn more about the challenges, you can visit here: