“Things come back when I listen. The music drags out memories. That’s one thing about my life; it has a great soundtrack.” -Roddy Doyle, The Woman Who Walked Into Doors
Picture your life as a movie. You’re sitting in a theater, you’ve got your buttered popcorn and your cherry slushy, your phone is in silent mode, and the lights start to go down. As the screen comes to life, what do you see? Or, more importantly, what do you hear? What songs are playing in the movie of your life? What’s on your life soundtrack?
Now, take that soundtrack, and cut out about 1,000 songs.
In six songs, tell us about your life.
And that was how it all began . . . nearly six months ago. Wow. Can you believe how fast time has flown?
Jennie, Michelle and I started “Life in 6 Songs” to have some fun, share some music, and make Mondays a little less, well, Monday-ish. We thought we’d do it for a few weeks, until the novelty wore off with you, dear readers; we had no idea the series would catch on as quickly and strongly as it did. (Okay, well maybe I had a feeling . . . but I had no idea we would book up nearly six months within a couple of weeks.)
Thank you, thank you, thank you, from the bottom of our hearts for making this series so successful. Because really, you guys did all the work. We may have edited formats and juggled schedules, but you were the ones who entrusted us with your stories: your childhoods, your traumas, your joys, your hopes, your griefs . . . your lives. That’s a big deal. I think we all came to realize how fragile and precious this series was because of the heart-felt, sincere stories everyone shared. Yeah, sure, the music was nice too. But you know as well as we do that if we just stuck some videos up without the stories behind them, you wouldn’t have felt the same.
And I think that’s what really blew us away. The care and devotion extended toward this series by participants and readers alike. So again, we say thank you. We never could have come this far without you!
To offer our gratitude, and to give you all a chance to participate and share your thoughts and memories of the series, we have a few special things planned — complete with random drawings for those: 1) who have already shared their stories; 2) who choose to share their stories and playlists now (or again); 3) who share comments below about their memories of the series; and 4) for a special series supporter who has been with us for nearly every volume.
Ready for the details?
We will conduct four different drawings next week — on Tuesday, August 26. If your name is selected, you will win a $10 Amazon gift card/code that we will email to you. Winners will be announced Wednesday, August 27. Here’s how to enter:
Drawing One is only for participants published on RoS up to this point (Volumes 2 – 23, we are excluding ourselves.) Twenty-two volumes, two guests each, means there will be 44 names in the hat. Your name will only be entered once. We will pick two winners.
Drawing Two is for everyone who wants to join in and share your stories and playlists. If you’ve already posted your stories on your blog, (I know of at least three and will include them), please share your link below. Or we will give you exactly one week to post them; you have until Monday, August 25, 10:00 AM (Central Standard Time) to post your stories on your blog and either give us a pingback or leave your link in a comment below. If you are one of the 44 who already participated, but want to give it another try or want to make it harder by narrowing yourself to one artist or genre, that’s awesome; just share 6 songs and a bonus 7th song on your blog and at least a few lines explaining your choices. Everyone can earn one entry to this drawing. Even non-blogging readers!
If you are a non-blogging reader and you’d like to participate, simply leave a comment with your six (plus one bonus) song listing. (You do not have to include YouTube links.) Along with your song listing, give us the stories behind two of your songs: one story/paragraph for one of your songs 1-6; and the story behind your Bonus Song 7. This option of explaining only two songs is solely for readers that do not have a personal blog.
We will pick one winner if we receive fewer than ten “entries.” We will pick two winners if we receive ten or more “entries.”
Drawing Three is open to everyone and is the only drawing where you can earn multiple entries. All you have to do is leave a comment (before Monday the 25th, 10 am central) sharing one of your favorite memories or stories from the “Life in Six Songs” series — the comment must be inspired by one of the participants (another person, not you). To earn up to three drawing entries, you may leave three separate (and non-duplicated) comments (we will write your name and the participant you mention on a slip of paper, to be drawn from a hat.) If you leave four or more comments, great!, but you will only earn three entries for your first three qualifying comments.
You don’t have to write much, but please do let us know which story or song or playlist resonated with you and why. For example, I remember Michael of Good2BeGone sharing “Insanity” by Oingo Boingo, because it reminds me of my own “insane” times while I was drinking and trying to quit, plus I adore Danny Elfman; I remember Sandra sharing “I’m Eighteen” by Alice Cooper, because, honestly, she surprised me big time! I couldn’t picture sweet little Sandra jamming to Alice Cooper. I also remember Hippie’s Song Seven “Closer to Fine” because I almost used it myself for my own Song Seven; like Hippie, I may have even flipped a coin.
If your name is drawn from the hat, you and the participant you mention will each win a gift card code ($10 for you, $10 for your participant). We will pick one winning duo if we receive fewer than twenty “entries;” We will pick two winning duos if we receive twenty or more “entries.”
Drawing Four is a special criteria contest. Prize(s) will be awarded to a Series-Super-Supporter. Someone who has been with us nearly every week, supporting our guests with comments and likes. You cannot earn entries to this one, sorry; This winner will be decided by Jennie, Michelle and Christy; technically it is not a drawing, but we are calling it one anyway.
Drawings and Deadlines:
The drawings will be conducted on Tuesday, Aug. 26, by Jennie’s daughter, Sam. And, yep, you may win more than once; we won’t penalize you for getting lucky. (Though we may ask you to buy us a lottery ticket.) So comment all week and/or share your 6 Song Stories on your blog all week — just do so before Monday, Aug. 25, 10 am central. Any comments or pingbacks after that time are welcome, but you will not earn drawing entries. Winners will be announced the following Wednesday, Aug. 27.
Hopefully that all makes sense, but feel free to ask us questions below. Rules are subject to change and everything is subject to me, Michelle and Jennie. How’s that for a disclaimer? The gift cards are personally donated by us as a way to say thank you, that’s all. So let’s just keep it fun, keep it clean, keep it honest, keep it polite.
To refresh your memories or to see what other folks have shared, check out the Life in 6 Songs page; we have each volume listed for you. We’ll also add links to your stories and posts that come in this week.
I was going to share some interesting trivia from the series (like the most frequently chosen bands, duplicate songs, etc.), but I think I’ll save that for a future post so I can use the new stories and lists that come in. Interestingly, Elvis has thus-far been snubbed. Let’s see if anyone feels sorry for him . . .
Since I know it’s strange not having a Monday morning playlist, I’m going to include one from my friend Liz, who participated in Volume 20. She brought the 6 Song challenge to her son, Dylan, and wrote about it in her post “Dylan’s Life in Song: music and autism“:
These are Dylan’s songs (I happen to think they’re pretty groovy):
Okay, who wants to start? What do you remember from the series? Are you taking the 6 Song challenge? Leave us your memories and your links below.
Don’t forget, comment and/or post before Monday the 25th, 10 am central. We’ll draw on Tuesday the 26th, and we’ll announce winners on Wednesday, August 27. – Christy, Michelle and Jennie
Edited on Aug. 25, 10 am: Comments are now closed to new raffle entries, thank you!