Last month I entered a contest and won. This was a first for me, both the entering and the winning. In the process, I learned a lot about my own competitive nature. (More on that in another post.)
Nancy Mills, the founder of "The Spirited Woman" wrote a set of words and challenged others to set them to music. The theme of her organization is "Living in the Land of Enoughness". Through her workshops, newsletter and website, she encourages women to feel empowered by knowing that we are enough, just as we are.
You can listen to my rendition of "The Spirited Woman Song" HERE.
Nancy interviewed me over the phone following the announcement of the winners. You can read the interview HERE.
One of the fun things about this contest was that Nancy encouraged participants not to worry about their results, to just come up something fun and enter. Some "songs" were even called in to an 800 number she set up especially for the contest. Others, like mine, were sent by email as MP3s.
While some contestants made up their songs on the spot, for me, taking a song from concept to finished recording in 8-10 hours of work, and finishing by a deadline, was a major breakthough.
The 4 finalists were selected by a panel of judges. The order of winners was determined by popular vote.
A big happy "Thank you!" to everyone who emailed or called during the short 24-hour voting window.
My prize money will be going toward recording my next CD, hopefully coming out in Spring of 2008.