Every February, you're invited to chronicle the music that has influenced your life!
A 22(ish)-to-28-day writing challenge to share the Soundtrack of Your Life!
As Dick Clark once said, "Music is the soundtrack of your life." And whether you're a casual listener of one genre or have an insatiable appetite for compositions of all kinds, we each have a unique soundtrack for our unique life. There's even ample evidence that there's neuroscience behind the experience of listening to music. From a WIRED article on the subject:
"When listening to our favorite songs, our body betrays all the symptoms of emotional arousal. The pupils in our eyes dilate, our pulse and blood pressure rise, the electrical conductance of our skin is lowered, and the cerebellum, a brain region associated with bodily movement, becomes strangely active. Blood is even re-directed to the muscles in our legs. (Some speculate that this is why we begin tapping our feet.) In other words, sound stirs us at our biological roots. As Schopenhauer wrote, “It is we ourselves who are tortured by the strings.”
This is a chance for you to share the soundtrack of your life, in your own words.
HOW IT WORKS
This is a daily challenge, beginning on February 1st 7th .
You can sign up at any time, by posting entries in the forum.
Each day's entry must include:
The song title and artist
A link to a or other site where we can listen to the track
You can choose any artist from any genre of music, including those with explicit content. Just make sure your entries are rated appropriately.
Create a new post in the forum below, with a link to each of your static items or book/blog entries. Do NOT post your entries or links to your musical choices directly into the forum! Any direct posts to the forum will be suspended and disqualified. You may include links to more than one entry per post. If you are doing book/blog entries, please make sure they're all posted in the same book/blog item for easy reference.
Your entries can be on any topic you choose: autobiographical, informational about the artist, poetry or a short story inspired by the music... whatever inspires you!
Catch-up entries are allowed if you get behind, but anything posted into the forum after 11:59 PM WDC time on the last day of February will be disqualified.
No theme this year! Just songs that mean something to you.
PRIZES ~ READ THIS, TOO!
~ Each person who completes the entire 28-day challenge will receive the exclusive, specially commissioned Soundtrackers Merit Badge, plus a little extra something since I was late getting this activity started this year.
~ Those who complete at least 21 days by 11:59 pm on the last day of February will receive a Music Merit Badge. a Soundtrackers MB as well! Since I was late getting this activity started this year, it's the least I can do.
~ Additional prizes may be added depending on donations received.
NOTE: Posting entries with simplistic one or two line blurbs about why you like a song (e.g.: I like this song because they're a cool band! or This is a great song!), with no further expounding, will likely get you DQ'd from prizes. This is a writing challenge, inspired by the music that makes you tick. I want to know why that music makes you tick, why it's special to you, and/or how it inspires you!
Jeff ~ "The Book of Jeff"
Jessica - Happy 21st WDC! ~ "Soundtrack of Jessica's COVID Life"
QPdoll ~ "The QPdoll Blog"
Elfin Dragon - contest hunting ~ "The soundtrack of My Life February 2021"
Witchy woman ~ "Black and White Everyday"
Leger~ ~ "Leger's Soundtrack and White Noise"
MD Maurice ~ "Down the Rabbit Hole"
Olivia ~ "Life Music"
pwheeler: super busy September ~ "Love, Joy, Peace and Weirdness"
Donations Are Welcome!
Want the exclusive Soundtrackers merit badge without blogging? Just want to support The WDC Soundtrackers and our various activities? Anyone who donates 100,000 GPs or more during the contest round (i.e., the month of February) will receive the exclusive Soundtrackers merit badge.
Donations made during other times of the year that active contests are running will receive that challenge's custom badge. Donations made during the "off season" when no activities are currently running will receive a Music merit badge. For example, you can only donate to get the Resurrection Jukebox badge in October, the WDC Soundtrackers badge in February, etc.
Please send all donations to "The WDC Soundtrackers Group" (Group #1979333), or submit them via a post in the forum below.
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