The Great Golf Monkey Giveaway–Oh, And a Song


***WARNING! *** WARNING!

I’m about to sing.

Here’s the thing. About a month ago, I sat in one corner of our living room and wrote a poem. At the same time, Amadeus sat in another corner, working on a tune. We spent the rest of the evening merging them together, tweaking and smooshing until we’d turned it all into a song. We’re pretty self-critical at times, but we love this one. I think it’s our best collaboration. It has our hearts in it.

I posted the poem here immediately, and ever since, I’ve been dying for you to hear the musical version of it. The problem, as we saw it, was delivering it. Neither of us are singers. Oh, sure, Amadeus plays like an angel and sings beautiful backup vocals in bands, but with few exceptions, our melodies  stay confined to our living room. The same goes for Amadeus’ guitar playing, since he’s a bassist by trade. But this one we want to let out. This one we wanted to do for you. We could have asked someone to perform it for us, but in the end, we decided to do it ourselves. It’s kind of the main message of the thing–to just be your imperfect self, and not worry what others may say. But honestly? I was a  little worried. I’m still a little worried.

We went to a friend’s house and he recorded it for us. He and Amadeus were happy with the version we ended up with, but I’m off-key in places, and it makes me cringe. But it’s a wrap. We ran out of time, then our friend’s mom got sick and he’s going to be tied up for while. So here it is, glitches and all.

We want you to hear this. We want you to share it with as many people as you can, if you’re moved to do so. More than that, we want to hear YOU sing it. So, we’re offering incentive. We’re having a giveaway. A unique contest, to celebrate your unique contribution to this project.

Here’s how it works:

1: First, give a listen to “You Are Who You Are,” posted below.

2: Record your own version. We want you to do this however you’d like. Amadeus isolated the guitar part (also posted below), and you can sing over that. You can do it acapella or play your own music. You add harmonies or invite the Harlem Boys Choir to sing it with you. You can make a video to go along with it (in fact, we’d love it). But you have to sing it. We want to hear “your beautiful song.” Don’t worry about perfection. We love rank amateurs.

3: Send us an MP3 or the link to your audio or video. We plan to post all of the versions we receive onto one or two sites–YouTube and BandCamp, most probably. By sending it to us, you agree to let us use it however we’d like.

4: On August 15, 2013, we’ll hold a random drawing. Everyone who submits an audio or video will be entered to win. In other words, this is based on effort–not popularity or musical ability. The prize? This gorgeous pair of antique golf monkeys.

No, you’re not dreaming. You read it right. These attractive, useful, one-of-a-kind golf monkeys (circa 1920) could be YOURS!! Imagine the pride you’ll feel, seeing them on your shelf, knowing they were a reward for your contribution. Contest ends at midnight.

5: If you post this song online yourself, please credit Moonbeam McQueen and Amadeus Rockerfeller. No commercial use without permission. We retain all rights to this song. We aren’t completely sure of what we’re doing with all of this, but we know we’re supposed to say that.

Honestly, we have a two-fold purpose here. Fold one is that we really do want to hear everyone in the universe sing our song. Fold two is that we hope someone likes it enough to buy it. We have loving hearts, but we also have empty pockets. If you like it, please share it far and wide, link to this page and tell your mother.

Hang onto your earbuds and give a listen. I apologize again for my veering voice, but only sort of.

Love,

Moonbeam

The guitar part can be found here.

Update: I posted chords and lyrics for those who might want them. You can find them here.

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34 thoughts on “The Great Golf Monkey Giveaway–Oh, And a Song

  1. Ann Marquez says:

    Awww … I LOVE it! What a wonderful voice you have, Moonbeam :D And what a wonderful song. Congrats to you and A on a job well done!
    (I just started blogging again … sort of … so I’ll help spread the word there.) Best of luck ;)

  2. Thank you so much, Ann!! I don’t have a wonderful voice, but I would love to hear someone with a wonderful voice put their spin on it. :)

  3. Jewels says:

    This is beautiful Moonbeam, I LOVE it so much! ♥

  4. Thanks Jewels!!! I hope you’ll share it, and I hope you’ll sing it!

  5. Pat . says:

    Lovely song – and, like Ann, I also think you have a wonderful voice.
    Good luck with the contest and I do hope somebody buys the rights off you – the song deserves to be widely heard.
    Alas, I won’t be singing it for you or anyone else. I was not accepted for the school choir and I have never, ever, had anyone say that I had a wonderful voice. I suspect they would even ban me from singing in church (if I actually went).

  6. This is such a beautiful comment, Pat. Thank you. I still think you should sing it, or pass it on to someone you know who might! Or both.

  7. Kendall says:

    I love your song, I love Amadeus’ music, I love your voice, I love everything here. I am however stopped at #2 because I have no idea how to record anything. I’ve sent your blog to a woman in England who writes songs and is very tech savvy. Maybe she and her fella will sing for you in my place. It could happen. Whatever you want from this song, Moonbeam, I wish it for you. You sound great to me, which probably means I don’t know anything about music and I’m not smart enough to know if someone is off-key or veering. But I love it anyway.

  8. KRC says:

    Ha ha, I am Kendall’s ‘woman in England’. Your voice is far better than mine but we might have a go recording it this week. Great idea and lovely track. It has been shared here https://www.facebook.com/bernardyoungpoet.

  9. David says:

    Beautiful song you two. I wish I was a fly on your living room wall. Thanks so much for sharing your creativity and depth.

  10. mrs fringe says:

    Love, love, love!! So glad you and Amadeus have done this! The lyrics, the music, the package <3
    Hmmm, now to see if I can get Nerd Child to give this a go…

  11. Wish I could teach you how to record this, Kendall. I’d love to hear you sing it! If you ever feel brave enough, you can try downloading Audacity and record it there for free.

    Thank you for sharing–not just the song, but your good wishes for Amadeus and me. I love you too.

  12. So nice to meet you, KRC! Thanks for sharing this! And thanks for your suggestions on YouTube.

    Amadeus and I can’t wait to hear your song!!!

  13. Thanks David. Now please, pick up that guitar of yours and sing for us. I know you can do it!

  14. <3 Thanks, Mrs. Fringe, for previewing it. Your feedback encouraged me so much.

    Note to Nerd Child: Please record this, please? We know you can do it justice.

  15. Pat . says:

    I just listened again to check if I was hallucinating the first time. I wasn’t. I did detect a couple of places where you were slightly off – like you said – but wow, a great job.This is seriously good, the lyrics, the music, the playing, the singing – wonderful.
    Check out the blog of Christian Mihai (there is a link on my blog). He has about 40,000 followers (and is following my blog for some reason). I mention him because for a small sum of money he would probably be willing to reblog your post and get your song out to a lot of arty people! (And, if you need a small sum of money let me know.)

  16. NanLeah says:

    Moonbeam,
    I don’t give a damn if you are off key. You are who you are who you ARE. You have a lovely voice and you and Amadeus’s guitar are a splendid duet. I’d like to noodle over this one a while. Beautiful sentiments. Thank you for turning your song loose in the world.

  17. It’s lovely Moonbeam! I want to reblog it……..

  18. I had to wait a little while to reread this gorgeousness, to check if I was hallucinating the first time. :) Really, you know by now how I get by big kindness.

    I checked out Christian’s amazing blog (wow-he’s good!). I’m not quite certain of how the reposting thing works, or how much he charges for such things. I love repostings, but have never paid for it. I trust your judgment that it might help get our song out there. Hope to have a more professional (translate: on-key) version up soon. And Pat–thank you. Just a really big thank you, with a liberal sprinkling of hugs.

  19. Noodle away, Nanleah! I hope that means you’re considering posting your rendition. Thanks for the sweet words of encouragement.

  20. Pat . says:

    Thanks for the hugs Moonbeam :-)
    Don’t trust “my judgment” re your getting your song out there – just a thought I had, but I know very little about music and nothing about the music industry.
    I do have a reasonable ear. I bought a self-published CD off a singer-song writer at a farmers market in Blenheim a few years ago. Last year, she won NZ’s first episode of “New Zealands Got Talent” and won heaps of money and a recording contract. If she becomes a big star my CD will be worth a bundle – lol.

  21. stgreenie says:

    That really blew me away!! i was expecting some karaokish production, but the vocals/instrumental were professionally done. I knew the lyrics would be great considering the writer.Can’t wait for your next collaboration

  22. You’re awfully kind, y’know. We write song all the time–this is just one we really wanted to share. Someone just told me they woke up singing this song the other day–can’t express how happy it made me!

  23. stgreenie says:

    The joy you felt really came across in the song and was conveyed to the listener…That’s a great gift you have there ;)

  24. I thought this was truly wonderful. Clearly sharing this was a bit frightful, so I HAD to leave a comment. Thank you (both) very much for sharing. Now, if I can dust off my guitar, I might just have to have a go at this…

  25. I’m so happy you came over here and commented. You’re absolutely right–in a way, it was extremely scary to post this. In another, I think we had to. It’s a subject so close to my heart, and I think it’s close to others’ too. I hope you do dust off that guitar and share your version with the world. And Spector, thank you so much.

  26. Reaching Out says:

    Hi,

    I just nominated you for:

    One Lovely Blog Award

    You don’t have to accept the award if it’s not your cuppa tea, but please accept my sincere appreciation of your work.

    Please drop by and check it out here: http://middlepathofmoderation.wordpress.com/2013/07/30/winning-awards-rules/

    Congrats and cheers!
    Sona

  27. Moonbeam, this is absolutely delightful. Thank you for both creating and sharing it.

  28. I’m honored–thank you!! Right now, I’m buried in projects (as you can see by the date of my last post here). I hate to decline such an honor, but I’m afraid that by the time I get around to passing it on, it’ll be covered in dust. But please accept my gratitude. This is just so nice.

  29. Thank you for reading and listening, Eric!

  30. Reaching Out says:

    You are welcome! Covered in dust, but not decayed… ;)
    I just wanted to show my appreciation for your stuff. I understand. :)

  31. And I appreciate you. Now following your kind, lovely blog.

  32. Reaching Out says:

    Thank you Moonbeam, you do me an even greater honour! So glad to have you around. I hope I can keep you though…

    Welcome!
    :D
    Sona

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