The Coffee Song Contest
This is the coolest thing I have ever run into. A couple blogs ago I posted the ’Coffee Song.’ I came up with some words and a melody, then posted the lyrics.
The next thing I know a fellow blogger, a Paramedic who goes by MM, sent me his version of it. I was shocked how close his interpretation was to what I had in my head.
I thought it would be fun to see what other versions people might come up with. I have this intellectual property rights lawyer cat who deals with all this so I can just have fun, and the song is BMI registered, though under my songwriter pen name. MM recognized all that in his e-mail; like me he’s just having a bunch of fun with life, and asked if he could send in his version. I dug it.
Along the way I have had a few tunes recorded by professional bluegrass bands. So with all that is mind I think I’ll open my first contest, and do so in honor of MM. Send in your version and if anyone records it, I’ll make sure the person who inspires them to record the tune gets mentioned in the liner notes on the CD.
You might think all this is far fetched, but I know a bunch of these bands on a first name basis. And, the fact is there are already two food outfits who sponsor touring bluegrass bands. The oldest tradition is with Martha White Flour, which first sponsored Flatt and Scruggs, and now Rhonda Vincent. The newest one is Mayberry Foods, which sponsors the Grascals. (Lead singer Terry Eldridge endorses Viagra, but that is another story. My wife says Seldom Scene needs to go for Cialis; Ben Eldridge does a fine version of ‘Lay Down Sally.’)
I’ve got some age on me, and I’m more of the Folger’s vintage these days, so who knows? Maybe someone will record the ‘Coffee Song’ and tour around the country in the Folger’s or Maxwell House bus.
By the way, what is it with paramedics and music? I played with one this weekend who could saw the fire out of a fiddle. I think they are like old Docs and music helps them deal with the tragedy they see on a regular basis.
Anyway, you can hear his version by clicking on his comment. His is the first one up, so this post is in honor of MM. Very cool.
Send in your version. Maybe it will be good for a few minutes of fame on some bluegrass CD liner notes or a ride to a concert on the corporate bus one day.
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