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Burn It - The Spring 2004 Edition

I know that this edition is really close to the last one, but I want to get the editions closer to the actual season they're supposed to represent (Nothing like doing the winter one in March!). Sign-ups begin now and, as always, please be sure to read the rules carefully before signing up!

The Theme:
At the last Tiara Happy Hour Emily gave me the perfect theme - cover songs. Any cover of any kind of song by any band works for this. Update: if you don't have 80 minutes worth of cover songs, it's perfectly acceptable to fill up some of the space with the original version of the song and then the cover. If you're looking for ideas of songs to use, tj pointed out The Covers Project which has a ton of information on covers.

Here's how it works:
After the sign up period, people will be put into groups of 4. You will then receive an e-mail from me telling you the names and addresses of the people in your group. You burn 5 identical CDs. Keep one for yourself and send the other three to the other people in your group and one to me. New Rule: Since so many people have been complaining that they haven't gotten CDs from people in their group, I am now requiring that you send one to me so I can keep track of who sent them out and who didn't. I hate to do this, but it seems the best way to keep track. You should then receive three new CDs from the other three people in your group.

The rules:
- You should have a blog. I would like this to be a fun way to connect people in the blogosphere. If you don't, go over to Diaryland or Blogspot and start one for free.
- If you're not going to follow through and make your CDs, please don't bother signing up. It would be a shame if one or two people ruined this for their group. If you signed up last swap and didn't send your CDs out, don't sign up this time.
- You must live in the US or Canada. If there's a intrest in this in other areas, I may do a swap at some point down the road that includes other countries, but since this is the first swap, I'm going to limit it to the areas where I know most of you guys live.
- If you live in the US, you should be willing to ship to Canada. If you live in Canada, you should be willing to ship to the US. The postage is a teeny bit more, but nothing that's going to break the bank.
- Remember that most people can't play mp3s in their car, so make sure they're something that will play in a standard car stereo. I tend to use .cda or .wav files. I have put together a list of Burn It resources for those not familiar with making CDs.
- Please be sure to put your name, URL, or e-mail on your CD somewhere. I got several last time that I liked, but have no idea who sent them.

Guidlines on creating your CDs:
- Include a track listing. If someone like an artist, they might want to buy more music by them. Let us know who it is.
- Fill up the CD as much as you can. There's 80 minutes on a blank CD. Don't half-ass it and make a 30 minute CD.
- You should definitely use a jewel case when sending your CDs to protect it during mailing. You can get them cheap anywhere.
- I know a lot of people are graphically inclined, so feel free to make your CD a work of art.
- Don't be afraid to put on "cheesy" music. If you like it, others probably will too.
- Don't be afraid to put on music that no one has ever heard before either. Billboard or MTV may never have known this music, but you did, so that's what counts.

If you've gotten this far and you still want to sign up, send an e-mail (change the AT to an @ in my e-mail address) to me and make sure you reference the swap in the subject line. You must include the following information (please send your info even if I already have it):

- Your name
- Mailing address
- Your blog URL
- Your e-mail address

Sign-ups will continue through Monday, May 10th. By Thursday, May 13th, I will send e-mails to everyone letting you know who is in your group. You should have all of your CDs burned and in the mail NO LATER THAN Monday, May 31st. This gives you at least a full three weeks to create and ship CDs to your three group partners and me.

Please spread the word! More people equals more music! Just be sure to link to this URL, because eventually this entry will cycle off the main page.

If you have any other questions, you can e-mail me or leave a comment.

Special thanks goes out to Alison for both the inspiration and allowing me to use most of her rules and guidelines.

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you don't have to tell me twice, i'm in ... cover songs are some of my favorite!

.: tj said on April 18, 2004 05:56 PM :: link it :.

oh yeah -- i'm in!

.: P said on April 18, 2004 09:06 PM :: link it :.

I'd like to play too! :)

.: Lisa said on April 18, 2004 10:49 PM :: link it :.

Fun idea... I can't wait to get started!

.: oktober said on April 19, 2004 12:26 AM :: link it :.

hmm. I just may have to sign up for this one. I am such a cover song whore. I could come up with one hell of a mix.

.: girl said on April 19, 2004 01:31 AM :: link it :.

hey, this is for everybody who's interested in this season's burn-it. there's a site ( that has a pretty big database of songs and artists and who's covered them.

in case you need any help. :-)

.: tj said on April 19, 2004 08:14 PM :: link it :.

i'd very very much love to play along :)

.: girlwonder said on April 20, 2004 09:57 PM :: link it :.

I'm in again for this one!

.: Traci said on April 20, 2004 10:27 PM :: link it :.

I'm in :)

.: smoores said on April 21, 2004 08:44 AM :: link it :.

sign me up too, thanks

.: Emily said on April 21, 2004 02:37 PM :: link it :.

Holy crapolla! Finding the songs and creating a play list was a lot tougher than I tought! I'm finally finished, just need to burn baby burn.

.: smoores said on April 22, 2004 02:08 PM :: link it :.

you know i'm in :)

.: Shawn said on April 23, 2004 08:33 AM :: link it :.

Sign me up.

Since it's Love-In Day, I thought I'd share the love. :) I love reading your blog even though I lurk around.

.: Carla said on April 25, 2004 05:24 PM :: link it :.

You know I'm in again...

.: nastybastard said on April 26, 2004 02:48 PM :: link it :.

Hi, I'd really like to try this, but how do you make sure that nobody from the RIAA gets in here...I have no raging desire to be bitchslapped to the tune of hundreds of thousands of bucks for distributing copyrighted material.

Sorry to be a lil black cloud.

.: ASB said on April 30, 2004 06:25 PM :: link it :.

count me in again...

I swear, my CDs will be in the mail this week (for the last swap) ;-)

.: jason said on May 3, 2004 09:34 PM :: link it :.

I am in like Flynn! ;-D

.: ej said on May 5, 2004 05:05 AM :: link it :.

I am so all over this! I love cover songs!

.: Ginger said on May 5, 2004 10:55 AM :: link it :.

I SO want to participate in this, but since I don't yet have a CD burner I will have to wait until the next one. Keep me on the list because I think this is an awesome idea!

.: kdeweb said on May 5, 2004 01:55 PM :: link it :.

Sorry for the multiple trackbacks. Glitch/feature of MT3.

.: ej said on May 7, 2004 11:10 PM :: link it :.

Man.. I am so bummed I missed out on this.. I have a ton of really great covers I'd love to compile and share. Ah, well.. I'm looking forward to the next round. :)

.: Alena said on May 27, 2004 03:48 PM :: link it :.

join this i did

.: larissa said on September 8, 2006 02:06 AM :: link it :.

You're too early! Come back at April 18, 2004 05:40 PM to see this post.

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