Girlyman Live CD Contest

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Girlyman is my favorite band. There, I’ve said it, it’s official now. Of course, if you know me, or have visited this blog before, you’re probably laughing at the fact that there might be someone on earth who doesn’t know that yet. 😉

I love music in general, and tons of different bands and individual performers, and I write about many of them in these pages. Still, if I were about to be stranded on a deserted island forever, and could only pick one band to listen to, it would be Girlyman!

I’d like to believe that I am the #1 Girlyfan, but that’s not likely true. I was late to the party, discovering them accidentally on August 19th, 2007. There are many fans who have been following them since the start, and even longer when they were performing great stuff before the three of them came together.

Back in September 2007, I announced to the world that I was on a Girlyman Mission. It pains me to think how easy it is for people with this talent and spirit to share with the world, to not be noticed by a critical mass of people. While they’re not alone in this, I am aware of Girlyman, and on my mission to make sure they get noticed!

This is the next step in my mission. When I heard they were producing a new Live CD, I instantly wanted to promote them through a contest. I contacted the band and told them about it (more accurately, I ran the idea by their manager Genevieve Barber). She gave me the go ahead, but it’s important to note this is entirely my doing, so if it annoys anyone, don’t blame the band!

The new CD is called Somewhere Different Now (Live). It’s available (for a very short time!) on an early bird special. I reviewed the CD in this post last night.

Again with their agreement, I told the band I was going to be buying 13 copies of the new CD at Joe’s Pub. To save them time (and spare the rest of their fans), I asked them to pre-sign 10 of them as follows:

Congratulations on winning the contest!

The other three were signed to us and our friends. In all, we purchased 17 CDs at Joe’s Pub. 10 of those are for YOU.

We had no idea, no clue, but when we opened the CD cover, we found both of our names being thanked in the dedication. We were blown away. Thanks Girlyman! If you don’t believe me, rush out an by one now, or try really hard to win one here!

Here’s the point of the contest: Promote Girlyman Far and Wide!

Finally, the rules, and some requests:

  • You can simply leave a comment on this blog with your reason for deserving a CD
  • You can be more creative, and explain to the world why you deserve it, by posting on your own site, creating a YouTube video (or any other service), etc. In other words, do something that shows your love for Girlyman in a very public way. Then you have to comment on this blog, and link to your work
  • When you comment here, you must fill in a valid email address on the Disqus Comment Form (I will be the only one who can see it, and I won’t share it)
  • If you publish your work on another site, you must link back to this post. Remember, the point is to spread the word far and wide! That way, other people who find your work, will be able to find all other odes to Girlyman, with this post being the hub. Let’s get those comments flying!!!
  • All entries must be completed by April 30th, 2008, 11:59pm EST. That coincides with the end of the early bird release of the CD

The second bullet above is the best way to do it, because it promotes Girlyman on the maximum number of sites rather than just this post. Still, you have to leave a comment here with a link to your work, or I may not know about it, and I also need a way to contact you if you win!

In addition, whether you enter or not, I’m requesting (for the first time ever!) that you bookmark this post to your favorite social network sites (there are buttons below for some of them, e.g., Digg, del.icio.us, StumbleUpon, etc.), but feel free to spread it wider than the ones I’ve pre-loaded. Feel free to just link to this post on your blog, even if you aren’t entering the contest. The point isn’t really to win (unless you are lucky and creative enough to win) 😉 but rather to get Girlyman to the next level of exposure!

Now for the inevitable question: What’s in it for Hadar?

The answer: Nothing Financial!

I get zero money out of this contest, in fact, since I paid for the CDs and will pay for the shipping, it’s costing me money. I also don’t have a single advertisement on this site, so I get zero money for any extra traffic generated here either! Also, opticality.com already has a page rank of 5 (not shabby, but not extraordinary either), so I don’t really need the links either.

What I do get (if this succeeds) is the psychic, karmic reward of doing the right thing, and helping this ultra-deserving band become better known. It’s really that simple.

OK, so how do we determine the 10 winners?

Ultimately, it’s entirely at Lois and my discretion, sorry, that’s the way it goes. That said, we’re happy to hear everyone’s opinions, so feel free to comment here and point to anyone who you feel is deserving. At the end of the contest, we may post a Poll and invite people to vote. We may be swayed, but we still reserve the right to ignore any and all input (so don’t bother ballot stuffing) 😉 and make the final decision ourselves. We will get the winning CDs in the mail no later than the end of May (we’re swamped with work and graduations of both of our godchildren in mid-May!).

That’s it. Get to it! 🙂

This is not an April Fool’s joke!!!

  • bob Mooney

    think wild…
    them love you know I…

  • Awesome! Girlyfans all over should understand that reference immediately.

    Those who don’t get the reference, need to immediately go see a Girlyman show, so they can laugh along with us. 😉

    Thanks!

  • frank & suzy

    very cool idea!
    My wife and I felt the same – more people need to feel the Girly-Love! after introducing many of our friends to the band’s recorded music, we felt our friends (and us) needed more. We had traveled from Oklahoma to Nebraska to see them and then Oklahoma to Missouri when we figured, for the $$$ we are spending on the road, maybe we can talk them into coming here! So we found a space with a stage at a brand new music school in town (Norman Institute for the Performing Arts) and convinced their booking agent that we could pull off a show even though we don’t really do this kind of thing.
    We had a great show with over 100 people and sold tons of merch. We made enough to cover our costs and give some to NIPA who had graciously offered their place for free.
    We are now in the beginning stages of helping some friends in New Orleans (who came up for our show) do the same thing.
    As far as the CD giveaway, I’ve already ordered one for us and a second to give away. If we ended up with yet another, we’d just pass it along to someone new!
    ~frank & suzy

  • Awesome story, thanks for sharing it, and by virtue of this comment, submitting your entry. You have the distinction of being first, so you’re currently assured of a CD, unless 10 other people top your story. 🙂

  • Laura

    Hi!

    Thanks so much for putting this together. I’m excited to read everyone’s stories. I, too, am a huge Girly-fan and am trying to introduce them to anyone who will listen. Let’s just say that several people are getting Somewhere Different Now as a birthday present this spring!

    Another small attempt of mine was to make a music video for my current favorite Girlyman song, Everything’s Easy. Let me know what you think:

  • Wow! Excellent! Lois and I just watched it, and we love the selection of photos that you put together to match the song. Well done!

    Now I have a little secret, that I shouldn’t share, but I feel compelled to do so. I received an alert this morning which pointed me to this video. I was busy, but I clicked on it anyway, thinking someone had taken a video of Everything’s Easy in a recent live performance. When I saw that it was a montage, I closed the window, because I (obviously) know the song very well.

    I can’t thank you enough for entering the contest and giving me a reason to revisit the link. We thoroughly enjoyed watching your work! 🙂

  • Laura

    Aww- thanks! I’m glad you enjoyed it. I had a great time putting it together. And I have tried to spread the link to the contest on several other sites, so hopefully you’ll be getting some more awesome Girly-entries soon.

  • Thanks again Laura. I just went to your video yesterday again, so your timing in writing this is spot on again. 🙂

  • krpmomma

    My husband, daughter, and I are all HUGE fans of Girlyman! We would really love to get the Somewhere Different Now live CD so we can relive the one time (SO FAR!) that we have seen Girlyman in concert. My daughter was excited when she heard about the contest and we put together a little music video entry. Watch out Hadar- she may rival you for the #1 fan title!

    Check it out:

  • Awesome! Thanks for entering. Lois and I have already watched it five times and cracked up each time. 🙂

  • David

    Top four reasons why I want a Girlyman CD!

    1) If it wasn’t for me, there wouldn’t be a Girlyman CD contest! (OR maybe there would be but y’all would’ve had to see them for the first time another time).

    2) Girlyman has already written a song for me, and from what I can tell–Ty still likes me.

    3) Memories are precious…”Tomorrow may bring us thunder or sun…I’d do it all again, I’d do it by the ton.”

    4) I’m a Girlyman fan!

  • David wrote:

    > Top four reasons why I want a Girlyman
    > CD!

    > 1) If it wasn’t for me, there wouldn’t
    > be a Girlyman CD contest! (OR maybe
    > there would be but y’all would’ve had
    > to see them for the first time another
    > time).

    This is definitely true. If I think
    about it hard enough, I am reasonably
    sure that I likely wouldn’t have
    discovered them if not for you.

    > 2) Girlyman has already written a song
    > for me, and from what I can tell–Ty
    > still likes me.

    LOL

    > 3) Memories are precious…”Tomorrow
    > may bring us thunder or sun…I’d do
    > it all again, I’d do it by the ton.”

    One of my favorite lines of hundreds of
    favorite lines of theirs! 🙂

    > 4) I’m a Girlyman fan!

    Amen!

    You’re in so far, clocked in at #4.

  • Laura M

    So I would like to officially enter the contest and point attention towards my facebook profile 🙂

  • Laura M

    PS: my main impressive reason for winning (besides liking the group, of course 🙂 ) is that I’ve listened to the tracks 242 times according to my itunes play count!

    And that only counts times its played on my computer!

  • So, I just checked your Facebook Profile (which, of course, isn’t visible to most people who will see this comment), and I have to admit (unfortunately), that I don’t immediately see the connection to the contest. 🙁

    But, your next comment (the P.S.), is good enough to form an official entry nonetheless! 🙂

  • OK, you’re officially in! If I haven’t lost count yet, then you are entry #5.

  • Wes

    I am officially entering “The Contest” There are many reasons why I think I could win one…but here are my upper-echelon ones:

    1) I was at Joe’s Pub the same night Hadar/Lois (and David) first saw Girlyman. In fact, I could (perhaps) make a similar argument as David 🙂
    2) I was just as enthralled that night…and became an instant fan
    3) Since returning from that initial concert, I have mentioned Girlyman to anyone I think might be remotely interested in discovering them
    4) A live CD would be incredible (and bring back good memories of the first time I saw them, and the great friends I was with)
    5) About 5 months ago, I discovered the owner of this blog had broken a rule of his when he posted a music write-up…and failed to mention Girlyman (that was a good eye!) I was making sure they were consistently represented per the blog’s norms
    6) I am planning on seeing them in July in Durham, NC
    7) A live CD will help me better promote them in my “neck of the woods” (and this is NC, so it is “the woods”)
    8) My Facebook status update now mentions Girlyman
    9) I don’t want to resort to begging…

    Ok…I think those are good ones!

  • You’re definitely officially IN. All of the above are good reasons, and I think you’re number #6 at the moment (not in sixth, just the sixth person to enter). 😉

  • Margaret

    While I have no incredible stories to tell, I just thought I’d tell the plain and simple truth, for what it’s worth.
    My deep abiding love for Girlyman was renewed this summer when my dad and I spontaneously went to a gig while visiting family in Virginia. We’d seen them at Falcon Ridge several years ago and remembered being really impressed with them, and we were not disappointed! Since then I have listened to their CDs excessively and obsessively, introduced a bunch of my friends to them, and brought a couple of those friends to a show in my native habitat – New York State. I even attempted to sing one of their songs solo to audition for my school’s musical, and while even a far better singer than I could not hope to do justice to their music alone, I had a fantastic time with that and got the people running the auditions interested in Girlyman. I wear my Girlyman shirt often, and take advantage of the quizzical stares as a brilliant opportunity to spread the word.
    I will get my hands on that live CD somehow but I figured I’d take a stab at it this way. I’m counting down the days until a New York gig appears on the upcoming shows page…

  • Hi Margaret. It’s an excellent story, and Lois and I are very glad you took the time to share it and enter the contest! We’re pulling for you to get the new CD in this manner, and we too can’t wait for another NY date to be announced! 🙂

  • shaelen

    Well, I haven’t made a youtube movie nor have I hired an airplane to write “GO SEE GIRLYMAN” in the skies over 49 out of 52 states. Awesome though that would be. I first saw Girlyman a mere three weeks ago but since then trust me I have been busy spreading the word the old fashioned way! To date I have converted: 6 fellow Smithies via “put these headphones on and just listen!” My entire scenic design class by playing Joyful Sign and Little Star during drafting sessions, 3 more college students on the west coast (one of whom was in El Salvidor at the time. Yes I called long distance to El Salvidor to get one more person to the Girlyman concert in Monterey.) Add to the list my father who is a stickler about all things music, 1 Northeaster student who is a composer in her own right ( I have heard since then that all of her friends are now addicted as well.) That’s 17 new Girlyfans in three weeks not counting however many my friend at Northeaster has created. I also just played a few tracks at work this afternoon in the theater and, while time has not yet shown how serious the addiction will become, there are now 4 theater electricians wandering around humming “Through to Sunrise.”

    in only three weeks I have created over 17 new Girlyfans and I am nowhere near done. So long as my ipod has a charge and there are people around who have yet to gotten drunk off of the harmony I will keep spreading the good news of Girlyman!

    I deserve a CD because it will help me spread the word of Girlyman to more people! I live between three different places: Santa Cruz California, Northmapton Mass, and rural: corner of No and Where Vermont. so when I say that I am spreading the word of Girlyman far and wide I mean FAR and WIDE.

  • Awesome entry! Lois and I loved reading it. More power to you!!!

    At the moment, you’re guaranteed one, since there have only been 8 entries, and there are 10 CDs available. Only two days left, so unless there are some amazing last minute entries, you’ll have one!

    At this point, we’re also giving extra credit to the people who bothered to enter earlier (yours counts), so a bunch of “hey, I love them” entries will count toward the last two, but won’t knock any of the existing 8 off their perch. 😉

    Thanks for taking the time to enter and share your story, but even more, thanks for SPREADING THE GIRLYMAN GOSPEL! 🙂

  • shaelen

    I forgot to mention I have spread the word WITHOUT MAKING ANY BOOTLEGGED CDs! I flat out refuse and insist that everyone buy the music legitimately so that the support the bad as well as their new addiction.

  • That’s exactly how we feel! Thanks again!

  • shaelen

    Well, I haven't made a youtube movie nor have I hired an airplane to write “GO SEE GIRLYMAN” in the skies over 49 out of 52 states. Awesome though that would be. I first saw Girlyman a mere three weeks ago but since then trust me I have been busy spreading the word the old fashioned way! To date I have converted: 6 fellow Smithies via “put these headphones on and just listen!” My entire scenic design class by playing Joyful Sign and Little Star during drafting sessions, 3 more college students on the west coast (one of whom was in El Salvidor at the time. Yes I called long distance to El Salvidor to get one more person to the Girlyman concert in Monterey.) Add to the list my father who is a stickler about all things music, 1 Northeaster student who is a composer in her own right ( I have heard since then that all of her friends are now addicted as well.) That's 17 new Girlyfans in three weeks not counting however many my friend at Northeaster has created. I also just played a few tracks at work this afternoon in the theater and, while time has not yet shown how serious the addiction will become, there are now 4 theater electricians wandering around humming “Through to Sunrise.”

    in only three weeks I have created over 17 new Girlyfans and I am nowhere near done. So long as my ipod has a charge and there are people around who have yet to gotten drunk off of the harmony I will keep spreading the good news of Girlyman!

    I deserve a CD because it will help me spread the word of Girlyman to more people! I live between three different places: Santa Cruz California, Northmapton Mass, and rural: corner of No and Where Vermont. so when I say that I am spreading the word of Girlyman far and wide I mean FAR and WIDE.

  • Awesome entry! Lois and I loved reading it. More power to you!!!

    At the moment, you're guaranteed one, since there have only been 8 entries, and there are 10 CDs available. Only two days left, so unless there are some amazing last minute entries, you'll have one!

    At this point, we're also giving extra credit to the people who bothered to enter earlier (yours counts), so a bunch of “hey, I love them” entries will count toward the last two, but won't knock any of the existing 8 off their perch. 😉

    Thanks for taking the time to enter and share your story, but even more, thanks for SPREADING THE GIRLYMAN GOSPEL! 🙂

  • shaelen

    I forgot to mention I have spread the word WITHOUT MAKING ANY BOOTLEGGED CDs! I flat out refuse and insist that everyone buy the music legitimately so that the support the bad as well as their new addiction.

  • That's exactly how we feel! Thanks again!

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