The inspiration for this contest came when I inadvertently composed a query song.
I have a mock-up book trailer for my novel, The Edge of Memory. For the background music, I used the song with the lyrics snippet that inspired me with the novel idea. UMG has approved personal use of the song on youtube. However, if I ever published the book, I wouldn't be able to use Half Acre any more. Which has caused me to ponder on odd occasions what I would use instead.
A few weeks ago, a tune* popped into my head (This happens to me from time to time. Usually, I forget them.) When I have access to a piano keyboard, I plot them out and write them down. Sans keyboard, though, the only way I'll ever remember them later is to make up lyrics to them.
With lyrics, I'll remember the tune indefinitely. As evidence, I submit my full recollection of the pop tune I wrote in the 80's titled It's a Fantasy Which is GRIPPING, I tell you.
So I wrote lyrics to the tune. About my book. A musical query, so to speak.
In her hands unfolded is a letter unclear
The search for its meaning will take her from here
When she follows the train tracks to places unknown
She'll uncover dark secrets and make them her own.
As haunted now as haunted then
Still haunted by "Remember when..."
Truth doesn't always set you free
At the razor's edge of memory.
As someone who bursts into song without provocation, I love the idea of musical queries. And what better way to get musical queries than a QT query contest?
So here are the rules:
1. The contest will run for one week. Submissions will be accepted until 6 pm EST on 5-5-09
2. Your song should include at least one verse and a chorus.
3. An actual tune is optional (but STRONGLY encouraged)
4. Parodies are totally cool with me, so you can just say "To the tune of ___".
5. Since this is not an agent contest, query songs for unfinished (or completely imaginary) manuscripts are acceptable.
Post your query lyrics as a comment on this thread. If you have an actual tune of your own, you can upload it to imeem.com or similar and include the link. And I wouldn't discourage any youtube performances, either.
My favorite entry will receive a fabulous prize!
A copy of Agent Demystified by Authoress of Miss Snark's First Victim.
*Please bear in mind that the only music-writing education I had was a 4-week special lesson in third grade, so I wasn't able to transcribe the tune perfectly, and the timing is a smidge off in this sample.