Joe Hill’s Last and Final Song
We know Joe Hill as a writer of biting, satirical songs about the experience of workers. He wrote more than labor songs, though. Joe Hill wrote love songs, found during the search of the house where he was living then published in the Salt Lake Tribune during his trial. Did he write his own music for these songs? Did he have popular tunes in mind? We don’t know. This year, we are asking you to write music for Joe Hill’s loves songs. Be the co-writer of Joe Hill’s Last and Final Song.
- This contest is open to all songwriters across the globe.
- The song must be written including the words from one of Joe Hill’s poems as posted on the contest website: “Oh, Please Let Me Dance This Waltz with You” or “Come and Take a Joy-ride in My Aeroplane.”
- Song submissions must be in an MP3 format and e-mailed to joehilloc at gmail dot com by the submission deadline of 12:00 a.m. Thursday, November 5th (Mountain Time.) No video or mail in submissions.
- Contestant must not be currently signed to a major record label.
- The entry submitted must be an original song and must not infringe on any copyrights.
- The song may not have multiple writers.
- There is a limit of one song per entrant.
- Entries will be screened by the contest listening committee. Recordings of the finalists will be sent to the judges, who will choose the winner.
- Song will be judged on melody, composition and originality.
- The winner will receive the guitar handcrafted by Rolf Hägglund.
- The winner will be announced on November 19, 2015