Basically the idea is taking a baseball card and putting it to music.
I'm a very amateur musician, so don't be expecting any awesome, epic rock operas or anything along those lines. In fact, most of these will be simple 1- or 2-minute ditties with me reading the little write-up on the back of the card. I'll do my best to make them sound different from song to song, so even if one isn't to your musical taste, you might still like a different one.
Let's kick out the jams starting with one of my favorite cards ever, one that I'm attempting to collect an entire binderful of: Marquis Grissom 1990 Upper Deck.
Here it is, "Marquis Grissom 1990 Upper Deck (The Song)"
Sure, it's rough and sloppy, but in my defense I'm playing every instrument and doing all the vocals.
So there you go, baseball cards turned into songs. A fun songwriting/recording exercise, melding two of my hobbies into one. Every once in a while I'll post up a song on the blog for you guys to listen to if you want. It would also be greatly appreciated if you could show some social media support (Fiberoctopus is the name I record under) by following on Twitter, liking on Facebook, and/or subscribing on YouTube. I know it's not great, but be a pal and throw me a bone!
[UPDATE: the contest is now closed.]
In fact, screw it, I'm not above resorting to contest! bribery to give a helping hand in expanding my "fanbase" a little. Hey, I understand your time is valuable so I'm giving you some extra motivation to take the few seconds to click a link then click on "Follow", "Like", and/or "Subscribe".
So yeah, let's have ourselves a contest. I've restocked my prize pool with a few available autos.
|Mike Cuellar, Bobby Richardson, Maury Wills, Rob Dibble, Tony Armas, Luis Tiant, Jesse Orosco, Al Hrabosky, Bruce Sutter, Bobby Grich, Greg Luzinski, Tony Fernandez.|
HOW TO ENTER
For a shot at winning your choice of any two (2) of the above lots of your choice, just help out Fiberoctopus by following on Twitter, liking on Facebook, and/or subscribing on YouTube, then leave a comment on this post. You don't have to follow on all three places, but at least one, please. If you are not registered on any of those sites, I will also accept if you carve "Fiberoctopus Rocks!" on your cave wall using primitive tools you've crafted from stone and mammoth bone.
And don't worry, I only post as Fiberoctopus like once a week (I usually share a new song every Friday, and that's it), so I won't be clogging up your feed.
Bonus magnet cards! The other day I showed off some cool custom magnet cards. I'll be offering a few of these as bonus prizes.
First of all, the Grand Prize winner can pick two (2) bonus magnets to be included along with his or her two selected auto cards.
The winner can also earn additional magnets thrown in by accomplishing any of these goals prior to winning:
1 bonus magnet card = "The Trifecta" of following on Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube.
1 bonus magnet card = Pimp the contest on your blog (It doesn't have to be it's own post; just a little "P.S. check out this contest" link is fine.)
1 bonus magnet card = Tweet or retweet to pimp the contest
If you go "all in" and complete the 3 goals above, let me know in the comments and after the Grand Prize winner is crowned, I'll do a separate side drawing for these determined individuals wherein the winner will be able to chose two (2) magnet cards.
If the person who happens to win the Grand Prize went "all in" and did all the above, they will win a complete set of magnet cards along with the 2 autos they select.
Possible "stretch goals" bonus contest. If Fiberoctopus hits the magic number 100 at either of the three sites (so, 100 followers, 100 likes, or 100 subscribers) by the end of this contest, that'll trigger a "second chance" drawing wherein the winner will get to select a remaining auto from the pool and win a complete set of magnet cards.
Some small print:
- Due to the heavy weight, the encased autographs and magnet card offers are only good for US residents. Sorry, non-US folks!
- Limit one (1) of each magnet card per winner. I don't want any one person cleaning out all the Canseco magnets, for example.
- Yes, if you don't have a blog or an account on some of these social media sites, you're at a disadvantage for bonus magnets. Well, let it be your motivation to start a blog and sign up for those sites!
Hopefully this isn't too convoluted!
Simply put, you can win some stuff from me if you comment on this post and show some love to my crappy musical alter ego Fiberoctopus.
Sorry for the blatantly self-serving contest that has very little to do with baseball cards.
Wait, I suppose I should probably plug Fiberoctopus a little more here, so here're a few more songs to check out:
"Into the Moonlit Waves" is a decent instrumental. "all my dreams are dead and gone" is an old favorite (Oh, I should warn you my songs sometimes have bad words). Here's a recent acoustic Ramones medley.
And now some videos. Here's a fun song from a rehearsal when Fiberoctopus was a real band for a while a few years ago (w/Karie on vocals, John on drums):
Here's a recent Smiths cover:
This one is a dumb little animated short I made a few years back:
And if you like any of that, I've got a bunch more mp3s available for free at fiberoctopus.com
Anyways, back to the contest(s)..
I'll give it a week or so for people to enter, then I'll randomize to assign numbers and randomize again via an upcoming sporting event to pick a winner, like I like to do. And for retention purposes, I'll probably do a second-chance (third chance?) contest a little ways down the line where entries from this contest might be carried over.
So there you have it! Follow on Twitter, Like on Facebook, and/or Subscribe on YouTube, then comment to enter.
If you win, which autos and magnet cards do you think you'd probably pick?
I am now a follower on Twitter , I would choose the Bobby's , Grich and Richardson..ReplyDelete
Subscribed in YT and following on Twitter. I don't FB.ReplyDelete
Your Grissom song reminded me of this: http://youtu.be/sTJ7AzBIJoI
Just followed on Twitter. Thanks!ReplyDelete
Cool music! I just followed on Twitter, liked on Facebook, and subscribed on YouTube. Thanks for the contest! If I win I think I'd go with the Willis and the Tiant and one of the Griffey magnets for sure! I also pimped the contest here: http://betterthanbeckett.blogspot.com/2015/03/contest-over-at-baseball-card-breakdown.html and retweeted your contest post on Twitter. Can you tell that I really want to win? I hope so! Thanks again!ReplyDelete
Awesome! I love unique stuff like this, I'll always think of your song whenever I see Marquis Grissom now! I subscribed on YouTube, followed on Twitter, and liked on Facebook! If I were to win the contest, I would love to take home the Bobby Richardson and Maury Wills autos, and the Mattingly magnets. Thank you so much for a nice, simple, fun contest... hope I win!ReplyDelete
Cool tune. Subscribed on YouTube..ReplyDelete
I'd pick Tiant and ArmasDelete
Griffey on the MagnetDelete
Subscribed on YouTube. If I won, I think I'd pick the Bobby Richardson and the Maury Wills.ReplyDelete
Out of the three, I only do FB, but there's a like on there from me. Good luck.ReplyDelete
Liked on FB, subscribed on YouTube, don't have a Twitter.ReplyDelete
If I win, it's Dibble and the Simpsons Griffey magnet for me!
I did all three. If I were to win, I would take Sutter and Orosco and the Steve Sax Magnet, but only after you animate the Steve Sax magnet to sing "That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore" by The Smiths. Love The Smiths!ReplyDelete
Liked on Facebook and subscribed on youtube. Cool stuff buddy! I'd probably go Sutter and Hrabosky. Love the Canseco magnet.ReplyDelete
liked, subscribed, and followed. I will pimp the contest on my next post (likely tomorrow), and likely share the contest a few more times throughout the week on fb and twitter.ReplyDelete
I like your sound. You sound a bit like Shawn Mullins to me, that's a compliment in case you thought otherwise. I'm envious of people who can play instruments. I've toyed around with music, and love music, but can't play anything. The closest I've come is really bad mashups, but I did write some stuff in the past, just wish I could put it to music.
Good luck on the contest, and I can't wait to hear more stuff.
Just did all 3. I would probably go with the Sutter and Luzinski autos and the Ripken and Record Breaker magnets.ReplyDelete
Twitter followed and RT'd one of the songs. Very cool stuff!ReplyDelete
Just added you to my blog list as well. I am surprised you were not already on there. I have been trying to expand my reading list (also hoping others will return the favor but they don't have to) so if you or anyone else on here want want to be added or know of anyone else I should be reading please link me!Delete
Great stuff! Love all the unique things you do on the blog. I'm a Twitter follower!ReplyDelete
I'd probably go Richardson and Wills.
My fridge is begging for a Canseco magnet.ReplyDelete
Nice!I just subbed on YouTube.BTW Is that a drum machine or Is It live?I play a little guitar myself,nothing major,but I mainly make beats and recordings with cpu software like Fruity Loops and Audacity.Anyways,nice little tune,bro.ReplyDelete
Oh,and - Tony Fernandez Auto ,Canseco magnet.Delete
Thanks, Tony. It's live drums on the Marquis song, though I've done lots of Fruity Loops beats in the past. I bought a cheap used kit about 3 years ago and have been slowly working on getting better at the drums.Delete
I can keep a simple beat going consistently on the drums for a good 25 seconds lol .I want to get better at it,though.Delete
I did all three things. Those Griffey magnets are amazing! And Marquis is a big PC of mine. I'll probably have a few extra '90 UD rookies to toss in the next trade package...ReplyDelete
Followed him. I really like that Fernandez auto and the Canseco magnet.ReplyDelete
Wow, man, that was a lot to digest. I'm not too great at following contest directions, but I got you followed on Twitter. Least I can do for that Wills auto and Christina Hendricks magnet.ReplyDelete
Now a Twitter follower. Have a couple of autos in mind that I'd enjoy, but I'm not too picky. Thanks for the blog-love. If you get a chance, I may be able to help out with some of those desperate double dozen wants too.ReplyDelete
Liked on Facebook.ReplyDelete
I don't use Twitter but I "Liked" on FB and subscribed on Youtube and then pimped the contest on my blog.ReplyDelete
Liked Fiberoctopus of FB-cool contestReplyDelete
Following on Twitter! Hoping for the Hrabosky auto/Ripken magnet. Thanks for the contest, Gavin!ReplyDelete
Following on Twitter...eyeing that Orosco and a Griffey magnet.ReplyDelete
Following on Twitter, liked on FB, subscribed on YouTube, plugged on my blog (see link below), and retweeted your contest on Twitter. Thank for the awesome contest. The magnets are awesome.ReplyDelete
If I won, I'd target the Tony Fernandez or Bruce Sutter autographs and any of the Griffey magnets.
btw... how many 90UD Grissoms are you up to?Delete
I've subscribed on YouTube. Tempted to reactivate my Facebook account I only used for an app development class in college to go all in, but that kind of feels like cheating since it has no friends that would see anything. I'll still with the single shot for now.ReplyDelete
Oh if only I could edit my comments for typos...Delete
Almost forgot, I promoted you here on Wednesday:Delete
Following on Twitter (@REALjtCarter).ReplyDelete
If I win, I would go for the Fleer/UD Griffey mashup.
Got in just in time! Following on FB. If I were lucky enough to win, I'd go for the Sutter auto and the Griffey / Simpson kids magnet.ReplyDelete
Following on Twitter, I would pick the Bruce Sutter and Bobby Richardson Autos, and a Griffey magnetReplyDelete