So here I sit in bed at 3:30 am. I can’t sleep, in part because the aches and pains from my chemo treatment on Monday are keeping me up, and in part because I had a cup of coffee 45 minutes ago. I just wanted something warm to drink and wasn’t really thinking things through… I have my SoundCloud page open on my computer and my headphones in so I can listen to all the remixes of Numb that are arriving in my inbox.
What a strange and incredibly amazing thing this remix contest has been.
While I’m in this down time as I go through treatment for recurrent breast cancer, I wanted to remain relevant in the social media scene. With the release of Secret Music last month things have been picking up in the interview department and I feel that there is always something more to look forward to. Still, the days are long and largely empty and so it was great enthusiasm that I put together this remix contest for Numb. Remixes are something that I love about one of my favorite artists, Björk. She will have multiple remixes for every one of her singles and I love to hear the variations that people can make with her music. I did some research and put together this contest. Rich Veltrop at The Spot Studios had made the stems for me ages ago and they had just been sitting in an online folder waiting for the right time. That time is now.
I started the contest about 10 days ago and we already have 9 solid submissions. And they are astounding. I really and truly feel that I have had a dream come true with this. To have been part of the creation of some really cool music is humbling. Some of the remixes are so perfect, so just what I would have wanted, that it’s as if someone has written a song just for me using my own words. It’s a very strange thing. I have the playlist of remixes playing as I type this. One after another, each artist has painted this song with their own particular brush and I love the interesting textures and feels they each interjected. You know when you first open a box of chocolates and each unique confection is there in it’s specially designed spot, shiny and perfect? I love that moment when I get to savor all the choices and I feel like that here. I have a growing number of renditions of Numb filling my box. Each one is different but perfect in it’s own way. I wouldn’t change a thing about them.
As I sit here in the middle of the night, my body is aching and tired as I fight the final few battles of chemo, but my soul is soaring. No matter what, I will live on in this music. Some words I penned from my heart a year ago may reach out and touch someone else in a way completely different from how I wrote them but no less powerful. I feel blessed to have been part of putting this in the world. Thank you so everyone who heard the magic in this song and decided to add your magic to it as well. I am so grateful.
You can check out the contest here https://soundcloud.com/groups/amy-kress-numb-remix-contest and hear some of the remixes posted so far. The contest closes May 1 so there is quite a bit of time to collect more submissions. It may prove impossible to choose only 4 winners!