Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Announcing the Winner of the SMARTIES contest...

after much listening and brow-furrowing our illustrious judges conferred and came to a clear-cut conclusion.
well... almost.
they said, "we love these three!"
"what do you want me to do, slice the painting in thirds?" I offered,
"we have to have A winner".

more listening, more furrowing.
indeed it was a tough choice.
there were many entries which passed
the contest's litmus test for creativity and content.
a good time for me to say thank you and congratulations
to all of you who made such efforts.
keep in mind my comment that the doing of the thing is the reward.
(if I didn't believe that I might have quit long ago.)

ahem...so, the winner.
Lou Luca
for his version of happy guy.
congratulations Lou!

Lou wins the painting adidas in heat pictured above.
(lou, please send your address to Rob Murphree)

our two runner-ups both chose spies as their song to finish.
congrats to second place winner Cameron Devlin
and third place winners Linnea Ann Lindgren and Leif Lindgren.

since the judging was pretty close we've decided to post
all 3 songs as a FREE download.
listen and decide for yourselves which one is your fav.

thanks again to everyone who entered.


  1. And if you want to hear my losing entry, you can download it direct from: http://www.darrenlock.com/media/Let_it_Come_Down.mp3

    Congratulations to the winner, etc.

  2. Download the winning entries from Adrian's website: AdrianBelew.net

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  4. I've been having trouble downloading the second place entry; but so far, third place is my favorite (after mine, of course)- I didn't know you could create lyrics to fit Spies, but they did. I'd also like to say thanks for giving us the opportunity for our work to be recognized and thanks to Rob for the great compliment on my entry (saying it had some George Harrison twang in it). It was a lot of fun and I hope there is another similar contest at some point in the future.

    Also, for anyone who wants to hear my entry, just click over to my blog, leave a comment and I'll figure out a way to send it your way.

    -See you in Cleveland in March, Adrian.

  5. Agh, so close! I'd have been happy to receive 1/3rd of a freshly carved triptych but c'est la vie.

    As you say, and as I mentioned to Rob, taking part certainly was reward enough. The experience forced me to write lyrics on a subject I wasn't comfortable or even familiar with, so it was great practice.

    Mostly, it's a great pleasure to me that I could write something that you enjoyed after all you've given me over the years. I hope everyone else enjoys it too.

    I'll use this opportunity for some self promotion - www.myspace.com/thefallingcityproject is the page for what will eventually be some more music by me if anyone happens to like what I did, and no doubt I'll put on my version of Spies very shortly. Come make friends with me, I'll send out a bulletin when I actually get round to putting stuff up there.

    Thanks again to Adrian, Rob Murphree and whoever the 3rd judge was (any clues?) and congrats to Lou Luca, Linnea and Lief.

    Cameron Devlin

  6. Adrian. This link at your site does not work: Cameron Devlin - Spies [free download]

    Enjoyed the other two! Thanks for sharing them with us.

    Congratulations to the winners!

  7. Sorry for the broken link, everyone. It is fixed now.

    Sorry Cameron!



  8. Adrian you are very generous for letting your fans in on a piece of your world. The competition was stiff and I'm honored to have been chosen. A heartfelt Thank You. Life keeps moving ON!

    lou luca

  9. I have to admit a greater affinity for the Spies' tracks, but a great deal of that has to do with the original infectious groove; good work by the Lindgren's, and Cameron, man, that's pretty cool what you did there.

    Clearly though, ol' Lou Luca rose to the challenge with that vocal arrangement. I have great respect for anyone who can do that, Mr. Music Head himself being one of the forerunners in the field, of course.

    The quality of song writing only justifies my having not sent my selection in: Despite not quite being able to finish it, I knew I didn't stand a chance. Great work all around and special thanks to alla y'all at AdeNet for your work and generosity.


  10. Would you like to hear from another loser? Great! Here's my losing entry:


    It's based off of "Yoli Yoli" and is called "Waiting Woman."

    Congratulations to all the winners!

  11. thanks , for a wish come true ! what a treat , sincerely , pt2 .