Cover a 100-Year-Old Blues Song

Disquiet Junto Project 0125: Yellow Disquiet Blues

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Each Thursday at the Disquiet Junto group on a new compositional challenge is set before the group’s members, who then have just over four days to upload a track in response to the assignment. Membership in the Junto is open: just join and participate.

Tracks by participants will be added to this playlist as the project proceeds:


This project was published in the evening, California time, on Thursday, May 22, with 11:59pm on the following Monday, May 26, 2014, as the deadline.

These are the instructions that went out to the group’s email list (sign up at

Disquiet Junto Project 0125: Yellow Disquiet Blues

This week we’re going to cover a 100-year-old song. In honor of the centennial of W.C. Handy’s “The Yellow Dog Blues,” the radio show Studio 360 is holding a contest, inviting people to upload to SoundCloud their original rendition of the song.

These are the instructions:

Step 1: Download the sheet music here:

Step 2: Record your version. Studio 360 says, “Cover the song in any style, with any instrumentation; as traditional or as radically different as you’d like.” No, you don’t have to sing; it can be an instrumental version.


Step 3: In addition to posting your completed track to the Disquiet Junto group, upload your track to… Note: The deadline to be considered for the Studio 360 challenge is Sunday, June 1, at 11:59pm Eastern Time. So, if you want to just use this Junto project as a test run, you can wait until later in the month to upload a finished version to the Studio 360 group.

Deadline: Monday, May 26, 2014, at 11:59pm wherever you are.

Length: Your finished work should likely be between a minute and a half and four minutes, but there’s no formal length requirement.


Information: Please when posting your track on SoundCloud, include a description of your process in planning, composing, and recording it. This description is an essential element of the communicative process inherent in the Disquiet Junto.

Title/Tag: When adding your track to the Disquiet Junto group on, please include the term “disquiet0125-junto360blues″ in the title of your track, and as a tag for your track.


Download: It is preferable that your track is set as downloadable, and that it allows for attributed remixing (i.e., a Creative Commons license permitting non-commercial sharing with attribution).

Linking: When posting the track, please be sure to include this information:

More on this 125th Disquiet Junto project — “On the centennial of the great W.C. Handy song ‘The Yellow Dog Blues,’ participate in a Studio 360 listener challenge” — at:…

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