SAC Week 5 challenge: Dark Fun

This week’s challenge was issued by Jordan Howard the creative director of  CCS Rights Management.

Challenge: I am looking for songs to pitch for a new series on Lifetime that stars Christina Ricci. The series can be best described as a 19th Century “Dexter.” Series centers around a female anti-hero, lots of emotions. Love, Lust, Hate, Danger. Musically I am looking for songs in the vain of: Black Keys, Bon Iver, Band of Skulls, Carolina Chocolate Drops, James Vincent McMorrow. For one episode, I am looking for a replacement for Hozier’s “To Be Alone.” As long as the song is in a similar wheelhouse and is lyrically similar, that is what is most important.


This week was a fun and interesting week for me! I was able to do two co-writes. One with Judy Marshak and the other with Heather Meori. They both came with great ideas and concepts so it was real easy for us to work out the kinks.

I’m starting to really love co-writes, especially if my co-writer is on the same page. Sometimes our meetings are so fun and kooky it doesn’t even feel like we’re taking anything serious.

Here are some lines that automatically come to mind when I think about how my co-writes went:

“Why don’t we scream out the chorus Marilyn Manson style? That’ll sound real dark..”

“We need a gimmick!….why don’t we put the bridge in the middle…that will be artistic won’t it?..who cares…people think it’s deep”

“Why don’t you keep the word voodoo…it’s like….my favourite word..”

“Slide guitar?! holy shit!!!You can do slide guitar?!..Can you do that..Zinggggg sound again..da da da followed be the zinggggggggggg”

“I sent you the Sextra vocals for you to play with…”

When I’m having so much fun I think I can focus way better.  I want all my co-writes to be like this. Half jokes and half work. I know if I have chemistry with my co-writers, it’ll really show in the songs we create.

I think I listened to the Hozier track a few times. I don’t think I overanalyzed the reference songs like how I did in the country week. This week I just wanted to take my co-writers ideas and inject my own flavour. I’m satisfied with what we came up this week =)


I Know Your Secret- Judy Marshak & Gordon Wong

No Mercy- Heather Meori & Gordon Wong

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