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S.A.C. Challenge – Week 5 – Issued by Jordan Howard – Write for a pitch for a new TV Series

March 9, 2015

JordanHowardJordan Howard is Creative Director at CCS Rights Management.  The company provides Music IP Management Publishing. Their roster of services includes sync licensing.  Here is his challenge:

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.

Deadline:  March 16, 11:59pm EST.

Please submit the following in the comments below:
1.  Link to a blog post about your experience with this challenge.
2.  Link to your song (preferably on SoundCloud) with lyrics posted in SoundCloud.
Good luck!
101 Comments leave one →
  1. March 9, 2015 3:22 pm

    Link to my blog.

  2. March 11, 2015 6:03 pm

    Well here is my week 5 song ” I Think I Am” :

    And here is a link to my blog:

    Thank you for listening and reading>


  3. Lorenzo D. Policelli permalink
    March 12, 2015 1:24 pm

    I think the only way I can actually leave a post here is if I don’t log in with one of the options and just leave an email address… I’d appreciate any feedback…

    Here’s my blog post:

    Here’s my song:

  4. March 13, 2015 9:57 am

    “Bury Me” is my offering for SAC’s Week 5 “Jordan Howard’s TV Series Pitch Challenge”. Now that’s a long title! Anyway, the intention with this song is to express that moment where life is ending and there is no turning back. Hopefully you will find it Bleakly Beautiful!

    “Bury Me”
    I can hear the sound of laughter fading,
    Falling further into the deepest wells I have
    All the mountains I have moved can’t keep
    The one beneath my feet from crumbling
    Crumbling away

    And I feel it slipping now
    And I feel it falling now
    And I feel it coming down
    Down over me
    All over me

    Shining worlds where once we wandered swallowed
    By the shifting sands of you and I and time
    All around the shells of what we recognize
    Get left behind as restless spirits
    Move forever on

    And I feel it coming now
    And i feel it coming down
    And I feel it slipping down

    Down over me
    All over me
    Bury Me


    And I feel it slipping now
    And I feel it falling now
    And I feel it coming down

    Down over me
    All over me
    Bury Me

    releasing me to sweet surrender
    cause it’s ok, the letting go
    cause it’s ok, to just let go

    • March 16, 2015 11:42 am

      Well done! I really like the song and your performance on this Pat. I didn’t notice this posted in the fb trail … which is a shame if this doesn’t land on more ears. rbt

  5. March 13, 2015 11:27 am

    Week #5. I had a blast this week!. Thanks for the opportunity.

  6. March 13, 2015 6:34 pm

    Week #5 was a lot of fun 🙂




  7. March 14, 2015 12:52 am

    Hi, I had another crazy week> I had too finish and post last weeks song and I am without an instrument or recording equipment for the next 6 days. I madly put this together so I could at least submit something before the deadline. It is unfinished, unpolished, and overall not a done deal. This one is a lot of fun for me! I will post my blog later.

  8. March 14, 2015 12:55 am

    S.A.C. Member Doug Taylor

    In My Arms

    Oh love she has finally died
    Now she’ll be with by my side
    Existing as one once again
    Joined forever, never ends

    We’ll walk the earth and be so free
    Existing in love her and me

    You have no worries, you’ve finally arrived
    Death will greet you, bring you alive
    Now it’s time to see from above
    Finally we join in long lost love

    I see you coming now!
    Yes I see you coming now!
    I see you coming now!
    Yes I see you coming now!
    My Love

    I can feel you in my arms
    Can you feel me in your arms?
    I can feel you in my arms
    Can you feel me in your arms?
    My love

  9. March 14, 2015 11:58 pm

    My submission for the week 5 project.

  10. March 15, 2015 1:47 am

    Mr. Jordan Howard, thank you for the challenge, and taking the time to listen to my song

    “THE CAVE”,

    written for the female anti-hero with themes of love, lust, hate & danger.

    Thank you to SAC, Lily Cheng, James Linderman & Debra Alexander.

    I predict that you may love or hate the song while the voice may make you lust for danger, and caution: you may want to linger there!

    THE CAVE (Music/Lyrics by Shira Katz)

    My blog:

  11. March 15, 2015 3:01 pm

    Loved this challenge! My song, ‘Cross That Line,’ with lyrics in the description, is here and my blog is at

  12. March 15, 2015 5:56 pm

    Hello Everyone at SAC Week 5 Already! Dark TV Series Pitch

    Week 5 Blog:
    Week 5 Song:

  13. March 15, 2015 9:36 pm


  14. March 15, 2015 10:17 pm

    I would describe this as dark and cinematic…

  15. March 15, 2015 10:35 pm

    Thanks Jordan Howard for an inspiring challenge. I hope you hear a lot of things you like from this week.
    Here’s my submission – many thanks to Kathryn Berry

  16. March 16, 2015 3:08 am

    Week 5 Challenge – No Mercy by Heather Meori & Gordon Wong
    Song here:

  17. Kathryn Jean (Alexander) permalink
    March 16, 2015 3:53 am

    Well so far I have had to do the entire challenge using live recording with my Samsung phone recorder because my computer/DAW/mixer are having an argument. I can’t even send a wave file if I wanted…so I’m a little frustrated that I’m not doing the songs justice. Hopefully I will have this figured out soon and be able to make tracks…in the meantime here is another rough recording…

  18. March 16, 2015 9:21 am

    Hello, please find attached link to my week five blog as well as the link to my song (The Highway) on soundcloud

  19. March 16, 2015 9:38 am

    Here’s week 5! The track is embedded in the blog 🙂

  20. March 16, 2015 10:11 am

    Week #5 was exciting to work on.



  21. March 16, 2015 12:22 pm

    Here we go!


    Great week – thanks for the challenge.

    Sending good vibes…

    DC James

  22. March 16, 2015 1:11 pm

    Hi, Here is my Week #5 submission….and blog

  23. March 16, 2015 1:24 pm

    Hey! Here’s my blog and Song for this week:

  24. March 16, 2015 1:59 pm

    “Love, Not the Law”, for week 5, posted in a revised version – I made changes to the bridge. Thanks to everyone who commented on lyrics and an earlier version!

    and my blog:

  25. March 16, 2015 2:02 pm

    This one was waaay out of my comfort zone, but so much fun!

    Week #5 Blog:

    And song:

  26. March 16, 2015 3:14 pm

    Here is my week 5 submission and blog. Thanks Jordan. This one was a lot of fun.

    Week 5 Song:

    Week 5 Blog:

    craigster67 is Craig McIvor

  27. March 16, 2015 3:24 pm

    Hey all. Here’s my submission for the TV series challenge.



    • March 17, 2015 10:03 am

      I didn’t see it posted on the facebook page so I thought I’d give you some feedback here.
      Great song. Loved it. Really hooky chorus. Hope it was fun to make. Sometimes the bleakest songs are.

  28. March 16, 2015 4:29 pm

    Learned some more this week and like what I wrote. Also a good feeling when my daughter “wants” to sing a song of mine as opposed to doing me a favour! Going to miss the challenge once it’s done. So appreciative of your help Debra and James.

  29. March 16, 2015 6:18 pm

    Its Coming – written by Lynn Tessari, Paul Tarvydas, Michael Hay, and Mikalyn Hay

    Google tells us that this Christina Ricci series will be about Lizzie Borden.

    So, we wrote a song. And we added a small childrens’ rhyme in the outro.


    My blog:

  30. March 16, 2015 6:59 pm

    My response to the week 5 challenge – Lizzie’s Fugue. Music for a murder spree.

    The blog

  31. Sean Bertram permalink
    March 16, 2015 7:30 pm

    What a challenging challenge this week! Here’s the final outcome, with absolutely fantastic production help from Allister Bradley, called “Holes”. Blog and song below…

    • March 26, 2015 10:49 am

      Hi Sean – i missed this one on the march break – cool picture to go with a cool song. I love the idea of the driving base line. Also love the effects on some of the vocals. All of your tunes on this challenge have grabbed me – but this one really suits your voice, I think!
      Look forward to hearing more in the future Sean.

  32. March 16, 2015 7:58 pm

    Angie Ricci aka Amomnus blog for Week #5 with Paul Vella and Lorelai Ellis

  33. March 16, 2015 9:03 pm

    My blog and song for this week’s challenge are below. Thanks!



  34. March 16, 2015 9:03 pm

    Here is my sinister heartbreak song “Darkness”:
    And brief yet grateful blogpost:

  35. March 16, 2015 9:40 pm

    Ahkinoah H. Izarh’s week 5 song – This Side – Hope you enjoy it. This week was a bit frustrating but shout out to DC James and Judy Marshak for their motivation.

    Full Demo:
    Acoustic Demo:
    Video Blog:
    Full Blog:!sac-blog/sac-challenge-week-5/

  36. March 16, 2015 9:43 pm

    Here are my soundcloud and wordpress links for Week 5 of the THE CHALLENGE. 🙂

  37. March 16, 2015 10:08 pm

    My blogg-edy blog for Week 5:
    ..and my tune via Soundcloud:

    • March 17, 2015 1:19 am

      Some folks have been having trouble with my original SoundCloud link. Here’s an alternative:

  38. March 16, 2015 10:12 pm

    Ok at the 11 and a half-th hour (no that’s not a word, but the rest of you are making of three a day so I am too! 😉 here is my week 5. It has been a painful labour on this one, a few iterations and rewrites, some great feed back from James Linderman​ Debra Alexander​ and fellow challengerones! This one is going on my list for week 7 – Tweak week! but still made a lot of progress on it. Let me know any thoughts you may have!

    Song is here:

    Blog is here:

    • March 17, 2015 12:15 pm

      Revised Version is here… my unbalance prosody was too much to handle to I adjusted it!!!

  39. March 16, 2015 10:14 pm

    This is my week 5 blog post
    Sound cloud links:
    I Know Your Secret- Judy Marshak & Gordon Wong

    No Mercy- Heather Meori & Gordon Wong

  40. March 16, 2015 10:15 pm

    Hi friends – here is the link and blog from this weeks challenge – which was a collaboration from the talented Lynn Tessari, Paul Tarvydas and my dad and I. Thanks team fun week again. Thanks James and Debra for all your helpful advice and guidance.

  41. March 16, 2015 10:19 pm

    Here’s my song and blog for Jordan Howard’s challenge

  42. March 16, 2015 10:24 pm


    Its Coming – written by Lynn Tessari, Paul Tarvydas, Michael Hay, and Mikalyn Hay

    Google tells us that this Christina Ricci series will be about Lizzie Borden.

    So, we wrote a song. And we added a small childrens’ rhyme in the outro.


    My blog:

  43. March 16, 2015 10:32 pm

    hello, heres a blog link ;

    and this week’s tune………

    thanks for listening

    • March 16, 2015 10:35 pm

      I like this piece, Joe. Very thoughtful and moody. And I love the guitar work. Well done.

  44. March 16, 2015 10:33 pm

    Hi all. What a week this has been. For me, this has been the most challenging so far. But it was worth it. Here is my blog
    and here is my song.

    As always, comments, constructive criticisms etc are ALL welcome.

  45. March 16, 2015 10:36 pm

    I apologize if this goes through twice…

  46. donnysawchuk2015 permalink
    March 16, 2015 10:37 pm

    Week# 5. Let Your Music Play

    The song:

    (I apologize for the lousy vocal track – I had to sing into my computer mic, ugh!)

    And the blog:

  47. Donald Delano permalink
    March 16, 2015 10:57 pm

    Week 5 2015 SAC Challenge, Thanks SAC and Jordan Howard for another wonderful challenge. Song and blog links below.

  48. March 16, 2015 11:00 pm

    Here’s my blog and song submission, a co-write with Gordon Wong.

  49. March 16, 2015 11:05 pm

    Week Five – A Dark Song: Plague of Darkness

    The blog:

    The song:

  50. March 16, 2015 11:07 pm

    As always thanks to our coaches James Linderman and Debra Alexander. I was so encouraged by their kind words about the song I submitted for week 4. Thanks also to SAC staff especially Lily Cheng for her support this week. And thanks to this week’s challenge issuer Jordan Howard.

    I asked SAC staff Lily Cheng if I could pitch for a different TV show about weddings I found on , instead of the ‘1900’s Dexter’ style show. Thankfully she said yes. I just felt I needed to find a show that was more in keeping with my Christian values. I wanted to pitch to another TV show affiliated with Mr. Jordan Howard’s company CCS Rights Management. However, I could not find listings for pitch requests to specific shows on their site. Here’s my blog and soundcloud links. Thanks :// week-5-sac-challenge/

  51. March 16, 2015 11:16 pm

    What a challenge this week was….plunging into the dark side. A big thanks to Joyce Grennan and Robert Campbell for taking the murky ride with me. “Black Widow”

    Blog post: SAC Challenge..2015…Week 5 – Release your inner darkness


  52. March 16, 2015 11:21 pm

    Week 5 blog:

    And..the song:

  53. March 16, 2015 11:37 pm

    Had a great and creative week.. Hope this works .. if not oh well got two more songs out of great collaborations.

    Blog link

    Song 1 (collaboration with Michael Kelly Cavan and myself RB Martin Clarke)

    song 2 (collaboration with Ashley Hayward )

  54. March 16, 2015 11:42 pm

    Thank-you Jordan Howard for this Challenge! Challenge #5 links are below.

    Thank-you, Margaret De Bellis

  55. March 16, 2015 11:53 pm

    Blog and song posted here- not a full song, just a couple of verses…

  56. March 16, 2015 11:57 pm

    Eyes Closed Shut | rbt

    “I am the blood, I am the bones”. A intriguing line that has been floating in my brain for some time. And what better time to follow that line into a song than for a tune intended to evoke darkness.

  57. ceiliboy permalink
    March 17, 2015 12:19 am

    Challenge #5

  58. March 17, 2015 12:20 am and my Week 5 blog is at – it’s the most recent blog, at the top of the only page on the site, but I’m still having trouble loading it on my laptop here so I can’t access the direct link shortcode immediately for posting here. If I can get it to work in the next ten minutes or so, I’ll post another comment with the direct blog link.

  59. March 17, 2015 12:34 am

    Dark and obsessed…

    • March 17, 2015 12:48 am

      It says 12:45 but here its 11:45pm….really…..I’m telling the truth…..hee hee…no really it is…its’ manitoba….

      • March 17, 2015 2:22 pm

        Sometimes it works, other times not…….it’s nice to only worry about such simple things rather than where I will sleep tonight…or where my next meal is coming from…..

  60. March 17, 2015 1:34 am

    So sorry for the delay…major tech problems. Will post to blog once I can get in…it’s Monday :-)!

  61. March 17, 2015 7:39 am

    Ashley Hayward RB Martin Clarke

    The first link didn’t work.

  62. March 17, 2015 1:54 pm

    ok, my blog website was suffering from a buggy WP version, but at least the blog now works, appearing together with the Soundcloud link. It’s at My apologies for the tech interruption


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