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ATTN: Music People...I come to you for a favor


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So after seeing Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist yesterday (FANTASTIC MOVIE!), I came up with an idea that I thought would be pretty damn cool, but I will need help to get this idea to spread into other states.

In the movie, Nick, in Norah's eyes, is an awesome Mix CD maker, but Norah doesn't know who Nick is until, out of desperation she walks up to him, asking Nick to be her boyfriend for 5 minutes so she can make one of her friends back off her case. Turns out, when Norah introduces Nick to her friend, it's Nick's ex-girlfriend who just recently dumped him. Now this is where my idea comes in:

I want to create Mix CD's, but, in doing so, I want to place them in stores, on the sidewalk, on park benches, etc. and in doing that, some random person will hopefully pick the CD up and give it a listen (and enjoy it), and read the note inside of the CD Case. After the person finds it, I would want them to join a MySpace page or send an email for the project and leave a comment where they found the CD or whatever. I would also want the person to a.) either make 5 copies of the CD and distribute them secretly like I did, or b.) after listening, take the CD they found, and put it somewhere else. This will be done month after month.

Now this is where I need your help. I would like people of this site that might be interested in this project to contact me, so these CD's can make it out of the state of Texas. There would be no cost for you either as I would mail you 5-10 CD's for you to hide throughout your city. If you are interested, or have a suggestion, please post in here, or contact me via an instant messenger.

AIM/AOL: nusileidimas

MSN Messenger: sml0185@hotmail.com

Yahoo: painforpleasure07

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Well, I'm glad at least 3 of the 46 reads think this idea is interesting. Now only if I can get some people to help distribute in other states. I know you might feel a little weird giving some total stranger your address, but I promise I'm no serial killer, and I won't lace your mail with anthrax, lol.

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Nus, if you can get a decent number of people to do this, it will work out very well. I did the exact same thing when I was in school, making mixtapes, and later, CDs. This was before the internet boom, so I used addresses of my contacts or directions to street signs that explained it, as well as phone numbers.

Put some in obvious public places like you mentioned, secured to benches, tied to street light poles, and on street crossing units, but put a small number in obscure places as well if you can get away with it. It will make the listener feel as if they found something hidden or secret and, thanks to the nature of human psychology, will make them more curious and interested.

Couple of idea;

Under bus seats either on the bus or in the shelter, or at the top of bus roofs - the inside, obviously - people looking up while on the bus or letting their eyes wander will see it. Make sure you do this as early as possible in the morning when there are just enough people on the bus for the driver to be distracted and not see you. This way, there's a good chance it'll be noticed during one of the rush hours and will be picked up before the end of the bus shift, at which time it'll be summarily removed and binned by the driver or cleaner.

If you need to get a cab, chat to the driver, divert the conversation around to music (easy if he's got a radio on), and mention your CDs. Quite often, they'll let you drop one on the seat for their next far, and you can give the cabbie one as well.

Don't underestimate the power of word of mouth. Leave some in gyms, leisure centres, swimming baths etc. Especially good if you have a friend or family member that works there that'll let you drop some or leave a stack at reception.

Finally, be creative with your artwork. If you're leaving it in an obscure place, don't just have your generic logo on it - it'll be classed as trash and binned. If you're placing it somewhere obscure, put a front cover on that says something like "Yes, this is supposed to be here. Pick me up."

Good luck. :)

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Finally, be creative with your artwork. If you're leaving it in an obscure place, don't just have your generic logo on it - it'll be classed as trash and binned. If you're placing it somewhere obscure, put a front cover on that says something like "Yes, this is supposed to be here. Pick me up."

Good luck. :)

Gotta be careful. Might wanna use the extreme slimline cases, as even a regular CD case could be classified as an "unattended package" here in the U.S. ... you'll get a bomb squad called on you. :)

But yeah - something like "This was left here intentionally. Pick me up and have a listen!" might not be a bad idea to have on the cover.

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