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Music Design Lab Challenge #2: Classic Jukebox Song

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Challenge #2:
Create a classic and timeless song that will never get old.


Creative Brief: 
A classic jukebox song with male or female vocals. Like a lost song from the late 50s / early 60s.


Reference tracks:
Ben E. King “Stand By Me”
Patsy Cline “She’s Got You” and “Walkin’ After Midnight”
3 Sam Cooke “(What A) Wonderful World”
4 The Drifters “Under the Boardwalk”
5 The Chordettes “Lollipop”


Potential lyric themes: 

Being there for someone / Something Sweet / Candy / Wooing a Boy or Girl / Hanging Out / Innocent Good Times / Being thankful / Happiness and Love 


Keys to success for the track: 

Lyrics: Study the lyrics of the referenced songs. Simple, universal themes – “Stand By Me.” Surprise elements – “Lollipop.” Conversational, confessional – “She’s Got You.” Set a specific place/mood – “Walkin’ After Midnight.”

Melody: Insanely singable. Memorable. Easy. 

Instrumentation: Light. Real sounds. Very light drums. Snaps etc instead of drum kit? Bring in your uncle to play guitar? 

Vocals: Simple. Harmonies. Group vocals? Whistles? 

Production/Vibe: Groove. No click tracks. Imperfect. Not overproduced. 


Submissions: Open

Send demos, full songs, full or partial lyrics, grooves, chord progressions, melodies… 


How to submit:

Send email to with Full Name and Phone #. 

2 I’ll invite you to a folder where you can upload demos, lyrics, etc. 

3 By submitting music to the folder, you agree to the Splits / Track Ownership below.


Splits / Track Ownership: 

By submitting music to the folder for this challenge, you agree to the following:

1 (Composition) All writers will divide the 100% writer share of the song(s). Each writer’s share will be based on their contribution to the finished composition(s) as determined by Scout. Scout will control 100% of the publishingto account for the direction, strategy, coordination and improvement of the composition(s), as well as the licensing, registration and collection. 

2 (Master) Performers will divide 50% ownership of the master recording(s), based on their contribution to the finished recording(s) as determined by Scout. Scout will control 50% of the master recording(s) to account for the direction, strategy, coordination, improvement, mixing and mastering of the master(s), as well as the licensing and collection.

3 Each writer and performer will be given a full split sheet with all parties’ ownership. 

4 Scout will have the exclusive right to promote, license and negotiate deals on behalf of the composition(s) and song(s), to bring exposure to our work on the song(s) and to help us all earn money based on our joint efforts.

5 This deal does not apply to music you produce outside of this challenge, and you are free to enter into other deals on any other compositions and songs you write or perform.


Scout Music Design Lab overview:

The Scout Music Design Lab is part of Scout Music, an Oakland music production and publishing company started in 2005. 

The purpose of MDL is three-fold: 

1 to assist up-and-coming musicians to learn techniques and strategies to create music on a world-class level.

2 to create truly outstanding and in-demand music styles for tv, movie, advertising placement and label opportunities that will generate significant revenue for all involved. 

3 to give in-depth mentorship and exposure to participants in MDL.


More info on the Scout Music Design Lab.



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