Monday, August 2

The CDP Worldwide Mix-Tape Trade 8.

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It's back!

After seven previous Trades and nearly 175 different Mix-Tapes created by nearly 100 different people, the CDP Worldwide Mix-Tape Trade is making it's triumphant return just in time for the end of Summer.

For those of you who are new to the Trade, or for the alumni in need of a reminder, the CDP Worldwide Mix-Tape Trade is a chance for CDP readers from all over the globe to not only create a Mix-Tape for each other, but to receive one as well. It breaks down like this:

1. If you want to be involved with the Trade, you can easily sign up by leaving me a comment or sending an e-mail to communistdance@yahoo.com. Be sure to leave me a name and an e-mail address. The deadline to sign up is Sunday, August 8 at 11pm Central Time, so don't procrastinate, or you'll miss out!

2. On Monday, August 9, I will draw and post a random partnering of everyone that signed up for the Trade, so not only will you see who you'll be creating a Mix for, but also can see who will be creating one for you. This is the fun part. You will then get to work on creating a Mix-Tape (a CD, most likely) that follows the set theme of this particular Trade (see below for theme). In tune, someone will start making one for you. I function as the middleman concerning all communications, such as sorting out mailing addresses and the like. Don't be afraid to get a hold of me as the Trade rolls along if you have any questions.

3. When you're done creating your (no doubt, fantastic) Mix, you'll mail it off to the person that was drawn for you, and in tune, you'll receive a Mix in the mail from whomever drew your name. You'll have two weeks; the deadline to mail out your Mix will be Monday, August 23. If you think for any reason that you may go deadbeat, don't bother signing up. I mean that, and so does the poor bastard that you were about to screw over.

Simple as that. Sign up, make a Mix, mail it out, and you'll get one back. This is one of the more fun and reader-collaborated things that we do here on the CDP; it's always a blast and a chance for people to come out of their lurker shells and join the vocal masses. The artwork, musical depth and participation never cease to amaze me.

Your theme for the CDP Worldwide Mix-Tape Trade 8 is...

'Three Little Words.'

Easy, tiger; let me explain. The theme of your Mix will be anything you want, provided that the title (and theme) of the Mix is a three-word phrase. For example, if you name your Mix 'I Like Fudge,' then you'd probably want to base your Mix around songs that have to do with chocolate. Get creative, think of a three-word phrase and craft your Mix around it. That's it.

Want some extra incentive? Anyone who sends a copy of their Mix my way will be entered in a drawing to receive a free copy of my next book. Holy shit.

Let's make the eighth CDP Worldwide Mix-Tape Trade the biggest (and possibly final) one ever. Sign up via comments or e-mail, remember to leave a name and e-mail address, and make sure that you do it by Sunday, August 8!

Thanks much. Sound off in the comments section, start brainstorming what your 'Three Little Words' Mix will look like, and enjoy your day.