When I was an engineer, I was continually required to provide to my bosses some metrics or status on this or that. Therefore, for this contest I submit to you the number of registrants by the month in which they registered. I don't know if we'll see another spike in the October-November time frame, but we'll see...
We've received a question, "does the recording have to be all parts live or can the different parts be recorded and then mixed together?"
Answer: it is permissible to record the parts separately and then mix them together afterward. It isn't required, however. The goal is to produce the most convincing rendition of the song, however you can best do that. The judging process will take into account the different recording processes used, so if you do produce a recording of a live performance where there is no post-production (mixing, etc.), you won't necessarily be given negative scoring points if there are a few minor glitches here and there.
At least that's what my 10-year-old ears thought they heard in the lyrics of the 1967 hit, "I'm a Soul Man". The phrase is repeated 12 or more times in the song, and it certainly sounded to me like the singer was angry about something. It wasn't until a movie came out many years later that I was set straight on the lyrics. I'm not sure if "His Words" has lyrics that could be so woefully misunderstood, but we'll see.
I enjoy parodies of famous songs, but do so secretly so as to not offend those who cherish the non-parodied originals. So I shant list any examples.
Pop music vocal styles don't place as much emphasis on enunciation as does classical vocal training, and sometimes it opens pop songs up for humorous parody-making.