Last month we invited readers to enter a contest: Spot the allusion to a song lyric in our March issue and be entered in a drawing to win a prize.
We're happy to report we have the first winner in our monthly contest: M.G. Sikorski, who correctly guessed that the song reference was "Indiana wants us"—the title of our interview with David Holt of Conexus Indiana on page 30 of our March issue. For her music savvy, she'll receive organic coffee from Joey Kramer's Rockin' & Roastin' Coffee. Fittingly, Sikorski works for Conn-Selmer, a company that manufactures and distributes musical instruments—and is based in Elkhart, Ind. Congratulations, M.G.!
The story's headline alludes to the 1970 hit "Indiana Wants Me," written and sung by R. Dean Taylor and released on the Motown label, where Taylor was a writer and producer. The song tells the story of a man who's on the run from the law and longing for his home state—and his girl. Complete with sirens and police loudspeaker effects, it's part of a slew of man-against-the-authorities hits from the '70s, including "The Night Chicago Died" by Paper Lace; "Run Joey Run" by David Geddes, and "The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia" by Vicki Lawrence. Taylor's country-tinged hit was unusual for Motown, which was known for soul and pop. Taylor helped write other hits for the label, including the Supremes' No. 1 hit "Love Child," according to the All Music Guide. Taylor's website is rdeantaylor.com. You can listen to "Indiana Wants Me" via the YouTube video below.
One reader gets honorable mention for finding a song reference we didn't even know we'd made. Bruce Nicotero of Jo-Ann Stores LLC noticed the headline "Toyota enters brave new world of integrated fulfillment solutions" on page 15 of the March issue and made the connection to the Steve Miller Band's 1969 song and album "Brave New World." Rock on, Bruce.
ENTER THE APRIL CONTEST; DEADLINE MAY 17
Think you've found the song reference our April issue? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with the answer and your mailing address by midnight Pacific time on May 17.* We'll pick a winner at random from the correct responses to win free coffee. The winner's name will be announced here at DCVelocity.com, in print, and on social media. We encourage winners to share selfies with their prizes at Facebook.com/DCVelocity and on Twitter (tag us @DCVelocity). Good luck!
*We've extended the deadline from April 30.