Mudcat Café message #200790 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #19621   Message #200790
Posted By: Jim Krause
24-Mar-00 - 01:56 PM
Thread Name: Songwriting Contests
Subject: RE: Songwriting Contests
I personally turn a big THUMBS DOWN on all music contests. I have seen and heard several where I thought the winners didn't deserve it and the folks who were runners up did better than the winner. Contests are so subjective. How do you quantify something as elusive as aesthetic value? While there are mechanical things that can be taught about songwriting, lyric writing comes to mind, the rest of it comes down to personal aesthetics and the experiences of the composer. I'd go to Kerrville, but only to hang out at the song swaps around the campfire.