I was listening to the local radio today and heard a great series/competition they have running. The basic idea is this:

Listeners recommend a local (unsigned) band for the station to review. The station then goes along to the gig and listens to the band playing live.

If they sound good and polished and give a crowd pleasing performance, they get posted online to the stations website – they post a bio, a review of the group, style of music and host an mp3 of the group.

At the end of the week, the listeners review and vote for the best group. Whoever wins the week, gets to record their best song for free at the stations studio! What a great prize for the

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Saxophone skills silenced

You know you’ve got days when you know you should have got around to something much earlier, but didn’t? Like practicing a musical instrument for pleasure oa performance.

Well, a friend of my mothers was always ‘threatening’ us with a public performance of his saxophone skills – even though we lived close enough to hear the private rehearsals.

Still all the neighbourhood looked forward to the day when a musician finally came out from their modest shell to share the music they love.

All of us were treated to the intricacies of ‘Baker Street’ – or at least the into for countless hours on end. Sometimes you could even hear most of the song, played a little falteringly, but complete nonetheless.

I would often keep my eye out for sheet music for the fledgling sax player and

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