Calling all budding songwriters

headingNovember 15, 2013 – Do you have a song in your heart and a tune rolling through your head that will not let go? If it is original, you may want to record it, and send it in to the John Lennon Songwriting Contest.

The international songwriting competition kicked off in 1997, and has accepted entries and named winners and runners-up a few times a year ever since. It is open to professionals and amateurs who submit their song in any of the following categories: Rock, Country, Jazz, Pop, World, Rhythm & Blues, Hip Hop, Gospel/Inspirational, Latin, Electronic, Funk, Folk, and Children’s. A panel of experts including Bob Weir, Jessie Harris, The Black Eyed Peas, The Bacon Brothers, and The Veronicas will serve as the judges.

The deadline for entries is December 15. For additional information, to enter online, and to read the rules and regulations, click here.

Songwriting is an art form that has always fascinated me. Music is a big part of my life, but I don’t have the talent to write a song with or without lyrics. I remember speaking with a musician several years ago, and asked about his songwriting process, and his ability to do it. He said it was no big deal. He could write music and lyrics, just as someone else can cook well, repair shoes, or hit a baseball. I suppose that is true, and that no one can explain natural talent, but his explanation sucked the magic out of process for me.

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