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Australian Songwriter's Association - Songwriter Awards

On the 30th September, 2012 Shirl received an email from the Australian Songwriter's Association. Earlier she had entered the competition to have a go and to gain feedback on her song.

The song entered: Peacekeeper Song
[Original song by Shirl, Main vocal by Shirl, Harmonies by Sue Day]


Dear ASA Contestant

Thank you for your patience in waiting for the results of the 2012 ASA Australian Songwriting Contest. There were a great many entries to process! We’re please to announce though, that there was an excellent standard throughout.

It is also very exciting to be able to inform you that you are amongst the group of songwriters who have had some of their entries progress to the second stage of judging in this year’s contest!!!  This is very exciting because it is hard to be short-listed in such a big competition, so you should definitely take a bow! Congratulations! You are in the group from which the Top 25 will be chosen. This list will be posted on the ASA Website by the end of October...fingers crossed you will also be included in that selection.

To simplify the notification process, we are not specifying at this point which of your songs have been shortlisted, but instead want to let you know how many of your compositions have made it through. Thus, the exact number of times you receive this email, will indicate how many successful entries you have had go through in the Ballad Category.  

Please also note that the National Songwriting Awards will be on Wed 12 December in Sydney. Full details are now on the homepage of our website, with early bird discounts currently available.

Kind regards

Clare Burgess
Director
Australian Songwriters Association (ASA)
www.asai.org.au


Song Feedback: Australian Songwriters Association Alan Gilmour:
Lyrics:
"I enjoyed listening to your song. To me, it is very much a traditional ballad with a very relevant story to tell. Typical of traditional ballads it is a universal tale and in this case is relevant to today's situation where so many soldiers have left these shores to travel to Afghanistan. Your lyrics are strong and your introduction sets the scene for what is about to come. Your story tugs at all the right emotions. You have added an extra moral dimension in your chorus with the concept of "Nobdody wins a war" which adds that extra touch of poignancy to get the listeners thinking. Well done. "

Melody:
"Your melody is both catchy and solid and is a strong traditional ballad melody which works well with the lyrics. Whilst the melody is original it is still traditional in form. Some minor chords help add some dramatic effect. Very suitable for the concept."

Arrangement:
"It is a fairly standard arrangement for vocals and guitar but this is not a criticism because the arrangement works well with the song. Guitar accompaniment is all that is really needed for this genre of song. One good feature is the use of harmony which adds another texture to the vocals."

Structure:
"Quite a defined structure of verse and chorus as would be expected. Everything flows well and I found the big finish to be satisfying."

Performance:
"You have a good voice for this sort of song: clear and expressive and strong when needed. Your diction is good and the listener can hear every word that was sung. Overall the song is a tight unit with a satisfying performance. Once again the harmony is a good feature."

Recording:
"This sounds very much like a home recording into a single microphone, but reflects how it would sound in a live environment. The harmony appears to have been added later and is a good feature."

Overall:
"Overall I am very impressed with this song. It is true to genre and has the performance to match. The story is well understood by all listeners. The song would feature well in a live performance environment such as a coffee shop or small auditorium. Well done."

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