Great songs come from the heart and are written for all sorts of reasons, the least of which are competitive ones.  Most of the great songwriters never fared well in a competitive environment. In their early years The Beatles were runners up to a magician in a talent competition. Adam Lambert and Jennifer Hudson, two of American Idols' most successful products were both losers in the competition. That said, the annual Barleycorn Song Competition takes place over the next couple of weeks and if you don't take it all too seriously, it may well be fun to enter a song.  

The competition requires that CD demos be submitted by Friday 29 July. Yes, the Barleycorn have not yet reached MP3 and net sharing stage so don't expect the competition winner to be anything remotely close to cutting edge.  On the other hand, the BMC provides a valuable platform for emerging and veteran singer-songwriters at their regular Monday night sessions. Their song competition seems to attract mostly acoustic, folky, soft-rock and blues orientated music and we would like to encourage you to enter songs so that people out there can hear the wonderful diversity of material being produced in association with the Cape Town School of Songwriting ... from RnB, to classical crossover sung in isiXhosa, Afrikaans as well as English.

Let it rock and roll .....