Sunday, July 01, 2007

Unisong Winners Announced

It's been nice to be home these past couple of days. Lisa showed me a photo in Friday's paper of the corner of Highways 177 & 33 at Perkins, underwater! We drove through there twice on Thursday. And the rain is still falling every day. Our 4th of July fireworks display at the lake has already been postponed indefinitely.

The photo here is from Blanchard on June 19. Thanks to Kay Lowry for taking it and sending it. I had fun with the cropping. It's getting to be a challenge providing photos every day without them all looking the same!

I have two happy bits of news to report...

First, there was a really fantastic review of The Great Green Squishy Mean Concert CD and of my music in general posted this week on the Cool Tunes For Kids blog by Eric Herman. Here's a quick quote: "Monty Harper is without a doubt one of the most lyrically sophisticated writers working in children's music today." You can read the rest of the review here: Monty Harper review.

Second, the Unisong International Songwriting Contest has announced the winners in their eleventh annual competition. My song "Get a Clue" was in the top 20 finalists, and "Big Red Fire Truck" received an honorable mention (putting it among the top 35).

You might remember that last year I took 1st and 4th place. But I'm still happy with this year's result. The top 35 songs represent about the top 1% of entries. At that level all the songs are great. Putting them in order can be a fairly subjective exercise.

Of this year's winners, the third place song is my favorite: "Mighty Jackie (The Strikeout Queen)" by Marla Lewis and Les Julian.

Congratulations to all the winners and finalists and runners up! You can hear the top four songs on the Unisong Website.

My next library shows are here in Stillwater on the 5th at 10:00AM, 1:30PM, and 3:30PM and in Perry on the 6th at 10:00AM.

See you at the library!!

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