We made up the term “sing-along-able song” specifically for the Gil’s Hootenanny Song-writing Contest. While we have deliberately not over-defined what a “Song of Protest, Song of Hope” is, we are looking for songs to help make the world a better place.
What Attributes Are The Judges Looking For?
- “Socially conscious” song of protest or hope
- Easily taught from the stage without song sheets
- High percentage of the song involves audience participation
- Recently composed
- Contemporary or ‘timeless’ lyrics
- Clever, original, memorable
- The submission demonstrates how it can be taught to an audience.
What Will The Judges Not Like?
- Older song that does not fit or barely fits the required attributes
- A typical pop love song (that’s not what we mean by a song of hope).
What is considered irrelevant?
- The recording sophistication: Home recordings are not scored lower than studio recordings. Just make sure we can hear the words.
- The performance skill of the singer or musician. It’s all about the song. There have been respectable a capella submissions in the past.
- The ability or willingness to perform in public. You are free to invite someone else to perform your song.