Now is the time to write that that song about Florida that's been bopping about vaguely in your head. The annual Will McLean Foundation New Florida Song Contest is under way; songs can be entered until Dec. 31 to The Will McLean New Florida Song Contest, P.O. Box 621568, Orlando, FL 32862.
The song must be about Florida and must be clearly identifiable as such. Songs can be any type of music, and must be the original work of the entrant. Those who wish to enter need not be skilled musicians.
There are songs in the hearts of everyone. The songs entered into the contest are not judged on the slickness of their presentation. However, a good recording is more likely to make a good impression.
Since its beginning in 1992, the contest has generated hundreds of songs about every conceivable aspect of Florida: its history, land, water, characters, weather and creatures. Songs have been serious, comical, romantic or inspirational. They have included folk, country, blues, jazz and classical.
Five judges rate the songs on authenticity, originality, and emotional impact, as well as technical aspects.
Each person may submit up to three songs. Cash prizes are awarded the top three entries. Winners are invited to perform on the main stage at the annual Will McLean Music Festival, March 7, 8, 9, 2014, at the Sertoma Youth Ranch in Brooksville.
All who enter will have an opportunity to share their songs in song circles at the festival.
The Will McLean Foundation has produced the first in a series of compact discs featuring the finalists of each year. The first CD, "Soul of the Hawk", with winners from 2006-2010, is now available.
For more information, visit www.willmclean.com or call (407) 587-9395.