Musical News – The Great American Song Contest

Iona Bain

It isn’t usually my style to break off from financial/economic issues on the blog, but regular readers may know I make an exception for my other big soft spot – music!

I was delighted and very surprised to find out that I was listed as a finalist in the Great American Song Contest recently. I became a slight stranger to songwriting competitions in recent years, having entered quite a few when I left university and hit the musical circuit in Glasgow. I was extremely fortunate to win one just after leaving university – it was called the Great Rock ‘n’ Roll Swindle and I met the incredible guys of This Silent Forest thanks to this experience.

So someone who has always had faith in my songwriting very kindly entered me into the GASC. I didn’t expect much so it’s incredibly gratifying to hear that I was one of ten finalists in a competition that receives thousands of entries.

Thanks so much to that person who entered me and the kind judges of the GASC. You can check out the track that got me on the finalists list here. It’s called “Common Sense” and it was the first songs I ever wrote. Due to its innocent optimism about the mysteries and possibilities of love, it’s one I’m still very fond of.

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The rest of my tracks can be found at

Hopefully, this pleasant surprise means I’ll be doing a bit more music in the future. I had quite a long break from writing and performing songs to properly establish my blog, then my journalism career. This has all taken quite a while but I’m fairly confident I can multi-task going forward!

Do get in touch if you’re musical and have suggestions about musical opportunities, as I’m very open-minded!

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