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Barbara Hills / Blog

World Music Shows!

WOOT! MOON AND SHADOWS has been added to ALL of Tommie Brewster Musician's World Music shows airing in the US/UK/NZ. Thanks so much, Tommie! http://www.ttmradionetwork.com/worldmusic#!__worldmusic

About my Local and Regional RN charts.

Recently, I reported that the RN local and regional charts for classical music in the UK were all wrong. The charts here were saying they were for Montgomeryshire and Wales but contained musicians from all over the UK! Well, RN has had a go at sorting it out. It has put me in the regional chart for Wales alongside other musicians who live in Wales. Great! The local chart still leaves a lot to be desired though. You will notice that I am number 1 - not surprising as I'm the only person in this chart based on a place that doesn't exist. I've been put in the chart for Shrewsbury, Wales. Shrewsbury is in England! The RN software can't cope with UK postal codes and doesn't understand that a post code crosses national boundaries. I've already explained it to RN so I guess I'll most likely have to live with it and be grateful that at least the regional chart has improved. And I am at number one - albeit in a fictitious place! LOL! I always did love Alice in Wonderland!

Award Nominations in 3 categories!

I am stunned to have qualified for three ZMR awards. The categories I am nominated in are Album of the Year, Best New Artist and Best Electronic Album. There are more rounds to go though. We'll see what happens. The winners will be announced at the Joy Theatre in New Orleans on May 7th, 2016. Exciting times! :D

Onwards and Upwards to The Art Sanctuary!

A new year and lots of new goals! There is more music in the pipeline and I'm really looking forwards to my music being part of the International Art Exhibition at The Art Sanctuary in Belgium this summer. http://art-sanctuary.blogspot.co.uk

Wishing everyone a wonderful Christmas!

Have a lovely time with family or friends, or both, wherever you are. xx

Listen Out!

Some very good news! A radio promotion for 'Moon and Shadows' is now underway and you will soon be hearing the album on many, many, chillout, contemporary instrumental radio stations worldwide. It is being very well received by the stations and I am so grateful for all the plays that are in the pipeline.

Big Thanks!

A big thanks to Chris Duval for using my instrumental 'Woods After Rain' as the introductory signature tune for his programme 'Chris Duval Presents' on Splash Radio. www.splashradio.org

Listen before you Fan..

A plea to people - be authentic. Please. If someone who is an artist fans me here I don't automatically fan back. I go over and listen to what they do. I like most things that folks have put effort into though I don't like listening to people swearing (cussing) or being obscene. I don't think I am picky or stingey. Occasionally I meet with something that I cannot, in all honesty, say I like, even a bit. Not often. But sometimes. I would expect there are some people here who really don't like what I do. I would not expect them to fan me. Okay, I have heard the argument that if we all fan each other then everybody wins. Actually, I think all that does is to make 'fanning' totally worthless.

If I visit your profile, it is to find out more and to listen to your music. I hope you will extend the same courtesy to me because I won't be 'fanning back' those who are more interested in their ego trip number game than they are music.

Now I've got that out of my system, here's to inspiration and creativity! Let's all go out and do what we do best!

Barbara :)

About Recommendations

Although my own music is largely instrumental, contemporary classical crossover and ambient, I do enjoy listening to lots of other kinds of music! That's why my recommendations are very varied in genre. I am always surprised by the different kinds of bands who like my stuff too - especially if their music is particularly dark and heavy , which mine really isn't. Part of me hopes that it is because everyone needs some time away from the dark and heavy! Another part of me wonders if it is just about collecting fan numbers and recommendations advertising. I don't like the statistics game. Perhaps I'm just a cynical old bat! Inspiration to you today! Barbara x