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Barbara Hills / Blog

AKADEMIA AWARD: Best Ambient Instrumental Album

Great news! My double album MOON AND SHADOWS has won an award for Best Ambient Instrumental Album from The Akademia in Beverly Hills, LA! This is what The Akademia said: 'With a limitless palette and imagination, Barbara Hills has masterfully created a collection of ambient songs that will thrill and delight the senses.' I am so thankful to everyone at The Akademia! http://www.theakademia.com/bestalbum_ambientinstrumental_october_2014.html

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