Sparks and Wiry Cries, the new Ezine by Erika Switzer and Martha Guth, is featuring my article about composing for competitions. (I wrote Amore and Involuntary Love Songs for competitions the Montreal International Music Competition and the Eckhardt-Gramatté National Music competition, respectively.) Lots of nifty articles on here, including one by Elly Ameling…Ravel Mélodies with Rudolf Jansen was one of the first CDs I ever bought and I love it to this day. If a person who should never sing in public (that would be me) can have a lifelong vocal hero, mine is Elly Ameling. Yes.