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The Rock-itt : May 2011
stool in single bound, pulled back an accelerating beat with a simple one count and conform to any genre with his drum sticks in hand and who disguised as a mild mannered male nurse from a small country town, fights a never ending battle for tone, tempo and the musical way. Well Scott fitted in just perfectly with the "Wolf Pack" and rock they did. Got to love that Danger Rock style and as a five piece the band get a big full sound. With the place jumping, the guys played out the show to calls for an encore but the 8pm shut off is strictly enforced, it was time to pack up still, Scott had a grin from ear to ear, I think he enjoyed himself, and that's what it's all about making music, friends and fun. On Tuesday the 19th I caught the final of Songwriters Alive competition at Dee Why RSL being held in the piano bar. Apart from other competitions run by the Songs Alive consortium this was better structured with each act playing four songs and the winner and runner up going through to the city wide grand final on the 3rd May at the basement. With six contestants in the final, prizes for the final four were paid gigs at the RSL with a cash prize for the winner of $500. Not a bad pick up for a struggling artist. Jesse de'Rooy played first set his song,' Heart Break' was the standout of the set. Next, Little Tom from Buffalo New York, also playing guitar, offered a diverse set with some home grown humour and clever lyrics. Third act was Phoebe who played the house baby grand piano, unfortunately she had the lid all the way up obscuring her from the audience but her vocal range can't be denied. Her first song had us all fixated as she soared through the octaves giving a Delta Goodrum feel. Her second song had a similar sound and tempo as did the 3rd and 4th. I can't help but wonder if some creative interaction with other musos would take her potential to the next level. Ben Ozmo took to the stage with four well written and performed songs but with the old sound box behind the performers and no one to adjust the levels during the set (just one level fits all) every time Ben hit the bottom E it boomed like a wayward base and the judges noticed. Lauren on the other hand had the opposite problem with her plug in ukulele struggling to find volume. Still Lauren produced a quirky set of well written, diverse and well performed numbers. Lauren's standout song for me was "Gary". I would have preferred her to play guitar. The final act for the night was Jeff Stanley, ex-patriot Californian and guitar virtuoso, so it was no surprise as two of Jeff's songs had BIG guitar solos. That detracted slightly to the songwriting as Jeff performed some really good songs. But some of the lead without back up was protracted, although we all loved the prowess. Great night it was indeed but I noticed not one act had anyone for back up to help deliver the songs. Maybe that was the criteria, mmm. But the winners are:Ben Ozmo with a paid gig, little Tom with two paid gigs, Jeff Stanley with three paid gigs and the winner with $500 and along with Jeff for a spot in the final at the Basement, is "Pheobe". Well done guys. Donnie, Wolf Pack and Scott Pheobe Jeff Stanley Lauren Scott Conway