St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Baker on WMNF's Florida Folk show this morning
I'm settling in today by listening to Mayor Rick Baker on WMNF. He's launching a "St. Petersburg" song contest. New York has New York, New York, what will St. Petersburg have?
From an accompanying press release:
St. Petersburg, Fla. (Sept. 4, 2009) – Calling all Florida singers, songwriters, musicians and creative types … entries are now being accepted for a song that captures the essence of the Sunshine City. The winning submission will become the official song of St. Petersburg and will be unveiled during Ribfest in November.
"Music is a universal language that everyone can relate to. This contest is a great way to bring our community, and others across the state, together and will strengthen St. Petersburg's identity as a positive, upbeat place to live, work and play," stated Mayor Rick Baker.
The song competition is open to residents of the state of Florida with the exception of city of St. Petersburg administrative management personnel and elected officials. Contestants younger than 18 must include a parent or guardian signature with their entry. Songs should be approximately three minutes in length, suitable for groups as well as soloists, and be submitted on a lead sheet that includes lyrics, melodic line and chords. Two entries per person are allowed; each entry must be submitted separately for consideration.
During the interview, he also picks up the guitar and plays Swing Low, Sweet Chariot. You can listen here. (The song picks up at about the 30 minute mark).
Aaron Sharockman, Times staff writer