Brian,

Great post. One thing I might add, especially since I started judging today but have done it a LOT! It is actually kind of my business, listening to a lot of music, allows you to know what "not to do" as well. When you hear a certain subject, certain lines, certain, cliche's used over and over and over again, you know that you should make some changes to your ideas, going in. Saves a LOT of time.

MAB