THE first day back at school was a cold and wet one in Kilkivan yesterday but the excitement was palpable when country singer song writer Josh Arnold stood on parade at 11.30am to perform his new song, Kilkivan, A Little Piece of Heaven.
Josh wrote the 3 1/2 minute tune over the school holidays after Kilkivan won the Small Town Culture competition on Facebook with 3000 votes.
With an upbeat, catchy melody and lyrics that evoke the history, people and nature of the tight-knit country town, Josh and his team will spend the next two days harnessing Kilkivan's musical talent and shooting a video to go with the song for YouTube.
More than 10,000 people are expected to see it.
The final recording will also be distributed to 400 radio stations across Australia.
"It was such an exciting time watching Kilkivan win this," Josh told students and teachers before auditions in the school library yesterday.
He said the lead singers for a similar project he did in Thargomindah last year turned out to be an eight-year-old girl and the town mechanic.
More auditions and a sausage sizzle took place in the Kilkivan town hall last night.
Principal Stuart Bell said the whole school was excited about the project.
Josh said writing Kilkivan, A Little Piece of Heaven had been like piecing together a giant jigsaw puzzle.
"I had so much material from everyone I could have written five songs," he said.
"Now we are looking for who can deliver the song with passion and enthusiasm."
The music video will be launched on YouTube in mid-May and distributed to radio stations in June.
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