1) The value of extremely hard work and relentless perseverance.
2) ...umm...I guess I'd say that Trent is always interested in excellent new music, so if you have a truly novel and arresting new band, chances are he'll know about it in short order. Otherwise, don't waste your time. Truly.
3) I haven't a clue. I don't have any interest in rating musicians, frankly.
Jerose: "Don't forget LEDs!...you need enough to effectively render an assailant blind...once he's defeated you can reward yourself with Pez".