Well here we are at week 101 and people this week did not fail to impress, I have been agonising over the top 5 decision for days now and finally today - I had to call it and make myself choose, I will admit there was a last minute shuffle that's how close it was for me this week.
I struggle most weeks it's true, but that's because you people are to damned good already - but that's the amazing part of this job, I get to hear absolutely brilliant music every single week and call it work!
I missed you all so much so I am really trying to keep up with my posts, but I admit it's getting pretty late here - 2 am to be precise, so I should try at least to keep this short and to the point.
This week we had some absolutely amazing collaborations, I enjoyed watching them all so much and want to say thank you to all involved - it was so lovely to see so many familiar faces together and creating music together.
Now without further delay here is my top five selection for week 101 of Open Mic.
This week's top 5:
1st Place - @yidneth- Queen of Her Realm
Ohhh my god lovely your music is pure magic, it has unknown powers and you are the supreme controller of this magical mystical realm - I cannot get over how bloody amazing you are, each week you continue to amaze and astound me.
I remember the first time I heard a Priscilla song I was blown away and I figured surly it was a one time thing, but you have more than proven your incomprehensible skills with music composition and performance alike.
I'm not just saying it is kick ass you play a harp (or that you hiked in the woods with it.... cause why wouldn't you right?) or for that matter the plethora of other instruments you have mastered and wowed us with.
You have captured our attention, our hearts and minds, your music is like a spell you cast over the listener - they are bound to the beauty you have created and with it you have the power to show unseen worlds you create with your sheer talent.
Your music both breaks my heart and gives me hope, it is just so unique and amazing - I cannot get enough, you must never stop creating this musical magic the world needs it more now than ever.
2nd Place - @jhosepdelgado - Sin ti
Yes this is what I want to hear people's, this was just an all around kick ass entry - I was drawn in and best of all I was held there, you guys just smashed this out and I loved every damned second of it!
The playing is just brilliant, you have great layers and textures scattered throughout - creating a dynamic and entertaining sound.
That violin is stunning and acts as a perfect counter balance to the feel of the song, it really helped create an amazing feel throughout the performance.
Performance is the only word for it, you guys played the shit out of that song and it payed off big time - I want to see people moved and feeling the music they are performing, you guys did this perfectly.
As for the vocals all I have to say is, well a whole lot actually - hell yes for one, the vocals in this performance were absolutely amazing and stole my attention completely for the first few listens through.
The vocals ticked all the boxes I have really, he had a great tonality to his voice, with a depth and texture that was just so enjoyable to hear, then there's the range which for what this song allowed showed there is range there - and finally power, he has some great power behind that voice and uses it to great effect throughout the song.
3rd Place - @yourmercury - Stand by me
Hell yeah man this was just fricken amazing! I absolutely loved every single second of this performance, I had to include it in my top 5 - just a brilliant song choice and amazing delivery, I couldn't get enough!
The subtle gentle guitar for accompaniment was the perfect choice, the way your stunning vocals were the main focus just really stole my attention and held it throughout the performance.
I just can't get over those stunning vocals, you have incredible vocal range and amazing control - plus best of all you have both intense power, but also the ability to let your voice be gentle.
I was just blown away by this performance, it wasn't until about the third listen I even realised there was a dude trying to sleep behind you - I was that focused on the performance at hand.
You really just kicked some serious ass with that song, I know I will be listening to this one more over the coming weeks and months - so thanks for sharing and hope to see more from you soon!
4th Place - @lillywilton - Sweet Child o Mine
Hell yes lovely, this was a kick ass entry and I couldn't help but get sucked in - and yes I was totally belting it out with you, what an amazing way to present this song.
I have listened to this about twenty plus times now and I still find a new little element I missed the previous listens, but you have managed to create such a complex sound - only layering your vocals and some pain relief percussion, you really make this sound so damned impressive.
I really enjoyed every element you chose to include, even the way you adapted the tone of the song to suit your personality and style - it really was just bloody impressive.
I have become a bit of a mad fan of your work and I'm always stoked to see you in the line up, cannot wait to hear what you have for us in the coming weeks - plus be awesome to have you on the Sounds of Steem again next month :D
5th Place - @joseacabrerav - Tornasol
Firstly I just have to say I'm a massive fan of all the collaborations we saw this week, what an honour to get some of our brilliantly talented entrants together - you guys create a powerhouse collection of entries.
But as for this one, just wow I really loved it both the vocals were just amazing - the harmonies were spot on and just so enjoyable for the listener, I really thought you guys nailed it wonderfully.
The whole entry and performance was spectacular, you all know how to put on a show - the sound was just spot on and with live performances with so many instruments it's to have someone overpowered or under-powered, you guys just nailed it in ever single way.
I hope to keep seeing such awesome entries from all involved, thanks for sharing and keep up the amazing work - it's such a pleasure to hear such great music, from such awesome musicians.
This was a really stunning performance, I absolutely love your voice and how you use it to such great effect in this entry - I was so close to having you in my top 5 I really wish I had more places, cause this entry was really brilliant! I can't wait to hear more.
Oh Pechi what can I say... everything you create musically is just bliss, you have such a pleasant and calming tone to your voice it really is quiet stunning - I love your music and always want to hear more from you!
Oh wow you have such a fantastic voice lovely, this song just lets the pure natural beauty shine through brilliantly - you have so much skill and grace at such a young age, I truly look forward to seeing how you continue to grow and evolve as a musician.
Wow mate you came out of left field and lately you don't fail to impress, your last few entries have well and truly caught my attention - you have an amazing texture and tone to your vocals and I really love it, look forward to hearing more in the coming weeks!
Wow I am so in love with the deep soulful tones of your vocals, this piece was just amazing and you had me hooked completely - I have really been enjoying your entries of late and hope to keep seeing more and more from you in the future!
Mate... full disclosure every single entry you have submitted I love, I cannot get enough of your brilliant compositions and the amazing complexities you manage to use in your brilliant music - I always look forward to more from you and hope you keep sharing your amazing gifts with our community.
Hell yeah this was bloody brilliant guys, I absolutely love the harmonies - but the song overall was just damned amazing, I really got into it and again I wish I had more places available cause this entry kicked ass!
Firstly this was kick ass, I loved every single second of it - on that note that's the only reason your not in first place... your entry is only tiny portion of the actual song, a lot of the skill that goes into that song is keeping it up for the duration, I think you could pull this off - but I really need to hear more from you and I want to, so please next week if doing a cover do the entire song so I can hear your vocals shine for the duration.. Cheers and it really was amazing!
Oh wow this song really suits your amazing vocals lovely, you have such a sweet and soulful voice and you know just how to make it shine to full glorious effect - I always love hearing your entries and as always can't wait to hear more :D
@marcosjerjes, @swsw3073, @jhoxiris, @sabfuentes, @cezanne, @juanchez, @nadabrahmasounds, @moccamonica, @shephard, @flower1105, @mayneth, @danielagrateron, @danbarragan, @tarotbyfergus, @ragnarflok, @jons0318, @carlosmejias, @kantos.
Well that's it for another week, I want to thank everyone who entered this week - I hope to see you all back again with us next week, so until then...
Everyone involved in Open Mic or a fan of some of our amazingly talented entrants, should know about the Songwriters Shoptalk - it's a radio show that @meno and I co-host on a weekly basis.
During our two hour show we interview amazing musicians on Steemit, we play some of their original music and get involved in all manner of conversations - I'm not kidding here people, some of the topics are so far from the realm of music I often wonder how we got there.
It's an amazing show and I am thrilled to be a part of it, we have an amazing time each and every week - not to mention we share some amazing music and get to know some of the faces behind the tunes.
Join us 2am UTC Thursdays, it would be great to have you all along for the ride with us - get to know your fellow musicians and as always hear some kick arse music!
I'd also like to remind everyone again that all top five nominations from this week, will feature in the Steemit Musicians live radio show on MSP-Waves every week - hosted on the Peace Abundance and Liberty discord server, through the Minnow Support Project.
A massive congratulations to all of those to be featured in the show, it is going to be great opportunity to get to further share the awesome entries we receive each week - I can't wait to hear the audience's feedback on all our judges selections and your entries.
I hope you can all drop by and support those who made this week's lists, I'm sure they'd appreciate the support - not to mention if you join you get to help choose the weekly 30 SBD winning entry!
Please join us for Steemit Musicians this Sunday 12-1 UTC!
You can listen on twitch- https://www.twitch.tv/mspwaves
You can join broadcast hosts in a special chat room on the MSP Discord Channel: https://discord.gg/kNxM7T6
You can check out http://mspwaves.com/ for more information
Open Mic's New Discord Server:
I'd like to officially welcome you all to the new Open Mic Discord server, we have been open a little while now - with many of you having already joined.
But it's still a little quiet and I blame myself partly (I didn't know the world of crazy would set in just after opening it up and I just haven't been there to engage with everyone properly or promptly), I hope to remedy this in the coming weeks and months with some big plans we have in the works.
For now it's very hush hush, as plans are finalised and things evolve - you a can be sure you guys will hear all about it.
In the meantime however, there are heaps of amazing musicians already on there - it's a tool and you guys need to use it to get full advantage.
Ask a question, request a collaboration the world is yours - hell even just go in there and play around listening to some tunes in the jukebox room!
I will be trying to make myself more available on the server as time continues, so feel free to drop by even just for a chat.
Again a big thanks to @soundlegion, @meno, @verbal-d and @passion-ground for all they do as judges, please remember to go and check out their top five selections each week and to @luzcypher and @pfunk thank you so much for making all of this possible - until next week.
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