Hello to all, here we are with another week of Open Mic here on steemit - this contest never fails to impress me, each week there are new people entering for the first time.
There is so much talent showing up each week it amazes me, the best part is seeing how supportive the community is towards one and other - especially when you consider it's a contest and these people are your competition.
There seems to be no rivalry or hatred, instead our little contest is seeing entrants reach out in support of one another - offering encouragement and it really is humbling, to be a part of such an amazing community of like minded individuals who just want to enjoy and share music.
Again there were just so many amazing entries, a big congratulations for those participating each week - I can't mention you all but know your music is truly appreciated, without further delay here is my top 5 selection for this weeks contest.
1st Place - @elliotjgardner - Nobody Knows Me at All
What can I say but damn, from the very first note on the guitar @elliotjgardner sets the tone of the song - then his amazing soulful vocals begin and you are transferred to another place.
I just love the sultry tone tone of his voice, the deeper notes and the impeccable control during his subtle yet precise vocal gymnastics really make the song amazing.
I have enjoyed pretty much every entry into the contest from him, but this week his entry was perfect - I strongly recommend for you all to check it out.
2nd Place - @carlgnash - The Mountain Wind
From the moment he begins to play you can feel the haunted tone of the song, this original song is dripping with emotion and feeling - not too mention the impressive ability to make you feel the need to move and get involved with the song.
Relistening to it now I can't help but try to sing along with it him, the tune hits you even harder when you read the post mentioning some of the motivation for the lyrics.
A deeply impactful entry that speaks to your soul, yet embodies creative passion filled music - you really need to hear this song fro yourself, so please check it out.
3rd Place - @branhmusic - A note to self
Here we have yet another amazing entry from @branhmusic, his original songs always provide entertainment but above all a high quality performance.
His work doesn't fail to impress, with a unique sound found in each of his songs I just love his style and the thoughtful deep lyrics featured in his songs - I truly enjoy trying to sing along with his songs each and every week he enters.
If you haven't had the chance yet to check out his entries I strongly recommend you head over and check them out now.
4th Place - @dan-atstarlite - Volatile (aka Sexy Steem)
Well here is an entry you won't soon forget, The Steem Birds are a duo act of two talented steemians who really seem to enjoy participating in this contest - I just love the energy they exude in all of their entries into this competition.
If I had one suggestion to all entrants it would be to check out the energy in this performance, they actually perform the song as if they are in front of an audience and it draws in the viewer it's enticing - I understand not all songs suit this approach (sad emotional songs etc) the confidence shines through and enhances all of their performances.
The Steem Birds create fun and energetic original songs that are worth watching for their entertainment value alone, really worth checking them out.
5th Place - @drewley - Gentle Rain
Well I just love his beautiful relaxing original piano pieces, his music manages to make you feel an escape to go on a journey during the music - it's absolutely poetic in it's structure, I love how full his entries sound even with just the piano.
There is a depth and emotion conveyed in his compositions that makes the songs sound full and complex, some of the harmonic tones that come through in this song make me feel a haunted undertone - that is then coupled with angelic high notes that transform the sound further.
With only five places each week we as judges are faced with a somewhat impossible task, of taking a huge number of very talented musicians and whittling it down to our selection each week.
So here are a few extra entries from this week's contest that I just couldn't ignore, my honourable mentions list even had to be reduced this week.
I've tried to leave a little note to everyone as to why they have made the special mentions this week, but truly another amazing week - all entrants should feel proud of their contributions.
@addiesworld amazing entry, simply stunning original song - you are just so talented can't wait to hear what you enter next week!
@rushy.wanderer your duo with your brother was beautiful, I really look forward to seeing you to enter again - whilst you said in your post your performance was a little shaky, I just wanted to say I can hear some pretty amazing vocals from the both of you.
I especially liked hearing how the competition has managed to give you a way to spend more time with your brother, it is awesome to see music and this contest bringing loved ones together.
@melavie you have an amazing ability to write and sing, I loved your entry simply a stunning song so full of soul - I look forward to seeing your entry next week.
@clintjunior your entries are always a pleasure to hear, I love the tone of your voice - looking forward to seeing your entry in next week's contest.
@meno I really enjoyed your original entry in this week's competition, your composition and melody are awesome - but really a great entry, I can't wait to see what you have in store for us next week!
@oliverwaterman your classical guitar entries are always amazing and such a pleasure to hear each week, can't wait to hear your entry for next week.
@steelygeoff it is awesome to hear your entries each week, you can make that guitar sing - I just love your entries, I look forward to seeing your entry in this week's contest.
@morodiene you have some real talent there I just love this lively full sounding piano piece, it seems almost familiar to me - I have a feeling I may have danced to this in ballet when I was a child, can't wait to hear your entry for next week's contest.
So there we have it week 49 done and dusted and we move onto week 50, the contest has almost been running a full year already - it is just so unbelieveable how much and how fast this has grown, and how much it still has yet to go.
I would like to suggest to all those entering open mic that you might like to check out the Minnow Support Project on discord chat, there are countless rooms to check out including music rooms where you can share your entries to the community.
Through MSP the Peace Abundance and Liberty chat is a great place to interact and start to get to know other steemians, this can also help you build your following with access to more than 5000 like minded steemians.
On top of all of this we also have voting bots, where you can submit your posts to be supported by the project - every vote counts!
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