Were here at week 69 and the competition is as fierce as ever, seriously guys you just keep stepping it up and it's hard to find any fault with so many entries - it's just making the choosing part a little harder.
But again I have to say and overwhelming congratulations to all our participants you guys rock, you keep just amazing us with your phenomenal talents.
It's been a long week this week and I would like to give a special shout out to @onetruebrother, the very first winner of the Open Mic Songwriters Challenge - congratulations man you really deserved it and you should all head over and check out his work!
It has also been the first week back at school, so life is generally hectic at present - but as we settle back into our normal routines, I am thrilled to be able to focus more on Open Mic again once more.
Obviously I have been paying attention, but with the end of the first season of the Songwriters Challenge - who know's I might find time to write a few posts (not judge selections) and maybe just maybe be able to try and record a song, but we shall see.
Anyways that's enough rambling from me, let's get on with it - so here is my top 5 selection for week 69!
This week's top 5:
1st Place - @addiesworld - Wrecking Ball
Well I have to say your skill just shone through for me today, I have never particularly enjoyed this song - that is until now, you managed to make it into something so much more than the original.
As I have mentioned on countless occasions your voice just strikes a chord with me, I love your range and control - but best of all you know when to hold it all back, making this song something truly special and I really love it.
I love seeing how happy you look to be playing on the piano, that sort of passion and joy for playing music is exactly what I want to see - and best of all on top of your enthusiasm you just kicked some serious arse.
The subtle restructuring of the song, the reduction in the tempo was perfection - you made me really enjoy all the new elements you have created in this rendition.
Whenever I see your video's showing up on my list, I get a little excited to hear what you have on offer and I have to say you haven't failed to impress - not one single time have I ever felt you didn't give it your all.
Your playing is just sublime and the skill in which you play and sing in conjunction with one another, is just a tremendous sight to behold - you look at home in front of that piano, almost like it was a long lost friend.
I couldn't ask for more from an entrant and you stole my heart with this song, you converted me to band wagon - and now I can say I really love this song, so thank you for that.
You're a force to be reckoned with in this contest and I truly hope to see more from you in the future, maybe if I'm lucky you will even consider joining us for the next round of the Songwriters Challenge - either way I'm thrilled to hear your music and I can't wait to hear more.
2nd Place - @hanlovello - Let Her Go
Well the playing here is just a perfect example of precision execution, you caught my attention within moments and I love this entry and unique rendition so very much.
I am not to sure (with so many new entrant it's hard to keep track), but if I'm not mistaken this would be one of your first entries into the Open Mic contest - well firstly welcome and secondly wow you kicked arse, right off the bat with this entry!
You have an amazing vocal timber and control that you displayed to great effect during this entry, you created a new sound for a song I absolutely love and you made it your own in the process.
Your playing was just phenomenal, you have some serious skills there and I can't wait to hear more from you in the future.
3rd Place - @klynic - Say you won't let go
I wasn't sure what to expect at first but the further you guys delved into this song, the more I found myself drawn into it - what a brilliant way to perform this song.
I just loved every moment, mixing up the vocals was a really nice touch - then the different rendition you performed, really recreated the songs feel in a really interesting way.
Your playing is spot on and the vocals, well just wow guys you all smashed it - I love the different vocal types and how you all complimented each other perfectly.
I love the creativity it takes to rework a popular song and make it work for you in ways previously unheard, the highlight for me would be when you all sang in chorus together - the vocal power you all poses is a real gift and I love that you chose to enter together like this.
I hope to hear more from all of you in the coming weeks, your a wonderful addition to the Open Mic family - keep up the great music!
4th Place - @lucybanks - Black and Gold
Well Lucy I am sure by now you realise I am a bit of a fan of yours, it's not just your insane vocal skills or your brilliant playing - it's that you can tackle any song and just dominate it completely.
Now to focus on my favourite part's, I do have to say again I just absolutely adore your vocals - you have a true gift and you use it so well.
I am so glad to see you back with us again, we missed you and your endless stream of talent - I swear when I hear you sing you take me places.
This is the week for the reworked renditions just kicking ass, it was a great song to begin with and you just made it work so beautifully for you in every conceivable way.
I hope to see you with us again next week, basically I just want to hear you sing again :D
5th Place - @danieldyemusic - Angeline
The very first second you started to play you sucked me in, that entry was a full on performance and the both of you just nailed it!
When I realised it was an original I was even further taken aback, what a brilliant entry - with a great amount of energy and passion.
That playing was intense and just so full of energy I loved every moment of it, were you also keeping the beat as well as playing guitar singing and playing the harmonica? You have all the skills and you know just how to bring it all together for a slam dunk.
I loved the harmonies your daughter helped to contribute, I just love watching families sharing music with one another - it's even better when it's original and so bloody good.
That was a really stellar entry and I hope to see a lot more like it from you both in the future, I just couldn't have enjoyed it any more - you make a killer team and I can't wait to see what you give us next time.
I have kept it a little short but sweet again this week, but that doesn't diminish the amazingly high quality entries we have been receiving - you guys just keep taking things to the next level, even when I didn't think another level remained to go to.
It was as always an absolute pleasure to get to listen to all your submissions this week, you guys never cease to amaze me with what you are all capable of - this is the most amazing group of musicians I have ever had the pleasure of associating with, you really make all us judges proud.
I can't wait to hear from you all again next week and don't forget the Steemit Musicians radio show is on in eight hours from the time I am posting this, please try and stop by and check out the musicians from the judges top 5 selections from last week - I know they would love the support and feedback + it's lots of fun!
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 next week.
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 our 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 20 SBD winning entry!
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On the note of the community I thought I'd take a moment to mention that, over at the minnow support program on our discord chat room Peace Abundance and Liberty - the recently revitalised music room has been getting rather active lately.
As well as the recent burst of activity, we have also added a jukebox to the room - so now when you're chatting with people in the music room, you can choose and play music from youtube (this includes open mic entries, I may have already played a couple I really enjoyed).
So far I have seen a few open mic regulars hanging out and about on the PAL chat rooms, now we have a place where we can actively share music live with people were chatting with - this can help musicians in so many ways, not to mention it's just fun to hang out and chat over and about good tunes.
In addition to the new music room Peace Abundance and Liberty chat rooms have a lot to offer, you can access bots to vote on your posts, you can also meet and interact with over 5000 steemians in the channel - this can be a very useful resource to new steemians, but is also a fantastic place to meet and interact with like minded individuals on many different topics.
Again a big thanks to @soundlegion, @jessamynorchard, @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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