OFFICIAL: Open-Mic | @passion-ground's Top-5 Entries for Week 85

in #openmic2 years ago (edited)


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...This month marks an entire year that I’ve been on Steemit, and all thanks to the Open-Mic, for without it being here, I would have never stuck around. Come November, it will be a full year that I have been judging these incredible weekly performances!

As time goes on, things naturally change to one degree or another, and we must all adapt and adjust accordingly. I am very much looking forward to celebrating a full year as a judge come November, and look forward as well to celebrating subsequent anniversaries well into the future.

It is my hope that each of you will celebrate similar milestones of your own, and that you will continue to participate in and support the Open-Mic venue for all of its tremendous contribution to the Steemit platform, dedication to musicians, and the Open-Mic’s proven ability to elevate and enhance the user experience to levels never imagined nor in my view, matched on this or any other social media platform.

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Please, VOTE for These WITNESSES...

IMPORTANT: Before we move on, please don't forget to vote for @Pfunk, & @Teamsteem as witnesses! Both of whom are big supporters and play major roles in helping to run, fund, and curate, build and expand the Open Mic contest.

In addition to the above-mentioned witnesses, I am also adding @curie and @cervantes to my esteemed list of “must-vote-for” witnesses. @curie and @cervantes provide a great deal of support directly to many of our most outstanding musicians, and we should all support them in kind. You can vote for all of them right now by going to this link:

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With all of that said, following some further insights as to how I judge entries, let’s get on with it, shall we?

Steemit Open Mic Week 85

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My Process

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As one of the esteemed Open Mic judges, it is my job to come up with (or “curate” as it were) a short-list of my top 5 entrants each week. With all of the great talent here, that is by no means an easy task. Sure, tossing in another 5 honorable mentions helps, but not when my weekly list starts out with 100 or more of my favorite entries... You guy's rock - I'm tellin ya!

Yes, I am a Libra – so I have an inherent drive deep within me to be fair and balanced – good qualities for a “judge” if you ask me. That being said, I’m still human – filled with emotion and subjective feelings – just like you. So, in order to mitigate my subjective tendencies to the best extent possible, I’ve come up with a method by which to narrow down my selections in a more objective vs. arbitrary manner.

Here’s how I go about my personal judging process: I first start out with a list of 100 or more of my most favorite entries for the week, and score them (yes, subjectively) in six distinct categories via a spreadsheet. The categories I’ve selected for scoring are in general harmony with those explained by @luzcypher in his post titled How We Pick The Top 3 Entries, referencing such.

To get a more in-depth perspective as to how I personally go about selecting my artists, please refer to What I go through as an Open-Mic Judge.

Even though it’s still a “subjective” process – diligently going through each scoring category to come up with a “total” score for each entrant helps to minimize any overzealous subjectivity that I may harbor with respect to any specific entrants.

Quite often, this exercise doesn’t give me the exact results I would personally prefer to see – but that only means that my system of judging is working as intended and designed. With all of that said, here are...

My Top-5 Picks in Order

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FIRST PLACE: @silentscreamer – Moving On - (Original)

What an incredible collaboration this is! @pechichemena produced, wrote lyrics, and played multiple guitar, bass, and drum tracks for this song whilst @silentscreamer wrote the instrumental melodies and laid down a rather brilliant vocal performance with, of course, her outstanding signature strings! I also really enjoyed the way her body moved in concert with each section of this most awesome song.

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SECOND PLACE: @normamanly – Spooky - (Cover)

This is an incredible all-around performance of a 1970’s cover classic! Norma and the band totally nailed the vibe here. She, of course, splashed an intoxicating dose of her signature brand of sultry velvet vocals atop this tune, and I just loved it, and I’m sure you will too!

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THIRD PLACE: @samidbarid – I’m Not Afraid Anymore - (Original)

On its own accord, this is simply an incredibly beautiful and well-written instrumental piece. Sami writes and plays with such depth, dynamism, and feeling that it’s near impossible not to get pulled in by all of the emotion! To my ear, this classic piece of music has the power to captivate the very depths of one’s soul. As if all that weren’t enough, one simply needs to open the post to read the poignant story that accompanies his exquisite melodies. I fell in love with this piece immediately and shall remain so for the rest of time.

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FOURTH PLACE: @shookriya – Blue Daniel - (Original Vocalise)

I have to say, this is pretty freaking awesome! To take an existing instrumental Jazz classic and then have the audacity to write lyrics for it, and perform it with such natural grace and skill is totally worth several hat-tips and numerous accolades! I loved @shookriya’s secondary tandem performance on the upright bass, which just brought the whole thing together in a most impressive way. Lovely guitar passages accompany his most awesome lyrics and signature vocals. This one’s a keeper!

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FIFTH PLACE: @builtinfire – Tell Me I’m Wrong - (Original)

Our much-loved passionate rocker, @builtinfire, on-boards a friend, @griptight to the platform with this original song and performance. His signature, larger than life, emotional builds never disappoint along with the inherent dynamism he consistently delivers. Although his entries hold up superbly well on their own, having a solid bass line to hold down the bottom end was a sheer joy to experience.

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My Top-5 Honorable Mentions in Order:

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Fifth: @paintingangels – Jumping Broken Fences - (Original)

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Thank you for reviewing my selections for this week’s Open-Mic contest. If you find this content I’ve curated entertaining and of value to you, then please consider up-voting and/or re-steeming it.

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Peace, Love, and Justice for All

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A Very Special Shout Out To:

The following 20 artists who were very much on my radar, each within a splitting hair of making it into my overall top-10, and whose performances I loved, cherish, and respect most assuredly. This special list is very much an extension of my most honorable mentions.

They are - in no particular order:

@funkmedia, @moccamonica, @peterkrackpotkin, @juliolunar, @steembirds, @dominiqueguitars, @leomolina, @olvidesantelmo, @addiesworld, @dinoromanelli, @yenibe, @camuel, @lk666, @drewley, @acousticsteveo, @lauriane, @ilazramusic, @melodeons, @enazirma, and @wilins!

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Another Special Shout Out To:

The following artists whose performances I very much enjoyed this week.

They are - in no particular order:

@theflorescents, @adreini, @lorenzopistolesi, @lucybanks, @alejandra23, @gibber, @maycorjerjes18, @elliotjgardner, @samjgonz, @carlosvidal, @beeflomein, @joshuacraft, @mcmusic, @teregogfrey, @rodolfoyanez, @jons0318, @graceleon, @carlosfbass, @hugo.exe, @arrozymangophoto, @nior, @carrion, @danne10, @carlosrada, @ceparl, @mendike, @siomarasalmeron, @elisonr13, @ko-may, @ferchemusico, @joss9223, @arismunanda, @emmadux-vzla, @darvingrana25911, @carlosgu, @klynic, @wethepatsies, @juliopalomo, @nachyacevedo, @heatherthebard, @miguelblanco, @guifaquetti, @jgvinstl, @privas19, @k0wsk1, @cabelindsay, @lifetipsbysn, @lorey-bero, @manuelmusic, @ahren707, @josemarimbista, @popsoz, @danieldedosd2, @armandolnrs, @tarotbyfergus, @yulita, @jembee, @edwardstobia, @ismaelhil, @rjcha, @tcpolymath, @robertonavs, @, @dreamrafa, @, and @yetxuni!

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Much love and thanks to each and every one of you who have touched a part of my heart and soul - not only this week but forever!

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Thank you so much for the honorable mention, that's a really honor for me, every week i do my best and being recognized by that makes me really happy, thank you so much

You are most welcome, brother. Thank you for your artistry and meaningful contributions to Steemit and the Open-Mic venue! .x

Felicidades chicos!
Éxitos! @passion-ground.

To you as well my brother! Thank you! ...hugs...

Feliciades para los compañeros seleccionados en el top 5 , A los que estan en mención honorable e igualmente para todos en general. Se que con cariño y dedicación entregaron su corazón en sus pots. saludos a los organizadores de openmic y felicitaciones a todo su equipo de trabajo.

That they did! Thank you so much for the kind words and sentiments... .x

Aww.. Thank you! ❤
It was really scary and exciting making this. You never know how people will react to something you make from scratch. Super happy it caught your ear. 100 hearths from me and Pechi..
Ill get Gina to call him. Hehe ❤❤❤

Aww, girlfriend, puleeze... just keep on scratching your originals out along the lines of this one, and I'm absolutely certain there will be no shortage of adoring fans that will follow in droves! Love U - and I love this entry! .x

haha. Thank you again. Ill look in my shoe box, maybe i find something there. :D

Hello hello! Gina called me and I arrived late! but , first of all @passion-ground , big congratulations on your first year here on steemit! I raise my drink to that ( a cup of coffee ) and want to thank you for all what you have done for us here on the platform and also a personal thanks on your support all the time! So happy to see topping a list with @silentscreamer ! WOO! It's such a thrill! go teamwork go! hopefully this will be the first of more collabs :D ! Cheers!

All your choices are always full of awesomeness.

This man @shookriya, Damm.

My brotha, thank you for saying so, man... I so appreciate your raw and present engagement in sharing your music and thoughts with the community. You rock, brother! Thank you, again!

Thank you so much for the honorable mention! These videos/artists are awesome!!

Yes, indeed they are Lilly, as are you! You are quite special, girlfriend, and I trust the muses you have chosen to guide you will do the right thing in getting you to your rightful place under the Sun. .x

So happy to be here!!! THANKS A LOT FOR ENJOYING OUR PERFMORMANCE THIS WEEK, and feel the good vibes with us!!

So happy you are here as well, Andrea! You rock, girlfriend - and so does your Mom and Dad! .x

Thanks so much for the very special shout out! It means a great deal to me to be included in such esteemed company!

Thank you, Camuel. It means a great deal to the community that you so willingly share your brilliant artistry with us all. Thank you, brother! .x

wow your text about my play touched me very much. I'm really honored that you put me in third place. It's a wonderful thing you're doing here. Stay as you are and it will always be so wonderful. Salute!

Thank you, Sami. Your artistry has touched me and many others in a meaningful way, and for that, we thank you. Salute!

Felicitaciones a los ganadores!

Indeed, and as well to each and every entrant who put their artistry on the line for the benefit of the community at large. Thank you, @teregogfrey!

Thanks so much for the honorable mention!:) You’re the best!

As are you, Addie... In fact, you indeed exist within an artistic place far beyond my own and most others for that matter. For you to express such appreciation is ever so humbling, and a shining example from which many others may benefit. Thank you! ... YOU are the best!

I thank you with all my heart. You are a fantastic person and it is always an honor to read your great comments and posts. I wish you the best my friend. Stay as you are 😁🤙

You as well, my brother! I wouldn't change you for anything... Your artistry is simply beyond reproach.

Thank you for the support and kind words. 😎

My honor, bro - thank you for your consistent artistic contributions, which are so appreciated, man...

Thank you so much for the 'special shout out' sir.
It's such a great joy knowing that you actually take your time to listen to our renditions one after the other.
Even though I'm not on the apex of your picks, I appreciate this greatly too.

You're welcome, Dominque. You've been in my top-5 in the past, and I suspect it's merely a matter of time before you find yourself there once again at some point in the future. Yes, I always look forward to listening to each of your noteworthy performances. Thank you, brother! :-)

Yeah right sir!
You welcome!

Sweet! Thank you so much. It really is an honor to be mentioned alongside all these great artists. It's amazing to grow with this community and be a part of what's happening here.

You're welcome, bro... You got us "all shook up" with that last entry, man... :-) Keep em' comin'!

Cool, @passion-ground. A shout out for you too!

Thank you, @siomarasalmeron! I can always use a good "shout-out" every now and again! .x

Felicidades a todos muy buena música.

So nice of you to say, Carlos... Thank you, brother!

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