Active FAWMer comment challenge

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  • @quork  Mar 7

    Reading and thinking about all of the great songwriters on here that most of us will never come across got me thinking about how to come up with a system to hear at least everyone once.

    Here's what I came up with. There are 1237 active FAWMers this year (with at least one song). If I listen to one song from each of them, at 28 songs per week it will take me 44 weeks, less the 150 or so I have already commented on.

    I will make a point of listening to at least one "favourite", if they've identified one. If not, I may choose a song at random, recognizing that it may not represent them at their best. Thoughts on how to pick a representative song would be appreciated.

    I am making this my personal challenge. Anyone else interested or already doing this?

  • @siebass  Mar 7

    That is super ambitious and hat's off to you. There are so many incredible folks on here to listen to, in so many different styles, I think you will be blown away. I don't think I personally have the time, but I'm curious to hear your impressions as you dig through.

    I'll be here just osmosing on the forums like normal until it becomes ghost town.

  • @sapient  Mar 7

    I must say, that's a really good idea, and very tempting... 😎

  • @quork  Mar 7

    The list of FAWMers is on 80 pages. I'm half way through page one. I undertake to report back on songs that really grab me. Two so far:

    @lbcsrw's Kaddish: A Requiem for Humanity
    @hornesgiftshop's Munich 1945 (Lee Miller in Hitler's Bathtub)

  • @devin  Mar 7

    In the past, we had a jukebox.

    But platforms continue to diverge, and comprehensive code that could stream all the things, was lost.

    If there was a way for each FAWMer to rage their “one song to share for the year”, then we could sort by that.

    A song tag?

    A title change to include the Secret Sorting String?

    A selector button, similar to the “favourites” button?

    Write code that returns the first “favourite” song on each list?

    Just start a thread where everyone emails a central spot their fav mp3?


  • @devin  Mar 7

    Great work @quork with the hidden treasures!

  • @cynthiawolff  Mar 7

    bring back the jukebox

  • @chipwithrow  Mar 7

    I do like the idea, and I applaud anyone who would try anything like it.
    But among "active FAWMers" are those like I found the other day, who posted one song at the very beginning of the challenge and that was it. Great song, too, and that person had commented on one of mine very early on so I wanted to reciprocate. I wonder if my comment will ever be seen - I'd love for that FAWMer to know what a great song it was.
    But hidden treasures sure are nice, too - I found two today, by FAWMers whose names I recognized but hadn't given a listen to yet.

  • @songsville  Mar 7

    Nice idea, @quork Of course there's always the Fawmstars filter (people who have rock hands) there's 'just' 455 of them and they are likely to all be dedicated folks ...

    Are you commenting or just listening? Almost everyone will be gone and never see your comments ...

  • @quork  Mar 7

    I hope some people will see my comments if they check in or archive their profiles before next year. But even if they don't, I will have got a great overview of the music people are producing and fattened my watchlist for future years.

  • @quork  Mar 7

    I'm commenting; see my response to chipwithrow. Great idea about the Fawmstars filter.

  • @quork  Mar 9

    I’m probably 5% through and having fun checking out all kinds of creativity. A couple I wanted to share.

    @gazebo has written some nice rock songs and is pretty much off the radar. This was the first one I listened to.

    This song by @zoom has quite a few comments but I can’t get it out of my head.

  • @quork  Mar 9

    Mind blowing prog rock by @nailcarelawncare.

  • @dani312 Mar 9

    @quork This is awesome! Please keep reporting back on things that we should hear -Especially ones that haven’t gotten enough comments!

  • @izaakalexander Mar 9

    I love what you're doing, @quork ... I feel like I could listen to 28 songs a week, and it would be awesome to be able to claim to have listened to every FAWMer of 2018 !!! It's true that the comments would likely be missed, but you never know. And the discovery of those gems is rewarding in its own right.

  • @quork  Mar 10

    I’ll be happy to have you join me on my journey. The reward is to listen to lots of great music, and my watch list is getting fat. Here’s another great artist I came across. I’m sure she has more great songs than the two I listened to.


  • @quork  Mar 10

    This got a lot of attention, but omg I had to share it in case anyone still here missed it.

  • @chipwithrow  Mar 10

    @quork - I clicked through to a few of the profiles of the people you've discovered. Some have emails links or ways to be contacted, so that would be another way to let them know you heard their songs.
    It's interesting to me that at this point, many of the people still active in the forums and commenting are those who have been around a while, and who have learned over the years that a lot of cool interaction happens post-FAWM. (Of course, there are always new folks who discover that community aspect, too.)
    I know some/many folks duck out on March 1 (or earlier), never to be heard from again, or of focus solely on creating music in February and skip the commenting and forum-ing part. That to me is a shame, but life happens differently for all of us.

  • @quork  Mar 10

    I’m running maybe 1 response for every ten comments. But I’m okay with that.

  • @lbcsrw Mar 15

    Thank you for including me. I really appreciate it.

  • @quork  Mar 15

    One of the best parts of this has been stumbling across gems like your song. Such a crazy concept and executed brilliantly.

  • @quork  Mar 17

    I couldn’t resist this song. Oh the talent and creative genius (and the harmonica!).


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