However, I just watched your video [which is now not on the post, so it will be hard for people reading this to know what I am talking about, it detailed that only songs of a 'positive nature' be entered - it is not the theme, or the having of a theme that I had an issue with]. If you would like to run this, it has to be unconditional. That means that if someone wants to sing a sad song, you must accept that. Because all emotions are part of our experience.

This idea that we only sing positivity becomes a type of totalitarianism in its own right. Let the people sing what they want to sing. Music is for many things. Expression is one of them.

BTW there's another 'open mic' by @theplunge that has no specific theme this week. I may enter that too.

Nice discovery. I'm not sure how my searches are falling short. In fact, I thoroughly perused for #openmic, and related tags, and I didn't notice anything else.

Thanks for letting me know Steve. And thanks for your positivity.

Sure, it doesn't have to be 'mind control', but my point remains and is valid. So no thanks for putting me in the box there! Haha

It's the assumption that this 'positivity' is better for everyone. But an enforced positivity is actually dishonest. 'You must be positive!' or else...

Props to the people that do something, however, if it's going to be done, it should be done properly with a sponsor and a group, which requires community aka speaking with others. @ausbitbank might be a sponsor as he's sponsored Sonic Groove and the open mic in the past. We could ask... Haha

Maybe this open mic is the start of that. All things start from small things. I'm interested in being part of that group that runs a neutral open mic that accepts all performances and styles unconditionally.

I'll keep doing my thing regardless.

Good on you Steve for getting involved with all of them!

It's also interesting in a way, this blockchain is not a capitalist model where anyone can pick up a global brand and say, I was here first therefore I have rights to this global brand.

It's the same when I was in Occupy Sydney and the socialists set up their table with their banners and it looked like they represented all of us. They just behaved like capitalists and said, were not breaking any laws. Yet didn't consider that none of us were socialists.

I would put effort into marketing something I believe in. I have a mailing list and am on a songwriter's forum.

Thus my criticism. It's because I want to support something I believe in.

I think anyone who sets up a challenge can set their own conditions and we can decide if we want to participate. If there's no prize then you don't miss out by skipping it. I saw you posted a song for the other one and I'll have a listen later. Positivity is good, but so is being realistic about how things are. I like plenty of music that might get other people down. Do whatever works for you.

I want to get more musicians active on Hive. The great thing is that you don't have to be part of any organised event to earn something.

Rock on!

Sure, 'anyone that sets up a challenge, can set their own conditions', but... lol... anyone that tells me I must only post positive things for a global brand, is in for a disaster - they have to contend with my ability for rational deduction!

There's also a SGL Solidarity open mic style thing going on by @ylich

It seems there is a vacuum, while we're all in transition... haha

As I said, it's his challenge and he's entitled to set parameters for what he wants to include. There's no 'global brand' on Hive although his tags are generic.

Hi @steevc, yes we do not have a theme this week so feel free to do anything and go wild! It's good to see more initiatives start on here all of the best @cabelindsay, may music flow through the blockchain!

I will see if I can do a song for you this week too. Any excuse is welcome.

Great! Can't wait.

Cheers! Thanks for your encouragement. Right back atcha. Really, it's just good to know there are options now, and ample invitations to express the music. Yes, viva la musica!!!

Thanks for your comment here. You might be right, although I'd like to explain my viewpoint. I believe there's a freedom to be found in the positive vibration. I'm not trying to stifle anyone; I'm trying to safeguard everyone. This I believe can be achieved if we each take responsibility for the subtle energies we release through the power of our music.

I agree with you for the most part. Definitely understand the importance of expressing the full spectrum of emotions, and music is about the best way I know to do that. For example, I enjoy singing melancholy songs in minor chords that could be considered sad, and in fact I carry some sadness in my life and music helps me to do the "shadow work" of dealing with the heaviness I feel at times.

Music has the power to heal, and the power to hurt. Some songs promote violence, hate... and they hurt. I feel these types of songs could be a danger to people at this mystical moment in human history. I'm not wanting to judge, though. I'm only wanting to enjoy. So I gently ask that we safeguard participants of the Hive Open Mic with a positive vibration.

Do you feel where I'm coming from, brother? Feel free to continue this conversation. I'm grateful for your perspective.


Maybe we can just accept that this is a fun music theme and not some form of mind control ;) There are lots of artistic challenges on Hive where the creators set a theme. Cabe has opted to set one that we are free to interpret as we like, but he cannot control how we use tags. Maybe he shouldn't say it's the Hive Open Mic as that makes it seem official, but nobody else was doing it. I just don't want people to be put off encouraging participation.

As @cabelindsay says "let's get this place humming and buzzing".

Thank you. Feels great to have your encouragement here.