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an original idea by sfar.

96th edition: "Songs inspired by books or poetry"



Theme chosen by Rob & Stephen:

OK, I'VE added it

SONGS INSPIRED BY BOOKS OR POETRY
How to play?
It's very easy! Every game, the winner of the previous edition chooses a theme. Every player sends a song to the manager via PM (don't make it public!) that meets the criteria and after a period of time a playlist is created. Then it's all about listening music, picking your favorite songs and sending your votes to the manager. The song with the most points wins!

How long does the game last?
Games usually last around 20 days (8 days for nomination + 12 days for voting phases), so don't worry, there's plenty of time.

1) Songs Submission Phase: Here you choose a song that complies with the game's theme and send a YouTube link to the manager. This phase lasts around 8 days.

(If two or more players happen to send the same song, the manager will accept the first player's choice and request the others to send a different song. All this will be done privately via PM. You are also allowed to change your submission 2 times.)

2) Voting Phase: You'll have around 12 days to listen to the playlist and send the manager your votes.

(The voting format is explained below. You are allowed to change your vote 1 time.)

3) Final Ceremony: This is where the manager reveals who submitted each song and how many points it got! The ceremony takes place shortly or soon after Phase 2 ends.

(Remember, dates and time will be provided by the manager but they are not set in stone. If it's needed, the manager might change them with previous notice.)

How to vote?
After listening to the playlist, you send your favorite songs via PM to the manager in one of the following formats. Note that you can't vote for your own song. The voting format depends on how many people play:

1) If 27 players or fewer participate, you vote for 10 songs ranked from top to bottom and numbered like this:

Code:
[U]12 Points:[/U] Your favorite song
[U]10 Points:[/U] 2nd favorite song.
[U]8 Points:[/U] 3rd favorite song.
[U]7 Points:[/U] (...)
[U]6 Points:[/U] (...)
[U]5 Points:[/U] (...)
[U]4 Points:[/U] (...)
[U]3 Points:[/U] (...)
[U]2 Points:[/U] (...)
[U]1 Point:[/U] (...)
2) If 28 or more players participate, the manager will host Semifinals. In each Semifinal, you vote for 10 songs as in the previous example. After the semi-finals the manager will publish a list of those songs that have reached the Final and you should vote again. Remember that even if your song doesn't make it through to the Final, you are still allowed and indeed requested to vote in the Final!

What if you don't vote?
If you don't vote, or vote for fewer songs than requested, then you will receive a penalty like this:

1) If you don't vote at all, your song will lose the maximum amount of points. (12 points)

2) If you vote for fewer songs, you will receive penalty points in reverse order of the points awarded (to the songs) in the particular voting format. (9 votes -> 1 point penalty, 8 votes -> 2 points penalty and so on)

Additional info
 
1)If the same song is sent by more than one player, the manager is supposed to ask the second and further players to choose another song.

2) The manager is required to send her/his own votes to MWW (click here), not later than 48 hours before the respective voting deadline (also in semifinals), else the manager's votes will not count.

3) Submission & vote changes: you are allowed to change your submission 2 times, and your vote 1 time.

4) Tiebreak criteria (for songs tied in points after the voting):
1st = amount of sets of top points received. 2nd (if still tied) = amount of 2nd highest points received. And so on.

5) The ideal duration for a 'midsized' BSG edition is 20-21 days: 8 for Nominations, 12 for Voting, 1 for transition or extensions.
The manager is however free to move the dates or extend that duration quite a bit.

6) Late votes: It's common practice in BSG to count late votes until the actual start of the results revelation (or Ceremony).
That could make things tough for the manager though. It's alright if the manager announces (shortly) in advance that the deadline will be strict, but then really no late votes can be accepted (as situations where the manager can arbitrarily decide if a vote counts, could be abused for results manipulation).

7) Here are some helpful links for new managers: Spreadsheet template and Previous Winners List.

8) "Best Song Game" is a simple and catchy label, but one of the purposes of this game is to discover new music.

Past Editions (refer to BSG archive forum)
 

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Participants (18)

Aaron Kstein
acacacacademy
Awka Liwen
babspider
Chris Kuerten
citizen_insane

hammett
HoorayBeer
Ilkae
Ilovetheblues_86
MWW
Notax
Redolent
Rob & Stephen
Smashpoke
TheBigFourFTW
UelMac
yellow grass

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Songs (Inspiration in brackets)

Alan Vega - Ghost Rider (Gary Friedrich, Roy Thomas & Mike Ploog - Ghost Rider)
Kate Bush - Wuthering Heights (Emily Brontë - Wuthering Heights)
Fire + Ice ‎– The Cause (William Morris - Chants for Socialists)
Caladan Brood - Book of the Fallen (Steven Erikson - Malazan Book of the Fallen)
Ofra Haza - Shecharchoret (The Bible; Song of Solomon 1:5, 6)
Hoodoo Gurus - What's My Scene (William Shakespeare - Romeo and Juliet & A Midsummer Night's Dream)
Talk Talk - Such A Shame (Luke Rhinehart - The Dice Man)
Buffy Sainte-Marie - God is Alive, Magick is Afoot (Leonard Cohen - Beautiful Losers)
Amorphis - Silent Waters (Pekka Kainulainen - Various Poems)
David Bowie - Big Brother (George Orwell - 1984)
João Gilberto - Lobo Bobo (Grimm Brothers - Little Red Riding Hood)
Blind Guardian - Lord of the Rings (J.R.R. Tolkien - The Lord of the Rings)
The Kingpins - L'Aventurier (Henri Vernes - Bob Morane)
Franz Ferdinand - Love and Destroy (Mikhail Bulgákov - The Master and Margarita)
Slapp Happy - Mr. Rainbow (Arthur Rimbaud - Jeune Goinfre)
Solid Space - A Darkness In My Soul (Dean Koontz - A Darkness In My Soul)
David Murray & Gregory Porter - Hope Is A Thing With Feathers (Emily Dickinson - Hope)
Hazel O'Connor - Animal Farm (George Orwell - Animal Farm)

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Please include the book or poem the song was inspired by in your submission, that way we can have the most intellectual song list to date 🧐
 

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Cheers for the reminder, I'll find one of my mp3s that suit in the next few days (yeah man, mp3s 😎 nothing recorded after 2002 exists in my book 😅)
 

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This was a hard theme to choose, honestly, as the song I choose I have absolutely no emotional attachment with it, its just a song In think its good.
 

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This was a hard theme to choose, honestly, as the song I choose I have absolutely no emotional attachment with it, its just a song In think its good.
Wanted to say that even the guy who chose the theme bailed on us, but he's in with the latest batch :p

18 in now, will make the playlist at the end of my day. Late entries still accepted until then
 
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