Back in early April as the first tournament was drawing to a close, Janos and I did some brainstorming and came up with a response to the criticism of “where’s that song”- a tournament within which we would each nominate our own songs. We coined the term “People’s Choice Tournament” and just like that, an idea was born. Now, as we stand at the cusp of deciding just who this champion will be I can only laud all voters and participants for coming the whole way with us.
The beauty of this final is that it is a response in a way to early concerns of pop domination. By that I mean music is nostalgia no matter how you spin it, and artists like Queen, Gladys Knight, Fleetwood Mac, and Bruce Springsteen always have a bit of a leg up on more recent bands. However, our voting has been true and resulted in the most compelling of championships- a battle of today versus yesterday.
For some perspective on how we’ve done with voter numbers, check out last tournament compared to this one to date:
At every interval the People’s Choice Tournament has been drawing a larger turn-out than the LTDMT. But I’m not (at least I don’t think I am) throwing a 49 vote deep party on the roof of Red Derby in Petworth this weekend- thus, if we want to beat our record from last tourney, VOTE WITH FRIENDS! If everyone that voted in the Final Four gets two of their friends that have never voted before to participate, we can crush that record of 81.
Ok, enough ado about things. Let’s figure out a champion. Queen looking for its first gold medal after taking home silver and bronze last time. F+TM looking to shove it in the face of the classics and shine a new path forward for awesome music. We’ll be taking votes until 10 pm on Saturday, September 3rd- which is also the 1 year birthday of LivingTheDream.org. Think hard about this vote, and may the best song win.