A music diary

Heartstorm is going dark

November 26, 2009

When I was first approached to run Heartstorm, I thought it was a great idea–a quick summer quest to give stellar songs the attention they deserved. I figured, though, that it would run itself off after two or three weeks, due to the well of appropriate songs drying up.

That was in July. We kicked it off August 6, and had a great run (and a phenomenal turnout) until very recently. I loved running it, and while I was busy with school most of the time, I found a lot of great music through heartstormers’ picks and radios that I would have otherwise never found. We sent many deserving songs to the homepage and revived a lot of interest in searching for older tracks. But all of a sudden, people stopped signing up.

Maybe the novelty and excitement wore off, resulting in listener fatigue. Maybe it’s just a busy time of the year. Part of the problem could’ve been a lack of clear guidelines, resulting in artists featuring only their own tracks–a turn-off for many listeners. Maybe we just ran out of songs.

Whatever the reason, I feel it had a great run and needs a pause. If there’s still interest, I want to start it up again after the new year, with some new rules (and since thesixtyone’s going to be adjusted, that will make some changes in the quest too). I want to thank everyone who participated–you made this a really amazing experience.

If you have any comments, drop me a line here or on my profile page. Have some happy holidays, and listen to some great music. And if you see a song that hasn’t posted but deserves to, bookmark it–when Heartstorm rolls around again, we can give it another shot.


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