Dear Secrets of Organ Playing friends!
For those of you who would like to skip to the clicking part, feel free to scroll to the bottom of this message. There is a short poll. For the rest, please read on.
The new year means a new beginning, right?
In order to motivate you to practice more and advance in organ playing faster, Ausra and I are thinking of starting Secrets of Organ Playing Contest on the Steem blockchain where participants would be rewarded for their entries with our upvotes and 3 winning entries that we select would receive prizes in Steem currency.
The idea for this contest is sort of an open mic with a freedom of what you can submit: any organ piece, any improvisation, any hymn or any exercise. The entries can be of any length.
This way basically anyone who plays the organ can participate regardless of taste or technical level of advancement or experience.
The only limitation is that your entry must be played by you.
Basically what you would need to do is to record yourself playing the organ, say the magic word (which will be announced for each week's round) so that we would know it's specifically created for this contest, upload the recording to YouTube or DTube, make a post about it on your Steem profile and put a link of your post as a comment to my contest announcement post on Steem.
Steem has recently upgraded their blockchain so that existing users with sufficient amount of stake could create new accounts instantly. What this means is that you would just need to send me an email asking me to create your account on Steem for you and specify what profile name would you like to get. It doesn't have to be your real name, of course. Then I will send you your newly generated account password and you will be ready to post on Steem.
You could obviously create a Steem account yourself on steemit.com, but verification process this way takes about 2 weeks. Not many people will want to wait that long.
Please keep in mind that currently we only have the capacity to create 20 new accounts so if you really want to get it, let me know right away. First come, first served. Additional new accounts can be added later at a rate of about 3 per day.
At first we would organize this contest until February as a test to see if this works, if it's feasible, if there are enough funds and if there is enough interest from participants.
So in order to know at least the interest, we'd like to conduct a short poll where you would only need to click "Yes" or "No" as an answer. Very easy, simple and fast. Please submit your answer by the end of Sunday, December 30. Here it is:
Who is your favorite singer?
We will announce the poll results and if there is enough interest, the contest with detailed rules for participation on Monday, December 31.
The other day Denham, one of our subscribers wrote to me about wanting to study Finale from Symphony No. 1 by Louis Vierne. One message led to another and he appeared to be a very motivated person who really wanted to improve his organ playing skills. So in order to help him the most, I naturally suggested our Total Organist program.
However, he wrote back that because he is living in Sri Lanka, he cannot afford to pay me $69 a month (15,240 Sri Lankan Rupees!) .
So this is the situation hundreds of millions of people around the world are living in. They don't have access to Western cultural benefits and education because of poverty or corrupt governments or some tyrant ruling their country.
I hate poverty too so I'm always trying to look for ways people can improve their situation.
I believe that blockchain-based social media networks where content creators are rewarded for their contributions may put an end to poverty in the future.
For example here is the new China-based social network ONO:
You can use my invitation code: IOUY
If you register, you'll get 100 ONO tokens (ONOT) right away. If you invite up to 100 of your friends with your own invitation code each of you will get 100 ONOT too...
ONOTs cannot be exchanged into any real currency yet but once they will list them on exchanges, things might change.
I earned over 10000 ONOTs so far since I started in October. Ausra earned over 4500 ONOTs too while posting here Pinky and Spiky comics.
Ausra and I also been active on Steemit and I since recently have been experimenting with Whaleshares and Minds too but it's too early to see the results yet.
No one knows if ONO, Steemit, Whaleshares, Minds or other new social networks will be successful or not in the future. As a disclaimer I have to add I'm not a financial adviser and you have to do your own due diligence.
I just wanted to share with you my experience.
But I'm sure we are living in very special times. The 4th industrial revolution is going on: blockchain, fintech, robotics, artificial intelligence etc. are changing the world in real ways. My biggest regret so far has been that I don't know how to code so I can only be a consumer in this new world but not a creator. But even this attitude is better than most of my friends and acquaintances who lack curiosity about new developments.
Some of our subscribers might know that besides improvising and composing music I like to draw Pinky and Spiky comics and post them on Steemit.
But did you know that Ausra draws every day and posts her comics on Steemit too? It's her funniest time of the day. Time to relax and enjoy herself:
"When I started to do it I didn’t think that people would like it but I think there are quite a few who enjoy it as well. So I’m very glad to know that I’ve found people that enjoy my drawing and my characters."
"And in terms of sort of making comics makes me feel like a child again and I like that feeling you know after being responsible for my students all the time I think it’s nice to relax and enjoy myself. My biggest inspiration is probably Tove Jansson and her drawings and recently, maybe half a year ago we bought a big book which she has her complete works of comics strips which she published in a British magazine during her lifetime."
If you are curious to get a glimpse into her world, here is my interview for Steemit Art Centre with Ausra about her drawings.
I hope you'll enjoy reading as much as I did when I was talking to her.
Here is what Steemit artist lildebbiecakes had to say about it:
"@laputis, I love all of what you do, and how wonderful it is to get to know you a little bit more. I’m so blessed you created Pinky, that lead you to Artstorm so that I could meet you there, it has been fun to become friends with you and Vidas. Ausra your artwork and music fill me with joy, I pray you’ll be able to create music 🎶 and 🎨 artwork for a very long time to come, may God bless you my friend and your family❣️"
Read the full interview here and let us know what you thought.
I hope you've enjoyed reading the 1st part of the interview I did for Steemit Art Centre. Today I'd like to share with you the 2nd part.
This is what other people are saying about it:
Glenn R Tompkins : One of the best interviews I have read in a long time. Thank you, Vidas Pinkevicius! I think you have convinced me of the unique value of this format and platform. And you shine here in a naturally gregarious manner. Kind of like a Secrets of Organ Playing podcast where you are interviewed as a guest instead of your usual role as gracious host. A reverse blessing!
Thanks for part 2 @organduo and @deemarshall.
There are several “quote-worthy” nuggets in the interview especially this one:
But if you draw this is unique, nobody else can replicate the same thing that you do, it’s your own unique perspective on life.
Thank you for such a huge interview in two parts @organduo and @deemarshall !! :)
dinglehopper: "At first of course they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win"
"Keep experimenting and failing in public. Don’t play it safe"
Thank you Dee and Vidas for this interview. The lines I quoted above are my take away. Very helpful words of wisdom. Good job Dee for another great initiative on Steemit.
lildebbiecakes: Awsome second half interview. It went extremely well didn’t it ? Thank you so much @deemarshall and @organduo. Such good advice Vidas. I’m so grateful for your openness, and humanity. Bless you both for sharing your amazing talents and ideas friends❣️ Dee I’m looking forward to your other interviews good luck.
An Interview with the Steemit Artist @organduo - What Makes Him Tick? (Part 2)
Check it out here
Let me know what you think about it.
I hope you'll enjoy reading the 1st part of the interview I did for Steemit Art Centre.
This is what other people are saying about it:
Glenn R Tompkins:
This is an outstanding interview and a wholly inspirational format for fellow artists, musicians, writers, bloggers and enthusiasts. Bravo, Vidas Pinkevicius, for sharing these remarkable insights!
You did an awsome interview @organduo. I’m so impressed with you and @deemarshall, your incredibly talented sir. I pictured you and your wife a much older couple. Probably because you say such profoundly wise stuff sometimes, like a wise old owl. You have a wonderful partnership in marriage. So wonderful to see it. Drawing pictures to each other how beautiful and quite endearing, friend. Bless you for sharing your creative abilities to the world.
What an awesome interview, it is a nice insight into @organduo as a person.
I like the quote from his father "No day without a line" as I have a similar passion for drawing art!
Thank you for nice interview @deemarshall.
@organduo thank you for telling us about yourself! Your organ playing is amazing!! I really enjoyed it.
What an interesting story of the characters Pinky and Spiky. You inspired me to draw comics with them and I loved them so much).
Yes, you are right. Notepad and oil pastel are easy to carry in your bag. And my drawings stop because they require water and paint.
An Interview with the Steemit Artist @organduo - What Makes Him Tick? (Part 1)
Check it out here
Let me know what you think about it and stay tuned for Part 2.
If you're looking for an extra income, I recommend you look into Steemit (www.steemit.com), a social media and blogging platform where you get paid for creating and curating content. It's a perfect way to monetize your brain. In time it can become a significant revenue stream for you. It's like Facebook but 10 times better because with Facebook you only get a boost in your ego when somebody likes your content but with Steemit, it's real money. With Facebook you are the product for showing their advertisements and the only one that benefits from Facebook is Facebook itself. With Steemit is different - everyone benefits.
I've been posting there my drawings, improvisations and podcasts for a month now. Feel free to follow me on Steemit at https://steemit.com/@organduo
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Drs. Vidas Pinkevicius and Ausra Motuzaite-Pinkeviciene
Organists of Vilnius University , creators of Secrets of Organ Playing.
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