More on Somesongs
I'm finding my little run at somesongs.com pretty interesting. As of this posting I Think I Started A Trend is rated #2 of this week's submissions. I assume its rating will go down as more people vote and it averages out a little bit more. Earlier today I was checking every now and then and there would occasionally be a new person saying "It's almost good" or "It's just barely good" to my song. I've gotten a reasonable amount of good and bad criticism before so I'm doing pretty well in the hurt feelings department (in case you're worried.)
The interesting part is that usually when someone says that your song kind of missed the mark, that's all you've got to go on. You know that at least one person out there kinda thinks it isn't all that great. What to do? You certainly can't go and listen to the music they make or the other songs they enjoy that they feel you're not on par with. On somesongs you can. Which changes the dynamic of criticism in a pretty strange way and I would say also opens up many neurotic doorways to aspiring crazies.
One way to look at the dynamic is that it makes the critic of your music more accountable for their opinion. Another nicer way to look at it is that it gives people a better insight into where the critics are coming from. I'm pretty sure that's a good thing, but it doesn't always feel that way.
I'm not sure about offering my own commentary or advice on any other songs on somesongs. Criticising people's art always make me feel a little wrong inside.