A few months ago I decided that I would curate the @peopleofhalifax Twitter account. For those that aren’t familiar, this is a new trend in social media where accounts belong to an organization or region or movement and are curated by a different individual each week or month or whatever. The fact is that people have found new and innovative ways to use Twitter, almost as an artistic or social installation rather than just one more way to be a terrible human being. I’d been following the account for some time and I’d seen some REALLY great curators and some pretty so-so ones. So I decided that if I was going to curate the account, I was going to be very pointed. I would put a plan in place, focusing on specific topics on each day of my week, trying to generate conversation on the topics I was interested in hearing people’s thoughts on. And then I went off script.
It was midway through the week and I was looking for something to listen to. So I asked followers of the account to tell me their favorite album. I said that I would listen to every album that people recommended and further, that I would write a short review of each album AND rate them according to how much I enjoyed them. I figured I’d get 5-10 albums and that my rankings would be finished in about a week. 81.
That’s how many albums I was provided to review. 81. 81 albums that I had to listen to, review and rank. For most albums I also picked my favorite songs from the album so that people could get a feel for the album without going through the whole process, as I had done. Now, first off, I’m very pleased that I got so many albums. It was a really fun experience to get to listen to what people liked and to get exposed to a number of bands and albums that I’d never listened to before. Of the Top 10, I’d never listened to the band or at least the album for half of them and I’d never listened to the full album of the album that would become number 1. Some albums and artists were a chance to rediscover while some (very few) are an experience I wish I could forget.
Before we go on, I’d like to stress that I encourage people to love what they love. Most of you are generally very awesome. This is just my take on the music you love, not who you are as a person.
Without further adieu, here we go.