Monday, January 08, 2018

The Music Monday 2017 Awards - Round 1

Welcome, ladies and gentlemen, to the first ever Music Monday 2017 Awards!

The Awards shall be taking place over the next several weeks, in which the top song of 2017 shall be decided through a few rounds of voting. Each round will be open for two weeks at a time. Any vote after said weeks shall be considered null and void.

In the first round, we will be voting to see which song is the best of each month. You may compare the tracks and vote on what you enjoy the most. Without further ado, let's begin!


"Imagine the Fire" from The Dark Knight Rises

versus "Ice of Phoenix" by Audiomachine

versus "First Steps Into Sunken Glades" from Ori and the Blind Forest


"If You Love These People" from Man of Steel

versus "Hanzo vs Genji" by J.T. Machinima


"In the Beginning" from The Bible

versus "Impossible (feat. Merethe Soltvedt)" by Two Steps From Hell


"So Far Away" by Gabriel Brown and Michelle Creber

versus "Eclipse (Extended Mix)" by MDK


"Cradle" from Spiral Knights

versus "A Closer Understanding of the Past" from Ori and the Blind Forest


"The Avengers" from The Avengers

versus "Carol of the Bells" remixed by The Living Tombstone

Now it is your turn! Choose a favorite for each month and vote in a comment! . . . Or multiple comments, if you so desire. Remember, the last day of voting is Sunday, January 21st. Once it is the 22nd, the votes will be counted.

Please, if you find it in you to do so, share this with your friends so that we can get as many votes as possible. And in case you're wondering, I will also be voting. If you have any objections to this, feel free to express them.

I look forward to seeing how this turns out. Enjoy all 13 of these great songs!


  1. My votes:
    July: "Ice of Phoenix"
    August: "If You Love These People"
    September: "In the Beginning"
    October: "So Far Away"
    November: "A Closer Understanding of the Past"
    December: "The Avengers"

    I enjoyed listening to the songs! :)

    1. Thanks for voting, dude! And I'm glad you enjoyed them. The purpose of my Music Monday posts is to help people find new stuff that they might like . . . and I'm also just passionate about music I love. :)

  2. Why did you have to make this so very HARD??! Oh well, at least I got some good music out of it. XD So, my picks:

    July: First Steps Into Sunken Glades (No contest here - you got me started on this soundtrack, and I've never stopped.)
    August: Hanzo vs. Genji Rap Battle (Ugh, this was way too hard. I liked them both so much . . . but I re-listened to this one. It's surprisingly catchy.)
    September: Impossible (I love the Celtic/Scottish feel to this!)
    October: So Far Away (How did you find this? It's so pretty. *adds it to Spotify immediately*)
    November: A Closer Understanding of the Past (I think this might have been the first post I ever read from your blog - so, obviously. :D )
    December: The Avengers

    Wow, what a fun post! I just want to say that this was a great idea, and it was far too much fun to vote. Thanks again for the music!!

    Brianna |

    1. I dunno. It's going to be really hard for me too. XD That's always a plus!

      Ooh, I got some hooked on the Ori music! Mission accomplished. XD

      It is a really catchy song! One of my favorite raps of theirs.

      Same! I actually just bought that album the other day, and I haven't listened to the whole thing yet.

      Well, I found one of Gabriel's solo songs, and it eventually led me to their album Getting Stronger. Which I love, by the way. So many good songs! :D

      Yeah, I remember that! We had a good discussion on there. :D

      Thanks! It'll be so hard when things narrow down. XD You're welcome!

    2. Well, at least you have to suffer with us. XD

      Yep, I'm a convert! XD

      Okay, so I'm actually . . . um, listening to it right now. On repeat. It has been stuck in my head for two weeks! XD

      Oh, really? That's cool! You can savor it then - one song at a time.

      Ah, that makes sense. I'll have to listen to that, then! :D

      You won't get rid of me any time soon, either. :D

      Oh no, it gets HARDER??! :D

      In case you didn't see my comment on your other post, I tagged you for the Writer's Book Tag. :)


    3. It shall make me stronger! XD

      Oh my goodness, really? :O That's pretty crazy . . . and pretty hilarious at the same time. XD

      I usually like sitting down and listening to a new album in one shot, often while I'm writing. :)

      I'll probably feature more of their songs in the future!

      Well, I appreciate having a faithful follower. ^_^

      Yeah, when we get to the last round, things'll very difficult. Maybe. :P

      I noticed! Thanks for tagging me! :D I won't be able to get to it for a few weeks, but I'll try to do it ASAP. ;)

    4. You're far too optimistic. It's not fair. XD Honestly, I wish all my choices were this much fun!

      Yes, really. :D I totally cracked up when I realized what was happening. XD

      Ah, that makes sense. I do that too - and then I play my favorites over and over again. :D

      Oh, good! I can't wait to see those, then.

      Or resident troublemaker. XD I'll answer to either.

      Don't even say that! Now I'm worried - how can I pick one of these songs over the others??

      I'll wait (eagerly!) for it . . . please don't leave me in suspense for too long. XD


    5. I've been told I'm quite optimistic. XD Did I ever say this was fun? No, I don't believe I did. Voting was not fun in any sense of the word. XD

      Yesterday, Tracey had told me that choosing between that month's song was the easiest decision, because she didn't care for the rap. And I was like, "Well, Brianna has been listening to it on repeat for two weeks." She seemed kinda shocked. XD

      Resident troublemaker? Add that to your resume. XD

      *shrugs* I don't know. I guess we'll find out. :P

      I shall do my best. XD

    6. Optimism is never a bad thing! No, you never said it was fun . . . I don't think? Well, I'd call listening to music fun, wouldn't you? Sure, maybe not the voting, but the rest was fun!

      XD Well, everyone's tastes differ. I typically don't like rap, but this one was the exception. Every time I comment, I keep having this urge to put it on again. :D

      Yep, because having that on my resume is CERTAINLY going to help me get hired. Are you trying to make trouble for me? :D

      Ahh, this is going to be so hard!

      Does that mean you'll do your best to leave me in suspense, or keep me out of suspense (because I have my suspicions!) XD


    7. And that is an optimistic statement. XD Sometimes, though, you gotta throw in a dash of realism. The listening is fun, the voting not so much.

      Yeah, I'm fussy when it comes to rappers, or just singers in general. That's actually quite hilarious. XD

      No . . . why would I do that? *tries not to act shady*

      I know, right?

      I shall do my best to not leave you in suspense for an extended period of time. XD

    8. Hey, you're right! I must be an optimist too! XD Oh, be quiet. :P Although I usually am the realist - that time I reminded everyone that the main character in the movie was going to die probably proves that. XD

      I'd rather be overly concerned about what I listen to than not care at all, personally. Yes, for you, I'm sure it's hilarious. For me, I keep humming it at very annoying times. :D

      My point exactly. *shakes head*

      You're so cruel. :P

      Okay, but what does "extended period of time" mean? You're being ambiguous here, Josiah. :D


    9. Optimists for the win! XD Yes, ma'am. *zips lips* :P I'm not sure if I'd find that annoying or amusing . . . XD

      That is so true! What do you consider a "very annoying time"? XD

      You could put faithful follower on it instead. (See? Look how helpful I am! XD)

      Practice makes perfect! :P

      That's the whole point, darling. *wiggles eyebrows* XD

    10. Always! XD *doesn't know what to do about you* Well, the movie started with his funeral, so it wasn't a spoiler. Their reactions were hilarious, though.

      I consider a very annoying time to be: A. In the middle of class. B. When I'm doing homework. C. In church, during the sermon. What do you think - do those qualify? XD

      I feel as though this has circled back around . . . (Yes. VERY helpful. Thank you ever so much. XD )

      Well, that's terrifying. How much practice?? :D

      *shakes head* Oh dear. This is not good. XD So, how long exactly?


    11. *shrugs because I can't talk* Oh, in that case, it'd probably be funny . . . I think. XD

      Probably? Well, at the least A and C. I'm unsure about B. XD

      Has it? I hadn't noticed. :P (You're most welcome. *bows magnanimously* XD)

      Lots. And lots. XD

      *simply wiggles my eyebrows again* XD

    12. *throws up hands in despair* Well, I thought it was funny. :P

      Homework is important! It's very hard to concentrate when you keep accidentally writing the song's lyrics instead of what you meant to. :D

      Oh, really. :P (*gives up*)

      I don't know why I stay around . . . XD

      *shakes head again* You are so much trouble. XD


    13. *does the same* I'd have to be in that situation to know whether or not it was funny. XD

      That's hilarious! I sometimes mess up like that. XD

      Because I'm too good to leave. :P

      Thanks! It's my middle name, actually. XD

    14. *ignores your despair* Then get together with a bunch of friends, watch the movie "Greater," and remark that he's going to die right as it's in a feel-good moment. XD

      Yeah . . . when it happens to someone else. It is pretty funny, honestly. :D

      You have a point. Maybe I stay because I can't stop laughing. XP

      Obviously your parents knew what you were going to grow up to be, then. XD


  3. THIS IS SO FUNNN!!! Except making decision is HARD. Ugh. Let's see if I can actually make up my mind...

    July: "Ice of Phoenix" by Audiomachine
    August: "If You Love These People" from Man of Steel
    September: "In the Beginning" from The Bible
    October: "So Far Away" by Gabriel Brown and Michelle Creber
    November: "A Closer Understanding of the Past" from Ori and the Blind Forest
    December: "The Avengers" from The Avengers

    WHEW. Way to give me a challenge! But it was totally fun relistening to these! I can't wait to see the results! :D

    1. I didn't realize just how hard this was until I started considering what I'd vote for. XD

      I like pushing people out of their comfort zones. :P Neither can I! :D Thank you for voting.

  4. July: "Imagine the Fire"
    August: "If You Love These People"
    September: "In the Beginning"! As much as I loved the epicness of "Impossible", "In the Beginning" was stunning!
    October: "So Far Away"
    November: "A Closer Understanding of the Past"
    December: "The Avengers"

    Thanks for all the music. May the best songs win!

    1. You're very welcome for the tunes! Indeed! We shall which one proves to be the greatest. :D

  5. Dis is cool. XD I will vote now.

    July: "Imagine the Fire"

    August: "If You Love These People"

    September: "Impossible" (This was a tough one. I like both! XD)

    October:"So Far Away" (Again, super tough! DX)

    November: "Cradle" (That one was cool!)

    December: "Carol of the Bells" (Though I really like "The Avengers" one, too!!!!)

    Can't wait to see which one wins! :D

    1. Dat is nice. XD Thanks for voting! I'm glad you liked the music. :)

  6. July: "First Steps Into Sunken Glades"
    August: "If You Love These People"
    September: "Impossible"
    October: "Eclipse (Extended Mix)" (EEEEP, I REALLY LOVE BOTH OF THEMMMM!!!)
    November: "Cradle"
    December: "Carol of the Bells"

    WHEW, that was fun!!! ^.^ I didn't know I'd like Eclipse so muchhhh!! :o But it was just my style. :D


    1. I'm happy that you had fun! I wasn't sure if you'd like some of the music, but it seems you did! :P Yeah, "Eclipse" is pretty awesome. :D

      YAY! XD

  7. Some of these were haaaarrrrd!!! But here are my votes, squeaking in at almost the last second. XD

    July: Ice of Phoenix
    August: If You Love These People
    September: Impossible
    October: So Far Away
    November: A Closer Understanding of the Past
    December: The Avengers

    1. Yeah, I'm realizing that the longer I debate what I'm going to vote for. The last second? I created the Awards, and I'm only voting now, with less than three and a half hours left. XD

      Thank you for the votes!

  8. Aaagh this was so tricky!! :O Okay, okay, I've chosen my top six now. :P

    July - Ice of Phoenix

    August - Ori and the Blind Forest

    Sept - In the Beginning

    Oct - So Far Away (I really like this one. Kinda reminds me of Owl City)

    Nov - Cradle

    Dec - THE AVENGERS <3

    Thanks for setting this poll up, and sorry I took so long to get here!! :O

    1. Thanks for voting, Megan! And you already know about your little mistake, so I won't mention it again. :P There's no need to apologize. ;)

      Oh yeah, and if it looks like your correction is late, don't worry about it. I'll take the time difference into consideration.

    2. FYI, Megan and I know each and chat on Google Hangouts. Her Mac keyboard died, so she couldn't post this herself. She is changing her August vote to "If You Love These People." Just thought I'd explain so it doesn't look like I'm trying to . . . cheat, I guess? XD

    3. Thanks so much Josiah! Yup, technology... super fun but also unreliable. :P

    4. No problem! What're friends for, after all? :) Gotta love it, amiright? XD

    5. :)

      Oh yup. #areyouriiightorareyouright??? XD

    6. Side note: Wow. I've somehow progressed all the way from being 'Unknown' to my regular Google+ account! xD XD

    7. #I'mAlwaysRightAren'tI? XD

      You've made some great progress today! XD

  9. Guys, this is so bricking difficult! Why is it so hard to choose? *grits my teeth and yanks at my hair* Ugh, I gotta pick my favorites . . .

    July: "Ice of Phoenix" (This was SUPER difficult to choose, but this song has a special meaning for me.)

    August: "If You Love These People" (Again, REALLY hard choice, but I'm going with my gut here.)

    September: "Impossible"

    October: "Eclipse (Extended Mix)"

    November: "Cradle" (AAAGGGHHH!!!)

    December: "The Avengers"

    *sighs* I can breathe again . . . XD

    1. See, now you know the pain you put us through. And this is just the first round, remember that! :P Just think, next time you'll have to weed out even more . . . XD Aren't you excited now?


    2. Trust me, I knew there was going to be pain before I even made that comment. XD Oh, how could I forget? :P Nope. Not excited in the slightest. XD