Jul. 29th, 2013 07:32 am
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[personal profile] gallamor
You know, I don't talk about it much these days. I feel like people are tired of hearing about it from me.

So, this time, let me tell you the *why*.

It was 1992. I was attending my first OVFF. And they had these ballots out, with songs on them. I thought it was great, that there was this recognition in the community... but I had no idea who to vote for, because I didn't know any of the songs.

So, I didn't vote. I felt a bit more separated, because I simply didn't know the songs of the tribe.

In 1993, at OVFF, I did know enough of the songs to vote. Some of the candidates I voted for won, some didn't. But I knew that they all *deserved* to win, otherwise they wouldn't have been nominated. And the fact that I actually knew about half the songs (and about half the people) on that ballot made me start to think that perhaps had found a place to belong.

In 1994, *I* was nominated for the award. I can't begin to describe how this made me feel- it was completely unexpected. I knew that I didn't stand a chance in hell of winning (and I didn't); but the feeling that there was an *audience* out there that nominated me... well, it was (and is) indescribable.

But, I still only knew about half the songs on the ballot.

In 1995, I was nominated again! Again, I knew that I didn't stand a chance of winning, and voted for those songs that I knew that I thought did deserve to win the award. I was... speechless... when I won that year.

This... feeling. This belonging. *Everyone* deserves it. I had been hooked before, but now I was on a mission. But, something continued to bother me. And it continued in 1996 and 1997- I only knew *some* of the songs, not all of them. I started talking to members of the OVFF concom- would it be possible to do a concert? I am certain that they were already thinking on the same lines; but in 1998, they made it happen.

The first annual Friday night concert. For the first time, attendees at the con were able to know what *all* the songs sounded like, and how the lyrics fitted with the tune.

And it was completely cemented to me. I knew what I was voting for, and why- and the discussions it sponsored at the convention were engaging and universal.

Since that time, many changes have come. Online history. Online voting. Song samples available, so that people around the world can have an impression of this award, what it means, and can participate.

You see, to me, this award, which does its level best to recognize the best in the world; discharges that goal at the end of the Nominating phase.

Every song and every person that appears on the Final Ballot epitomizes the phrase, "Excellence in Filk".

Awards and recognition are not just for the people nominated for the race- they are also for the rest of us. They hold us together, and add a dimension to our community.

And you have an opportunity to participate until Tuesday, when the Nominating Ballot closes.

If you call yourself a filker, you are eligible to submit a ballot. And you have until Tuesday, 31 July to do it.

Vote on the Pegasus Nominating Ballot. Be a part of the community.

It's at www.ovff.org/pegasus/2013nomballot.html

Date: 2013-07-28 10:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] phillip2637.livejournal.com
Nicely written. I wish that weren't a locked post; there are people not on LJ I'd like to point in its direction.

Date: 2013-07-29 05:33 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tarkrai.livejournal.com
You know, dangit, I *did* post this as public last night... :(

Edited- thanks for the headsup!

Date: 2013-07-29 07:40 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] eintx.livejournal.com
I'm afraid I still don't get it.
If everybody deserves to win, nobody deserves to win.
If the award is not only for the winner but also for the rest of us, why does only the winner get one?
And as for winning feels good - yes, that's not much of a surprise! :)

No, I don't think a community needs stars and big-names and winners.

Date: 2013-07-29 08:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tarkrai.livejournal.com
To me, it's not about the winning.

It's about sharing on a global scale. It's about putting up songs and artists in the Brainstorming phase that I think others in my community will like. It's about letting those artists know in that phase that their work is appreciated.

It's about a conversation in a slightly different venue about what we like. Yes, direct feedback in person is always best- but it is not always possible.

It's about getting feedback in the Nominating phase that helps identify, for just this moment in time, what the community that participates in the award recognizes as a standard to aspire to.

No, we don't need stars or big-names; and in reality, this isn't about the ones who are perceived as being those. It's about the everyone else- it's a way to learn some things of our community, and it's a way to participate.

And, as with all things- if it doesn't speak to you, PLEASE don't feel coerced or forced. One does not *have* to participate! :) That's completely against the intent, as well! :)

Date: 2013-07-29 09:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] eintx.livejournal.com
Of course I don't feel forced, and I won't participate. No problem there!

I'm afraid I don't want to be part of a community that recognizes something as a standard to aspire to.

And I usually do find ways for direct feedback - at least more direct than voting for someone to get an award I actually think everyone else deserves as well. (I probably got you wrong here, though. This doesn't make much sense to me!)

Anyway, I'm sure it makes many people happy, so have fun!

Date: 2013-07-30 05:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zanda-myrande.livejournal.com
I see what [livejournal.com profile] eintx is saying, and I think I agree.

I do have two Pegasi, and I'm very proud of them, but if I thought they were really for "excellence" or that I was being recognised as a "standard" I'd have handed them back. I got them because people liked my songs, liked my "me-ness." When it comes to playing an instrument, yes, I can see that's a skill, you can get better at it, there are stages one can aspire to and people who do it better whom one can wish to emulate...but that's not filk, that's not what the awards are given out for. The awards reward diversity, people being themselves and giving of their unique creativity, and there is just no way to compete at that. Nobody (I say this in all modesty) nobody can be a better Zander than I can, just as nobody could be a better Steve than you. So if my song gets nominated, it's not because it reaches a standard or "beats" other songs to the winning post--it's because someone heard a bit of me and liked it in that moment.

Date: 2013-07-30 06:04 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tarkrai.livejournal.com
*smiles* Yes, that, too.

Really, this post is not an official 'Pegasus' thing- this is why I *personally* connect, and what it means to me. It means something different for you- and that's very, very good. :)

Pegasus Awards

Date: 2013-08-03 08:08 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] loriruadh.livejournal.com
eintx, would it help to know that one filker, who happened to be one of the group who founded OVFF, thought that the music and the people who created and performed it deserved to be honored for doing so? That it was done out of love for the filking community?

That person realized that there would probably NEVER be a Filk Hugo, and said, "Since we're going to be a filk con, why not create one?"

Re: Pegasus Awards

Date: 2013-08-04 04:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] eintx.livejournal.com
Thank you.
But yes, I thought that it was probably a filker who invented it.
I just don't see how honoring _some_ of the people who create the music we love and not honoring others is good for the community.
I don't think it is.
But I'm happy to agree to disagree here.

Date: 2013-07-29 03:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] markbernstein.livejournal.com
Done! That wasn't easy.

Date: 2013-07-29 08:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tarkrai.livejournal.com
Sorry!! (not. :) )

Date: 2013-07-30 01:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] janeg.livejournal.com
Thanks for a wonderful post! I didn't realize there hadn't always been a concert; I certainly relied on it the first couple of times I voted. And I love the concert (including watching whatever suckers Erica has recruited to perform incredibly hard songs whose maker isn't present). The nominees, performers, voters and organizers all deserve our respect for trying so hard to honour excellence in filk.

Like Phil, I'd really like to point new members of our filk community at this post, and they aren't on LJ (at least not yet).

Date: 2013-07-30 06:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tarkrai.livejournal.com
Jane, feel free to copy and post, if you feel it helps. Just please remember, this isn't an official announcement. It's only me expressing my love and care for this award. :)
Edited Date: 2013-07-30 06:17 pm (UTC)

Date: 2013-07-31 03:01 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] hms42
Thank you for the little piece of filk history of when the Pegasus concerts started. (It also gives me something to look for in Spencer's tape archives when I start converting the OVFF recordings to a hard drive.)

Date: 2013-07-31 11:20 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] judifilksign.livejournal.com
Signing the Pegasus Concert is the greatest honor and tribute I can make to the filking community, and the greatest pleasure for me as a signer, due to the excellence of the material. It is always my hope to make the concert as riveting as possible, so that everybody is able to *LISTEN* to every song as it deserves to be heard.

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