You thought this was over for a while. No way, dude. No way.
The RPM Challenge has a website and a Facebook group. There’s a subreddit and a discord chat too but I don’t use those too often. Every February the 300 or so of us pop over to the website and sign up for the year. Lots of people post on the forums and some people write blogs. On Facebook people usually just post links to their music including links to live streams and gigs and things. Normally both places are nice and busy from late-January through mid-March. Outside of that little time frame both are pretty dead.
A couple of weeks ago there was a post to the Facebook group suggesting doing a second RPM Challenge in April. If we’re all going to be stuck at home anyway, why not write some music. I responded by saying I was already planning on it so I was in. I then went over to the website and checked the forum. There was something about doing a mini-challenge but nothing much.
This weekend, as March was winding down, I went to both places to see if anything was going to come of that little discussion. There was nothing on Facebook. The forum had one little mention stating that something was in the works. Cool. Yesterday I took another look at the website. There it was.
The whole front page had been redesigned. That usually happens in January. This time there was a link to a Google Form where you could sign up for April. This time there are more options for goals. Instead of just 10 songs or 35 minutes, you can alternately sign up to make a sing, one song or five minutes, an EP, five songs or 20 minutes, and a box set, 30 songs or 100 minutes. I signed up for the usual 10 songs or 35 minutes.
There were a couple of posts on Facebook from the admins announcing that sign ups were open again. I haven’t seen much from actual participants. There are a couple of little comments. My favorite being someone who was happy that he got a second opportunity to ask himself why he’s putting himself through it.
Like I said, I was going to do this anyway. It still feels nice to think that at least some of us who are regular participants are going to use it as a motivator for social distance. That’s a good thing. We’re all going to stay at home anyway, so why not make some music while we’re stuck.
Now the question is, how many April 2020 RPM Challenge albums are going to have titles that include Social Distance, or Shelter in Place, or Quarantine, or COVID-19, or Coronavirus? All of them?