A couple years ago, I took part in this Twitter thing called #MWE—which I believe stands for either Music Writing Experience or Music Writing Experiment, but I'm still waiting for the intern to come back with the research to confirm (Siri? SIRI?!).
In a nutshell, #MWE was a Twitter thing where you were supposed to listen to an album you had never got around to listening to—a front to back, full listen—and then you were to craft a one tweet review. And you were supposed to do that once a day, for the entire month of February.
I really enjoyed the whole process. But more than the enjoyment of having a little, totally-achievable writing assignment to take on, the part that struck the loudest chord for me was seeking out all those albums I've never actually experienced in full. Having come of age in the pre-internet world, the amount of albums and artists in my peripheral that I've never actually listened to—well, that number is staggering; almost embarrassing, but mostly just exciting.
I mean, what better use for our current content overload free-for-all than to do a deep dive of all the music you missed out on. The stone-cold classics and the ones that didn't age well.
Well, HI54LO5 is basically me continuing the #MWE idea beyond one month of the year.
I went with the review rule of ‘no more than 54 words, no less than 5’ because I’m a little bit of a word play fanatic, so a mild obsession with "five" and "for" was always going to happen. Also, I thought that upping the max to 54 words gave the review possibilities that little extra bit of head room that was missing when trying to fit an #MWE review in 140 characters or less.
Of course, Twitter is now 280 characters, so expect to see future HI54LO5 reviews directly out on the socials. And I invite you to use #HI54LO5 on the socials to do your own '54 words or less’ reviews of things (it doesn't have to be on Spotify, or even albums for that matter, that's just the format the idea started with).
I’ll continue to collect a bunch of them back here on the blog for easy browsing and do some retweeting and regramming of others on the HIGH FIVE FOR socials.