The Morph Challenge

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The morph challenge is my favorite FAWM and 5090 game. What is a morph? Our very own longstanding member @plainwhitetoast made this most excellent video explanation of a morph https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NwzlTMUP8zw . Here is my short explanation. A morph is a songwriting game where the first person in the chain offers a seed song for changing and without restrictions, then each succeeding songwriter changes the song from the prior writer by 50 percent, without listening to any other earlier songs in that chain. For a music morph, the seed song can be any song with music posted this 5090. The seed songwriter may either finish the morph or return later. Preferably the seed songwriter in a music morph relays (soundboard message or email) as much music information (tempo/bpm, key, chords and progression(s), etc.) as necessary to the second songwriter. For a music morph, the second songwriter in the chain listens to the seed song and changes 50 percent. What constitutes 50 percent is completely subjective, while also being a perceptible change. 50 percent could be changing all of the lyrics and keeping similar music. It could be changing all the music and using the same lyrics. It could be some combination of changing lyrics and music. The second songwriter relays the music information to the third songwriter. The third songwriter in the chain does not listen to the seed song, listens to the song posted by the second songwriter, then changes 50 percent. The fourth songwriter does not listen to the seed song or the second song, changes the third songwriter's song by 50 percent and relays their musical information to the fifth songwriter, and so on.

If anyone would like to do a lyrics only morph we can have that too. It is the same process as the music morph, except that one is changing 50 percent of the lyrics. Again what is 50 percent is subjective.

Post below if you would like to morph and/or offer a seed song!

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As people sign up more morphs will be added. From past experience, instead of starting new morphs after early September, people will be added to an existing chain, as a substitute or at the end. Chains can also run concurrently. We'll see how this goes this year. Please post your succeeding song within 7 days when it is your turn. I may the change order of participating writers as needed.

Music Morph 1
Seed song > @andygetch > https://fiftyninety.fawm.org/songs/4108
2. @kahlo2013 > https://fiftyninety.fawm.org/songs/5551
3. @gardeningangel1 > https://fiftyninety.fawm.org/songs/5772
4. @wolfkier > https://fiftyninety.fawm.org/songs/5805
5. @mandolinda > https://fiftyninety.fawm.org/songs/6243
6. @andygetch > https://fiftyninety.fawm.org/songs/6781
7. @kahlo2013 > in progress

Music Morph 2
Seed song > @andygetch https://fiftyninety.fawm.org/songs/98
2. @nancycunning > https://fiftyninety.fawm.org/songs/6345
3. @kahlo2013 > https://fiftyninety.fawm.org/songs/6638
4. @tjeff > https://fiftyninety.fawm.org/songs/6769
5. @wolfkier > https://fiftyninety.fawm.org/songs/6849
6. @lowhum > https://fiftyninety.fawm.org/songs/9326

Music Morph 3
seed song @kahlo2013 > https://fiftyninety.fawm.org/songs/6964
2. @tjeff > https://fiftyninety.fawm.org/songs/7320
3. @wolfkier > https://fiftyninety.fawm.org/songs/9502
4. @lowhum > https://fiftyninety.fawm.org/songs/10164in-progress
5. @nancycunning > https://fiftyninety.fawm.org/songs/10367
6. @kahlo2013 > in-progress

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Please add me for the lyric morph!

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I would like to do a music morph and a lyrics morph. Thanks, Andy!

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Thanks @vivalarayna and @kahlo2013 both of you are added to the chains! I have offered a seed song for the morphs. If someone wants to volunteer another seed song (music or lyrics) I will start a second chain for morphing.

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@andygetch I'll take a crack at the music morph. I've never done one of these but always enjoy listening to the results.

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Fabulous @gardeningangel1 newcomers are welcome here and I have added you after @kahlo2013 in Music Morph 1!

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I’m on it for morph 1!

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I'll play both. Sounds like fun.
Is this like the aunty sin game I've been watcihng / hearing people do for years?

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@wolfkier thanks I have signed you up! There are similarities to Auntie-Sin, another fun writing game that I have played a few times. In both games, a songwriter is writing in response to the previous song as part of a chain and has no idea what they will be responding to.

The significant difference from a Morph is that in Auntie-Sin, one either signed up to write an ANTI-version of a prior song, for some it , or a synthesis of the previous two songs. The really interesting thing with a synthesis is the previous two songs always consist of a synthesis (of two prior songs), and an ANTI-version of the prior synthesis. It's quite mindbending. I'm hope that someone starts that game too this 5090.

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Thanks @andygetch I stand ready!
That Auntie Sin thing does sound interesting!

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@andygetch PS. I don't see my name on the music morph list....
Also, newbie question, in this game if the player wants to change only the music or the lyric do they get the stemsto do that or do they recreate parts left untouched???

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@wolfkier I don't know if it's part of the morph challenge (my guess is no) but the stem sharing idea sounds like the idea I had to do a corpse with each segment built on a stem from the last. I wonder if I should start that? We still have time and do enjoy corpse-wrangling.

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@gardeningangel1 If you build it I will come! :)

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Thanks, @andygetch! I can create another seed song just as soon as I complete this Morph.

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As you wish, @wolfkier
https://fiftyninety.fawm.org/forums/215

Thanks @andygetch for morph-wrangling 😀

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@wolfkier generally 'not changing the music' means doing our own recordings and using the same tempo, melody, chords, time signature, etc.. It could work with the same stem(s). Really like all games here the idea is to create and write another song 😀

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My mistake @wolfkier I have now added you to the music morph. @vivalarayna I have started a second lyrics morph chain in anticipation, thanks for the seed offer. Also in optimism I have started a second music morph chain.

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@andygetch
Thanks for the explanation! All good.
Feel free put me in the second music one too, but maybe a little lower in the chain. Thanks. Looking forward to this.

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@andrea

Is there a place for me in lyrics morph? I love this stuff. Thanks

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Lyric Morph 1 is now full. There are plenty of spots in Lyric Morph 2!

Thanks @wolfkier 😀 I have also placed you in Music Morph 2.

@andrea I have added you Lyric Morph 1.

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@andrea

Thank you @andygetch. I await my turn with great anticipation😁

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Here's my entry for Lyric Morph 1. I'll get the seed song for Lyric Morph 2 up in a bit. Thanks!

https://fiftyninety.fawm.org/songs/5329

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Here is my lyric morph - @wolfkier you are up!
https://fiftyninety.fawm.org/songs/5346

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And I will play again! Almost done with my music morph too!

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Thanks @kahlo2013
Here's mine: https://fiftyninety.fawm.org/songs/5355
I hope I did it right. I could do it again if not...
@andrea you're up next. This is really quite interesting. Thanks @andygetch for organizing!

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@wolfkier - FYI, only tag the person you got the song from as a collaborator, not everyone who morphed it before. Glad you are enjoying the challenge!

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@vivalarayna Fixed! Thank you. I am indeed. Looking forward to where it goes.

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@andrea

@wolfkier Thanks, I will work on this later today (and tomorrow if needed)!

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Mine for Music Morph 1 is posted!
https://fiftyninety.fawm.org/songs/5551
@gardeningangel1 you are up next! Have fun!

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I will try a Music Morph please.

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Thanks @kahlo2013 I'm on it!

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Music Morph 1 is now full! Music Morph 2 has vacancies and is looking for a seed. Lyrics Morph 2 also has vacancies. On a personal note I also am anxiously awaiting my turn 😀 , I will plug myself into 2 as needed. Looks like there is enough interest for a third of both so anyone who wants to play again the floor is open.

@kahlo2013 great! By 'I will play again' is that a request for music, or lyrics, or both?

@mandolinda I have added you to Lyrics Morph 1.

Thanks everyone for playing the Morph game!

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I'm in for Lyrics Morph and Music Morph. Thanks for organizing, Andy.

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Happy to join in lyric morph 2 as well as music morph 2

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My song for Music Morph 1 is done and it's a salty one: https://fiftyninety.fawm.org/songs/5772
Your turn next, @wolfkier 🐺

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We are still waiting for a seed volunteer for Music Morph 2. If no one volunteers by Wednesday, I will post a seed on so that Music Morph 2 can proceed.

Welcome to the challenge @nancycunning!

Thanks @kahlo2013 you have been added to both music and lyrics morph 2.

Wonderful @gardeningangel1!

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@gardeningangel1 Thanks, got it. LOL. Hoping to have something ready by end of week, if not much, sooner to pass on to @mandolinda in music morph 1.

@andygetch I'm happy to take spot 5 in the second lyric morph if someone chimes in between me and @kahlo2013 , just so I'm not following Liz again.

This has been and looks like being all kinds of fun!

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Looks like we are ready for a Lyrics Morph 3 as Lyrics Morph 2 has one remaining spot.

Thanks @wolfkier and I have added you to Lyrics Morph 2.

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here's my part of the music morph 1 from @gardeningangel1
Apologies in advance to all concerned. LOL...
https://fiftyninety.fawm.org/songs/5805
Your turn @mandolinda ... sorry, I really am.....

@andygetch OK, lyrics morph 3, hook me up! :) Thanks for organizing this.

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@wolfkier thanks, and I love this enthusiasm! I have added you to Lyrics Morph 3.

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@andrea

Sorry, I am running behind. Been busy lately but will have something soon for Lyrics morph1.

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@andrea thanks for the note and there is plenty of time. As I am last in the chain, as long as I get your lyric by September 30 the morph will be finished 😀 .

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@andrea

Thanks @andygetch! I've posted and you are up 😀https://fiftyninety.fawm.org/songs/5972

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Here is my part of music morph 1 from @wolfkier
https://fiftyninety.fawm.org/songs/6243
Your turn @andygetch
Like was said to me, sorry in advance.

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Thanks @andrea @mandolinda looks like I have double-duty! Also as promised I have posted a seed song for Music Morph 2 so that one may begin. I will leave the last spot open for now in case more want to play. @nancycunning you're up on Music Morph 2!

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Here is the seed for Lyric Morph 2. Thanks, @andygetch!

https://fiftyninety.fawm.org/songs/6264

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Here's the second installment of Lyric Morph 2. Thanks @vivalarayna and @andygetch

https://fiftyninety.fawm.org/songs/6327

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And here is the second installment of Music Morph 2. It's called Take Me Home https://fiftyninety.fawm.org/songs/6345

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@tjeff

I'll take that open slot in Morph 2 it still available. It'll be my first time but sounds fun!

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Welcome @tjeff I have a feeling that this game is right up your alley! I have added you into Music Morph 2, or did you mean a Lyrics Morph, or both?

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Anyone up for lyric morph #2? I have a lyric ready to pass on!

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Lyrics Morph 1 is complete! https://fiftyninety.fawm.org/songs/6437

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@kahlo2013 @andygetch How long do you think we should wait for anyone else or should Liz just send it to me?

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@wolfkier I put you near the end as you requested above, however, if you are ready then let me know and please proceed. In that case I will move the TBA slot from 4 to 5 (after you).

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@andygetch sure, I'm happy to go next. Thanks for accommodating my request, but if there's no one else up I'm happy to do it. But I've forgotten what happens. Will @kahlo2013 email it to me or do I find it somewhere..... ?

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Splendid @wolfkier I have made the change. Hopefully the @kahlo2013 song will be posted here and also may be sent directly.

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@andygetch thanks! I stand ready to morph! :)

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I'm on it!
Thanks again @andygetch , @kahlo2013 , and @nancycunning

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Here is my morph for lyric morph 2

https://fiftyninety.fawm.org/songs/6427

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here's my morph of @kahlo2013 lyric for lyric morph2: https://fiftyninety.fawm.org/songs/6481
thanks again @andygetch for hosting! This has been really interesting and fun. Any more? Sign me up!

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Wonderful @wolfkier! Would you like to provide a seed song for Lyric Morph 3 and/or Music Morph 3?

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@andygetch - sign me up, yes, for anything but seeding. The fun here is the morphing. It's a lovely mind exercise and distraction from the other work I'm doing. I can confine my effort to 1 or 2 hours. If I started something new myself, I'd fall into the black hole of development and I can't let that happen right now.
If you need a lyric, though, our Nancy @nancycunning and @kahlo2013 both have some kind of divine hotline to lyric heaven, they always answer their calls quick and deliver premium grade stuff from the special reserve -expedited shipping. . :) Pick a topic, any topic!

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Understood.

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@tjeff

@andygetch, thx - music morph for now. I’ll also join Music Morph 3 plz.

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Okay @tjeff thanks for joining in! You’re up!

https://fiftyninety.fawm.org/songs/6638

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Happy to do another morph lyrics or music as needed!

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Music Morph 1 is now complete https://fiftyninety.fawm.org/songs/6781

@kahlo2013 thanks, would you like to also provide a seed song(s)?

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@tjeff

Here's my Music Morph 2 song: https://fiftyninety.fawm.org/songs/6769 - next up is @wolfkier!

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@andygetch Sure I could do a seed song - for morph 3! Do you want lyrics or music for my seed?

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@kahlo2013 either or both as both Music Morph 3 and Lyrics Morph 3 are in need of a seed 😀

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@andygetch i will seed both! By tomorrow! Liz

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Thanks @kahlo2013 !

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I got @tjeff 's great bit of morph 2 and am working on it.
music morph 3... um,mm................ ok, but later in, please, so I'm not following @tjeff twice.

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Happy to take slot 3 in Lyric Morph 3.

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Thanks, @andygetch The seed song for lyric morph 3 is posted now.

https://fiftyninety.fawm.org/songs/6820

It looks like @wolfkier is up followed by @vivalarayna

I’m hoping some other lyricists will join in @cindyrella ? @donna ? @chris_buono ? @nancycunning ? @YOU ?

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Thank you @kahlo2013 I’m always happy to play in any of the Morphs.

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Thanks @nancycunning I have added you to both Music Morph 3 and Lyrics Morph 3!

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I'm done my musicmorph2 bit: after @tjeff
Find mine here: https://fiftyninety.fawm.org/songs/6849
@TBA your turn next!

Thanks @andygetch again for organizing this sign me up for any/every more!

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I've done my lyric morph too. This is such fun!
But I gotta get back to work unti the next morph inspiration comes rolling down the track to happily distract me for an hour or two!
@vivalarayna your turn next ..... Good luck....

Here's mine: Lyric morph3. https://fiftyninety.fawm.org/songs/6854

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Based on the above posts there seems to be sufficient interest to initiate a Music Morph 4 and a Lyrics Morph 4. As of now we still have a spot in each of Music Morph 2, Lyrics Morph 2, Music Morph 3, and Lyrics Morph 3 .

Thanks @wolfkier @kahlo2013 @nancycunning and I appreciate the zeal for the game! If I misunderstood your requests or if you would prefer to be in a different spot I am happy to make a change.

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@andygetch @chris_buono said he would join lyric morph 3 - could you add him after @vivalarayna ?

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@tjeff

@andygetch I'll take #6 on Music Morph 4, thx.

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Hi @tjeff you are up for music morph - sorry you have to follow my music again, but I am thrilled! I was in the key of D (I’m sure it is hard to tell by my singing)

https://fiftyninety.fawm.org/songs/6964

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Here is my installment for Lyric Morph 3. @chris_buono - you're up!
https://fiftyninety.fawm.org/songs/7929

@andygetch - we're still missing a slot in Lyric Morph 2. Any potential takers? As great as it is to see LM3 moving along, I'd also like to see LM2 finalized.

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@jeff9

I’ll go.

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@andygetch - @jeff9 has graciously offered to take that last slot on LM2. Now we can finish that round!

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@jeff9 thanks and welcome!
@vivalarayna thanks again, LM2 and LM3 are updated!

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@jeff9

Hi, folks. Here's my contribution to LM2. Hope I did it properly:
https://fiftyninety.fawm.org/songs/7957

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Here's my lyric link for the Lyric Morph 3 challenge, @nancycunning. It's your turn!

https://fiftyninety.fawm.org/songs/7972

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@jeff9

Question please, regarding credits on morphs: I've put music to the lyric I did for LyricMorph 2 and it it's ok, I'd like to post it, using a link to it on Soundcloud. Since the lyric was partially derived from the one done by @wolfkier , I assume I should credit him with a co-write, correct? What about the other predecessors? Do I list them all? Happy to do so if that's the convention.

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@jeff9. As far as I'm concerned. It's your lyric. No credit at all necessary for me. I've no idea about prior writers in the chain and keen to learn if someone knows. If it turns out a big hit, all I ask is that you think of me fondly while floating in your Olympic sized heated swimming pool. Good luck!

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Hi @jeff9 usually people only credit their immediate predecessor in a morph since technically it is still 50% or so of their lyric and/or music - I doubt that any previous people in the morph chain would feel they were owed any credit unless you make billions from the song and then all may come running for a slide of the pie :) seriously, though, checking with the author/songwriter or the lyric or music you morphed is important as I suspect most would be want to be a collaborator. Great morph by the way! I hope you will do more!

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PS @jeff9 just to be clear, a caveat is that I can’t speak for others in the morph chain for Lyric2 morph who may have different perspectives…

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@jeff9

Thanks @kahlo2013 and @wolfkier. To be safe, I just referenced everyone in the liner notes, at least where it's posted on this site. If anyone wants me to remove their 50/90 handle or to add their name to my Soundcloud posting, just let me know.

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@jeff9 +1 on the answers above by @kahlo2013 and @wolfkier. Thanks to both for their answers and for checking!

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Thanks, @chris_buono et al. Here's mine for Lyrics Morph 3
https://fiftyninety.fawm.org/songs/8307
I tagged everyone in the chain as a collaborator, since that's what @chris_buono had done.

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Lyric morph 3 is done!
I put the list of the participants in my liner notes and put Nancy as a collaborator since I morphed her lyric

https://fiftyninety.fawm.org/songs/8341

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Thanks, @nancycunning, for that you "tagged everyone as collaborators" shout-out, because I had all in the chain as collaborators, re: Lyric Morph 3. My bad, Nancy. I see now that no one else did that, except me and you; others in the chain only tagged as collaborator the person before them--since that was the lyric on which they morphed from "that" lyricist. So, I now have done the same, and just have @vivalarayna as collaborator. Your choice, Nancy, as to if you want to adjust your collaborator list, too, with just me (and you), as I have done with just vivalarayna's name. https://fiftyninety.fawm.org/songs/7972

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@lowhum

I'd like to have a go if it's still possible, plz!

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Wonderful @lowhum and welcome back! I will put you at the end of Music Morph 2. Are there any other 'TBA' or open slot(s) that you would like or prefer?

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@lowhum

Thanks! I can also go for morph 3, I see you're still looking

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We still have a few open slots.

Music Morph 4 has one following empty slot. To keep the game moving, here is my seed song https://fiftyninety.fawm.org/songs/8740

Lyrics Morph 4 needs a seed song (which again a seed song can be a song already posted this 5090) and has two following empty slots (one of which could be the same writer as seed going last, or could be another writer).

This late starting challenge has already generated more morph than I expected. We are about at the point where it may be rushed to initiate yet another morph as several have just or not quite begun. We can still add writer(s) who want to play again onto the end of an existing morph.

Thanks @lowhum for filling the empty slot in Music Morph 3.

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Happy to jump into lyric morph 4 and/or music morph 3 - wherever there is room!

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Thanks @kahlo2013! I have added you to the end of Music Morph 1. While you did play there earlier in the 2 slot, the 6 slot song (mine) is plenty different enough from your earlier song (ironically also morphed from mine). Also, I have added you to provide the seed for Lyrics Morph 4.

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Thanks, @andygetch I'm on it for Music Morph 4....

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Seed song for lyric morph 4

https://fiftyninety.fawm.org/songs/8924

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Thanks @kahlo2013 ! I have also added you to the end of Lyrics Morph 1 if you wish.

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lyric Morph 1 is a wrap! Thanks all for engaging!

https://fiftyninety.fawm.org/songs/8956

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@tjeff

Well darn, I forgot to post my Music Morph 3 song (it's only been about a week lol - sorry) - here it is:

https://fiftyninety.fawm.org/songs/7320

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@lowhum

Finally, my piece of morph2:
https://fiftyninety.fawm.org/songs/9326

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@lowhum reallly put the final icing on the cake on music morph 2. Well done.
Looking forward to following you on music morph3.
Where we at with that one @nancycunning ?
I'm itching to get my hands on another...!

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Hey, @wolfkier - let's swap spots in Music Morph 3.....I'll go after @lowhum this time, and you can jump in on the @tjeff piece.
Thank you!

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Here is my contribution for Morph4:
Bumper to Bumper - https://fiftyninety.fawm.org/songs/9482

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@nancycunning
Music morph 3.
Ok I'll go after @tjeff > then @lowhum, you, and @kahlo2013
CC: @andygetch

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Thanks for working this out amongst yourselves 😀 and I have switched the Music Morph 3 lineup as requested. I also plugged myself in as a backup to the 4th slot in Music Morph 4. If someone else wants to play again ( @lowhum @mandolinda @gardeningangel1 ) or move up to the 4th slot in the lineup (@wolfkier @tjeff ) please let me know and I will gladly put you somewhere in the Music Morphs.

Similarly there are two remaining slots in Lyrics Morph 4. Lyrics Morphs 1-3 can be extended as needed to add those who want to play again in these last umpteen days of 5090.

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Here's my part of musicmorph 3 following @tjeff 's great song.
https://fiftyninety.fawm.org/songs/9502

@lowhum you're up next. Hope you have as much fun with this morph as you did with my last one! :)

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@lowhum

Sorry for the delay, here is my part for morph3!
https://fiftyninety.fawm.org/songs/10164
@nancycunning have fun!

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Thanks, @lowhum - That was fun....Here's mine
https://fiftyninety.fawm.org/songs/10367 I named it My Dear Cruel Wellingtons
@kahlo2013 - tag you're it

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This is such a cool idea; loving listening to these... @andygetch if you still need someone for slot 4 in Music Morph 4 I would love to try...

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Thanks @chrismyth02 I have plugged you in to the schedule for Music Morph 4.

As the challenge only has one week left I also am tagging to see @kahlo2013 progress (or plans for completion) for Music Morph 1 (no real worries there as that is the end of the chain), Music Morph 3, and Music Morph 4.

@wolfkier on Lyrics Morph 4.

Also anyone else who still wants to morph in a Music or Lyrics chain we can add on or plug in somewhere. Please let me know by Monday 10 pm EST to keep things moving or to make late lineup adjustments to allow anyone who still wishes to play to have a(nother) turn.