Friday, December 21, 2007

Winners announced and another ARC contest!

After perusing all 184 comments from 72 people (between Blogger, MySpace, LJ, and the Fangs, Fur & Fey community), I've picked winners for last week's fill in the blank contest. You guys made it really tough! Thanks to everyone who took part.

The prize for Most Appropriate goes to spark_force on LJ for Family curses never die, they just devolve.

It's the only one I like more than "mutate," because it goes to the heart of what I was trying to get across--changing, with some deterioration, but not sounding weak (like my original version, "get watered down"). "Devolve" is often used with "chaos," as in "The universe is devolving from order into chaos." Sounds negative, but in a mysterious as opposed to depressing way.

The prize for Funniest was a lot tougher, and I've decided to call a three-way tie, because they're funny in different ways:

First there's kehazen from FFF with, Family curses never die, they just mutate; growing a duckbill, beaver tail, poisonous barbs on their feet, and gaining the ability to lay eggs despite being mammalian. Oh, wait...that's a platypus, never mind. Man, evolution's a bitch.

Then janni from FFF offered, Family curses never die, they just move into assisted living.

Finally, Dave S. from Blogger gave us, "Family curses never die, they just--" I recall my uncle saying on his deathbed.


Moving on....

This week's ARC winner will be drawn from commenters across the three blogs. All you have to do is tell me your favorite pop/rock Christmas carol(s). Here are mine, in no particular order (and probably with a glaring omission or two that I'll run back and add later):

Little Drummer Boy/Peace on Earth - David Bowie & Bing Crosby
Please Come Home for Christmas - The Eagles
Father Christmas - The Kinks
Santa Claus is Back in Town - Elvis Presley
2000 Miles - The Pretenders

Deadline is noon EST next Thursday, December 27. Have a great weekend!

Now playing: Louis Armstrong (Holiday) - Winter Wonderland
via FoxyTunes

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Twisted Sister: Heavy Metal Christmas (The Twelve Days Of Christmas)

"On my heavy metal Christmas my true love gave to me,
a tattoo of Ozzy! "

here are the lyrics:

Great song!

Posted by: Blogger lysrian at 12/21/2007 10:59 AM

I've been listening to some jems lately, courtesy of some old mix tapes from Chris A. This being the season of tradition, I have to go back to the classics; classics of when I first started listening to pop rock, that is. The favorite:

Christmas is a Time to say I Love You by Billy Squier

"Just outside the window snow is falling
but here beside the fire we share the glow
of moonlight and brandy, sweet talk and candy
sentiments that everyone should know"

Posted by: Blogger Sharon GR at 12/21/2007 1:59 PM

Christmas at ground Zero. Why? Weird Al.. who can resist?

And Santa Baby by Ertha Kitt, because that woman is dead sexy.

Posted by: Blogger Unknown at 12/21/2007 10:42 PM

My top 5:

"Fairytale of New York": The Pogues and Kirsty MacColl
"Wrapping Paper": The Waitresses
"Do You Hear What I Hear?/Baba O'Reilly" Spiraling
"Father Christmas": The Kinks
"Merry Christmas from the Family"
: (It's a Robert Earl Keene song, but I like Jill Sobule's version even better.)

Most of these have a real cynical veneer, but I find it makes their sentimental core all the sweeter. (When it's there, anyway -- the Keene song's pretty harsh all the way through.)

Posted by: Blogger Rob S. at 12/23/2007 2:35 AM

Completely forgot about The Fairy tale of New York, although the Pogues version is better than Christy Moore version, his has a little bit more humor and hope to it!

Posted by: Blogger Zoot at 12/23/2007 4:13 AM

And of course, "Happy Christmas (War is over)" by John Lennon -- the king of mixing hope with melancholy.

Posted by: Blogger Rob S. at 12/23/2007 11:51 AM

Mistress For Christmas - AC/DC.
Broke On Christmas Again - The Mansfields.

The latter is a local band that I see a lot around where I live.

Posted by: Anonymous Anonymous at 12/25/2007 12:14 PM

Congrats to you all and GL.
I assume if we weren't named up in this post we don't play right? (I can't anyways since I'm deaf and don't know any music, so I have no clue whats going on, LOL).

Posted by: Blogger Caffey at 12/26/2007 2:14 AM

Caffey, this was a new drawing, so anyone can play. But the deadline just passed five minutes ago (sorry, I was away and not checking e-mail for a couple days), so I'll announce this drawing's winner tomorrow and announce a new contest and chance for everyone to win.

Then I'll do it again and again, every Friday from now until the end of January. Loads of chances to win!

Posted by: Blogger Jeri at 12/27/2007 12:06 PM

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