Thursday, January 7, 2016

No New Year's Like Curaçao's, #BoTB Results, Lost & Found, Etc.

Even if this battle wasn't too popular (only 13 votes), it was still very close.

Karen Souza: 6

Aslan: 7
Elliptical Man

Which brings us to my vote. I'm tempted to make this a tie... I really do like Karen's version and listen to it often, while Aslan's I'd never heard of until I found it for this Battle. And yet... Aslan really did blow me away. I think it was Robin who said their version was somehow sadder and more hopeful all at the same time — yes. Yes. There's something about that version that hits the spot for me in a way that Karen's, as interesting at it is musically, does not.

So. I vote for Aslan.

Huge gratitude to everyone that took time off from a busy start-of-the-year schedule to come by and vote (or just say hi) — loved seeing you here. I'm painfully behind on returning blog visits and in blogging generally, but I'll catch up in the next few days. Promise :)

You know that bit from the opening of The Miracle of Small Things,

"There's no stillness like the stillness of Curaçao on New Year's Day. Pointless tropical sun on deserted asphalt, every business shuttered, everything forlorn. Not even trash stirs: the wind is on furlough too. There's also no New Year's Eve like Curaçao's, which explains the stillness."

These are some of the reasons why.

Yes, January 1st is a quiet, quiet day. 

Speaking of 1sts, the sign-up for the Lost & Found hop on Feb 1st is going on FIFTY participants since the linky went up on Monday. Which is great — yay! But I've also noticed a few people who disqualify themselves from participating because they feel they've been unlucky in love, and that is not good.

So let's get something clear: this is a hop as much about being in love as out of it. As much about the presence as about the absence. And — this is important, so I need your undivided attention — it's about love in general, so not only of the romantic kind.

Listen, it's okay if you don't want to participate. But don't think you can't participate because love hasn't treated you right recently (or, you know, ever). This is your chance to get back at it. Let your creativity loose and tell us just how dimwitted the lovelorn look to the innocent bystander. Tell us about that awkward sense of relief when a bad relationship is, finally, over. Or go wild and tell us about that weirdo who's in love with his car. (No, don't look at me like that. Stephen King built a career on that one; why not you?)

Seriously. This is a hop meant to gather, prism-like, all the different aspects of that "crazy little thing", and all the weird stuff we'll do for it (or to avoid it). Your contribution, in whatever form it comes, will be unique — and, because of that, will add something important.

Okay, passionate plea is over. As you were.


  1. Same results of my battle just different musicians! Hope to see your next battle!

  2. Glad Asian won:) Great to see how Curacao brings in the New Year. Still thinking about the blog hop...

  3. What a battle! And what a time in Curacao. I went to bed early on New Year's Eve, but I don't think I'd have slept through all those fireworks.

    I like your "Lost and Found" pitch. I can think of so many stories and you've really fueled my imagination more. So much love in all of our lives whether real, imagined, or even unknown. My sister's told me stories about friends that she'd had in the distant past who were very interested in me and I never ever knew. I wish somebody would have said something. And love stories don't have to be just between one person and another either.

    So many stories to tell. So many stories to imagine.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

  4. A quiet battle and a quiet New Year's in Curacao. Now to the blogfest. Yeah, some people think we're looking for hot romance, but no, you're spot on. I like those edgy stories so I hope we get some of those.

    HNY to you and yours!

    Denise :-)

  5. Nice close Battle, GUILIE. Very often the turnout turns down during the Holidays, understandably. But the votes should begin to pick up again with the January 15th BOTBs.

    ~ D-FensDogG
    'Loyal American Underground'

  6. HI Guilie! I voted for Souza - and I would again. Great battle. See you on the 15th.

  7. Here's to the greatest 16 ever!
    Loved the celebrations.. what do I need for a visa??


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