Well, we had a HUGE showing for our November contest for the new Inspired by Song! group. With 81 entries, Adam, Paul and I had a really tough time choosing winners. There were some exceptional entries that did not place this time around. Lots of people laid their hearts open for this one.
Here are the winners:
FIRST PLACE – 1000 Bonus Points
If You Could See Me Now…(In Memory Of Steven Lawrence Crain Jr. 1977-1993) – Elizabeth Nieves
All three of us were deeply touched by Elizabeth's story here. This is the first thing I have ever read on Active Rain that made me openly weep. I would highly recommend that you take a few uninterrupted minutes to reach this post. It may change your life.
Elizabeth – I want to thank you publicly for sharing this.
SECOND PLACE – 750 BONUS POINTS
I Hope You Dance – Candace Robinson
As I told Candace (or Candi, as I call her) when I called to let her know of her 2nd place finish, her post was visually stunning, but we were also moved by the words that she wrote to her three children. As a father of three myself, I loved the heartfelt words written here. Additionally, Candace included several incredible slideshows, video, and scrolling lyrics.
Candi – Very well done!
THIRD PLACE (tie) – 500 BONUS POINTS
The American Dream – I Wanna Be Just Like You – Brad Andersohn
Brad happened to use two songs that I know and love in his post, but I can assure you that it did not affect the judging. With a wonderful video from Casting Crowns and a terrific homemade video tribute to his son, Brandon with the perfect soundtrack, Brad crafted a masterpiece of a post.
Great job, Brad!
Wake Me Up When September Ends – Lisa Heindel
Lisa's post focused on the raw emotions that she and her family felt in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. She gives a timeline of what they experienced, along with a great backing song. Although the song was written before the tragedy, it seems tailor-made for this terrible event.
Lisa – Nicely done, my friend. I look forward to more of your music posts in the group.
Congratulations to all of the winners! You did a truly amazing job in this contest. You will all be featured this week in Inspired By Song! Thank you for putting yourselves out there and truly sharing some very personal moments with all of us, as did many other contestants.
The next contest will run from December 3rd to December 13th. The theme to the contest will be announced around December 1st. You will NOT want to miss this one – Adam, Paul, and I will give you our "entries" just before it begins, in order to get the ball rolling.