Phil's Rambling Rants
"We're going to try to make the catagories clearer next year by adding descriptive text; unfortunately, when the OVFF concom picks a name for the category it isn't always clear to anyone else what their intention is."
Sorry for going a bit off topic here, but I wonder if anyone has considered applying that sentence with a substitution of "songwriting contest topic" for "category". From what I heard, I suspect I wasn't the only person more confused than inspired.
Part of the fun of the songwriting contest is people coming up with novel interpretations of the topic. I like seeing people taking a creative approach to writing a new song; what I don't like is seeing them make creative excuses for why the song they already wrote should be considered eligible when most people would say it's not.