Thursday, November 15, 2018

Battle of the Bands: Thankful for the Laughs!


It's my month of thankfulness and time for the Battle of the Bands, with potential for one or more ha-has per month! 

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

BOTB Results: Musically Thankful...the "Perfect" Battle!


Wow, I didn't see that one coming! Unless your name was Arlee, you voted for the dynamic duo of Ed Sheeran and Andrea Bocelli, with a whopper of a score of 14 to 1

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Battle of the Bands: Musically Thankful


Gawd, I'm sick of negativity and all the dookie that comes with it. I reject all that nonsense, like a rational adult. Thankulness is the theme of November!

Today, it's time for the Battle of the Bands, the only fun battle in town! In this wonderful space created by FAR AWAY EYES (always loved) and STEPHEN T. McCARTHY (the bandmaster), and this is our schtick: a new Battle gets posted on the 1st and 15th of each month and results appear magically six days later, on the 7th and 21st. If necessary, I add my own humble vote to break a tie, math it up, and announce the winner.

Maybe it's because I'm a chick...maybe I'm just sappy. But, peeps, I love a romantic tune and I'm starting to really warm up to a good video rendering of it. This month's tune just drips with a guy's appreciation of his girl and it's stuck in my brain. 

Couple this with the theme of the battle (in my own words, "can you do this song better than the original?") and an idea crept into my brain. Can an artist improve on his own original by bringing other artists into the fray? Can they put that ego down and allow another artist to jump on the tune train?

Guys thankful for gals, artists thankful for success, songwriters thankful for the opportunity to share music...yeah!

Let's find out. I give you a favorite tune of late: Ed Sheeran's "Perfect." And I'll even say you can consider the video in your choice of the best performance. Why not. This is America.

THE ORIGINAL VERSION
ED SHEERAN: "Perfect"


You know what might make it better? A nuclear tenor, like Andrea Boccelli. Billingual, no less. Bring it, guys:

CONTENDER #1:
ED SHEERAN AND ANDREA BOCCELLI



How 'bout Queen Bey? Put another spin on it?

CONTENDER #2:
ED SHEERAN AND BEYONCE



I'll ask for your vote, and an added comment, if you are so inclined. 1) Which one do you think is the best?  2) How well do you know me, at this point? Which one do you think I am obsessed with, as of late (because I watch this video a lot)?

Results on the 7th, good people! Now jump on these other battles, if you please. I'll be thankful, I promise.

Sunday, October 21, 2018

BOTB Results: Bohemian Rhapsody


Wow, that was hardly a squeeker...at first, I thought my old buddies PANIC AT THE DISCO were gonna go home humbled. But eight is a respectable amount...you all may appear on stage without fear. Glad I could settle that for you, lest you lose sleep. 

The Votes!

PENTATONIX FANS:
Stephen
fishducky
Alex
Evil Pop Tart
Debra
Mike
Mirka
Michelle
angry parsnip
John
Janet
holli

PANIC INDUCING FANS!
Arlee
Cathy
Mary
Chris
Mike Spain
G Dogg
Birgit
Debbie D.

Thanks for the turnout and if I missed a battle, my apologies! I'm not spending that much time on the old computer but I'll do better next time. 

To the victor!  Sing us out, PENTATONIX:


How did your vote hold up against the others? Did you pick a winner, you devil? Are you an ace at this? 

Quick! Check the other battles that my peeps are hosting and join us here on the 1st of the month for the next battle...looks like it's time to be thankful in November...hint, hint...


Monday, October 15, 2018

Battle of the Bands: God Save Queen Battle


Oh, sweet-peeps, we are heading into a Queen tale on the big screen as Rami Malik attempts to embody the late, great Freddie Mercury. God Save (the) Queen! Will he pull it off? Will Stephen T. McCarthy's 8 Ball chime in?

All hail my dear friends, FAR AWAY EYES (never gone...never forgotten...NEVAAHHH!) and STEPHEN T. McCARTHY. This is our game plan: a new Battle gets posted on the 1st and 15th of each month and results appear magically six days later, on the 7th and 21st, when I add my own humble and unroyal vote to break a tie (if necessary), math it up, and announce the winner.

What would Freddie say about all this? Who wants to live forever...on film? I suspect he would; he always seemed to crave the audience's attention and delight in the way he would control their responses. 

THE ORIGINAL: BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY



The original, the iconic, BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY is the tune to beat for this battle. Who dares challenge such a powerhouse? Wayne and Garth?

CONTENDER #1:  PANIC AT THE DISCO



Are instruments required for this battle? Aw, heck no! Next up.....

CONTENDER #2:  PENTATONIX


How much of a purist are you? You have to admit it takes guts to take on a classic. In two versions that are very close to the original, which one do YOU prefer? Come on, you can tell me, your ole' pal Cherdo...but I won't keep it a secret!

Speakin' of secrets I won't keep...there are some great battles that need your input. Click on the links below and give them your two cents or more. Round it up to a nickel, we're a wild bunch.  See you on the 21st with the outcome!

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

BOTB Results: The Trust Battle and "Things I Never Thought I'd Hear Myself Say"


Well, now, I'd never thought I'd be saying this, but, "Yay! LSD!" 

My oft repeated tale is that I like all the songs I put in battles. Face it, I get a guaranteed happy face for whoever wins the battle that way and there are few scenarios in life that can be so controlled. I'm latched on to this approach.

None of the artists, in full disclosure mode, are on my frequent flyer list by any stretch of the imagination, but I've really warmed up to LSD (Labrinth, Sia, and Diplo) lately. Even the crazy imagery is kinda fun for me. Not so much for others, but there were a couple of votes for LSD by default. It's a free-ish country, right? So...YAY!

How the votes played out:

"Thunderclouds" by LSD:
Mike
Arless
Mary 
John
Stephen
Chris
Angryparsnip
Cathy

"Sober" by DEMI LOVATO:
Alex
G Dogg
Mike Spain
Birgit

"Heartless" by YE or Kanye or Mr. West:
[the null set]

There you have it, friends! To the victor....


I'm behind schedule! Run, don't walk, over to my peeps' blogs to see how they turned out. Will there be surprises? Disappointments? Tears?

There's only one way to find out. Come on...do it! 


I'll see you back here on the 15th - deal?