Thursday, December 1, 2016

Battle of the Bands, Xmas-style: "Baby It's Cold Outside"


Merry...oops, not yet! But, it's certainly close enough to get in the spirit with our feetsies firmly in December. Are you game? Let's do it! First and foremost, however: This music blogging event was first introduced by our friends, Fae and Stephen, and I'd like to give them a heartfelt "thank you":

Our battles take place twice a month: on the 1st and 15th.  The results come six days later: on the 7th and 21st. That's when I return, total all of the votes, maybe even mine (and it CAN happen - did you check out last battle?), and announce the winner. 

There's a zillion versions of "Baby, It's Cold Outside" (quite a few disturbing amateur's trying out the ole' GoPro camera pre-holiday...{{{shiver}}}...you've been warned). So here's some interesting pairings that I'm fond of and I hope you like them, too. 

But who do you like MOST? Aww, that's where the fun begins.

First up, Idina Menzel (Broadway crooner most famous for Rent and Wicked, but also for the most butchered pronunciation of her name by one John Travolta...legendary mockery abounds). Don't believe me? Check it out here. I felt sorry for JT, but DUDE! Come on...it's her name and your one job was to introduce one person...sheesh.

Prayers for Michael Buble, that smooth croonin' man recently left the spotlight to spend time with his family when his very young son was diagnosed with cancer. Come on, you can add a prayer, right? I knew I could count on you.

 CONTENDER #1: 
IDINA MENZEL AND MICHAEL BUBLE



Welp, ya gotta admit, that was pretty sweet, but don't get carried away with that vote yet. Idina and Michael have a lot going for them, but they don't have the power of REDBONE

Zooey Deschanel (the television show The New Girl and her musical endeavors as She & Him's front man, er..., woman, er... person are her claim to fame). She's cutesy cute and that is apparently pretty polarizing. 

Leon Redbone is steady Eddy, paying homage to songs of the past while keeping it cool. A visit to his website gleaned a great Leon quote: “In some ways I’ve always been complacent in my approach to music,” Redbone says. “So in some ways maybe I’m the pure definition of consistent.”

Personally, I've loved him since the first time I saw him in the late 70s. 

Enough talking, more listening...here you go:

CONTENDER #2: 
ZOOEY DESCHANEL AND LEON REDBONE


Does that put you in the spirit a bit more? Are you feeling "merry?" 



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A final note:


I ask all my friends out there to pray for the town of Gatlinburg, TN. As a neighbor and frequent visitor to Gatlinburg, I'm saddened by the loss of life and property due to recent wildfires. Over 15,000+ acres have been consumed, 7 dead, 53 injured, and I can only imagine the wildlife killed or displaced. Help is flooding the area but they can always use more prayers. A lot of people are hurting, scared, and feeling overwhelmed tonight. Keep them in your thoughts and prayers, please. That is the best kind of Christmas spirit.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

BOTB Results: Revelation Song


At the start of the battle for Revelation Song, Kari Jobe came out strong and then The Newsboys pulled up from behind and this was anything but a landslide. Final score:  Newsboys 9, Kari Jobe 10. 

So, the victor, Kari Jobe, sings us out but I'm adding an honorable mention Newsboy song, too. I sense a platform of party unity can be achieved. On music, anyway. It's a start. 

Kari Jobe: "Revelation Song"


The Newsboys: "God's Not Dead"



Now, go see how your vote stacked up against the others. Do you have the magic touch...er, ear? Are you a music critic in the making? Or just a tune flunky, like myself? Go! Quit hanging around here, they're waiting.

Hope to see you on the 1st! Have a safe, BLESSED Thanksgiving!


Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Lord, It's the Battle of the Bands: Revelation Song

Can we give it up for the big man? No, not Stephen T. McCarthy, though they are comrades, but the BIG BIG man? Why the puzzled look? Okay, to be clear, STMcC is my brudder, but I'm talking about the MAN himself: the Lord, God, Almighty. Turns out, there's more than a few amazing musicians turning out some great tune-age for you-know-who. Let's do a special edition, our second "Lord, It's the Battle of the Bands"...but first, a word from our sponsor:  

This music blogging event was first introduced by our friends, Fae and Stephen, and I'd like to give them a heartfelt "thank you":

Our battles take place twice a month: on the 1st and 15th.  The results come six days later: on the 7th and 21st. That's when I return, total all of the votes, maybe even mine (and it CAN happen - did you check out last battle?), and announce the winner. 

First up, let's hear from a few guys who have been around the block, Christian music-wise: The Newsboys.  Lead singer Michael Tait came to the group by way of DC Talk. Jesus Freak, anyone? Remember that song? A fellow by the name of TobyMac as a former bandmate, too. But the group traces its roots back to 1985 when they formed "down under" in Australia. 

CONTENDER #1:  NEWSBOYS


Not too shabby! 

Next up: Kari Jobe! Kari hasn't been around nearly as long, coming to the spotlight for this very song when she sang it at the Christ for the Nations Institute in 2004. Her first album followed in 2009 and snagged her a Dove Award. 

CONTENDER #2: KARI JOBE



Tough choice...or shoe in? You decide! No riots or recounts on my blog, 
no sirree! You're driving this bus tonight. Vote in the comments and 
then trot (or e-trot) over to the other participants, who consistently do
a much better job than I ever will, ha ha.

(See you back here on the 21st for totals...God willing...)

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

BOTB (Late) Results: "Simple Joys"


It's the week of all things unexpected! Whoo-hooo!
My first tiebreaker with the Battle of the Bands!

Ben Vereen   8
Patina Miller  8

Well, to tell the truth, I've always loved Ben Vereen doing this song - so I gotta throw my vote Ben's way. You know the drill....Ben? Can you sing us out?



If you haven't visited my friendly neighborhood blogger, what are 
you waiting for? I'm the slow one! You appear relatively normal...ish. 
I'll be back on the 15th with another battle.


Tuesday, November 1, 2016

The Battle of the Bands: Simple Joys


This music blogging event was first introduced by our friends, Fae and Stephen, and I'd like to give them a heartfelt "thank you":

Our battles take place twice a month: on the 1st and 15th.  The results come six days later: on the 7th and 21st. That's when I return, total all of the votes, maybe even mine (if necessary), and announce the winner. 

Hey, it's been a hard day's night and I've been working like a dog. Hmmm. That sounds so familiar. While I try to get this online TECHNICALLY on the first, however late in the day, I have a hankering to go Broadway with this battle. Whaddaya think o' that?

"Pippin" told the tale of the son of Charlemagne...well, not really very well, but it had Ben Vereen singing, Bob Fosse choreography, and spun off a hit for Michael Jackson with "Corner of the Sky." Not too shabby.

SIMPLE JOYS
by Stephen Schwartz
Well I'll sing you the story of a sorrowful lad
He had everything he wanted, didn't want what he had
He had wealth and pelf and fame and name and all of 
That noise
But he didn't have none of those simple joys
His life seemed purposeless and flat
Aren't you glad you don't feel like that?

So he ran from all the deeds he'd done, he ran
Things he'd just begun
He ran from himself, now that's mighty far to run
Out into the country where he played as a boy
He knew he had to find him some simple joys
He wanted someplace warm and green
We all could use a change of scene

Sweet summer evenings, hot wine and bread
Sharing your supper, sharing your bed
Simple joys have a simple voice:
It says why not go ahead? 

Wouldn't you rather be a left-handed flea
Or a crab on a slab at the bottom of the sea
Than a man who never learns how to be free
Not 'til he's old and dead


Wouldn't you rather be a left-handed flea
A crab on a slab at the bottom of the sea
A newt on the root of a banyan tree 
Than a man who never learns how to be free
Not 'til the day he dies

Sweet summer evenings, sapphire skies
Feasting your belly
Feasting your eyes
Simple joys have a simple voice:
It says time's a living prize
And wouldn't you 
Rather be a left-handed flea
A crab on a slab at the bottom of the sea
A newt on the root of a banyan tree
Or a fig on a twig in Galilee
Than a man who never learns how to be free
Not till the day
Not till the day
Not till the day

Not till the day dies!

Sing, it Ben, you're the first contender....



CONTENDER #1:  BEN VEREEN, ORIGINAL CAST



Who's to say that spunky song can't be made better? Like all great Broadway tunes, somebody will decide to re-make it, re-package it, and re-invent it. Bingo...it happened to "Pippin" in 2013. 


CONTENDER #2: PATINA MILLER



Vote in the comments - which cover do you prefer?  Does Ben do it justice or was it time for a makeover? Don't hold back, peeps. I won't tell either one of them how you voted. 
Then, it's on to the participants! See you back here on the 7tht for totals.




Friday, October 21, 2016

BOTB Results: The Heart of Life


Who could have guessed that this one would be so close? Midway through the battle, I would have been afraid to call it. But, John Mayer won! 

The Heart of Life is a favorite tune of mine, no matter who is crooning. Though country music (in general) is not a huge favorite personally, Aaron Watson was a worthy opponent and did it justice. 

Sing us out, John!: 



Hold your horses...where ya going? There's still more battles to visit. Don't you want to know how your vote stacked up? Come on, live a little. I'll see you back here on the 1st.