Monday, July 15, 2019

Battle of the Bands: The Baby Battle


Welcome to July 15th and The Battle of the Bands!  

A big thanks to FAE (faraway eyes) for the original creative spark that started what would become the Battle of the Bands and to STEPHEN T. McCARTHY for hosting this madcap musical love fest. The Battle gets posted on the 1st and 15th of each month and results appear magically six days later, on the 7th and 21st. You get the honor of casting a vote in the comments below to tell me which tune is your favorite and why (if you want to elaborate). If it's absolutely necessary, I add my own humble vote to break a tie and announce the winner...and you see how your vote stacked up against the huddled masses of humanity.

I've got babies on the brain, since we've had a new addition in the extended family and several good friend have added to their broods. True story: I'm a pushover where babies are concerned. Maybe I'm not the only one. You'll note that many a couple, knee deep in amore, refers to their sweetie as "baby" and it's usually accepted as a form of endearment...let's not get touchy about that, please, there's so little unoffensive things left. Leave me that and I won't call random strangers "honey."

First up, the closest thing Hubzam and I have to "our song."  Second, a true classic...and third, a great hook and definite ear worm. And I like them all!

CONTENDER #1: 
AMY GRANT
"Baby, Baby"



CONTENDER #2: 
SMOKEY ROBINSON & THE MIRACLES
"Ooh, Baby Baby"



CONTENDER #3: 
JUSTIN BIEBER ft. LUDICRIS
"Baby"


Time to Vote! Which one do you prefer? Any of these remind you of your baby? Have any of these big hits already gotten too much air time for you? Be honest...we're a picky music bunch...we like what we like, right? I thought so...

Don't forget to check out the peeps' blogs! 

AISASAMI


Monday, July 8, 2019

BOTB: Who is REALLY Stayin' Alive?



Whoops! Took Sunday off mentally and didn't realize July 7th had come. Geezerdom is feeling so homey lately. 

In the spirit of unity, I believe everyone questioned the wisdom of anyone re-doing "Stayin' Alive" in light of the Bee Gees HUGE success with said tune. I have to agree. 

But...

DWEEZIL ZAPPA AND OZZIE OSBOURNE pulled off a win on this one and it would be far easier to tell you who didn't vote for them!

Dweezil & Ozzie:  Alex, Mary B, Debbie D., Mike (of Billions...), CWMartin, Magical Mystery Mimi, Cathy K., Janie Junebug, Gilly, and Mike (Ramblings)

Bruce Springsteen: Arlee

Cory Henry and the Funk Apostles: Stephen T. McCarthy, John Holton

A few thoughts: 1) I think Dweezil can pull off a range of genres. Ozzie always sounds like Ozzie, so if you like Ozzie...you're good. 2) When I think of disco, the name Bruce Springsteen does not come up. 3) Funk makes everything worthwhile when it's done right. Cory Henry is doing it right.

Once again, thank you for your votes and to the victors! Sing us out, Ozzie, and shred us out, Dweezil!


Don't forget to check out the peeps' blogs! 




Monday, July 1, 2019

Battle of the Bands: No Independence from Strange Covers!


Welcome to July, our celebrated independence, and The Battle of the Bands!  

A big thanks to FAE (faraway eyes) for the original creative spark and to STEPHEN T. McCARTHY for hosting this romp, month after month. May he never win his independence from this motley group of music lovers. The Battle gets posted on the 1st and 15th of each month and results appear magically six days later, on the 7th and 21st. You get the honor of casting a vote in the comments below to tell me which tune is your favorite and why (if you want to elaborate). If it's absolutely necessary, I add my own humble vote to break a tie and announce the winner, but why sully the whole event?

Friday, June 21, 2019

BOTB Results: The Summertime Battle

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Whoa! I loved this battle because it put me back in my groove of only using songs I like. And boy, did I like these three: Eddie Cochran's Summertime Blues, Sly and the Family Stone's Hot Fun in the Summertime, and Seals and Crofts' Summer Breeze. Each one of these gems transports me back in time in the best way possible.

But there can only be one winner and the votes (botes) tell the tale: 
  • Cochran: Mike, angryparsnip, Birgit
  • Sly & the Family Stone: John Holton, Janet, Stephen T. McCarthy
  • Seals & Crofts: Debbie D., aisasami, Arlee Bird, Alex J. Cavanaugh, Mary B, Cathy Kennedy, CWMartin

Man, I loved Seals and Crofts back in the day. A neighbor's granddaughter came visiting from California and the most impressive thing she every told me was that she was babysitting Jimmy Seals' child. I had to see pictures (she was!). It didn't take much to wow me back in the day, but that did. 

To the victors! Play it again, Jimmy and Dash:


Meanwhile, more battles have been counted, posted, and celebrated on the following blogs:  

Saturday, June 15, 2019

Battle of the Bands: Results and a New, Improved Summertime Battle


Good day, my battle enthusiasts, and welcome to another wrap up of the Battle of the Bands DELAYED!  I apologize for the late results post but assure you that I did make my brain do some learnin' about all the possible reasons a post won't post! Can you say, "form error?" How about "publish fail?"

So, our winner for the June 1 Battle of the Bands for "I Walk the Line" was none other than ED KOWALCZYK

Voting went like this:
    HALSEY: Lee, angryparsnip
    ED: Mike, Janet, Stephen, Debbie D., Chris, Holli, Cathy
    AVILA: Mary B., Birgit, John H.

To the victor!  Sing it again, Ed K.!


The New Battle! SUMMERTIME

In my last post, I deviated from my standard practice of only using songs I liked (hey, in that way, I always agree with the winner). Truth of the matter, I deviated FAR from that mode because I didn't really care for any of them. But I acknowledge that I am not the only music lover in the world and there are many opinions floating out there in blog land...maybe I'll hit on someone else's favorites! Naw...I consider that experiment a failure. :-)

Summer is almost officially here and there's no end to the number of songs that mention summertime. A few of my favorites are below...which one do YOU prefer?

CONTENDER #1: EDDIE COCHRAN
"Summertime Blues"



CONTENDER #2: SLY & THE FAMILY STONE
"Hot Fun in the Summertime"



CONTENDER #3: SEALS & CROFT
"Summer Breeze"



Let the voting begin! Which summertime tune really makes you tap those toes or think about summer fun? Tell me what you're thinking...

Then check out the peeps' blogs! 

Saturday, June 1, 2019

Battle of the Bands: "I Walk the Line"

Nothing like starting out a battle with a fib...'cause this summer, Cherdo will not be walking lines any time soon -- but that's fine, 'cause I'm getting an annoying foot issue fixed. 

Welcome to the Battle of the Bands! In case you don't know, FAR AWAY EYES started this grand occasion and it is currently hosted and promoted by brudder, "I'm More Picky About the Lines I'm Willing to Walk" STEPHEN T. McCARTHY. The mighty Battle gets posted on the 1st and 15th of each month and results appear magically six days later, on the 7th and 21st. You get the honor of casting a vote in the comments below to tell me which tune is your favorite and why (if you want to elaborate). If it's absolutely necessary, I will not walk, but roll over, to add my own humble vote to break a tie and announce the winner.

"I Walk the Line" is the iconic Johnny Cash song and I'm sure it needs no intro or video link...yet, here is one if you want to refresh your memory. Many unknowns have covered this song on YouTube, so there's no lack of options. I found myself changing the contenders repeatedly. 

Let's see how you like these cats and kittens! These versions definitely represent artists "putting their own spin" on a classic. 


CONTENDER #1: HALSEY




CONTENDER #2: AVILA
(hey, that dude looks like my nephew...
it's not, but it looks just like him)



CONTENDER #3: ED KOWALCZYK



Voting begins!  

Can you get on board with new spins on old favorites? Do they make you want to get out the original or look for more new versions? Tell me what you're thinking...

Then check out the peeps' blogs! Vote away and give it your best shot.