Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Battle of the Bands: "If I Were a Carpenter"



"If I were a carpenter, and you were a lady..." Oh, 'scuse me! I've got an ear worm, defined by www.dictionary.com "as a catchy song or tune that runs continually through a person's mind." As worms go, I'm the fish that bites that (ear) worm every time. I've always had a problem with getting a tune stuck in my head for days on end. Sounds like a battle-worthy song!

This particular wormhole is the BATTLE OF THE BANDS and it was started by FAR AWAY EYES (smooch...) and STEPHEN T. McCARTHY (sa-lute!). If you're new to this, a Battle gets posted on the 1st and 15th of each month and results appear magically six days later, on the 7th and 21st. You comment below and tell me which tune 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. 

"If I Were a Carpenter" sounds like it should be a religious tune, tipping its hat to our favorite carpenter, but nope...not at all. This Tim Hardin tune (linked) has been around (he performed it at Woodstock, no less). 


Many would associate this song with Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash...and that is why I'm leaving that version out. 

I confess, I've got a clear favorite. Could you guess which one? 

But what version is YOUR favorite? Why?



CONTENDER # 1
1966  BOBBY DARIN


CONTENDER #2
1968 THE FOUR TOPS


CONTENDER # 3
1972 BOB SEGER 


Is the ear worm in your noodle now, too?  Good luck with that and thanks for participating! I'll be back with results on the 7th...in the meanwhile, check out the results from our other participants. 


Monday, January 7, 2019

BOTB Results: Brand New Day, Indeed!


It's Battle of the Bands results day!

Oh, I had high hopes of a closer battle for this one but I was denied! No matter, 'cause folks - the people have spoken. Who am I to question it? You really don't get much more star power than Van Morrison or Sting, and I for one believe that it's well deserved. Ryan Star, wherever you are (hey, I can rhyme!), you should be proud to pull any votes at all away from Van Morrison, by the way. So, no crying, Starman.

Van Morrison: 
Mirka, Debra, Stephen, Mary, Chris, Debbie D., Mike Spain

Sting: 
Arlee, Cathy, Alex, Janet

Ryan Star: 
Mike, Fran

Van Morrison, you are the King today. Most of us realize you were King of many musical days, so keep beltin' them out, brother.  Now, sing us out:



Thank you, peeps, for participating! I'll be back with another battle on the 15th...in the meanwhile, check out the results from our other participants. How did your vote line up with the masses? Do you have mad skills? Ah, I get it...you're gonna be humble, eh? Well played.


Tuesday, January 1, 2019


Happy New Year, my peeps! It's been...a year. Bye, 2018. It's time. 

This romp was started by FAR AWAY EYES (smooch...prayers continue, friend) and STEPHEN T. McCARTHY (different kinda prayers, ha ha). If you're new to it, a Battle gets posted on the 1st and 15th of each month and results appear magically six days later, on the 7th and 21st. You comment below and tell me which tune your favorite and why (if you want to elaborate). If necessary, I add my own humble vote to break a tie and announce the winner. 

What happened to my results post for December? I don't know. A wise friend advised me to pretend it was on purpose; it's an idea I like. 

So...you can count as well as I can - the winner was Nathan Drake, by only one vote! (Nathan: 6, Marcy: 5, St. John's Choir: 4). Click on the link to check out our last winner of 2018. 😄😄😄😄 

2019, my friends! It's a BRAND NEW DAY!! While we're on the subject, here is a non-taxing kind of question:  

Which one of these artists 
gave us the best song called 
"Brand New Day?"

CONTENDER #1:  VAN MORRISON


CONTENDER #2: STING


CONTENDER #3:  RYAN STAR

Your task is before you. Are any of these "Brand New Day(s)" actually new to you? Is one clearly the winner? Does your fan status sway you (come on, tell the truth...). Vote in the comments below!

Then, hustle on over to my friends' blogs, and quickly! They're waiting!

See you one the 7th with results, I promise. Cross my heart and yada yada yada. 

Let's have a great year, God willing. Give it your all, it couldn't hurt. Do a little good here and there. 

Hugs,
Cherdo

Saturday, December 15, 2018

Battle of the Bands: The Reason for the Season


Well, this is the last post for 2018's Battles of the Bands...did I say that right? In honor of that, I'd like to offer up a battle that is firmly rooted in the "reason for the season." It's almost Christmas...

This romp was started by FAR AWAY EYES (always remembered and loved) and STEPHEN T. McCARTHY (the head elf) drive this caravan. If you're new to it, a Battle gets posted on the 1st and 15th of each month and results appear magically six days later, on the 7th and 21st. You comment below and tell me which tune your favorite and why (if you want to elaborate). If necessary, I add my own humble vote to break a tie and announce the winner. 

You don't have to be Christian to know that the December 25 celebration of Christmas is all about the birth of Christ, whom Christians everywhere believe to be the salvation of the world. I happen to share that belief, so the season is always extra special to me and I've managed not to chalk all the hubbub up to consumerism, inspite of the push to bite that hook. 

In reverence of that special day so long ago, I submit my choice for the December battle: "Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus." 

The first version is tied to a video by The Skit Guys that I love. The singer is Marcy Priest, a worship leader and songwriter outta Oklahoma who released her debut album "Awake" in 2008. Acclaim followed, but she stayed under my radar till The Skit Guys...

CONTENDER #1: MARCY PRIEST 


Boy...this just begs for a church choir to chime in...or a college choir. Hmmm...

CONTENDER # 2: 
ST. JOHN'S CHOIR, CAMBRIDGE


Acoustic anyone? Yeah...I love acoustic.

CONTENDER #3: 
NATHAN DRAKE 
(REAWAKEN HYMNS)


Three different versions, one solid message. The only thing missing is your vote, your opinion/comment and ME saying "Merry Christmas, happy holidays, and God bless you all." 

To those of you who don't believe in God, let me say, "Merry Christmas, happy holidays, and God bless you all." You don't have to believe to be blessed.

And lastly, to those who skip the whole month of December, let me say (again), "Merry Christmas, happy holidays, and God bless you all." Apparently, you need all the good wishes and blessings I can throw at you.

I try not to be swayed by public opinion.

My favorite shepherd, Gonzo...

Spread your Christmas cheer and good will (I hope you have a good dose of it) over these other fine blogs and welcome our new member, AISASAMI. See you on the 21st!

Friday, December 7, 2018

BOTB Results: God Rest Ye, Merry Gentlemen


Well, now that I think about it, that picture is a bit of a spoiler. But, yes! Hozier came out on top in the battle of "God Rest Ye, Merry Gentlemen" (and I, too, don't know if there should be a comma, STMcC, but it just feels right). 

Your votes:
Living Scars: parsnip, aisasami
Hozier: fishducky, John, Mary, Janie, Mike Spain, Birgit, STMcC
Reliant K: Arlee, Debra She Who Seeks, Mike

Celebrate with one more listen to Hozier belting it out:


December battles are the best, in my humble opinion (which never costs you a cent, by the way...). Remember, this is not the only result you need to check out! Hurry on over to my peeps' blogs and see what happened. Did your vote break a tie? Did you vote for the favorite? Inquiring minds want to know!

See you on December 15, when we do the last battle of 2018. Will I do Christmas music? Don't even bother to pull out that 8 Ball...all signs point to yes!



Saturday, December 1, 2018

O Holy Night, It's the Holiday Battle of the Bands!


December is here and opinions are a-flyin' about whether or not you're delighted or stressed about the holiday season. But today (or tonight), we're here to put our heads together for THE BATTLE! And how do we do that, kiddies?