Thursday, March 22, 2018

BOTB Results: The Greenest Results Ever

Oh, battles of battles! Man against woman, friend against friend; if I'm not careful, I'm going to slide ride into Stephen T. McCarthy's tag line. 'Nuff said, here is how it shook out:


Gilbert O'Sullivan:

Sinead O'Connor:
Evil Pop Tart

My early years could be a musical and one of the background songs would have to be "Alone Again Naturally," if not for the sentiment, then definitely for the number of times I played this great tune. To the victor! No crying or moaning, U2 or Sinead...let's be big about it. Someone will notice you...

So, sing us out, Gilbert!

Now, go back and check out the results from my people (and I will, too!). I'll see you next month on the 15th for the next Battle of the Bands. 

A-to-Z folks, I'm trying to talk myself into it once more; it's so much fun. Your thoughts?

Hugs, Cherdo

Thursday, March 15, 2018

The Greenest Battle of the Bands Ever

What could be better than an Irish battle of the bands? How about an actual knock down, drag out? Who would want to be in such a whallop-o-looza? 

As always, this love fest is the product of my friends, FAE (never absent in my heart, always in my prayers, and just one heck of a gal and she'd make a great Irish lass) and Stephen T. McCarthy (might be Irish...there are telltale signs...). I'm a once a month participant on the 15th, and returning on the 21st with results of YOUR voting, so let's get this show on the road.

Go ahead, guess the top three Irish singers/bands. Neuro synapses can be created with this simple exercise of mental recall (according to me). As much as I hate to reference the big wigs, here I go: according to Billboard, the top ranking Irish artists are U2, Gilbert O'Sullivan (not even his real o'name), and Sinead O'Connor. 

Let's pit those big boys (and girl) against each other and see what shakes out, for the love of St. Patty.

"With or Without You"
Peak date: 5/16/87

"Alone Again, Naturally"
Peak date: 7/29/72

"Nothing Compares 2 U"
Peak date: 4/21/90

Ha! How will they do? Will someone walk away, head handing low, too big for their great green britches? Will I have to call the WAAAAmbulance?

Time to vote, peeps! Bono vs Gilbert O vs Sinead decide the REAL top irish artist. Vote as many times as you like, as long as you like the number one. Then visit the rest of the gang, who are ALL irish on the 17th, I swear on me mudder's potato recipe.

Happy St. Patrick's Day, too - I've got to have a jump on everyone else, I started two days early.
Hugs, Cherdo

Monday, January 22, 2018

BOTB: What??

Whaddaya trying to do to me? You know I always battle songs I like against each other...and that I'm just a frail flower of a girl (cough, hack, cough!)?  Believe it or not, you left me with a three way tie. Did you hear that? A THREE WAY...I even hung on for an extra day, waiting for a straggler. 

Dear friends, I have no choice but to BUST this three way into one way/my I declare the winner to be:   

(That was painful)

I love this musical. 

It also is redemption for Peabo Bryson who ruined my experience at his concert long ago - and I had a great seat in the 4th row. When the sound system buzzed, he just about lost his mind in a most ungentlemanly fashion. My concert buddy remarked, "he isn't THAT famous yet, is he?" In spite of that, I'm crossing that faux pas off my mental history of Peabo. Now he is BOTB famous; I'll give him a pass.

But what about the peeps? How did your vote do over yonder? Go check it out! I've got to write condolences to Jamie Foxx, Beyonce, and Anne Hathaway. You know someone is gonna have a hissy.

I'll see you back here on the 15th of February!

Flippin' out in my second half of the century,

Monday, January 15, 2018

Battle of the Bands: The Dream Battle

Hello and howdy, and let's give a big salute to the fellow who coined the phrase, "I have a dream..."

As always, this love fest is the product of my friends, FAE (never absent in my heart, always in my prayers, and just one heck of a gal) and Stephen T. McCarthy (yep, that's the guy). I'm aonce a month participant on the 15th, and returning on the 21st with results of YOUR voting, so let's get this show on the road.

Bands aren't the only source of great of great songs and you just have to look at the theater to find a big, steaming mess o' wonderful classics. Some of the most famous vocalists of the past decades have taken advantage of the availability of this wellspring of tune-age. 

I have a dream of a battle...of musicals...and musicians...and YouTube...all coming together with the common theme: dreams...




Now that I look back on those, this looks a little highbrow, ha ha.  It's a new year, why not be a little risky?  

Your turn: which song do you like best? Do you like musicals? How about the whole concept of acting meets singing? And are you glad or sad that I didn't use Susan Boyle for "I Have a Dream" (her famous "Britain's Got Talent" performance). 

Vote and I'll see you back here on the 21st!

Flipping out...still...

Friday, December 22, 2017

BOTB Results: "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel"

Wow, that was a great battle between The Franz Family, The Piano Guys, and Pentatonix. And I was a little surprised at the two that kept the race close: The Franz Family and the Piano Guys! Seriously, Pentatonix scared the mistletoe outta me, fearing they'd run aware with it. They're everywhere!

Final Scores:
Franz Family 6
Pentatonix 1
Piano Guys 8

My own thoughts on the choices:  Love them all. The Franz Family are new to me, but I was pleasantly surprised 

So, let those little boys (look above - they can't be more than 6 or 7 inches tall) play us out once more: 

Check out the results on everyone else's blog and spread the Christmas love while you are at it. I'll be back on the 15th of the New Year  - how about you? I'm praying it will be less hectic, more peaceful, and you all will be practically bragging about how great life is treating ya! 

Merry Christmas to all!

Friday, December 15, 2017

Battle of the Bands: O Come, O Come Emmanuel

Tis the season to be doing the BATTLE OF THE BANDS - EMMANUEL STYLE!

As always, this love fest is the product of my friends, FAE (never absent in my heart, always in my prayers) and Stephen T. McCarthy (praying for totally different reasons, ahem...) and I'm taking part once a month on the 15th, and returning on the 21st with results. That's where you come in!

For this month's humble offering, I'd like to share different versions of one of my favorite Christmas-y songs:  "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel."  In fact, one of the ways I measure my December 2016 funk level is to look at the Battle of the Bands song I chose: "Baby, It's Cold Outside" is a sign of low holiday effort on my part. Now you know my dark, inner most secret: holiday funkdom.

Back! Back! Let no funkdom raise it's head!! Onward to tune-dom!

The origins of this hymn go back to the monasteric heydays of Latin lovers (that's lovers of Latin, as opposed to Latin lovers...let me assure you I have experience with the language affictionados only...not sure that is something I should boast...veni, vidi, vici...), with the original version being sung seven days before Christmas Eve as part of the 'O antiphons,'  then "the eighth antiphon, “O Virgo virginum” (“O Virgin of virgins”) would be sung before and after Mary’s canticle, the Magnificat (Luke 1:46b-55)."  A little more info from the source...go ahead, click it. Dont' be afraid. 

Let's get this show on the road (to Bethlehem): 

The Franz Family



Three different styles of a great song; surely, one of these can win your vote? Hey, you don't even have to listen to words on the third one! Could I be any more accommadating?  Vote in the comments below and I'll be back here on the 21st with PLENTY of time for all the "Merry Christmas" wishes and New Years warnings. 

Don't leave my peeps miss out of the fun - go check out their battles, too.  Go on...go! They have busy lives and they need to get this show on the road. We ain't getting any younger.

Till then, I'm flippin' out in a jingley bell way,
Hugs, Cherdo