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.

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

BOTB Results!: The Harmony Battle is OH SO CLOSE!


Well, it was a close one this time and I'm tempted to throw my vote on the pile, but that would CREATE a tie! Then again...if I created a tie, I could let both of the "winners" sing us out...hmmmm....

This is how the voting went:

The Thorns:  Arlee, Stephen, Birgit, John, Cherdo

The Lumineers: Mike (I'm shocked that more didn't like this one)

Dan Fogelberg: Debra, aisasami, Debbie D., Chris, Mary B.

Technically, the winner is DAN FOGELBERG! Let's be real, it's tough to beat Dan Fogelberg...that voice...oh, my gosh, I love it. 

But, I really dig The Thorns and I'm a bit miffed that I discovered them after then had disbanded. I'm a day late and a dollar (or more) short, as the saying goes. And my little old vote would have tied this gig.

So, I'll play them both! Because I can!

First, to the victor...play us out, Dan!:



And just because...The Thorns!



See you on the 15th -- but you need to see these peeps right now!


Wednesday, May 1, 2019

The Battle of the Bands: The Harmony Battle


Welcome to May and The Battle of the Bands!  In case you don't know, FAR AWAY EYES started this grand romp of a blogging event and it is currently hosted and promoted by brudder, "The Extra Beachy Beach Boy," 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 add my own humble vote to break a tie and announce the winner, but why sully the whole event?

True Confessions of a Battle of the Bands veteran: if you held a gun to my head (please, don't...not really necessary), I'd tell you that my deepest secret is that I love those beautiful harmonies more than anything. Kinda got a thing for acoustic guitar, too, being an acoustic player myself...so a folksy sound works nicely for me, too. Today, I treat myself.

Let the battle begin! 


CONTENDER #1:  THE THORNS
"Among the Living"



CONTENDER #2: THE LUMINEERS
"Hey, Ho"



CONTENDER #3: DAN FOGELBERG
"Leader of the Band"


Vote! Do any of these tune trip your trigger? Do they make you want to get out the ole' Gibson or Fender? Vote first, then strum to your heart's content. 

Then check out the peeps' blogs! Vote come more, it burns more calories and lowers your bad cholesterol (I didn't fact check that...but, yeah! Go with it!).

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

If You Do This, You Might Be a Geezer: Z is for Zinger



It's the last day of the A-to-Z Challenge and I have to say, it's been fun.  

To close, I'm keeping it brief. A sure sign of a geezer is the love of a good ZINGER.

My favorite geezer zingers:

"My childhood punishments have become my adult goals:
1. Go to bed early
2. Not leaving my house.
3. Not going to a party."

"Old age is when you know your way around, but don't feel like going."

"The five senses are incomplete without the sixth: the sense of humor."

Thank for stopping by, peeps! If you liked some of my humor, well...

YOU MIGHT BE A GEEZER

(And actually, I hope you are.)



It's not too late to check out 
some of the fine bloggers 
participating this month's challenge by 
accessing the master list on the 


Monday, April 29, 2019

If You Do This, You Might Be a Geezer: Y is for Yourself


One more day left in the Blogging from A-to-Z April Challenge 2019!

If you related to the many examples in my lighthearted look at all the geezer signs (experienced by yours truly, too), I think they add up to one thing: you know YOURSELF.

Whether it's your own quirks, love of reruns, forgetfulness, addiction to the newspaper, love of dogs, forgetfulness, love of old autos, fancy crappers, forgetfulness...at least you recognize those things as part of the whole.

And, in all likelihood, it's because you have the years in rear view mirror that have taught you not to be afraid of what stares back at you in the bathroom mirror. 

It's all okay.

But...fair warning...

YOU MIGHT BE A GEEZER.





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participating this month's challenge by 
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