Wednesday, April 25, 2018

BOTB Super Late Results: We DO Monkey Around


Oh dear Lord, first I was late on my tally and then Blogger was not my friend  and I didn't have time to mess with it...but it has "fixed itself"? This is the first sign on early (cough, cough) onset dementia.

But, the winner, but ONE VOTE:  Davy Jones!

Sorry for the short post...hope springs eternal that it will be better next month. You know who is really good at this? EVERY SINGLE PERSON WHO DOES IT BUT ME.

For example:


Take care, God bless, and I hope I'll be more up to the task next month! See you then...

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Battle of the Bands: The People Say They Monkee Around


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 (Monkee-ing around enthusiast...). 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.


In their heyday, my pal Patti and I worshipped the Monkees. You know what's groovy? The records we wore out...far groovier that when they started, quite literally. We loved everything about them: television, Tiger Beat magazine articles, product endorsements, 45s, LPs, lunch boxes (check, check, check...you get the drill). Just say "Monkee" and we were in. Or say grossly-over-promoted-over-saturated-teeny-bopper-market-of-the-60s-and-70s...I'm still in, but that was a nice try.

But soon, the party (as they say) was over and the Monkee men when their separate ways. What does a non-Monkee do with his time?  Or, more accurately, who does it BEST? Since we are talking music on this blog event, and solo efforts, I'm picking the two who I think might be more evenly matched. 

"It's all so scientific," she said to herself.

Mike Nesmith's biggest hit, to me, was a version NOT sung by Mike. Written in 1965, this little ditty didn't really show its head till "Different Drum" was covered by Linda Ronstadt in 1967 and consequently reached a respectable #13 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Various artists have covered "Different Drum" in the years since, but it is first and foremost a Mike tune! 

Mike rendition is a tad country-rock for me, but I remain Monkee-loyal. So, play, magic fingers!


CONTENDER #1
Mike Nesmith  "Different Drum"


Davy Jones, what a heartthrob! I'm sure I'm the only one who thought so...ahem. He appeared in a Brady Bunch episode entitled, "Getting Davy Jones." Hey, why didn't I ever think to invite Davy Jones to a dance? Perhaps because I wasn't even a teen yet when it came out (but I would have given him a ride on my bike and that's gotta count for sumthin').

I digress...

The song "Girl" was Davy Jones' 8th single, not necessarily the best but it is the one I always remember most fondly. Marcia, Marcia, Marcia...

CONTENDER #2
 Davy Jones   "Girl"


You'll be tempted to give him extra points for the ruffled shirt, but keep this professional people. Now, vote! I know you can - I'm a believer! 

Visit these other bloggeroonis and participate in their Battles, too! See you on the 21st with the results.



Flipping out, with a Springtime, pollen laden twist!
Cherdo

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:

U2:
Alex
Birgit
Janet

Gilbert O'Sullivan:
Arlee
Mike
Cathy
Stephen
Chris
John
Michele

Sinead O'Connor:
Evil Pop Tart
Mary
Hulk

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.

CONTENDER #1:
U2
"With or Without You"
Peak date: 5/16/87


CONTENDER #2:
GILBERT O'SULLIVAN
"Alone Again, Naturally"
Peak date: 7/29/72


CONTENDER #3:
SINEAD O'CONNOR
"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 O....you 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 way....so I declare the winner to be:   

"I HAVE DREAMED"
FROM
THE KING AND I
(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,
Cherdo

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...

CONTENDER #1: 
I HAVE DREAMED/THE KING AND I
PEABO BRYSON & LEA SALONGA



CONTENDER #2
WHEN I FIRST SAW YOU (THERE'S MY DREAM)/DREAMGIRLS
JAMIE FOX & BEYONCE




CONTENDER #3
I DREAMED A DREAM/LES MISERABLES
ANNE HATHAWAY


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...
Cherdo