Friday, September 21, 2018

BOTB Results: "In My Life"

Whoo-wheee! That wasn't as close as I expected. For our final count, here's what happened, folks:

Beatles: 3 Diehards
Debra, She Who Seeks
Elizabeth Seckman, Author
Mirka Breen

Contender #1, Ed Sheeran: 10
Mary Burris
Stephen T. McCarthy, STMcC Presents 'BATTLE OF THE BANDS'
Sixgun McItchyfinger
Mike Spain
John Holton
Alex J. Cavanaugh, Insecure Writers Support Group
Junie Junebug, Junie Junebugs Righting and Editing
angryparsnip, Two Little Square Black Dogs
The Armchair Squid

Contender #2, Bette Midler: 5
Arlee Bird, Tossing It Out
G Dogg
Birgit, BB Creations
Mike, Billions of Versions of Normal
Cathy Kennedy, Cathy Mews

Ed Sheeran took the crown (the Beatles are not worried, but kudos). Mr. Sheeran, as we say at the Flipside, sing us out:

There's just one thing left to do, peeps:  go check out the other Battles of the Band and see how your vote stack up against the rest of the gang.

I'll see you back here on the 1st - deal? We will battle it out once more.

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Battle of the Bands: In My Life

 Friends, I'm BACK!  

Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water: it's Cherdo. Always a "promise keeper," and I told my dear ole' pal, Stephen T. McCarthy that I would return. Oh, the tales I could tell...but I won't right now! It's time for the BATTLE OF THE BANDS!  

This musical mayhem was started by my dear friends, FAR AWAY EYES and STEPHEN T. McCARTHY. A new Battle gets posted on the 1st and 15th of each month and six days later, on the 7th and 21st, I place my own vote if necessary to break a tie, math it up, and announce the winner. Of course, there will be a bit of yada yada. You expect no less of me.

In celebration of my return to the fold, I have chosen a personal favorite. Though I am of the opinion that no one should challenge the iconic songs, here are some heavy hitters in their own right: Bette Midler and Ed Sheeran. 

First, the original: let's hear it, mop tops!

The Beatles

Ed Sheeran

Bette Midler

Well, what do you think? Too sappy? I love this song, so stick with me. Vote in the comments below and then sashay over to my buddies' blogs and vote on their battles. It's how we do things around here.

See you on the 21st with results!  Till then, I'm cruising the flipside, folks.

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, 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!

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...

 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!

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