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): 


CONTENDER # 1
The Franz Family



CONTENDER # 2
Pentatonix



CONTENDER # 3
ThePianoGuys


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

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

BOTB Results: Great Battlin' Brunos, a Bruno Won!


The people have spoken! And the final verdict is (assuming I can count...and that is not a given): 

Locked out of Heaven:  4
Uptown Funk: 8
When I Was Your Man: 3

Shall I feign surprise? Not surprised, but really, any of these Brunoesque tunes were worthy of a listen. Uptown funk you up...he warned you. Don't believe me? Just watch...(I couldn't resist...I'm childish).

Sing it, Bruno, with a Beyonce/Coldplay chaser; and I hate to say it, but it only makes him look better. This is one video that makes me smile and I hope you enjoy it, too; the man has the moves:




Ya'll outdid yourself on YOUR battles this month and I'm interested in the results. Hey, you...quit reading and check them out yourself. I'll look over your shoulder...come on...


Have a safe, blessed holiday and I'll see you on the 15th 
with another Battle of the Bands. Hugs to you, peeps!

Flippin' out, Turkey Day Style,
Cherdo

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Battle of the Bands: Great Battlin' Brunos!


People, can't we all just get along? 

Heck, no!  LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, IT'S THE BATTLE OF THE BANDS!  The place where everybody is kung foo fightin', no one ever stops dragging your heart around, and dirty deeds are done dirt cheap every dern month. 

As always, this fine frolic is the product of my friends, Fae (never absent in my heart) and Stephen T. McCarthy and I'm taking part once a month on the 15th!

Bruno Mars is one of the most talented, versitile performers around, in my humble, feeble brained (yet persistant) opinion. I've been thinking of using him in a battle for a while, but I wondered: who could stand up to Bruno? The guy has a slew of hits in a variety of genres. He can sing, play...he can dance...he's done pop, reggae, funk, hip hop, ballads, and songs that were pure fun. Did you see his half time show last year? He put Coldplay and Beyonce to shame. 

WAIT A MINUTE...THE ONLY ONE WORTHY TO BATTLE BRUNO IS....BRUNO! 

BRUNO #1:
 LOCKED OUT OF HEAVEN


BRUNO #2:
UPTOWN FUNK




BRUNO #3:

WHEN I WAS YOUR MAN


No one does a Bruno battle like Bruno. I hope no feelings are hurt; I'd hate to learn Bruno holds a grudge. That would be...awkward.  

What Bruno do you prefer? Come on, tell me...tell me...Check 'em out and I'll be here for the results on the 21st of each month and back for new battles on the 15th of each month. 


TOSSING IT OUT
YOUR DAILY DOSE

Still flipping out,
Cherdo



Saturday, October 21, 2017

BOTB Results: The Super Groups!


Wow, that wasn't even close!  Asia, The Traveling Wilburys, and Damn Yankees: three beloved bands loaded with talent (not a stinker in the mix!), but in the end, The Traveling Wilburys beat 'em without mercy. 

Need a chuckle? Be sure to go to Wilbury's website to find out your Wilbury name (bottom of the page). Turns out, I'm Josephine Wilbury...

The passing of Tom Petty might have added to the nostalgic tug on the heart. If the Wilburys weren't so awesome in the first place, perhaps we'd have a different outcome. As it were, I've got to believe they would have taken it, regardless.  

Rest in Peace, Charlie...



You know the drill...Wilburys, sing us out: 


These lovely peeps have battles scores to share, too! Check 'em out and I'll be here for the next battle on the 15th of November. We can talk turkey then.

TOSSING IT OUT
YOUR DAILY DOSE

Still flipping out,
Cherdo

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Battle of the "Too Big for Their Britches" Bands: The Super Bands



LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, IT'S THE BATTLE OF THE BANDS!  As always, this fine frolic is the product of my friends, Fae (never absent in my heart) and Stephen T. McCarthy and I'm taking part once a month on the 15th!


This past month saw the sad passing of Tom Petty. Boy, I didn't see that one coming. Correct me if I'm wrong: Keith Richards is still here? But no Petty? 

Absolutely certain that Tom and his heartbreakin' buddies would appear on the battle, I decided to go a different route for October. 

Tom Petty's name appears on my mental list of all the truly talented musicians, some uber famous or not so celebrated, who felt the urge to break from their comfortable habitats and regroup with another "pack." You know what I'm talking about...the elusive "super groups." 

What makes a group a "super" variety? Well, in my short list of criteria, they're pretty big for britches to start with, could probably live without the extra influx of cash from a second venture, and yet - they go for it. Guitar World came up with their own list of what makes a super group and they added an interesting component: they can't just join an existing group (their example: Van Hagar, ha ha). I agree!

For your auditory pleasure and analysis, I give you three super groups. All packed with great musicians of note. But the question is this: which one did it best?


CONTENDER #1:
ASIA
Steve Howe (Yes), John Wetton (King Crimson), 
Geoff Downes (The Buggles, Yes) 
and Carl Palmer (Emerson, Lake & Palmer) 



CONTENDER #2:
THE TRAVELING WILLBURYS
George Harrison (Beatles), Bob Dylan (solo career), 
Tom Petty (Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers), Jeff Lynne (ELO) 
and Roy Orbison (solo career)


CONTENDER #3:
DAMN YANKEES
Ted Nugent (Amboy Dukes, solo career), Tommy Shaw (Styx), 
Jack Blades (Night Ranger), and drummer Michael Cartellone



I'll be back with results on the 21st of October...I swear I will. But these fine folks still need your vote! Check 'em out:


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Flipping out, Cherdo

Thursday, September 21, 2017

BOTB Results: La Vitda is Definitely Loca


Who can shake his hips, move those feet, flash them guns and beat out the competition at the same time?  Your boy Ricky Martin, that's who. Shakira didn't stand a chance. Where's Al Penwasser when you need him? He is a born Shakira vote, I'd wager.  But for this time around, Ricky takes all!

No tears for you, Shakira - get on your feet for the standing ovation: to the victor goes the....whatever I should give him (but I'm not).

Sing us out, Ricky!



How did your other votes go? Scamper off to the blogs of my peeps to see how you did.  I'll be back for another battle on the 15th of October...geez, how did it get to be October?


THE DOG LADY'S DEN

Flipping out, in an Autumn kinda way,
Cherdo