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

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!
Cherdo

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