Friday, September 2, 2016

Battle of the Bands: "Easy to Be Hard"

Saints preserve us, I'm late for the

Please forgive! Things are hopping at the casa, but in a good way. Besides, I'm old. I'm milking that excuse till I hit 100.

This music blogging event was first introduced by our friends, Fae and Stephen, and I'd like to give them a heartfelt "thank you":

Our battles take place twice a month: on the 1st and 15th.  The results come six days later: on the 7th and 21st. That's when I return, total all of the votes, maybe even mine (if necessary), and announce the winner. 

God bless America, I loved Three Dog Night...not Beatle-level love, but that particular group got a lot of play on the official teen Cherdo record player. Bring on the 45's (you sassy kids quit making fun of the fact that I had a record player and get an ed-u-ma-cation...and no! A 45 was not a gun!).  

Three Dog Night, the Beatles, the Beach Boys, the Monkees, Bobby Sherman, Elton John...welcome to the early 70's.  David Bowie was busting out Ziggy Stardust and the Rolling Stones were wailing "Tumbling Dice."

As a young teen, I thought every group wrote every song they sang. Not so, Horatio. Who knew? In fact, the song "Easy to Be Hard" came from the rock opera Hair. 

So, it turns out that Drei Hund Nacht can't really lay true claim to this one; but Chuck Negron sure can belt it out in his smooth, pre-heroin days. And Cheryl Barnes did a bang up job on it in the film adaptation of Hair... so...the only way to call this one is with a BATTLE!



Help up sort this out with a vote, then pop over to my peeps' blog battles!  Results will be posted on the seventh!

Sunday, August 21, 2016

BOTB Results: "Somewhere Only We Know"

What can I say? It wasn't even close. Darren Criss came through with two votes (but you have to admit, the dude can wail!) and Lily Allen tossed aside that sweet, fragile persona and slaughtered him in this battle. 

You know what happens next...take it away, Lily: 

And hey! Don't forget about my peeps! Check out their battles and results right lines, no waiting. Before you know it, we'll be back with September's battle on the 1st. Hope to see you then!

Monday, August 15, 2016

Battle of the Bands: Somewhere Only We Know

Look up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's one of my guilty pleasures:


Monday, August 8, 2016

BOTB Results: Tumbing Dice

So close!  Stones 6, Ronstadt 8...the rooster is defeated (is that any way to treat the elderly, I ask you?).

Speaking of elderly, guess who didn't know the 7th was yesterday. You can vote below, snark-nation...  

But not before Linda does her victory lap and sings us out: 

Monday, August 1, 2016

Battle of the Bands: Tumbling Dice

What's happening? What's that noise? The crowd is going wild! Why all the excitement? Ladies and gentlemen, this is THE BATTLE OF THE BANDS!

This music blogging event was first introduced by our friends and I'd like to give them a heartfelt "thank you":

Our battles take place twice a month: on the 1st and 15th.  The results come six days later: on the 7th and 21st. That's when I return, total all of the votes, including mine (if necessary), and announce the winner. 

Hubzam, Gonzo, and I are claiming to have emerged victorious from The Summer That Nearly Broke Our Will to Survive as we conquered scholarships, graduation, surgery, physical therapy, selling our house and purchasing another house in an 8 week period. Big thanks to the always helpful son #1, Juggernaut, and son #2, Magoo, for lifting above and beyond the call of duty. 

Such a victory requires a special Battle of the Bands is in order. Feels like it's time for a battle of icons! One of my favorite rock classic songs is "Tumbling Dice." 

Let the battle begin!



Somebody's gotta be number one and neither performer is a rookie. In fact, these videos were from the artists in their prime!

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So, who will you vote for? Tell me in the comments below. Will it be The ever-tumbling Rolling Stones or Sweet Linda Ronstadt? 

Let's go full on Highlander on these performers, 'cause in the end, there can be only ONE. Fortunately, that doesn't apply to the battles. In the end, there can be a whole list of battles and I encourage you to visit ALL:

See you back here on the seventh!

Question of the Month with Michael D'Agostino

Michael D'Agostino of A Life Examined (that sweet thunder-from-down-under) started this blog hop with these words:

"Your readers would like to know a little more about you. Show them who you are by taking part in the Question of the Month bloghop. On the first Monday of each month, we answer the question that gets posted here. Sign up on the list (on Michael's site) to join the fun ;) With every question, remember that the important part is explaining your answer. And please, if you have any suggestions for new questions, share them in the comments section. I bet you've got some great ideas for us."

This month's question is a simple, easy one.
"What's your favourite beach?"

Actually, I have two favorites for different reasons. The first would be Magens Bay, St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands and the more reasonably, flipsider beach would be South Nags Head or the Outer Banks of North Carolina. 

1. Magens Bay

Have you SEEN Magens Bay? If not, you're missing out. 

Located on the north side of St. Thomas in the Caribbean, you'll find one of the most beautiful, white sandy beaches in the world. The water is a gorgeous azure that offers a mind blowing effect of calm and tranquility. Turtles and conch are easy to find, snorkel faced peeps. Palms and mangroves line the beach. 

I knew I had a thing for my Hubzam to be when I had to call him from Magens Bay; I couldn't believe that I had ended up on such a beautiful beach and he was back in his office in the mighty state o' Tennessee. Amassing a mess of coinage, I called him from a pay phone ( phone...we used to have 'em, kids, turn left at the dinosaur). He wasn't in. So I left a message with the secretary that made him "office famous" with all the chicks. I'm nice like that.

2. South Nags Head

When the family heads to the beach, we rent a beach house. Our current day vacations are all about rest, relaxation, and roaming the beach. 

Our geeky selves love that there's so much history in that area, so side trips are easy, fun, affordable and CLOSE. Past geek fun has included hunting down two local authors and making them defend their Roanoke Island theories (hey, one showed me his artifact haul!). I'm weird like that. As Al Penwasser would say: because science (and now...because history).

Also because I can't pull off an enticing swim suit, but I can scare fish. Let the games begin...

But for this year, it was staycation not vacation and this is reminding me of that fact! We survived graduation, surgery, PT, company, and we MOVED! Hurray! I'm finally finding normal! Glad to tag along on this "hop."  

Now check out the other participants and come back next month for our "question of the month!"