Good grief, I forgot that today was the first of the month and it was time for Stephen T. McCarthy's Battle of the Bands! (Don't forget to check out my other post for Michael D'Agostino's Question of the Month today, too. He's made a nice tab for it at the top of the page.)
Without further adieu, I give you one of my favorite songs, Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah." I've learned my lesson about about using the original artist!! In this case, Leonard doesn't give my favorite version anyhow - but here it is:
I like my BOTB like I like my bacon: CANADIAN
CHALLENGER #1: RUFUS WAINWRIGHTCanadian-American song meister, Rufus Wainwright, can you do better?
The first challenger comes from a notable musical heritage. He's the son of one of my snarky favorites, Loudon Wainwright III, and Canadian songstress Kate McGarrigle. There's a little bit of both of them in Rufus - and more. Rufus showed his musical chops at a very young age with a talent for piano and song. His debut album was Rufus Wainwright (1998).
CHALLENGER #2: k.d. LANGE
I don't know why k.d. Lange doesn't capitalize the initials of her first and middle name...let's just say it's not because she needs to be humble. This Canadian small town girl is a singer/songwriter that also started her musical journey as a youngster, just like Rufus. Her first break into American music was a duet with Roy Orbison - not too shabby. My favorite song of k.d. was "Constant Cravings," but you're here to hear "Hallelujah." k.d., could you show us how you do it?
Wait! You're not done till you vote in these epic battles!
Check back for results on the 7th and 21st of the month. Let the games begin (of course, I alphabetized it). If I missed a new participant, I'll add you as we go along.
ALEX CAVANAUGH (when BOTB falls on a Mon., Wed., or Fri.)