It's the first of the month and that means it's time for
Okay, band connoisseurs, it's time to look at an original and two covers. Today's choice comes from one of my all time favorite artists, Elvis Costello. Though Declan McManus (his real name) never needed any help writing songs, he does collaborate with a long list of noteworthy performers.
Elvis Costello wrote "God Give Me Strength" with none other than Burt Bacharach. Not too shabby. The song appeared on Costello's album, My Flame Burns Blue, released in 1996. It was featured in the movie Grace of My Heart where a lip-syncing Illeana Douglas sang (lipped?) it.
Hey, it got a Grammy nomination, so why I am poking fun at Illeana Douglas? I don't have a Grammy (not any more - my dear grammys have passed away, God rest their souls).
Most people who recognize "God Give Me Strength" connect it to the movie, but many artists have tried to make it their own.
Burt and Elvis, show us how it's done...
Contender # 1: KIRSTEN VIGARD
On a side note, I've often wondered if Illeana Douglas was part cat by the motion her feet make as she sings. My cat, Mittens, used to do that when she found a sweet spot to lay down. I keep waiting for Illeana to purr and lay down. Meow.
Contender #2: BETTE MIDLER
It's always good to have an oldie but goodie chime in to the battle - how about Bette Midler? Let's hear what you can do with it, Bette...
Who will get your vote -
Contender #1 or Contender #2, and why?
BOTB occurs on the 1st and 15th - then 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.