Saturday, December 17, 2016

Sitting Out!


Well, I'm tied up and tied down this week, so I'm sitting out this one Battle of the Bands, but that doesn't mean my friends aren't on the job!  Check out their battles and enjoy!

Perhaps you'd like to take a quiz? 

Who hasn't mailed anything? (Answer: Cherdo)
Who hasn't purchased gifts? (Answer: Cherdo)
Who had to send out a zillion end-of-year progress reports? (Answer: Cherdo)
Who's gonna shake it off and get-er-done? (Answer: Cherdo....right now, in fact)


Friday, December 9, 2016

BOTB Results: "Baby, It's Cold Outside"


Not a total landslide, but Michael Buble and Idina Menzel nailed the win. Several people had great things to say about Zooey Deschanel and Leon Redbone, but in the end - that was not enough. Fifteen to two: ouch!

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Battle of the Bands, Xmas-style: "Baby It's Cold Outside"


Merry...oops, not yet! But, it's certainly close enough to get in the spirit with our feetsies firmly in December. Are you game? Let's do it! First and foremost, however: 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 (and it CAN happen - did you check out last battle?), and announce the winner. 

There's a zillion versions of "Baby, It's Cold Outside" (quite a few disturbing amateur's trying out the ole' GoPro camera pre-holiday...{{{shiver}}}...you've been warned). So here's some interesting pairings that I'm fond of and I hope you like them, too. 

But who do you like MOST? Aww, that's where the fun begins.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

BOTB Results: Revelation Song


At the start of the battle for Revelation Song, Kari Jobe came out strong and then The Newsboys pulled up from behind and this was anything but a landslide. Final score:  Newsboys 9, Kari Jobe 10. 

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Lord, It's the Battle of the Bands: Revelation Song

Can we give it up for the big man? No, not Stephen T. McCarthy, though they are comrades, but the BIG BIG man? Why the puzzled look? Okay, to be clear, STMcC is my brudder, but I'm talking about the MAN himself: the Lord, God, Almighty. Turns out, there's more than a few amazing musicians turning out some great tune-age for you-know-who. Let's do a special edition, our second "Lord, It's the Battle of the Bands"...but first, a word from our sponsor:  

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 (and it CAN happen - did you check out last battle?), and announce the winner. 

First up, let's hear from a few guys who have been around the block, Christian music-wise: The Newsboys.  Lead singer Michael Tait came to the group by way of DC Talk. Jesus Freak, anyone? Remember that song? A fellow by the name of TobyMac as a former bandmate, too. But the group traces its roots back to 1985 when they formed "down under" in Australia. 

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

BOTB (Late) Results: "Simple Joys"


It's the week of all things unexpected! Whoo-hooo!
My first tiebreaker with the Battle of the Bands!

Ben Vereen   8
Patina Miller  8

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

The Battle of the Bands: Simple Joys


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. 

Hey, it's been a hard day's night and I've been working like a dog. Hmmm. That sounds so familiar. While I try to get this online TECHNICALLY on the first, however late in the day, I have a hankering to go Broadway with this battle. Whaddaya think o' that?

Friday, October 21, 2016

BOTB Results: The Heart of Life


Who could have guessed that this one would be so close? Midway through the battle, I would have been afraid to call it. But, John Mayer won! 

Saturday, October 15, 2016

The Battle of the Bands: The Heart of Life


 THE BATTLE OF THE BANDS!

After falling off the face of the Earth, I'm back with a gentle prodding from my friend and cohort, Stephen T. McCarthy. Thanks, brudder. 

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. 

Well, no use wasting another minute...we need a battle. Something that get's to the heart of the matter, so to speak. I'm feeling like a little John Mayer might be in order. I've always liked the lyrics to this song. 

Friday, September 2, 2016

Battle of the Bands: "Easy to Be Hard"


Saints preserve us, I'm late for the
 THE BATTLE OF THE BANDS!

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!).  

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. 

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:

 THE BATTLE OF THE BANDS!

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, including mine (if necessary), and announce the winner. 

Everyone has a guilty pleasure and I'm no exception. In fact, I've got more than a few musical "guilty pleasures;" those songs I really don't expect equal enthusiasm or many high-fives for them...nor do I care (Insert grumpy old man: "Chick tunes! Who let her in the battle of the bands? This is a manly place!"). 

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?).

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. 

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?"

Thursday, July 7, 2016

BOTB Results: "Settle for a Slowdown"


It's a quick wrap up today, folks! How did the "Slowdown" boys fare, eh? Inquiring minds want to know.

Well, they may be amateurs but they're easy on the ears, in my humble opinion. When push comes to shove, and it always does, Greg Stewart beat Hunter Peeples while Dierks just smiled to himself. I'll have to tell Greg that he won...

Friday, July 1, 2016

Battle of the Bands: "Settle on a Slowdown"


Fire and brimstone coming down from the skies! Rivers and seas boiling! Forty years of darkness! Earthquakes! Volcanoes! The dead rising from the grave! Human sacrifice! Dogs and cats, living together! Mass hysteria! 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. 

I've cycling through the genres and buddy, it's time for a country tune (even a contemporary one!). One of the new guys of the last decade that I really appreciate is Dierks Bentley. He's easy on the eyes. Oh, and he sings! Yeah, that is what I meant to say.

My favorite Dierks Bently song is "Settle for a Slowdown." That baritone voice...that guitar...the lyrics...the subtle hipster smack down...yep, that's it, it's a Bentley night.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Staycation in the Cherdo Nation


Surgeries, lawn care, paperwork, VBS, new grief, buying a house, selling a much-loved house (it's time), packing up a house, electrical work that zaps me of electricitiy for a day, your basic day-to-day stuff and general feeling of "whew!" followed by "dang...there's more..." leads me to make the executive decision to take a staycation. We all need one from time to time, and buddy - this is the time. 

I wish it meant I wouldn't be doing anything. That would be the icing on the cake.

Hope this is a great BOTB day for everyone, I'll be back in July with more tales from the flipside.


Seemed like a good pic for "bone tired." 
Hugs and love!
Cherdo

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

BOTB Results: "Come As You Are"


That's right, friends! David Crowder ran away with this battle and that is notable! Sarah Reeves' version of "Come As You Are" was beautiful and moving but in the end, I side with the majority. 

David Crowder started his career in music in an non-typical way while a student at Baylor University. Realizing that more than half of the students at this Christian university didn't attend church, Crowder and Chris Seay started the University Baptist Church in Waco, Texas. As a pastor there, he also led worship (plus music) and was soon approached about sharing his musical gifts with a wider audience. An album, Pour Over Me, followed in 1999 and the rest is musical history, as they say. After nine albums, the original David Crowder*Band disbanded and he went on to record as just Crowder.

One reason I like the David Crowder story is that he started a church while a student at Baylor. He pastored, he sang. He saw something lacking and didn't just "think" about doing something; he actually DID something. Regardless of your particular beliefs, I think we can all agree that we need more young people like that. It's inspirational.

So, let the humble victor sing us out with another song - the first one that brought him to my attention. Hope you like it!


Now, don't forget my friends and fellow Battle-mongers of the musical modes, and I'll see you back here on the 15th:

Monday, June 6, 2016

The Rising: Murder, Heartbreak, and the Power of Human Resilience in an American Town


Book Review: The Rising: Murder, Heartbreak, and the Power of Human Resilience in an American Town

True crime books are not for the faint of heart and too often turn the spotlight on the criminal trial. Author Ryan D'Agostino's well-crafted story about the horrific 2007 murders of the Petit family skillfully covers all the details and forensics while focusing on the one lone survivor: Dr. William Petit.

For the Petit family, the nightmare began when strangers broke into their suburban Connecticut home. Finding Dr. Petit asleep in a downstair sunroom, the assailants began their night of horror by beating Petit nearly to death with a ball bat. Miraculously, he survived; but barely. They tied him up rather than finish him off and moved on to the next victims, the wife and daughters. 

After binding the children, Hayley and Michaela, and Dr. Petit's wife, Jennifer, the house was scoured for valuables and cash. The disapointing haul let to the second phase of the crime as they forced Jennifer Hawke-Petit to go to their bank and withdraw a large sum of money. The promise of her family's safety must have given her pause; truly, these were not men who could be trusted. In a final act of unimaginable courage, she managed to pass on information about the ongoing crime. The cashier would later describe Jennifer as "petrified" as she was able to relay the details of their plight. The bank employee immediately notified local police who raced toward the family home. 

After returning to the house, the violation of the Petit family continued without mercy. Tied to a pole in the basement, Dr. Petit heard the rape of his wife and a comment from one of the attackers: "It will all be over soon." Investigators would later learn that his daughters were not spared the same indignity. Dr. Petit managed to excape and crawled towards a neighbor's yard, in spite of injuries were so severe that he was unrecognizable.  Realizing they were in over their heads, the attackers doused the house and victims with gasoline, set the home afire and attempted to escape in the family car - only to be met with by the police and captured. 

In the aftermath, Dr. Petit awoke in the hospital and found he was the only survivor of the prolonged assault. Yet, his life would go on and the story of his struggle to find his way and ultimate recreation of his life is heartbreaking in its details but ultimately, unbelievably, a story of resilience and hope. 

[I received this book free from the Blogging for Books program, in exchange for my honest review.] 

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Lord, It's 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":

Dear FAE has decided to depart the Battleground and I'm sad about that; send her good vibes, prayers or best wishes - just remember that she was and is our dear friend and we love her.

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. 

Tomorrow, Gonzo goes back to surgery. Summer begins, kids rush to the pool and activities and I am trying not to dwell on the fact that his summer will begin with pain and discomfort, followed by a lengthy recovery. It's a Mom thing to kick empathy in high gear. After the first two surgeries, Gonzo was a trooper and followed orders, but he his leg was not completely repaired. These things take time, I'm told. It's a step by step process. 

This return to immobility and dependence feels like a step backwards, though I know it is necessary. I'm shaking off anything short of thankfulness. My son came out of a bad accident alive; we are thankful for doctors who can perform amazing surgeries, for friends, and close family bonds that allow us to weather storms. Most of all, I'm thankful for God and his mercies. I'm thankful that we can come as we are and find healing for all kinds of broken. 


"Come As You Are"


CONTENDER #1: DAVID CROWDER



CONTENDER #2: SARAH REEVES




I'm an equal opportunity comment-monger! Vote and let me know which one you prefer. But if you love the Battle of the Bands, and you KNOW you do, there's more where that came from:


See you back here on the 21st!


Friday, May 27, 2016

Flashback Friday with Michael D'Agostino


Sometimes, you just want to go back. So, do it!

Michael D'Agostino is the ringleader for a new initiative. It's called Flashback Friday - a time of the month where you can republish and old post of yours that maybe didn't get enough attention, or that you're really proud of, or you think is still relevant etc.  Personally, I think that is a brilliant idea.

Here's an oldie but...well, it's an oldie...

Bubble Busters #1: "Everything will work out fine in the end..."

I love people, but some days I just hate group efforts. As I strive to be a team player and support a leader but I find that I silently question the validity of decisions - and I don't speak up. Why? Because I don't want to be the one who isn't a team player, of course!   Where some of my cohorts are optimistic or pessimistic, some are just clueless about their lack of experience or inability to coordinate a group.

They don't realize how much you learn just by putting in the years - something that all flipsters know. 
It's one of the few flipster benefits that keeps on giving, till Alzheimers arrives.

Recently, when confronted with a situation that appeared to have all the markings of your classic huge mistake in judgement, a friend took it upon herself to remind us all that in spite of her very bad idea, rife with miscalculations and shoddy logic, every should proceed full speed ahead. Yay, team!

Why?  "Because everything will work out fine in the end," we were reminded by my clueless optimistic chick-jester; only she wasn't jesting. And her big plans crashed at her feet and she was devastated.

Shocking....no, not shocking at all!  Life decisions are about stacking things in your FAVOR, not taking a lackadaisical attitude toward outcomes. You don't always get three swings at the ball, player.

You don't have to be a history buff to test this hypothesis. The fact that occasionally things do work out, against all odds, merely fuels this delusion. In the words of my father, Fred:  "Even a broken clock is correct twice a day." But that doesn't make everyone run out and buy a broken clock.

Ladies and gentlemen, I submit to you that everything might NOT be fine in the end.  Eternal optimists everywhere, I don't want to squash your view of the world.  Persistent pessimists, you may be correct every now and then.  "Everything will be fine in the end" is a comforting comment that does not always hold up, either in practice or historically.

And so, I dub this the Bubble Buster #1, because we just want it to be true, don't we?  I'll close with these historical reminders of the ever present hammer of truth.  I have to wonder if these individuals had the same thought:

"I know there's tension between us, but I think everything will be fine after today's meeting.  They're reasonable men and I'm a god on earth.  Besides, Brutus will be there."   [Julius Caesar, on the way to the Senate before his March 15, 44 BC assassination]

"Rectina needs a ride home...I'm taking a ship to go save her.  I hear that volcano is an awesome spectacle!"
[Pliny the Elder, who died on the shore near Herculaneum during the 69 AD eruption of Vesuvius]

"Attack the English Navy, we rule the sea."
[Departing Spanish Armada, 1588, just prior to their defeat by the English Navy]

"Burr is an awful shot. This is a cakewalk." 
[Alexander Hamilton, 1804...snarking pre-duel. Burr disagreed.]

"Next stop: RUSSIA!" 
[Napoleon Bonaparte, 1812, shortly before he lost nearly all
 his troops to the Russian army...and the Russian winter.]

"Come on...they're just Indians. We're the US Calvary." 
[General Custer, June, 1876, on the way to Little Big Horn]

"Let's take the shortcut through the mountains."  
[Donner Party, 1846, reduced to cannibalism when they became snowbound in the Sierra Nevadas]

"I'm not really in the mood for a play." 
[Abe Lincoln, departing for the Ford's Theater]

"Hey, let's be on the maiden voyage of that ship! All the movers and shakers will be there !" 
[Everyone on the Titanic, April 1912]

"Hey, let's travel by blimp!" 
[Everyone on the Hindenburg, May 6, 1937]

"Napoleon had the right idea!  Next stop: SOVIET UNION!" 
[Adolf Hitler, promoting Operation Barbarossa, prior to invading the Soviet Union
 and suffering such a devastating loss that many say this was the reason 
Germany lost in WWII.  Bad ideas are not necessarily bad for everyone.]

"Hawaii is passe...let's vacation in Indonesia. " 
[Tourists, 2004, staying in Sumatra at the time 
of the biggest tsunami of recorded history.]

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Saturday, May 21, 2016

BOTB Results: The Battle of the Unknowns becomes KNOWN!


Well, Paul McCrane pulled it off and beat newcomer and close-singer, RVQ. Before the bragging starts, it was oooohhhh sooooo close: 


Paul McCrane: 13
RVQ: 11

Sunday, May 15, 2016

BOTB: The Battle of the Unknowns


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. 

One hit wonders are not uncommon and everyone has a few favorites. I'm no different. Couple that with my age, the fads I've lived through (Disco? Hello?), and my love of acoustic guitar and bam -- Paul McCrane's hit "Is It Okay If I Call You Mine?" was destined to appear on the Battle of the Bands. You may remember this tune from the movie, Fame. Or you may not.