Monday, March 21, 2016

BOTB Results: "If I Ain't Got You" and A-to-Z Reveal

There's no greater defeat in the Battle of the Band than to be beaten by someone else a-singin' yer song. Zowie! I'm glad to hear Adam Levine say he loves Alicia Keys at the end of his video - maybe that will make this defeat easier to swallow. Of course, if Alicia Keys ever read my blog, the shock would kill me. So, there's that to worry about...

Sing it out and claim your victory, Adam Levine and Maroon 5:

I've not had as much time to comment, so I hope my Battle buddies forgive the brevity. Go check out their blogs to see how it is REALLY done, eh? They're awesome and a hoot to visit.

The A-to-Z Challenge Theme Reveal is upon us and I have to choose a theme, it's just more fun to do so. For my 2016 theme, I'll be listing 
"Favorite Characters, Favorite Lines" 
as I revisit some of the movies I love to love, love to hate, make me quake with fear, burst into song or just make me laugh when I see them. It's a mute-free extravaganza! Join ALL of us (and brother, there is quite a few participants...YOU should be one, too).

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Music and Words Award: Thanks, Buddy!


My dear buddy and brother-from-another-mother, Stephen T. McCarthy, the real, live host of STMcC Presents Battle of the Bands nominated me for the Music & Words Award. #MW

I keep telling Stephen he's a nice guy and I think I may have almost convinced him. Thank you, STMcC! Remember, I'm your huckleberry.

Here are the rules: 

Once accepted, the award process has five steps:
  1. Link back to the person who nominated you
  2. Answer the questions with words AND music
  3. Pass the award on to 5 bloggers who inspire you with their posts about music
  4. Tag your post with #MWA, for Music & Words Award so that we can all find you down the line
  5. Quote these 5 steps and the award icon in your post. You can display the icon on your sidebar as well. 

Q and A

Q1: What does music mean to you?

Music is one of God's "good gifts" and when I listen to it, I totally feel it and immerse myself in the lyrics and melody. Few legal means provide such a wonderful escape. The songs don't really matter much categorically: they can be simple or complex. You can use music to celebrate, as a backdrop to the blues, to mourn, or to ponder a loved one. Sounds sappy, doesn't it? This question requires a book to answer. Insert your own reason here: ____.

I fear no sappy. Good or bad, music evokes feelings. Here's one of my favorite musical moments:

Q2: What is your first music-related memory?

My Dad loved the song, "Love Makes the World Go 'Round" and I'm almost sure the version he listened to was Dean Martin...but I can't find a video of ole' Deanerooni singing his tune, so how about the Everly Brothers? 

When my Dad felt sappy, he'd ask me to sing this over...and over...and over...I was probably in first grade. 

Q3: What was the first album you’ve purchased yourself?
It was definitely a Beatles album and after they broke up...hmmm...I can't remember... I remember seeing "A Hard Day's Night" and thinking, "why don't I have any Beatles' albums?"

Q4: What was the latest music you purchased? (No online streaming or free downloads, I’m talking about cash here!)

I've been purchasing singles online, quite possibly the most expensive way to amass a music collection but definitely a better way to collect exactly what you want. Guilt accompanies this task; no "B" sides or clunkers for me. It's like just eating the frosting on the cake. 

But music calms a lot of things and it's cheaper than psychiatry and goes nicely with mood manipulation. We all have days where we need a bit of that, right?

Other than the purchase question, I guess the tie in to real life is that "lately, I'm been prayin', prayin' hard," so this fits in! 

Q5: Which song did you listen to last? (No cheating, come out with the dirty pleasures!)

This doesn't fit into any category, but it was CeeLo Green's "Bright Lights Bigger City." I'm in the planning time of year and what seemed overwhelming suddenly starts to gel.  l love that feeling. Though the visual images of the video don't really tie in to Cherdo world, I like the beat and the general message.  In the words of CL: 

"And it may just be more of the same, But sometimes you wanna go where everyone knows your name...So I guess I'll have to wait and see...But I'm just gonna let something brand new happen to me..."


Birgit at BB Creations
Michael D'Agostino at A Life Examined
Pam at Go Retro! 
Michael D'Gesu at ... MICHAEL DI GESU ... ... ... In Time ... ...
Chrys Fey at Write with Fey

Monday, March 7, 2016

BOTB Results: "Crying" and The Question of the Month!

Yowza! k.d. lang by a landslide!  Or a LANGSLIDE! I'll have to get the Canadian opinon on the correct verbage. I'm not bi-lingual...

I've always thought k.d. lang was the love child of Patsy Cline and Bryan Ferry.

Let's do a victory dance for k.d. Who should provide the music? I've got an's another great song by k.d.lang:

Don't forget about my peeps! Their battles have been totalled and winners want their due. Go check them out then on to the Question of the Month.

The Question of the Month:
Have you ever met an idol/influence/someone 
you really admire? How did it go?”

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."

As a bona fide autograph hound in my youthful days (200 years ago), I had a knack for being in the right place at the right time and nabbing the autograph. Why is that such a thrill? Maybe it is the proof that you met your crush or got close to someone REALLY famous. Musicians were always my target and as a result, I've been able to meet many musicians that I loved and admired, at least till I met them.

In general, I've found that brief encounters with your idols usually makes you absolutely love them - or hate them. There is no middle ground. First and foremost, you don't really know them. You're whole meeting is based on the celebrity's own views about what he owes the public or how he treats people in general. 

Famous, or nearly so, who went out of their way to be nice included Davy Jones, Peter Tork, Flo & Eddie (the Turtles), local favorite Erick Baker, Mark Lindsay, Weird Al Yankovic, Maxine Andrews (The Andrews Sisters), Ben Vereen, Lucy Arnaz, Robert Klein, Cybil Shepherd, and my all time favorite: Tommy Tune. Boy, I loved that guy! Not before I met him, but after. So kind and polite...and TALL. 

In each of these cases, I never looked at the celebrity the same way after that. It only took a moment to be kind but it left a lasting impression on me, as a fan, and I can only surmise that came naturally. It seemed natural; who knows?

On the flipside (here we are!), a bad impression really lasts, too. Musicians, you have more than your share of folks with bad behavior and a persistent rude demeanor. I'm not naming names because it might boost your fame or hits on your webpage and your five minutes may be over. I don't want to start that clock again. 

Did someone say "Meow, Cherdo?"