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!


55 comments:

  1. I'm gonna miss FAE as well. I'm hoping she just needs a short break and will be back.

    Both versions are very nice, but in the final analysis I have to go with David Crowder. But the pureness and simplicity of Sarah's version makes for a very nice listen.

    Arlee Bird
    A to Z Challenge Co-host
    Tossing It Out


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    1. A VOTE FOR CROWDER! Though these two are different, as usual, I've matched two that I like...but I clearly like one a whole lot more and I'll say more on the 7th.

      Thanks, Lee!

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  2. I didnt get to know FAE very well, as it seemed she was always a bit aloof. But somehow, I think others would say the same about myself. I do hope that she does come back to the battles, but I very much understand the need for a break.

    I pray that all goes well with your son's surgery and that he is able to be healed soon. It's no fun spending your summer in recovery. I did that about 2 years ago after a minor heart attack and other health issues. It wasnt fun for me at my age, I can only it being much worse when you are younger.

    About this battle. I was honestly expecting to hear Nirvana's "Come As You Are". I was completely blown away by David Crowder. I'm not going to lie - he brought on the waterworks. His song spoke deeply to me, and I was quite moved.

    Sarah had a lovely version of the song, but after crying my eyes out with David Crowder, she just didnt bring to it the same substance that David has.

    Please give my vote to David Crowder.

    Mary
    Jingle Jangle Jungle

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    1. Oh, I love that you had an emotional response to this song - it does that for me, too. It's such a beautiful message. Thank you for the well wishes; I appreciate that so much.

      You should have seen me trying to find covers; kept getting Nirvana, just like you said. It was a nice surprise, wasn't it? So heartfelt, I think.

      A VOTE FOR CROWDER! Thanks, Mary!

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  3. >>... "...all kinds of broken."

    Gee, that describes me PERFECTLY in just 4 short woids!

    You know, I will pray for Gonzo's(?) surgery. (Gonzo? Not "The Angel"? One of us is really mixed up. Protly me, since they're YOUR kids.)

    I never heard this song before, nor either of the performers. I really like the song. Not wild about either performer's voice though. And Sarah's is just too high-pitched for my canine ears. (Even some of my fleas jumped ship.)

    So, vote for KING DAVID (Crowder).

    ~ D-FensDogG
    'Loyal American Underground'

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    1. "...all kinds of broken" describes all kinda people. Probably most kinds of people. Some with little breaks, some bigger.

      And I DO know that you will give Gonzo your best prayers and I love that. Thank you, thank you; I can't say it enough.

      Regarding the voices, I heard a lot of GREAT voices in recording and sometimes the performer isn't technically perfect but I think their voice is interesting. Maybe because it is just different or unique. That's how I feel about Crowder's voice. Sorta in the same camp as singers like Rod Steward...unique. Thank Gonzo that I even know who he is; he came around for the local Resurrection/Passion concerts. Gonzo attended and told me about the performers and I looked into their stuff. A fan is born!

      A VOTE FOR CROWDER!

      Thanks, brudder! Expect a T update instead of an E. 'Cause I'll be away from the C, ha ha.


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  4. I hope all goes well with your son's surgery! Best wishes for a speedy recovery.

    It's sad to lose one of our hosts. I didn't know FAE well, but it always seemed like BOTB was a chore for her. Better to do what makes you happy.

    Crowder gets my vote here. Sarah's voice didn't appeal to me at all. I must have canine ears, too. ☺

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    1. Thank you, Debbie! I'm ready to be over all this hospital stuff. I'm sure that goes double for him. Appreciate your kind words.

      A VOTE FOR CROWDER!

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  5. Will definitely miss Fae! maybe she'll join us for the holidays!!
    Bless Gonzo's heart and leg. Bless his Mom. You'll be in my prayers.

    Drop dead beautiful song, which I'd not heard until now. I prefer David Crowder! So soulful and I had chills as he sang.

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    1. Thank you, Dixie! You know I appreciate the prayers for my boy; bless you.

      Crowder is taking off on this battle! ANOTHER VOTE FOR CROWDER!!

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  6. The beard freaks me out, but I vote for Crowder because his voice is beautiful. Sarah Reeves' version is also a tiny bit too slow.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. Actually, the thing that freaks me out about Crowder is that he really looks like a relative of mine. REALLY. I've heard nothing but good things about him, though.

      Thanks, Janie: ANOTHER VOTE FOR CROWDER!!

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  7. What a beautiful song! As is the voice of David Crowder, who gets my vote hands down. Not that I don't love the piano, it just seems as if Crowder was meant to sing it.
    Gosh, best wishes on Gonzo's full and speedy recovery. It's awful to witness your child in pain and not be able to take it away. But it's what Moms do - no matter how old the babies get. So you hang in there too, okay?

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    1. There's something so real about his voice and delivery. I'm a big fan.

      Thanks for the kind words! We are hoping that this is the last surgery this year!!

      ANOTHER VOTE FOR CROWDER!

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  8. Crowder. That's just how the song should sound.

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    1. I like a man who knows what he likes: CROWDER!

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  9. I hope your son Gonzo's surgery goes well and he fully recovers. I know what you mean about empathy.

    Two great choices, it's hard to choose. But I lean towards David Crowder.

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    1. Thank you, EPT! We're on the other side of the surgery and things went well!

      A VOTE FOR CROWDER!

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  10. I'll go with David Crowder because I liked his voice better.

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    1. CROWDER TAKES IT AGAIN! Thanks, John!

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  11. David Crowder. I like the tempo of his version better.

    "...his leg was not completely repaired. ... It's a step by step process." Tell Gonzo he was the victim of a bad pun by his mom today.

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    1. No one is so impaired that I can't lay a pun on them.

      ANOTHER VOTE FOR CROWDER! Thanks, Mike!

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  12. Howdy, Neighbor! What a beautiful song! This is a new one for me, so I really enjoyed listening to both versions very much. David Crowder gets my vote. I just preferred his vocals and soft rock flavor. Sarah's version is nice and definitely speaks to the heart in a tender way allowing God to work in one's spirit. Nice battle. Saying prayers for your kiddo. It's tough seeing him deal with all of this, but as difficult as it all has been it's far better than the alternative. God is awesome! Sending healing hugs to your son!

    Drops of Jupiter #BoTB showdown

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    1. Thank you, Cathy! God IS awesome and my son came through this surgery and did great. Healing is gonna happen! Praise God.

      A VOTE FOR CROWDER!

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  13. I never do these because you can't work in the industry for years and not be super picky. But everyone has their own tastes and that's what makes the world go 'round! Have a good week, Cherdo!

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    1. Thanks, Lexa, and you can be picky as you want on the Flipside! Especially since you have changed "categories" this week. Wink, wink, birthday girl.

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  14. What a great battle. I love this song and I'm torn over who to vote for. Despite loving female vocalists, I've decided to go for Crowder. I think his voice better suites the song. But please note, I love both versions. Making this decision was difficult.

    PS - Wishing a speedy recovery for your song.

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    1. A VOTE FOR CROWDER!

      The guy is running away with it this time. Who knew?

      Thanks for the well wishes, Jeffrey!

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  15. Sounds like you've had some difficult things to deal with. Sorry to hear about your son. I hope his surgery goes well.

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    1. It's getting better all the time, Sherry, but thanks for the well wishes. His surgery today went well. Appreciate the kind thoughts. :-)

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  16. Sending out good thoughts to your son and you'
    I will light a candle.
    Love Crowder, his voice has lived a full life.

    cheers, parsnip and thehamish

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    1. Darlin' Gayle, I couldn't ask for more. All the prayers, candles and kind wishes certainly made a difference today. With a stack of comfy pillows and the wonders of pharmacology, he is home and resting. It went well. {{{Hugs to you AND pet thehamish}}}

      ANOTHER VOTE FOR CROWDER!

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  17. Sarah Reeves. Sorry, Mr. Crowder, auto-tune is an automatic DQ.

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    1. There are rules! The Squid must abide! Thanks, buddy!

      A VOTE FOR SARAH!

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  18. Sorry to hear about the accident. I hope your son heals quickly.

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    1. Thanks, it's been a looooong year, but this is surgery #3 and I call a halt! Gotta get that boy fixed once and for all.

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  19. Hi Cherdo,

    I do hope your son has a speedy recovery after his surgery. It seems he's going to have a nice, restful time recuperating. Comfy pillows can sure be of help. Along with your love and a few pharmacological wonders.

    Both versions are very nice. It's a close call, according to my last two brain cells. A nod, ever so slightly, for Sarah Reeves.

    Wishing you a peaceful day.

    Gary :)

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    1. Awww, thanks, Gary - he is a good patient and that helps recovery.

      A VOTE FOR SARAH!

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  20. I hope Gonzo's surgery and recovery go well. I know what it's like to be laid up. I had 4 major ankle/foot surgeries and for each one was stuck in a wheelchair for 6-8 weeks, non-weight bearing, and it was horrible. I still need another surgery because the two ankle fusion surgeries that I had on my right ankle didn't work so I'm now dealing with either facing yet another surgery or dealing with an unfused ankle. I've opted to deal with it. I just can't go through that surgery AGAIN! So I really feel for your son. It's going to be a real drag but, as they say, this too shall pass. He's young and has that on his side. I'll keep some good thoughts for him for sure!

    As for your battle: I really liked David Crowder's version so please give my vote to him. Nice song!

    Hang tough Girl! It will all be okay... I promise!

    Michele at Angels Bark

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    1. Oh, yow! That hurts my ankles just to think of what your ankles have had to go through. Everybody has trials, I know that is true. Looking forward to that day, far in the future, when we just talk about this accident around holidays ("...remember when that happened...").

      Thanks for the thumbs up - I'm holding you to it, girl!

      A VOTE FOR CROWDER!

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  21. I got the 411 on Gonzo and that he came through his procedure with flying colors. His angels are still holding him close:)

    As for your battle, I liked both versions of this song. However, I think Crowder's grittier style suited the song better. Sometimes when we come as we are it's a bit raggedy. Let's face it, most of the time it's a bit raggedy. We limp in the door all beat to hell and fall at the feet of God and whisper, "Please," because that's all that we've got left in us. So, while Ms. Reeves was lovely in our presentation, Crowder felt more real. And that's the ruling from me. For what it's worth.

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    1. The Robin Response is always held in high regard, so I'll take it and count it: A VOTE FOR CROWDER!

      You're totally on the 411 list. Having whispered "please," I've turned it over to the Big Guy except for occasional weak moments. It's my boy; you know how that goes. I feel an answered prayer overall. Thanks, Robin!

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  22. Sending prayers for Gonzo's surgery and his healing. He's going to be fine Momma!! Praying for you too as you enter a very busy crazy summer yourself.
    As for the battle, my vote goes to Crowder!! I am huge fan of David Crowder and have quite a bit of his songs on my ipod.
    Hope you have a wonderful weekend.

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    1. Crowder really is awesome - I guess it's okay to say that as I am back to tally up totals, right? Did you get to see the house pictures? Sent link to the mindspring email. I figure we are both having a busy summer, but busy is good.

      A VOTE FOR CROWDER! Thanks, girlie! {{Hugs}}

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  23. I am late with the BOTB. I hope the surgery went well and I am sure it did. He is young and strong and for every step back, he has taken 3 steps forward. It is a lengthy recovery and we, as human beings, wish to have things done quickly when they often don't. Patience is the key for your son right now. I am just glad he is alive and overall, doing well. He will triumph over this with the love and support of his family and friends. Great song choice which is from your heart. I have to give it to Crowder. I liked his voice better than the gal

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    1. You hit the nail on the head, Birgit: just glad he is alive. I've sat and played that moment over and over in my head; the first time I came around the firetruck and ambulances and saw that wreck and Gonzo trapped in the car. That was the first miracle right there.

      Thanks for the vote, meine Freundin (if the genders are wrong, well...it's been a long time, ha ha). Bitte entschuldige mich. lol.

      A VOTE FOR CROWDER!

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  24. Often we have to step backwards to go forward. My prayers have been and will continue to be with you and your family.

    Thank you for the kind words. when you have a chance see my comment at STMcC for a better Thank You.

    Great song choice. I vote Crowder.

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    1. Dear FAE, I think you are right and your prayers have been felt and appreciated! And they worked. I'll check out STMcC's comments, too.

      A VOTE FOR CROWDER!

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    1. A VOTE FOR CROWDER! Thanks, Mike!

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  26. I hope your son does well with his next surgery and recovery.

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    1. Thanks, Tamara! It's over now and he is working on healing and physical therapy. Appreciate your kind thoughts.

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  27. Glad to hear the surgery went well, Cherdo! Sending you both much love and light, and wishes for a full, and speedy, recovery. My vote goes to Sarah... I did enjoy the Crowder version, but the sweetness in Ms. Reeves's voice brought the song—which I'd never heard before, by the way—to a new level for me.

    Hope the week is off to a great start for you, Cherdo!
    Guilie @ Quiet Laughter

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    1. My favorite critter lover from the island, ha ha! Friend, I appreciate your kind wishes and they make all the difference. Gonzo is a trooper and trying his best to be a model patient.

      Thanks, Guillie! A VOTE FOR SARAH!

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Thanks for your personal yada, yada, yada,
Love, Cherdo