Friday, December 15, 2017

Battle of the Bands: O Come, O Come Emmanuel

Tis the season to be doing the BATTLE OF THE BANDS - EMMANUEL STYLE!

As always, this love fest is the product of my friends, FAE (never absent in my heart, always in my prayers) and Stephen T. McCarthy (praying for totally different reasons, ahem...) and I'm taking part once a month on the 15th, and returning on the 21st with results. That's where you come in!



For this month's humble offering, I'd like to share different versions of one of my favorite Christmas-y songs:  "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel."  In fact, one of the ways I measure my December 2016 funk level is to look at the Battle of the Bands song I chose: "Baby, It's Cold Outside" is a sign of low holiday effort on my part. Now you know my dark, inner most secret: holiday funkdom.



Back! Back! Let no funkdom raise it's head!! Onward to tune-dom!



The origins of this hymn go back to the monasteric heydays of Latin lovers (that's lovers of Latin, as opposed to Latin lovers...let me assure you I have experience with the language affictionados only...not sure that is something I should boast...veni, vidi, vici...), with the original version being sung seven days before Christmas Eve as part of the 'O antiphons,'  then "the eighth antiphon, “O Virgo virginum” (“O Virgin of virgins”) would be sung before and after Mary’s canticle, the Magnificat (Luke 1:46b-55)."  A little more info from the source...go ahead, click it. Dont' be afraid. 


Let's get this show on the road (to Bethlehem): 


CONTENDER # 1
The Franz Family



CONTENDER # 2
Pentatonix



CONTENDER # 3
ThePianoGuys


Three different styles of a great song; surely, one of these can win your vote? Hey, you don't even have to listen to words on the third one! Could I be any more accommadating?  Vote in the comments below and I'll be back here on the 21st with PLENTY of time for all the "Merry Christmas" wishes and New Years warnings. 

Don't leave my peeps miss out of the fun - go check out their battles, too.  Go on...go! They have busy lives and they need to get this show on the road. We ain't getting any younger.


Till then, I'm flippin' out in a jingley bell way,
Hugs, Cherdo

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

BOTB Results: Great Battlin' Brunos, a Bruno Won!


The people have spoken! And the final verdict is (assuming I can count...and that is not a given): 

Locked out of Heaven:  4
Uptown Funk: 8
When I Was Your Man: 3

Shall I feign surprise? Not surprised, but really, any of these Brunoesque tunes were worthy of a listen. Uptown funk you up...he warned you. Don't believe me? Just watch...(I couldn't resist...I'm childish).

Sing it, Bruno, with a Beyonce/Coldplay chaser; and I hate to say it, but it only makes him look better. This is one video that makes me smile and I hope you enjoy it, too; the man has the moves:




Ya'll outdid yourself on YOUR battles this month and I'm interested in the results. Hey, you...quit reading and check them out yourself. I'll look over your shoulder...come on...


Have a safe, blessed holiday and I'll see you on the 15th 
with another Battle of the Bands. Hugs to you, peeps!

Flippin' out, Turkey Day Style,
Cherdo

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Battle of the Bands: Great Battlin' Brunos!


People, can't we all just get along? 

Heck, no!  LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, IT'S THE BATTLE OF THE BANDS!  The place where everybody is kung foo fightin', no one ever stops dragging your heart around, and dirty deeds are done dirt cheap every dern month. 

As always, this fine frolic is the product of my friends, Fae (never absent in my heart) and Stephen T. McCarthy and I'm taking part once a month on the 15th!

Bruno Mars is one of the most talented, versitile performers around, in my humble, feeble brained (yet persistant) opinion. I've been thinking of using him in a battle for a while, but I wondered: who could stand up to Bruno? The guy has a slew of hits in a variety of genres. He can sing, play...he can dance...he's done pop, reggae, funk, hip hop, ballads, and songs that were pure fun. Did you see his half time show last year? He put Coldplay and Beyonce to shame. 

WAIT A MINUTE...THE ONLY ONE WORTHY TO BATTLE BRUNO IS....BRUNO! 

BRUNO #1:
 LOCKED OUT OF HEAVEN


BRUNO #2:
UPTOWN FUNK




BRUNO #3:

WHEN I WAS YOUR MAN


No one does a Bruno battle like Bruno. I hope no feelings are hurt; I'd hate to learn Bruno holds a grudge. That would be...awkward.  

What Bruno do you prefer? Come on, tell me...tell me...Check 'em out and I'll be here for the results on the 21st of each month and back for new battles on the 15th of each month. 


TOSSING IT OUT
YOUR DAILY DOSE

Still flipping out,
Cherdo



Saturday, October 21, 2017

BOTB Results: The Super Groups!


Wow, that wasn't even close!  Asia, The Traveling Wilburys, and Damn Yankees: three beloved bands loaded with talent (not a stinker in the mix!), but in the end, The Traveling Wilburys beat 'em without mercy. 

Need a chuckle? Be sure to go to Wilbury's website to find out your Wilbury name (bottom of the page). Turns out, I'm Josephine Wilbury...

The passing of Tom Petty might have added to the nostalgic tug on the heart. If the Wilburys weren't so awesome in the first place, perhaps we'd have a different outcome. As it were, I've got to believe they would have taken it, regardless.  

Rest in Peace, Charlie...



You know the drill...Wilburys, sing us out: 


These lovely peeps have battles scores to share, too! Check 'em out and I'll be here for the next battle on the 15th of November. We can talk turkey then.

TOSSING IT OUT
YOUR DAILY DOSE

Still flipping out,
Cherdo

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Battle of the "Too Big for Their Britches" Bands: The Super Bands



LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, IT'S THE BATTLE OF THE BANDS!  As always, this fine frolic is the product of my friends, Fae (never absent in my heart) and Stephen T. McCarthy and I'm taking part once a month on the 15th!


This past month saw the sad passing of Tom Petty. Boy, I didn't see that one coming. Correct me if I'm wrong: Keith Richards is still here? But no Petty? 

Absolutely certain that Tom and his heartbreakin' buddies would appear on the battle, I decided to go a different route for October. 

Tom Petty's name appears on my mental list of all the truly talented musicians, some uber famous or not so celebrated, who felt the urge to break from their comfortable habitats and regroup with another "pack." You know what I'm talking about...the elusive "super groups." 

What makes a group a "super" variety? Well, in my short list of criteria, they're pretty big for britches to start with, could probably live without the extra influx of cash from a second venture, and yet - they go for it. Guitar World came up with their own list of what makes a super group and they added an interesting component: they can't just join an existing group (their example: Van Hagar, ha ha). I agree!

For your auditory pleasure and analysis, I give you three super groups. All packed with great musicians of note. But the question is this: which one did it best?


CONTENDER #1:
ASIA
Steve Howe (Yes), John Wetton (King Crimson), 
Geoff Downes (The Buggles, Yes) 
and Carl Palmer (Emerson, Lake & Palmer) 



CONTENDER #2:
THE TRAVELING WILLBURYS
George Harrison (Beatles), Bob Dylan (solo career), 
Tom Petty (Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers), Jeff Lynne (ELO) 
and Roy Orbison (solo career)


CONTENDER #3:
DAMN YANKEES
Ted Nugent (Amboy Dukes, solo career), Tommy Shaw (Styx), 
Jack Blades (Night Ranger), and drummer Michael Cartellone



I'll be back with results on the 21st of October...I swear I will. But these fine folks still need your vote! Check 'em out:


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Flipping out, Cherdo

Thursday, September 21, 2017

BOTB Results: La Vitda is Definitely Loca


Who can shake his hips, move those feet, flash them guns and beat out the competition at the same time?  Your boy Ricky Martin, that's who. Shakira didn't stand a chance. Where's Al Penwasser when you need him? He is a born Shakira vote, I'd wager.  But for this time around, Ricky takes all!

No tears for you, Shakira - get on your feet for the standing ovation: to the victor goes the....whatever I should give him (but I'm not).

Sing us out, Ricky!



How did your other votes go? Scamper off to the blogs of my peeps to see how you did.  I'll be back for another battle on the 15th of October...geez, how did it get to be October?


THE DOG LADY'S DEN

Flipping out, in an Autumn kinda way,
Cherdo

Friday, September 15, 2017

Battle of the Bands: Loca, Anyone?

 

It's the new and improved once-per-month-on-the-15th Battle of the Bands! YASSSSSSS, Lord!

As always, this lovefest blogging event was first introduced by our friends, Fae and Stephen, and I'd like to give a heartfelt "thank you" to the one and only: Fae @ Far Away Eyes (out of sight, but never out of ind!) and Stephen T. McCarthy presents... (my brudder from anudder mudder, praise the Lord).

Whazzup: Our battles take place once a month on the 15th! On the 21st, come on back! That's when I return, total all of the votes, maybe even add my own tie-breaker, and announce the winner. 

For this month, I've got a theme (it may be repeating in my life, too, but that is another story). One man's crazy is another man's ....vocation? Passion? Celebration? Who can say, crazy is so pathelogically personal. So many hours to fill with delusion, confusion, and allusion. Most of us can recall a time in their life when another person's crazy stepped on their own personal crazy and that may have been one of the "zones" I am moving away from right now. Again, I scream: YAAAAASSS, Lord.

In the meantime, why not celebrate crazy? Here's two well known artists who not only recognize crazy, but celebrate it with a decent beat and a whole lotta attitude. If I had a channel of just these kinda tunes, I'd embrace loca every day of the week. 

Interesting fact: every "loca" song involves wearing less clothing per square inch. The more you know... (That wouldn't work in my personal loca world, as my responsibility to the world is to keep Cherdo under as much fabric as humanly possible to prevent mass hysteria. But, I digress. Wasn't there a song in this conversation somewhere...oh, there he is...Ricky, if you please?).

CONTENDER # 1:  RICKY MARTIN
"Living La Vida Loca"



CONTENDER # 2:  SHAKIRA

"Loca"


To recap:  He's living la vida loca. She's crazy...but YOU like it. Dat enough loca for ya?

Then, do your duty, my peeps. Analyze the offerings and then check out the other bloggers (the ones who do this well) and I'll see you on the 21st with the Results of the September 2017 Battle of the Bands.  


Then take a rest. Print out this coupon and use it. It's good in all 50 states and countries that use/acknowledge the Euro or Yen.  私はあなたを忘れていない


Till then...
Flipping Out Daily, 
Cherdo


Tuesday, August 22, 2017

BOTB Results: "It's Too Late"


Stop the press!

These two were neck and neck all the way and in the end - BAM! A tie. So, it falls on me to break the tie and I think I'll go against all tradition and LET IT STAND.

Let's be honest, I can't have any ill will between me and the likes o' Amy Grant or Gloria Estefan. Number 1, Amy Grant lives about an hour away and I dig her hubby, Vince Gill, too. It wouldn't be neighborly. Number 2, I like to travel, I know very few people in Miami, and Gloria Estefan would be just the kinda of gal pal I'd want to call to hang with while cruising the steamy streets of southern Florida. The last thing I need to happen is to have Gloria bring up the issue of the Great Battle of the Bands 2017 Tie Breaker Resolution, have her PEOPLE giving my PEOPLE grief, tears and streaming mascara, yada yada yada....

SING US OUT, GALS! Show me a different tune and no hard feelings. Something you OWN!


Amy Grant: "Baby Baby"



Gloria Estefan: "Conga"

Don't you feel better about the whole deal when you hear these songs? Come on, you DO and you know it. 

This will make you feel even better:  check out the other bloggers (the timely ones) and I'll see you on the 15th of next month for the next Battle of the Bands.


Flipping Out Daily, 
Cherdo



Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Battle of the Bands: "It's Too Late"


"Forgive me, Father Gary, for I have sinned...I actually had another Battle of the Bands to post yesterday, but I got tied up and didn't do it. In my shame, I felt compelled to re-do it and pay homage to lateness."

Friday, July 21, 2017

Battle of the Bands Results: "Always On Your Side"


Well, that was a close one! If you were in on the voting, thanks so much. But nothing can knock Sheryl Crow and Sting off of their perch. It might have helped if I had remembered to say "don't vote for the original, just the contenders." This is an example of what one might call "rusty blogger syndrome."

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Battle of the Bands: Always On Your Side


I'm back. More on that in later posts! 

Let's get this rolling 'cause I'm jumping on the new and improved once-per-month-on-the-15th Battle of the Bands! YASSSSSSS!

As always, this lovefest blogging event was first introduced by our friends, Fae and Stephen, and I'd like to give them a heartfelt "thank you" to the one and only: Fae @ Far Away Eyes (out of sight, but never out of mind!) and Stephen T. McCarthy presents...(my brudder).

Whazzup: Our battles take place once a month on the 15th! On the 21st, come on back! That's when I return, total all of the votes, maybe even add mine, and announce the winner. 

Sheryl Crow has a slew of hits behind her and I'd venture to say that instant name recognition goes right along with that. If you want to know more about her, go here. Those of you who don't want to read a small novella of data on the edge of plagarism and journalistic regret should fully appreciate that link. You're welcome.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Jacqueline: A Lurve Story


"UB40, one of my faves! Yup, this choice puts you firmly in my tribe. ;-) "
Jacqueline Mitchell

It would please me to no end to be in Jacqueline Mitchell's tribe; I'm certain that I know the full characteristics of all the members. 

Each member would have a cheery disposition with a touch of sassy and snark. Impecable container gardens with delicious abundance would surround a neat home. We'd all praise the Scottish and envy her personal Great Scot. We'd all have to know the movie Trainspotting by heart and cheer when Spud awoke to find his big windfall. We'd believe every crazy cure on the "interwebz," if only for comic relief. All the best music of the last fifty years would be firmly planted in our memories; how else can we chat it up? All our kitchens would be filled with the most wonderful scents; pots of homemade goodness to share daily.

That would be our tribe; that is our tribe. 

Our chieftain has been laid to rest, but the tribe gathers once more in this "other world" where hands never shake and bodies don't betray us. 

Jacqueline used to say "I think I lurve you a little" whenever she approved of my particular brand of snark and giggles. A sweet sentiment from a sweet friend; I hope the angels appreciate their new neighbor the way we appreciated her. Perhaps that thought makes her loss bearable.

To Jacqueline: I always lurved you a lot. Sleep tight, sweetie.





Tuesday, February 21, 2017

BOTB Results: "Take Me to Church"


Didn't see that one coming - truly, I thought Hozier nailed it and if I had to throw my vote to one or the other, he would have got it. So, how did you all vote:

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Battle of the Bands: "Take Me to Church"



As always, this lovefest blogging event was first introduced by our friends, Fae and Stephen, and I'd like to give them a heartfelt "thank you" to the one and only: Fae @ Far Away Eyes (out of sight, but never out of mind!) and Stephen T. McCarthy presents...(my brudder).

Whazzup: 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 add mine (I had a tie in 2016!), and announce the winner. 

Let's pare this down to pure music admiration. This song, "Take Me to Church," had its run on the charts in 2014 for 20 weeks. This gem is written and performed by Irish songster Andrew Hozier-Byrne, who goes by the professional name, Hozier. 

Sunday, January 22, 2017

BOTB Results: The Love Song Edition


Oh, my peeps...Cherdo has some kinda funky bug, so I'm going to make this brief as I share the voting breakdown: 

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Battle of the Bands: The Love Song Edition



A word from Bill Shakespeare, as read in a tale of two young lovers: “You are a lover. Borrow Cupid's wings and soar with them above a common bound...” 

OR
Write a song for your lovepup...because, ladies and gentlemen...and you others...it's the BATTLE OF THE BANDS: LOVE SONG EDITION.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Battle of the Bands: "Get Motivated!" Results


Oh, it seemed to have so many possibilities! Who would win? The Foo Fighters with their brilliant take on "Falling Down"? The iconic Starman himself, gone but not forgotten, who could have been a hero himself -- David Bowie? Or the ever rockin' Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers?

Sunday, January 1, 2017

The 1st Battle of the Bands of 2017: Get Motivated!



Well, it's a new year! I know, because I made sure this posted at 12:01 a.m. (EST, of course). By any measurement, it's solid 2017. Ladies and Gentlemen...and you others...it's the BATTLE OF THE BANDS.

As always, this tuney, hum-right-along blogging event was first introduced by our friends, Fae and Stephen, and I'd like to give them a heartfelt "thank you" to the one and only: Fae @ Far Away Eyes and Stephen T. McCarthy presents... 


The skinny: 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 (I had a tie in 2016!), and announce the winner.