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...” 

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



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 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. 


Love songs hang on the charts like they're coated with super glue. Couples everywhere profess that somewhere out in radio land, THEIR song plays and touches the soul of their relationship. Plan on hearing that song every anniversary, kiddos. Love songs have staying power that feels personal, however public it may be. There, in the background of your mind, you hear that song and you think of THAT person.

You know it's the truth; we're all saps at heart. Okay, I take that back...let's just say we all have emotional ties to someone or something (don't give me details, please; I'm good). 

So, my peeps, which of the following songs is worthy of being a love theme? Let's go back a bit for this round...you're standing below a window, you don't have a boom box playing a "In Your Eyes", but you'd chose one of these songs to croon...



CONTENDER #1: PAUL McCARTNEY
"My Love"



CONTENDER #2:  The Pretenders
"I'll Stand By You"



CONTENDER #3: The Rolling Stones
"Wild Horses"




Misty eyed? Calling your 70's or 80's prom date (don't...it's a bad, bad idea)? Or do you just have a momentary appreciation for old rock? Good enough! Vote below and give me your two cents. Heck, give me a whole dollar, if you're so inclined. 

Then scoot over to my peeps' blogs and give a listen. Without exception, every single one of them is better at this than yours truly. Go on...they're waiting...don't dally...



35 comments:

  1. For me, the choice really boils down to The Pretenders v Paul McCartney. Both solid love songs that I could listen to year after year. But perhaps it's nostalgia, but I think I would prefer to listen to Paul McCartney just a little bit more, so he gets my vote. Great concept of a battle!

    ~Mary
    Jingle Jangle Jungle

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    1. Yeah, in view of the death of Linda McCartney, that one gets to me even more. Good choice! Thanks, Mary!

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  2. And when it comes to love songs (like an "our song" kind of thing), I'm more of an 'AIN'T MISBEHAVIN'' kind of guy. (I'm speaking strictly in terms of the song, of course, NOT actual good behavior.) But, OK, I'll bite because it's BOTB...

    Well, first of all, any time the question is "The Pretenders?", the answer is "NO!" (Well, unless U2 is also a question, in which case "The Pretenders?" might get an "Eh, OK" answer.)

    So, it's between Albuquerque Paul Mazursky and them rockin' Rollin' Stones.

    I think I have no choice, really, but to give my vote to a song that lyrically begins with the word "AND". That's gotta be worth sumpin' right there.

    ~ D-FensDogG
    Check out my new blog @
    (Link:] Stephen T. McCarthy Reviews...

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    1. ...and starts right off with a guy leaving his girl. Yep, only a Beatle could pull that one off.

      Tell me the truth, McCarthy (I almost wrote McCartney...duh): what was your song with your main squeeze? What did you dub "our song?" Inquiring minds want to know.

      I'm afraid to ask Hubzam. Actually, we have a farce sort of song...we used to sing "Golden Ring" at the top of our lungs because it made my oldest two rock lovin' sons nuts. Hey, I'm no country/George-and-Tammy kinda girl...the point is, IT MADE THE BOYS NUTS. There's not a lot in my arsenal to torture young men in their prime. Gotta go with what works. I've even lost that - Gonzo doesn't care one bit what we sing.

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    2. Dang, I don't I even know the song 'Golden Ring'. Guess I'll have to seek that one out.

      Well, different girls had different songs, naturally. And it wasn't always necessarily "OUR song", but sometimes just MY song for them.

      For one, it was 'SISTER GOLDEN HAIR' by America.

      For another, it was 'AGAINST ALL ODDS (Take A Look At Me Now)' by Phil Collins.

      For yet another, it was Elton John's 'THE B**CH IS BACK'. ...Nah, nah, I'm just kidding.

      Seriously? The Big One -- the genuine Major Relationship where there really was an "OUR Song -- it truly was 'AIN'T MISBEHAVIN''. (Preferably the Hank Williams Jr. version.)

      (You see, very often there is a grain of truth in the endless beaches of nonsense that I write.)

      ~ D-FensDogG
      Check out my new blog @
      (Link:] Stephen T. McCarthy Reviews...

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  3. I didn't know the Pretenders' song, but the other two are well ingrained. Give my vote to Brother Paul.

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    1. I will do just that, brother! Thanks for stopping by!

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  4. All great tunes, but Wild Horses gives me chills, I love it SO much. ♥ My vote, without hesitation, goes to The Rolling Stones.

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    1. Waiting patiently for someone to tell me they love that song. Methinks it's a heartbreaker and I always think of Marianne Faithful when I hear this song. Musically, I love the tune even before I get to the lyrics.

      Thanks, Debbie! ;-)

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    2. We have the same thoughts, Cherdo! It's one of my all-time favourites. ♥ Surprising that more people didn't vote for it.

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  5. I enjoy all of these songs, but if I were to pick one that I prefer over the others it would be "Wild Horses" by a million miles. One of my favorite songs of all times.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

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    1. Lee, it's tough for me to pull together a battle and use a song I don't really like - no exception here. Love all three! Thanks for the vote!

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    1. That's my buddy; passionate and positive! Thanks, Alex.

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  7. WIld Horses always gets me moving and swaying! Classic song.

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    1. Girlfriend, I know what you mean. There's a bit of depth to that song that makes it special to me.

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  8. Cherdo, where love songs go, I have it narrowed down between Contender # 1 and #2 but ultimately it's gonna be Paul McCartney's "My Love" to steal my vote. This song reminds me of my first heartbreak relationship. I thought it was the real deal when it was more a less puppy love. Very fun battle!

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    1. Ah...heartbreak. That will cement a song in your brain, for sure. Did you ever have a guy tell you that a really dopey song was "our song?" Yeah...that happened to me, too. Ha ha.

      Thanks, Cathy!

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  9. Tough choice. We just saw Chrissie Hynde and the Pretenders for the fist time last year when they opened for Ms. Stevie Nicks. Of course they did this song. If the Paul McCartney song had been Maybe I'm Amazed, that would have won hands down, but I think I have to go with the Pretenders this time.

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    1. That's the spirit, Stephen - another vote for McCARTNEY!

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  11. I was able to work off memory for the McCartney and Stones tune, so I listened to the Pretenders' song, deciding if I liked it better it would win. I didn't. I'll vote for Sir Paul on this one.

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  12. Gosh this is hard as I like all 3 but I have to go with The Pretenders because it is uplifting. Instead of lovemaking etc... it is about standing by the person. I also love her voice. Paul is a close second.....very close

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    1. It's hard to beat any of these artists, in my book. Thanks, Birgit!

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  13. Well, it was definitely Paul McCartney but then I got down to the Rolling Stones' Wild Horses and that was a game changer. I LOVE that song so much! So without a doubt, it's the Stones on this one. (But if it were just PC and the Pretenders, it would be McCartney all the way)...

    Fun battle Cherdo! Loved it.
    And now I'm going to listen to Wild Horses again... :)

    Michele at Angels Bark

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    1. Wild Horses is one of those songs that has an emotional pull for me. Listen to it a third time, too, girl!

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  14. I have to ask my kids for help on this one.

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  15. The Pretenders get my vote, I love that song

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    1. What's not to love? It's CHRISSIE! Thanks, Mike.

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  16. I've got to go with Sir Paul in this one, though he nearly discouraged me with that mullet. Ha! But, who can vote against Paul??? Not this girl.

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    1. Paul can even get away with the mullet...he's that good...he was a BEATLE, which makes him practically teflon.

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