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:

Hozier Homies:
Arlee Bird
Alex J. Cavanaugh
Stephen (a la Mac)
Elizabeth Seckman

Sofia Army:
Cathy Kennedy
Stephen (a la Hayes)
John Horton
Mary Burris
Mike Spain

Abstaining, Refraining, but Remaining:

Sofia Karlberg won it fair and square, so sing us out, is starting right now:

Now, saunter on over to my peeps for their results:

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. 

If so inclined, I could go on and on about the implied meaning, social commentary, politics, blah blah blah. I'm removing that element from my battles. The well-crafted lyrics and powerful delivery make it required listening. Sometimes, you just want to hear a talented person belt one out and he certainly does that. Have a listen to this acoustic version. 


Well, there's more than one way to belt it out. Moroccan-Berber-Swedish singer, Sofia Karlsberg (how often does that ethnic mix fall into place? Let's just call her background "MoBeSwe"), definitely has the pipes to stand up against any takers. Her main claim-to-fame is song covers and her most famous was Beyonce's "Crazy in Love." 


There you have it! Whaddaya gonna do now? Will you vote for the current King O' Irish Bluesy-ness, Hozier, or the Sofia Perfect-Eye-Make-Up Karlsberg? Place your vote in the comments below and then trot on over to my friends' battles and tell 'em what-fer. 

See you back here in 7 days...