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...