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.

Her 1993 debut album, titled Tuesday Night Musical Club, produced the ever-catchy smash hit "All I Wanna Do" that blanketed the airways for months. Yada yada we are.

Crow has always embraced a multitude of genres: pop, rock, country, folk, get the gist. A favorite of mine is "Always on Your Side." Let's roll with a little touch of melancholy, shall we? Wait a minute: you're my peeps. I'll throw in Sting, just for good measure.

"Always by Your Side"


Who's up for a battle? How about a Broadway sauted songster like Matt Zarley rocking the female tribute album? Ladies and germs, from The Estrogen Sessions album....


John Sawyer is a talented artist whose video uses the term "live" loosely. Either that or Debby Boone really hates to be seen on stage. But, how dare I mock? Have you seen the video from my album? Exactly (I have no alblum...).

NOW WHAT?  Get thee to my peeps' blogs and vote on their battles. It's always a lively mix and I'm sure you'll enjoy what they are serving up today.


  1. I'll stick with the original... Sheryl Crow is wonderful. My second pick is Sawyer and Boone while Zarley's western scenes were nice.

    1. Thanks, sage! Great to see you on the Flipside again!!

  2. All were good; but I'll choose Sheryl Crow.

  3. First, a loud "Welcome back, Cherdo!" and a hearty handclasp to go along with that. (I stole the "hearty handclasp" from W.C. Fields. Which movie? Hmmm.... Perhaps 'The Bank Dick'.)

    Speaking of theft, I wonder if Sheryl Crow got permission from Elton and Bernie to steal that line "BUTTERFLIES ARE FREE TO FLY". Which song? Hmmm.... Perhaps 'Someone Saved My Life Tonight'.

    I generally much prefer Cheryls to Sheryls. (Sheryls are thieves.) But the Ol' Crow sounds pretty good on this.

    I didn't care much for Matt. Too Broadway-sounding. Meaning: Too much emoting; too much estrogen.

    But for my $00.02, I thought John and the painfully shy Debbie Boone nailed it. I didn't realize until now just how well Debbie can sing. Back when she was a big star -- before she came down with Stagefrightitis -- I didn't pay much attention to her because... you know... Hard Rock, Loud Guitars... she didn't do it (and as a pimpled person, I wanted it). Just call me Mister Older N. Wiser.

    ~ D-FensDogG
    [Link:) STMcC Presents 'Battle Of The Bands'

    1. I laughted out loud at the "butterflies are free to fly" because I thought the exact same thing. A thimble full of extra musicianship could have saved that with an original line.

      And if you think butterflies are free to fly, purchased some monarch pupa and have them airmailed to you. Not free...not free at all...leaving me to carry on and wonder why?...

  4. How can I not vote for Sheryl Crow and Sting? They're Sheryl Crow and Sting! It's nice to see you again.


    1. Well, ya got me there. It's Sheryl! It's Sting! What's not to love??

      Nice to see you, too, Janiepoo!

  5. Nice to see you back with BOTB, Cherdo! ☺ This is a song I'm not familiar with, so no preconceived notions. They were all good, but I have to give it to Sheryl and Sting.

  6. Welcome back! The covers are great but I must vote for the original Sheryl Crow.

  7. Beautiful song. I don't know that I had ever heard it before - either that or I simply didn't pay much attention to it. It was a tough choice for me between Sheryl & Sting or John & Debbie. After a few listens, I've finally decided to give my vote to John & Debbie.

    Great to have you back!


  8. Not my kind of music, but all of them covered it well. Sting gives the first one and edge though.
    Good to hear from you!

  9. Give me Debbie, and the guy at the piano. Welcome back!

  10. My favourite is actually John Sawyer and Debbie Boone! I surprise myself because I was never into Debbie Boone. Sherryl Crow and Sting were good but it didn't do anything for me. The second one I already forgot about but the last kept my interest and I found the voices strong and could understand the words

  11. Oh gosh...I also meant to say...welcome back and hope this year is much better than the last 2. I hope all is going well

  12. John Sawyer and Debbie Boone.
    Welcome to blogging! It's always good to support new bloggers. If you need any tips call..... McCarthy.

  13. Good to have you back. The blogging world needs more BOTBer's.

    All versions were pretty similar. However #3 was kind of weird, number 1 was the original and good, but I preferred #2. That's a vote for Matt Zarley.

    Tossing It Out

  14. Cherdo!!! Welcome Back Girl!! So good to see you BOTBing again.
    A nice three-way to kick off your comeback. All three were good but I especially liked Matt Zarley over the others so he's getting my vote. It's a nice song. I never heard it before. His was a nice video too. Perfect images to start off my week.

    If you have a chance, check out my post today. I joined the Monday's Music Moves Me blog hop. You might be interested in that one too...

    Can't wait to hear what you've been up to all this time. We've missed you for sure!

    Have a great week,

    Michele at Angels Bark

  15. Hey, welcome back! Nice to see you around again! Tough battle here, but I'll give it to John and Debby.

  16. Welcome back!

    Watching the Sheryl Crow-Sting video, it struck me that she looks a lot like Mariah Carey. I was afraid she was going to start shrieking, but she didn't. But seriously, of the three, that was the only one that I didn't turn off halfway through. I give my vote to the original.

  17. Originals almost are always better, Sheryl wins my vote

  18. Nice to see you around again! Tough battle here, but I'll give it to John and Debby.



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Love, Cherdo