Saturday, December 15, 2018

Battle of the Bands: The Reason for the Season

Well, this is the last post for 2018's Battles of the Bands...did I say that right? In honor of that, I'd like to offer up a battle that is firmly rooted in the "reason for the season." It's almost Christmas...

Friday, December 7, 2018

BOTB Results: God Rest Ye, Merry Gentlemen

Well, now that I think about it, that picture is a bit of a spoiler. But, yes! Hozier came out on top in the battle of "God Rest Ye, Merry Gentlemen" (and I, too, don't know if there should be a comma, STMcC, but it just feels right). 

Saturday, December 1, 2018

O Holy Night, It's the Holiday Battle of the Bands!

December is here and opinions are a-flyin' about whether or not you're delighted or stressed about the holiday season. But today (or tonight), we're here to put our heads together for THE BATTLE! And how do we do that, kiddies? 

Monday, November 26, 2018

BOTB: "Don't assume you'll have access..." Results for Parodies!

The late, late BOTB results. You know how you get so used to technology access that you assume it will be everywhere? Nope-ity nope. 

Well, some days you just have to hang it up and say "Oops!"

Our battle was a LANDSLIDE for the "Opinion Parody" a la Bohemian Rhapsody!

To the victor, as I make this short and sweet:

It's late but there's always a chance to comment on some really fine results that WERE POSTED ON TIME!

No travel next time! See you on the 1st!

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Battle of the Bands: Thankful for the Laughs!

It's my month of thankfulness and time for the Battle of the Bands, with potential for one or more ha-has per month! 

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

BOTB Results: Musically Thankful...the "Perfect" Battle!

Wow, I didn't see that one coming! Unless your name was Arlee, you voted for the dynamic duo of Ed Sheeran and Andrea Bocelli, with a whopper of a score of 14 to 1

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Battle of the Bands: Musically Thankful

Gawd, I'm sick of negativity and all the dookie that comes with it. I reject all that nonsense, like a rational adult. Thankulness is the theme of November!

Sunday, October 21, 2018

BOTB Results: Bohemian Rhapsody

Wow, that was hardly a first, I thought my old buddies PANIC AT THE DISCO were gonna go home humbled. But eight is a respectable all may appear on stage without fear. Glad I could settle that for you, lest you lose sleep. 

Monday, October 15, 2018

Battle of the Bands: God Save Queen Battle

Oh, sweet-peeps, we are heading into a Queen tale on the big screen as Rami Malik attempts to embody the late, great Freddie Mercury. God Save (the) Queen! Will he pull it off? Will Stephen T. McCarthy's 8 Ball chime in?

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

BOTB Results: The Trust Battle and "Things I Never Thought I'd Hear Myself Say"

Well, now, I'd never thought I'd be saying this, but, "Yay! LSD!" 

My oft repeated tale is that I like all the songs I put in battles. Face it, I get a guaranteed happy face for whoever wins the battle that way and there are few scenarios in life that can be so controlled. I'm latched on to this approach.

None of the artists, in full disclosure mode, are on my frequent flyer list by any stretch of the imagination, but I've really warmed up to LSD (Labrinth, Sia, and Diplo) lately. Even the crazy imagery is kinda fun for me. Not so much for others, but there were a couple of votes for LSD by default. It's a free-ish country, right? So...YAY!

How the votes played out:

"Thunderclouds" by LSD:

"Sober" by DEMI LOVATO:
G Dogg
Mike Spain

"Heartless" by YE or Kanye or Mr. West:
[the null set]

There you have it, friends! To the victor....

I'm behind schedule! Run, don't walk, over to my peeps' blogs to see how they turned out. Will there be surprises? Disappointments? Tears?

There's only one way to find out. Come it! 

I'll see you back here on the 15th - deal? 

Monday, October 1, 2018

Battle of the Bands: The Trust Battle

Can I trust you to jump on board this speeding train? 
Ladies and gents, we're gonna battle!

Friday, September 21, 2018

BOTB Results: "In My Life"

Whoo-wheee! That wasn't as close as I expected. For our final count, here's what happened, folks:

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Battle of the Bands: In My Life

 Friends, I'm BACK!  

Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water: it's Cherdo. Always a "promise keeper," and I told my dear ole' pal, Stephen T. McCarthy that I would return. Oh, the tales I could tell...but I won't right now! It's time for the BATTLE OF THE BANDS!  

This musical mayhem was started by my dear friends, FAR AWAY EYES and STEPHEN T. McCARTHY. A new Battle gets posted on the 1st and 15th of each month and six days later, on the 7th and 21st, I place my own vote if necessary to break a tie, math it up, and announce the winner. Of course, there will be a bit of yada yada. You expect no less of me.

In celebration of my return to the fold, I have chosen a personal favorite. Though I am of the opinion that no one should challenge the iconic songs, here are some heavy hitters in their own right: Bette Midler and Ed Sheeran. 

First, the original: let's hear it, mop tops!

The Beatles

Ed Sheeran

Bette Midler

Well, what do you think? Too sappy? I love this song, so stick with me. Vote in the comments below and then sashay over to my buddies' blogs and vote on their battles. It's how we do things around here.

See you on the 21st with results!  Till then, I'm cruising the flipside, folks.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

BOTB Super Late Results: We DO Monkey Around

Oh dear Lord, first I was late on my tally and then Blogger was not my friend  and I didn't have time to mess with it...but it has "fixed itself"? This is the first sign on early (cough, cough) onset dementia.

But, the winner, but ONE VOTE:  Davy Jones!

Sorry for the short post...hope springs eternal that it will be better next month. You know who is really good at this? EVERY SINGLE PERSON WHO DOES IT BUT ME.

For example:

Take care, God bless, and I hope I'll be more up to the task next month! See you then...

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Battle of the Bands: The People Say They Monkee Around

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 (Monkee-ing around enthusiast...). I'm a once a month participant on the 15th, and returning on the 21st with results of YOUR voting, so let's get this show on the road.

In their heyday, my pal Patti and I worshipped the Monkees. You know what's groovy? The records we wore out...far groovier that when they started, quite literally. We loved everything about them: television, Tiger Beat magazine articles, product endorsements, 45s, LPs, lunch boxes (check, check, get the drill). Just say "Monkee" and we were in. Or say grossly-over-promoted-over-saturated-teeny-bopper-market-of-the-60s-and-70s...I'm still in, but that was a nice try.

But soon, the party (as they say) was over and the Monkee men when their separate ways. What does a non-Monkee do with his time?  Or, more accurately, who does it BEST? Since we are talking music on this blog event, and solo efforts, I'm picking the two who I think might be more evenly matched. 

"It's all so scientific," she said to herself.

Mike Nesmith's biggest hit, to me, was a version NOT sung by Mike. Written in 1965, this little ditty didn't really show its head till "Different Drum" was covered by Linda Ronstadt in 1967 and consequently reached a respectable #13 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Various artists have covered "Different Drum" in the years since, but it is first and foremost a Mike tune! 

Mike rendition is a tad country-rock for me, but I remain Monkee-loyal. So, play, magic fingers!

Mike Nesmith  "Different Drum"

Davy Jones, what a heartthrob! I'm sure I'm the only one who thought so...ahem. He appeared in a Brady Bunch episode entitled, "Getting Davy Jones." Hey, why didn't I ever think to invite Davy Jones to a dance? Perhaps because I wasn't even a teen yet when it came out (but I would have given him a ride on my bike and that's gotta count for sumthin').

I digress...

The song "Girl" was Davy Jones' 8th single, not necessarily the best but it is the one I always remember most fondly. Marcia, Marcia, Marcia...

 Davy Jones   "Girl"

You'll be tempted to give him extra points for the ruffled shirt, but keep this professional people. Now, vote! I know you can - I'm a believer! 

Visit these other bloggeroonis and participate in their Battles, too! See you on the 21st with the results.

Flipping out, with a Springtime, pollen laden twist!

Thursday, March 22, 2018

BOTB Results: The Greenest Results Ever

Oh, battles of battles! Man against woman, friend against friend; if I'm not careful, I'm going to slide ride into Stephen T. McCarthy's tag line. 'Nuff said, here is how it shook out:


Gilbert O'Sullivan:

Sinead O'Connor:
Evil Pop Tart

My early years could be a musical and one of the background songs would have to be "Alone Again Naturally," if not for the sentiment, then definitely for the number of times I played this great tune. To the victor! No crying or moaning, U2 or Sinead...let's be big about it. Someone will notice you...

So, sing us out, Gilbert!

Now, go back and check out the results from my people (and I will, too!). I'll see you next month on the 15th for the next Battle of the Bands. 

A-to-Z folks, I'm trying to talk myself into it once more; it's so much fun. Your thoughts?

Hugs, Cherdo

Thursday, March 15, 2018

The Greenest Battle of the Bands Ever

What could be better than an Irish battle of the bands? How about an actual knock down, drag out? Who would want to be in such a whallop-o-looza? 

As always, this love fest is the product of my friends, FAE (never absent in my heart, always in my prayers, and just one heck of a gal and she'd make a great Irish lass) and Stephen T. McCarthy (might be Irish...there are telltale signs...). I'm a once a month participant on the 15th, and returning on the 21st with results of YOUR voting, so let's get this show on the road.

Go ahead, guess the top three Irish singers/bands. Neuro synapses can be created with this simple exercise of mental recall (according to me). As much as I hate to reference the big wigs, here I go: according to Billboard, the top ranking Irish artists are U2, Gilbert O'Sullivan (not even his real o'name), and Sinead O'Connor. 

Let's pit those big boys (and girl) against each other and see what shakes out, for the love of St. Patty.

"With or Without You"
Peak date: 5/16/87

"Alone Again, Naturally"
Peak date: 7/29/72

"Nothing Compares 2 U"
Peak date: 4/21/90

Ha! How will they do? Will someone walk away, head handing low, too big for their great green britches? Will I have to call the WAAAAmbulance?

Time to vote, peeps! Bono vs Gilbert O vs Sinead decide the REAL top irish artist. Vote as many times as you like, as long as you like the number one. Then visit the rest of the gang, who are ALL irish on the 17th, I swear on me mudder's potato recipe.

Happy St. Patrick's Day, too - I've got to have a jump on everyone else, I started two days early.
Hugs, Cherdo

Monday, January 22, 2018

BOTB: What??

Whaddaya trying to do to me? You know I always battle songs I like against each other...and that I'm just a frail flower of a girl (cough, hack, cough!)?  Believe it or not, you left me with a three way tie. Did you hear that? A THREE WAY...I even hung on for an extra day, waiting for a straggler. 

Dear friends, I have no choice but to BUST this three way into one way/my I declare the winner to be:   

(That was painful)

I love this musical. 

It also is redemption for Peabo Bryson who ruined my experience at his concert long ago - and I had a great seat in the 4th row. When the sound system buzzed, he just about lost his mind in a most ungentlemanly fashion. My concert buddy remarked, "he isn't THAT famous yet, is he?" In spite of that, I'm crossing that faux pas off my mental history of Peabo. Now he is BOTB famous; I'll give him a pass.

But what about the peeps? How did your vote do over yonder? Go check it out! I've got to write condolences to Jamie Foxx, Beyonce, and Anne Hathaway. You know someone is gonna have a hissy.

I'll see you back here on the 15th of February!

Flippin' out in my second half of the century,

Monday, January 15, 2018

Battle of the Bands: The Dream Battle

Hello and howdy, and let's give a big salute to the fellow who coined the phrase, "I have a dream..."

As always, this love fest is the product of my friends, FAE (never absent in my heart, always in my prayers, and just one heck of a gal) and Stephen T. McCarthy (yep, that's the guy). I'm aonce a month participant on the 15th, and returning on the 21st with results of YOUR voting, so let's get this show on the road.

Bands aren't the only source of great of great songs and you just have to look at the theater to find a big, steaming mess o' wonderful classics. Some of the most famous vocalists of the past decades have taken advantage of the availability of this wellspring of tune-age. 

I have a dream of a battle...of musicals...and musicians...and YouTube...all coming together with the common theme: dreams...




Now that I look back on those, this looks a little highbrow, ha ha.  It's a new year, why not be a little risky?  

Your turn: which song do you like best? Do you like musicals? How about the whole concept of acting meets singing? And are you glad or sad that I didn't use Susan Boyle for "I Have a Dream" (her famous "Britain's Got Talent" performance). 

Vote and I'll see you back here on the 21st!

Flipping out...still...