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!
Today, it's time for the Battle of the Bands, the only fun battle in town! In this wonderful space created by FAR AWAY EYES (always loved) and STEPHEN T. McCARTHY (the bandmaster), and this is our schtick: a new Battle gets posted on the 1st and 15th of each month and results appear magically six days later, on the 7th and 21st. If necessary, I add my own humble vote to break a tie, math it up, and announce the winner.
Maybe it's because I'm a chick...maybe I'm just sappy. But, peeps, I love a romantic tune and I'm starting to really warm up to a good video rendering of it. This month's tune just drips with a guy's appreciation of his girl and it's stuck in my brain.
Couple this with the theme of the battle (in my own words, "can you do this song better than the original?") and an idea crept into my brain. Can an artist improve on his own original by bringing other artists into the fray? Can they put that ego down and allow another artist to jump on the tune train?
Guys thankful for gals, artists thankful for success, songwriters thankful for the opportunity to share music...yeah!
Let's find out. I give you a favorite tune of late: Ed Sheeran's "Perfect." And I'll even say you can consider the video in your choice of the best performance. Why not. This is America.
THE ORIGINAL VERSION
ED SHEERAN: "Perfect"
You know what might make it better? A nuclear tenor, like Andrea Boccelli. Billingual, no less. Bring it, guys:
ED SHEERAN AND ANDREA BOCCELLI
How 'bout Queen Bey? Put another spin on it?
ED SHEERAN AND BEYONCE
I'll ask for your vote, and an added comment, if you are so inclined. 1) Which one do you think is the best? 2) How well do you know me, at this point? Which one do you think I am obsessed with, as of late (because I watch this video a lot)?
Results on the 7th, good people! Now jump on these other battles, if you please. I'll be thankful, I promise.