Sunday, December 1, 2019

Battle of the Bands: Who's Really Comin' to Town?


A big thanks to FAE the Mistletoe Miss (faraway eyes) for the original creative spark that started what would become the Battle of the Bands and to STEPHEN T. "Ho Ho Ho, You'll Put Your Eye Out Kid" McCARTHY for hosting and keeping us on track. The Battle gets posted on the 1st of each month and results appear magically six days later, SOME TIME (God willing) on the 7th. Cast your vote in the comments below to tell me which tune is your favorite and why. If it's absolutely necessary, I add my own incoherent vote to break any ties and announce the winner...and you get to see how your vote stacked up! 

My graphic was actually from last years battle and I'd like to remember all the folks who join us for a season - or for always! Life gets in the way some times, but I'm always grateful for our community of bloggers. 

Cut to the chase! It's my favorite Battle of the Bands month and I'd like to share one of my favorite hymns by Charles Wesley, COME THOU LONG EXPECTED JESUS. One of the pastors at my old church used this in service and I have to say...ahhh, beautiful. 

CONTENDER #1: 
The Skit Guys featuring Marcy Priest



CONTENDER #2:
Fernando Ortega


Which one is YOUR favorite? Is Jesus the reason for the season at your house, or is it that fat fella (height challenged, I'm sorry) in the red suit? Or Wally Mart worship, maybe? Just another day?

Hint hint...we here at the Flipside are in the camp that "long expects" a visit.  

But what about these crazy cats below? What's going on with their seasonal salute to tinsel and tunes? Only one way to find out...go there and vote!

Thursday, November 7, 2019

BOTB Results: What Gets You on Your Feet? I Happen to Know...


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Your girl, Cherdo, was on the road this week, coordinating a family member's "stuff" and heavy into the art scene tasks. So little time to do it all, so I created my post and scheduled it in advance. Once I was out of town, I didn't have a minute (or the connection) to participate fully. I offer my heartfelt apologies and I'll be totally on board on Dec. 1...my favorite post month, by the way. 

All that said, The Whispers nailed it with my faithful voters, followed closely by Pink and I don't know what happened with Outkast, but at least Arlee saw to their needs. Well played, sir.

The Votes!

Whispers: 
John H., Janet, Mary B, Stephen, Mike, CWMartin, aisasami, Cathy

Pink:
Debra, Alex, Dolorah, Debbie D., Birgit, Mike

Outkast:
Arlee

To the victors, my friends! Sing us out, Whispers! Hey, that sounds weird. Whisper us out, singers? Either way, here they are, and just try to tell me that you aren't swaying a little as you listen:



If you haven't gotten gotten around to it yet, it's time to check out the other peeps' blogs for their results! Come on, don't be shy!


We all appreciate your participation. Invite a friend to participate, too! We'll see you back here with another battle on the first of the month. 

Thanks!
Cherdo


Friday, November 1, 2019

Battle of the Bands: What Gets You on Your Feet?

Where are my images, Blogger? Anyone else having this issue this morning? I don't know, but I have to hit the road, so this is the generic header...use your imagination...wait, not THAT much.

A big thanks to FAE (faraway eyes) for the original creative spark that started what would become the Battle of the Bands and to STEPHEN T. McCARTHY for hosting and keeping us on track. The Battle gets posted on the 1st of each month and results appear magically six days later, SOME TIME (God willing) on the 7th. Cast your vote in the comments below to tell me which tune is your favorite and why. If it's absolutely necessary, I add my own incoherent vote to break any ties and announce the winner...and you get to see how your vote stacked up against the wonderful peeps of the IoT.


Today, I'm challenging you all to 
answer this musical question: 
What song gets you on your feet and dancing? 

Considering the average age of my peeps (I didn't say it was good or bad, young or old, you can do that math on your own time...you know who you are...and for how LONG you've been that person), I'm pulling songs from several decades. 

In my younger days, there were always those tunes that you OWNED. You know that gig...swaying to some nondescript pop sound when the new song starts...you hear the first few bars and you can't help but announce, "THAT'S MY SONG!" as you drag your nearest and dearest friend to the dance floor.

Been there. Done that. Wash and repeat ad infinitum. 

Let's battle...and I'll try to tone down the disco leanings.

CONTENDER #1: THE WHISPERS
"Rock Steady"


CONTENDER #2: PINK
"Get This Party Started"


CONTENDER #3: OUTKAST
"Hey Ya!"

There's no possible way to cover all the great dance tunes and I've tried to shy away from obvious favorites. If you don't see yours here (likely), tell me about it in the comments below - but, vote for your favorite among the top three listed! 

Then visit these fine bloggers - there's a battle on every corner. 

Travel time for Cherdo! Say a prayer for good weather and smooth sailing...er, driving. My thanks, in advance. 😊😊😊




Monday, October 7, 2019

BOTB Results: The "Heck" Battle

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Oh, yeah, buddy! I sweated out the results as they rolled in -- it looked like a tie for a while but in the end, The Dead South won out!

The Votes!

Dead South: 
Alex? (Hey, Mike said so!), Mary B., Debra, 
Debbie D., Mike, Stephen, John H., Birgit

Blake Shelton:
Arlee, Cathy, Janet, Chris, aisasami, Mike#2

To the victors! I never tire of this tune...it's just so dang catchy. 


If you haven't gotten gotten around to it yet, it's time to check out the other peeps' blogs for their results! 



We all appreciate your participation. Invite a friend to participate, too! We'll see you back here with another battle on the first of the month. 

Thanks!
Cherdo


Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Battle of the Bands: A "Heck" of a Tune


A big thanks to FAE (faraway eyes) for the original creative spark that started what would become the Battle of the Bands and to STEPHEN T. McCARTHY for hosting and keeping us on track. The Battle gets posted on the 1st and 15th of each month and results appear magically six days later, SOME TIME (God willing) on the 7th. Cast your vote in the comments below to tell me which tune is your favorite and why. If it's absolutely necessary, I add my own incoherent vote to break any ties and announce the winner...and you get to see how your vote stacked up against the wonderful peeps of the IoT.

It's been a heck of a summer...

First off, I had a surgery on my foot (end of May) that I thought would be a walk limp in the park. Nopety nope, I had a Frankenfoot caused me to question all medical decisions I have made or will make and multiple orthotics & PT visits to get over it. 

When the healing was finally in full swing and things started to look up, my poor sweet dog, Coco, passed away, God rest her doggy-soul.

So, here we are. In dear old K-ville, it was a steamy 95 degrees today as I walked my recently acquired rescue dog, Daisy, over my crunchy, dry lawn. At least I think it is a lawn...it may have degraded into another form of matter.

It's the Fall, correct? Am I looking at the calendar wrong? I swear, I smell pumpkin spice something-or-other every day and I know that's a surefire sign. Pumpkins are everywhere. Halloween costumes and candy surround me in the pharmacy. And yet, my forearms were sunburned.

Perhaps this explains why two of the songs that keep making the rounds in my brain have the word "H E Double-toothpicks" in the title...

These two tunes are catchy, have great videos, and remind me of heat.

CONTENDER #1: BLAKE SHELTON
"Hell Right"




CONTENDER #2: THE DEAD SOUTH
"In Hell, I'll Be Good Company"



Let me go out on a limb and say I think these songs are pretty evenly matched. They also remind me that no matter how catchy this tune is, I do not, in fact, what to give myself over to the HECK side. I'm not changing teams, just in case you wondered. :-)

But it's not all about MOI, I need to hear from my peeps! Give me your vote for your favorite and tell me what made one better than the other for your sophisticated ear-holes.

Then...you know the drill! Visit these other fine bloggers and vote! 


We all appreciate your participation. Invite a friend to participate; it's a HECK of a good time. See you back here on the 7th to tally up the votes.

Saturday, September 7, 2019

BOTB Results: Who "Worked It" Best?


Friends, we definitely worked the rock and roll tributes to vocational responsibilities...it was oh sooooo close, but I'm not a bit surprised that our winner!  

Donna Summer: "She Works Hard for the Money"
Lee, Debra, Janet, Mirka, Birgit

Huey Lewis and the News: "Working for a Livin'"
Mike, John

***Dire Straits: "Money for Nothing"***
Mary, Alex, Stephen, Chris, Debbie, Mike

In my humble opinion, Dire Straits is more than than the "sultans of swing," they are rock and roll gods (little g gods, people...little g) and deserve any and all praise! And "Money for Nothing" has to be in their top three. In the age of MTV glory, this song surely was played to death, but I'm okay with it.

To the victors! Spin it one more time, boys:


If you haven't done so already, you know what comes next -- check out the peeps blogs! 

See you on the first of the month for our next battle of the bands!

Sunday, September 1, 2019

Battle of the Bands: Work It!!


Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears! Seriously, Romans might wanna jump off, as this is an English language post. Mea culpa. But, bilingual buddies, have at it.

A big thanks to FAE (faraway eyes) for the original creative spark that started what would become the Battle of the Bands and to STEPHEN T. McCARTHY for hosting and keeping us on track. The Battle gets posted on the 1st and 15th of each month and results appear magically six days later, SOME TIME (God willing) on the 7th and 21st. You get the honor of casting a vote in the comments below to tell me which tune is your favorite and why. If it's absolutely necessary, I add my own incoherent vote to break any ties and announce the winner...and you get to see how your vote stacked up against the wonderful peeps of Internet land.

Nothing says America like working 9-5, 5 days a week, for about fifty years (give or take). And to stress that point further, we celebrate Labor Day. Ye Olde Oxford Dictionary elaborates and defines Labor Day, for the uninformed, as "a public holiday or day of festivities held in honor of working people, in the US and Canada on the first Monday in September, in many other countries on May 1."

Whoo-eee...FESTIVITIES! Is THAT something to sing about? Well, of course it is...'cause a significant number of us will not be at work.

And if you ARE at work, you're probably supporting the public that's not working by selling us important stuff (grills, charcoal...) or standing by, in case of need (police, doctors, nurses, tow trucks, grocery personnel to direct you to self-checkout...). So, thanks!

Enough babbling. Let's battle, peeps, with three of the most up tempo songs about work that I could find:

CONTENDER #1: DONNA SUMMER
"She Works Hard for the Money"



CONTENDER #2: HUEY LEWIS AND THE NEWS
"Working for a Living"



CONTENDER #3: DIRE STRAITS
"Money for Nothing"


You know what's work? Tryin' to make a decision about which work tunes were worthy! Whew! Actually, there's quite a few goodies.

But voting for favorite? Aww, shucks! That's like a personal day...paid time off...a vacation! Insert your tax-free vote in the comments below and then skip on over (off the clock) to these brilliant blog bosses below and vote to your heart's content. It's a relatively, somewhat free-ish country...and it's Labor Day weekend!  God bless America!


Do you have a favorite work tune I missed? Let me know in the comments below...there might be a Labor Day next year, you never know.

(Everyone have a safe, fun, relaxing holiday. See ya back here are on the 7th.)

Thursday, August 22, 2019

BOTB Results: Lies! Liars! Landslides!


Well, for one brief and shining moment, there was unity among the humble voters...as in "I'm not crazy about any of them, so I'll vote for TRIO..."

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Battle of the Bands: Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire


A big thanks to FAE (faraway eyes) for the original creative spark that started what would become the Battle of the Bands and to STEPHEN T. McCARTHY for hosting this madcap musical love fest. The Battle gets posted on the 1st and 15th of each month and results appear magically six days later, SOME TIME (God willing) on the 7th and 21st. You get the honor of casting a vote in the comments below to tell me which tune is your favorite and why (if you want to elaborate). If it's absolutely necessary, I add my own humble vote to break a tie and announce the winner...and you see how your vote stacked up against thems that is playin' along...God bless 'em.

Lately, I've been battling "themes" and I'm still likin' that vibe. There's no end to songs dedicated to the topic of love, longing, cheating...you get the picture. Lies are a big ole' emotional quagmire that have served as muse to a number of fine musicians. So...why not battle that out, eh?

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

BOTB Results: A Bird in Hand...Sort of...

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"Excuse me...where do the winners sit?"
Another Battle of the Bands is in the bag! How did you do with your vote for the heartthrobs of yester-year?

My thoughts: First of all, ya'll are so mean to rat lovin' Michael Jackson: "...They don't see you as I do! I wish they would try to!" 

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Battle of the Bands: The Heartthrobs


A big thanks to FAE (faraway eyes) for the original creative spark that started what would become the Battle of the Bands and to STEPHEN T. McCARTHY for hosting this madcap musical love fest. The Battle gets posted on the 1st and 15th of each month and results appear magically six days later, SOME TIME (God willing) on the 7th and 21st. You get the honor of casting a vote in the comments below to tell me which tune is your favorite and why (if you want to elaborate). If it's absolutely necessary, I add my own humble vote to break a tie and announce the winner...and you see how your vote stacked up against the huddled masses of humanity.

The Marquis of the Musical Mayhem, Stephen T. McCarthy, is taunting me with his genius by battlin' out two of my favorites today. I'm not going to elaborate, just check it out. In anticipation, I'm taking Tylenol, lest one of the remaining members of the bands (and their ain't many) call me out as a traitor for voting on the other. 

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

BOTB Results: "Baby, Baby" Takes It!


This past July 15th battle was oooohhhh sooooo close! My girl, Amy Grant, remains ever peppy and wholesome -- even though she only won by ONE. That's the spirit, Amy! Don't doubt your awesomeness, you Pied Piper of Pep.

So, how did those votes (botes) go?

Monday, July 15, 2019

Battle of the Bands: The Baby Battle


Welcome to July 15th and The Battle of the Bands!  

A big thanks to FAE (faraway eyes) for the original creative spark that started what would become the Battle of the Bands and to STEPHEN T. McCARTHY for hosting this madcap musical love fest. The Battle gets posted on the 1st and 15th of each month and results appear magically six days later, on the 7th and 21st. You get the honor of casting a vote in the comments below to tell me which tune is your favorite and why (if you want to elaborate). If it's absolutely necessary, I add my own humble vote to break a tie and announce the winner...and you see how your vote stacked up against the huddled masses of humanity.

I've got babies on the brain, since we've had a new addition in the extended family and several good friend have added to their broods. True story: I'm a pushover where babies are concerned. Maybe I'm not the only one. You'll note that many a couple, knee deep in amore, refers to their sweetie as "baby" and it's usually accepted as a form of endearment...let's not get touchy about that, please, there's so little unoffensive things left. Leave me that and I won't call random strangers "honey."

Monday, July 8, 2019

BOTB: Who is REALLY Stayin' Alive?



Whoops! Took Sunday off mentally and didn't realize July 7th had come. Geezerdom is feeling so homey lately. 

In the spirit of unity, I believe everyone questioned the wisdom of anyone re-doing "Stayin' Alive" in light of the Bee Gees HUGE success with said tune. I have to agree. 

But...

Monday, July 1, 2019

Battle of the Bands: No Independence from Strange Covers!


Welcome to July, our celebrated independence, and The Battle of the Bands!  

A big thanks to FAE (faraway eyes) for the original creative spark and to STEPHEN T. McCARTHY for hosting this romp, month after month. May he never win his independence from this motley group of music lovers. The Battle gets posted on the 1st and 15th of each month and results appear magically six days later, on the 7th and 21st. You get the honor of casting a vote in the comments below to tell me which tune is your favorite and why (if you want to elaborate). If it's absolutely necessary, I add my own humble vote to break a tie and announce the winner, but why sully the whole event?

Friday, June 21, 2019

BOTB Results: The Summertime Battle

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Whoa! I loved this battle because it put me back in my groove of only using songs I like. And boy, did I like these three: Eddie Cochran's Summertime Blues, Sly and the Family Stone's Hot Fun in the Summertime, and Seals and Crofts' Summer Breeze. Each one of these gems transports me back in time in the best way possible.

But there can only be one winner and the votes (botes) tell the tale: 
  • Cochran: Mike, angryparsnip, Birgit
  • Sly & the Family Stone: John Holton, Janet, Stephen T. McCarthy
  • Seals & Crofts: Debbie D., aisasami, Arlee Bird, Alex J. Cavanaugh, Mary B, Cathy Kennedy, CWMartin

Man, I loved Seals and Crofts back in the day. A neighbor's granddaughter came visiting from California and the most impressive thing she every told me was that she was babysitting Jimmy Seals' child. I had to see pictures (she was!). It didn't take much to wow me back in the day, but that did. 

To the victors! Play it again, Jimmy and Dash:


Meanwhile, more battles have been counted, posted, and celebrated on the following blogs:  

Saturday, June 15, 2019

Battle of the Bands: Results and a New, Improved Summertime Battle


Good day, my battle enthusiasts, and welcome to another wrap up of the Battle of the Bands DELAYED!  I apologize for the late results post but assure you that I did make my brain do some learnin' about all the possible reasons a post won't post! Can you say, "form error?" How about "publish fail?"

So, our winner for the June 1 Battle of the Bands for "I Walk the Line" was none other than ED KOWALCZYK

Voting went like this:
    HALSEY: Lee, angryparsnip
    ED: Mike, Janet, Stephen, Debbie D., Chris, Holli, Cathy
    AVILA: Mary B., Birgit, John H.

To the victor!  Sing it again, Ed K.!


The New Battle! SUMMERTIME

In my last post, I deviated from my standard practice of only using songs I liked (hey, in that way, I always agree with the winner). Truth of the matter, I deviated FAR from that mode because I didn't really care for any of them. But I acknowledge that I am not the only music lover in the world and there are many opinions floating out there in blog land...maybe I'll hit on someone else's favorites! Naw...I consider that experiment a failure. :-)

Summer is almost officially here and there's no end to the number of songs that mention summertime. A few of my favorites are below...which one do YOU prefer?

CONTENDER #1: EDDIE COCHRAN
"Summertime Blues"



CONTENDER #2: SLY & THE FAMILY STONE
"Hot Fun in the Summertime"



CONTENDER #3: SEALS & CROFT
"Summer Breeze"



Let the voting begin! Which summertime tune really makes you tap those toes or think about summer fun? Tell me what you're thinking...

Then check out the peeps' blogs! 

Saturday, June 1, 2019

Battle of the Bands: "I Walk the Line"

Nothing like starting out a battle with a fib...'cause this summer, Cherdo will not be walking lines any time soon -- but that's fine, 'cause I'm getting an annoying foot issue fixed. 

Welcome to the Battle of the Bands! In case you don't know, FAR AWAY EYES started this grand occasion and it is currently hosted and promoted by brudder, "I'm More Picky About the Lines I'm Willing to Walk" STEPHEN T. McCARTHY. The mighty Battle gets posted on the 1st and 15th of each month and results appear magically six days later, on the 7th and 21st. You get the honor of casting a vote in the comments below to tell me which tune is your favorite and why (if you want to elaborate). If it's absolutely necessary, I will not walk, but roll over, to add my own humble vote to break a tie and announce the winner.

"I Walk the Line" is the iconic Johnny Cash song and I'm sure it needs no intro or video link...yet, here is one if you want to refresh your memory. Many unknowns have covered this song on YouTube, so there's no lack of options. I found myself changing the contenders repeatedly. 

Let's see how you like these cats and kittens! These versions definitely represent artists "putting their own spin" on a classic. 


CONTENDER #1: HALSEY




CONTENDER #2: AVILA
(hey, that dude looks like my nephew...
it's not, but it looks just like him)



CONTENDER #3: ED KOWALCZYK



Voting begins!  

Can you get on board with new spins on old favorites? Do they make you want to get out the original or look for more new versions? Tell me what you're thinking...

Then check out the peeps' blogs! Vote away and give it your best shot.