Monday, April 15, 2019

Battle of the Bands: "I Don't Know How to Love Him" AND M is for Music



Ladies and gentlemen, THIS is the Battle of the Bands and Blogging from A-to-Z! 'Cause M is for Music, every day of the week, peeps. I hope these two great groups check each other out for this installment.

And right off the back, I have to say a big ole' thank you to JINGLE JANGLE JUNGLE for one of the handiest tools available to our battling blogmasters: the BOTB Master List of artists, songs, bloggers, and votes. Mary, you've done a great job and I certainly appreciate it! 

I gotta tell ya, my geezerdom converges with my love of music when I try to remember which songs I've used or which songs other battlin' buddies have used. Without this wonderful list, it's all a blur (actually, it's a scribble on a calendar, but I digress...). 


And that singular thought (what song did I do last?) inspired M IS FOR MUSIC, my submission to the A-to-Z for the day. 

True confession: I'm a bit of a day dreamer. It was really bad when I was young. One of my day dreamin' fantasies went sort of like this: if Andrew Lloyd Webber did a muscial about my life, what song would play during this event? 

Now, I already hung around with musical types, so I had plenty of inspiration in the form of song (and characters...you know who you are). Key events in my life had music already built in. Like a last dance with an old flame where the song "Last Dance" was actually playing! You can't make that up. 

Other times, a mood dictated what I was spinning on the record player or 8-track or cassette or CD or mp3...I've been at this a while.

So, for my submission for IF YOU DO THIS, YOU MIGHT BE A GEEZER, let me just say that in the youth-years of a music lover, music is the soundtrack of your life. You are laying the groundwork; the foundation. It's there in the background of everything you do and you absorb it all in it's raw form. 

Then, you get older...


  • If a song instantly takes control of your thoughts and transports you to another time...
YOU MIGHT BE A GEEZER, 
BUT THANK GOD FOR MUSIC


As you age, especially when you are on the flipside of fifty, music is a genuine time machine. H.G. Wells has nuttin' on me. Hearing these songs I loved so much takes me back in time in a way that memory alone cannot. 

That's why I also love the Battle of the Bands. 

FAR AWAY EYES started this grand romp of a blogging event and it is currently hosted and promoted by brudder STEPHEN T. McCARTHY. 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 make special note: none of that happens without STEPHEN T. McCARTHY maintaining this whole gig, so a big THANK YOU. He keeps it rolling in ways ya'll may not know, with behind the scenes friendship, encouragement, and theology! 

This is also Holy Week, folks! If you're not Christian, you still can be (the ranks have not closed and we could use you on our team...). 

For an appropriately powerful battle, take a look at three ladies who ALL had every right to claim ownership of the song, "I Don't Know How to Love Him," at different times in the history of musical theater. As far as revivals go, JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR has managed to do it successfully more than once on stage and in film (I didn't even realize there was a remake of the film in 2000...Glenn Carter does a decent job in the title role...oops, off topic again...).


Each one of these ladies (and two are now geezers with me) did a fantastic job with this song. What do YOU think? Who is the Queen of this hit?



CONTENDER #1:  YVONNE ELLIMAN
(The original, who blew us away)



CONTENDER #2:  SARA BAREILLES
(The talented new kid on the block)



CONTENDER #3: SARAH BRIGHTMAN
(The iconic songstress who ruled the stage
and wife of Andrew Lloyd Webber, at one time)


Vote and Visit (see you back here on the 21st):



30 comments:

  1. Based on that musical criteria that you present, I am indeed a geezer. But even when I was younger music could transport me to another even younger time. I guess that's what music does.

    I used this song in 2016 with two artists other than the ones you've picked for today's Battle. Such a beautiful song.

    All of the versions in your Battle are so similar that it's a pretty difficult choice. Guess I'm going to go with the version that I know best. My vote goes to Yvonne Elliman. And I like that flute or synthesizer or whatever that is and that string interlude that crescendo's to the big finish.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

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    1. Remember, geezer is not a bad thing in my world. It's just an age and a state of mind. And brother, you can't go wrong with Yvonne Elliman. I love her version AND the delivery...musicals can be pretty powerful with the right participants.

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  2. I was a geezer at 5 yrs old because I loved and still love, classical music. I love musicals and love the songs from them, movie soundtracks like Ennio Morricone’s The Good The Bad and the Ugly. I love classic rock and the new wave music of the 80’s. My favourite is ABBA and I love ELO. I hate rap and almost all Hip Hop so I am a geezer of geezers. As for the song, the first one is great and her voice is beautiful but I am choosing the Newbie, Sarah, who has an incredible voice and held my interest. I love Sarah Brightman but I found her lacklustre for me so she is last on my list.

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    1. Oh, my gosh, the music from The Good, The Bad and The Ugly is so cool! Iconic!

      Sarah or Sara (I'm not sure...) Brightman has been held up to be the end all, beat all...and we all know she is great, but when you stack 'em up against each other...it's tough. I wish I could have found a live presentation for her. I've seen her live before and she was great.

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  3. Music addict since early childhood, here, and those vibes are only getting stronger with age! Does a hard rock / heavy metal lover qualify for geezerdom? ;) I like other types of music too, but depth and emotion are key. It has to "grab" me, which Sara Bareilles did, much more than the other two.

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    1. We both qualify as geezers with RANGE. I'm not locked into one style or another and I can even say that I don't totally dismiss one genre. I just love music.

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  4. Certifiable Geezer in this category. Music takes me back so many times. My vote goes to Sara Bareilles. I like hers even better than the original I think.

    Janet’s Smiles

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    1. I'm with you, print out two certificates, please.

      As a definite lover of Yvonne and Sarah #3, I'm surprised at how much I love #2. I'm not sure I could vote in my own battle.

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  5. I'm going to vote for the new kid on the block, Sara Bareilles. Yvonne Elliman's version is the standard, I know, but hers and the other Sara's are a little too polished. I like the "raw" quality of this one.

    Music always sends me on a journey through time and space. Maybe it's why all the music I like is from the period starting around 1995 and working backwards.

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  6. This would have been a SUPER hard choice for me... but you left Yvonne in, and I had such a crush on her back in the day, so... I'd give Brightman the second spot for the super vocals, and thanks much for picking 2 contenders with the same first name AND initials so lazy me had to write it out.

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    1. Oooooh, Chris...I was crazy about Yvonne's voice back in the day...

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  7. I think Sarah Brightman has a more polished voice. That said I'm voting for Sara Bareilles.

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    1. Mike, you crack me up. I'm less polished that way. Hopefully, you'll vote for me if I ever start singing...

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  8. Yvonne Elliman was, is and always will be, the Queen of This Song. I have spoken.

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  9. Cherdo,

    Beautiful mewsic! I'm giving my vote to Yvonne Elliman. It's hard to pick one of the other contenders over her.

    A2Z Little Mermaid art sketch “Max’

    Hit the 4M dance floor with me & cast a vote in my mid-month BoTB

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  10. I'm so glad I stopped by here on the M= Music post. The three versions are spectacular, and I really am not choosing who's best. But I decided the "new kid" i.e.Sara Bareilles could probably use my vote, as all three are equally effective to my mind and heart.

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    1. She really has a great voice, I have to admit.

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  11. Music is the best topic!
    Beth
    https://bethlapinsatozblog.wordpress.com/

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  12. Yeah, some woman once said to me, "I don't know how to love you."
    I responded, "You could start by rubbing my feet. My dogs is dog-tired!"

    That relationship never really took off, and I'm still puzzled why it didn't.

    Jesus is an easy guy to love ("John Wayne! John Wayne!"). Contrary to the multitude of misconceptions about Him, He has a Divine sense o' humor and is actually fond of playing practical jokes on people. He's gotten me good a couple times!

    Right out the gate, I figured I'd be voting for Yvonne, but... nope.

    Gi-my vote to the "new kid on the block". She sounded to me like the one who really meant it the most. Also, she's a really good singer. I never heard of her before, but she's got wonderful vocal control, the way she bends notes with her voice and is able to add what sound like emotionally authentic embellishments. Good stuffs! (I never dreamed that I'd vote for a "new kid on the block" when it comes to music!)

    ~ Brudder Stephen
    STMcC Presents BATTLE OF THE BANDS

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    1. If that woman didn't step on your dead tired dogs, you are ahead of the game! Score!

      Jesus is pretty easy to love...maybe Andrew Lloyd Webber didn't understand that (But I can't even joke about ALW, I like a lot of his musical theater stuff).

      I'm liking Sara Barielles more and more. Lovely vocal quality, and that "lilt" to a phrase that she nails -- fantastic!

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  13. I guess my secret it out! ha! The real reason I put together that Master list - is I have a difficult time remembering things from day to day, let alone what happened 3 years ago (or more!). Plus - I didn't want to re-battle a battle (unless it was something super spectacular) and the only way to achieve that was to put together the list.

    I'm going to vote for Sarah Brightman. It just felt more natural to me than the others (including the original)

    ~Mary

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    1. I appreciate the Master List SOOOO much, Mary!

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  14. I saw the live TV performance last year with John Legend and Judas Priest. I love SARA BAREILLES's version from it as it was really beautiful. My vote goes to her,

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    1. It was a great re-do of the original; I love John Legend.

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  15. Sarah Brightman gets my vote her vocals are the best in my opinion

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    1. She certainly is the most classically trained of the bunch.

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Thanks for your personal yada, yada, yada,
Love, Cherdo