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):