Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Battle of the Bands: Wild World


July is here! Maybe you think I said that like I wasn't sure July would get here. Well...you're paying attention, 'cause up is down, high is low, and it's hard to call the shots this year. How can I explain it...


Truth be told, I was actually looking forward to the long-awaited murder hornets of urban legend. And what did I get? Nada. Next thing you know, people are saying there's no such thing as the Jersey Devil, Big Foot, Hook Man, Loch Ness monsters... Dang, you can't trust urban legends?

Maybe I'll watch the news to get some real truth. Media is your friend, nurturing trust at every turn.


Or maybe not. Lately, I'm lumping murder hornets, urban legend, and network news together as equally accurate. Seriously, you'd think a little bit of logical thought would weed out the flakiest of controversy from the logical, rational thought processes and observations of your run-of-the-mill SANE human. It seems to take the slightest bit of plausibility on the end of the hook to get somebody to bite. And then, having swallowed that bite whole, they move on to actually regurgitating and discussing. Oh, Lord, save me from online debates. 

This is your part, peeps! 

1) My question this month is this: If you could fix one problem in the world, just one - what would it be? Include your thought with your comment below.

2) It's time for the Battle of the Bands, where all your votes are never mailed in and you don't have to stand in a hot, sweaty line, either! 

The good news is that the world hasn't actually burst into flame (in most areas) yet, but baby...it's a wild world. In light of that, let's see who can pull off a cover of WILD WORLD by Cat Stevens. The original is linked HERE, in case you want to refresh your memory. 

CONTENDER #1:
MR. BIG


CONTENDER #2:
RETT MADISON


CONTENDER #3:
MAXI PRIEST



Now, it's your turn! Vote for your favorite tune, answer the question of the month, and pretty please with sugar on top: visit my peeps. 

I'll be back on July 7th; till then - be careful. It really IS a wild, wild world. Cat was on to something.
 

As always, a big thank you (and big prayers) to FAE (faraway eyes) for the original creative spark that started what would become the Battle of the Bands and to STEPHEN T. "Brudder from Another Mother" McCARTHY for hosting and keeping us on track. My personal Battle gets posted on the 1st of each month and results appear magically on the seventh, God willing. Several of the battling buddies post on the 15th also, so make sure you visit and vote. 

Big love to you, people! Cherdo

24 comments:

  1. If I could get rid of evil in the world then I'd do it, but I'm counting on someone bigger than me to be coming along to take care of that evil issue.

    I like any of these 3 versions of "Wild World" better than the Cat Stevens original--I was never much of a fan of the guy. Of the three my preference is for Mr. Big. I liked their energetic punchy delivery.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

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    1. I've got such good news for you! Someone WILL. And I think I'll see you there, Lee!

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  2. DOC CHERDO ~

    If you don't watch yer step, Sis, yer liable to start coming off as politically insane and "Maverick-y" (TM) as I do.

    Like yours, my BOTB this time references the insanity of this era we are living(?) through. The "Good News" (aka "Gospel") is that in less than 10 years, all the evil is going to be wiped off of this planet for a full 1,000 years. (Wow! Planet Earth is going to be a pretty lonely place. The greatest metropolitan areas consisting of... 333 to 777 peoples?)

    I've always liked this song, and all three of the contenders do it well.

    Hmmm... I listened to #1 first (I'm not "Maverick-y" when it comes to chronological order) and thought: OK, well, this sounds very much like the Cat Stevens original and, normally, I downgrade a cover for "Xeroxing" the original, but this will probably get my vote because... it sounds a lot like the original.

    I listened to #2 second and thought: Wow! She brings an edge to it, and makes it her own, but it still sounds great. I'm voting for #2.

    I listened to #3 third (did you see that coming?) and I thought: How COOL! He makes it his own, and it sounds Jazzy and Beach-y and... I don't feel I should make the Kotex joke that I was planning on. In fact, I'm voting for #3.

    I listened to all three versions a second time (3>2) and I am still undecided. It's #2 or #3.

    Rett sings the song in a way that is more organically in-sync with the meaning of the lyrics, but... Mr. Maxi makes me feel like I'm back on Venice Beach in the Summer of 1985, and that's a Time Travel Trip (88 MPH) that's hard to beat!

    Vote: MR. MAXI

    Whew! I almost feel guilty about my vote, because this one was SO-oooo close that it felt like splitting hairs!

    >>... My question this month is this: If you could fix one problem in the world, just one - what would it be?

    The biggest problem in the world today, is the same biggest problem since the beginning of humankind time: People have forgotten who and what they are.

    WHO are we? We are children of God.
    WHAT are we? We are in the very Image of God.

    So, that's the biggest problem in the world today, which I would fix, if I could. I would make people remember "Who" and "What" they really, truly are.

    Fantastic Battle, MacSis! I know this because I really struggled over my BOTB Bote this time.

    ~ D-FensDogG
    STMcC Presents BATTLE OF THE BANDS

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    1. Man, I love this post. The possibility of actually stumping Stephen on a BOTB actually makes me feel a bit giddy, truth be told. Much like the urban legend, I wondered aloud: "CAN IT BE DONE??"

      Could I, a mere human, stump the STMcK BOTE?

      Lord, you are merciful and I thank you for this blessing.

      On another note, I like all these versions, too. It's nice to see artists put their own sumpthin' sumpthin' on their version, especially on the iconic songs.

      Cat Stevens can be polarizing, but I always liked his musicianship and songwriting.

      Thanks for the great comment and the perfect reminder of who and what we really are (as I believe, too!).

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  3. RETT MADISON... that was my vote in case there was anything confusing about it. :)

    The one thing I would fix would be the the lamp that the genie won't come out of to give me my three wishes. My first wish would solve most things in short time. My wish for 100 trillion dollars would let me pay off every debt on the planet; fund a total rebuild of all infrastructure; hunt down cost and corner cutting assholes and jail them in my new antarctic mega prison; and then continue down my new 'I'm in charge and you're not' path.

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    1. You've really thought this one out. And was that METT RADISON you voted for or VETT CADISON? VENISON MADLET?

      I'm spending the rest of the year staying on your good graces because I can't stand a cold, lonely Antarctic prison cell, even with the thought of being debt-free to keep me warm. Mercy, Mike007...mercy.

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  4. I'm not voting for anybody. I love Cat Stevens' music, but I've always hated this sexist, possessive, passive-aggressive little ditty of his.

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    1. Then...good call.

      Personally, I like it but I'm not bothered by other perceptions, interpretations, or opinions. This post is asking for those very things.

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  5. I have that album so voting for Mr. Big, no questions asked.

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    1. Bump Ahead? I think I have that, too. I loved Lean Into It (okay, I admit, it was because of "To Be With You"). Thanks!

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  6. I'm casting my vote for Maxi Priest, because his hurt the least to listen to. Sorry, don't know how else to put it.

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    1. Ha ha ha...it's a painfree zone by design. Thanks, John!

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  7. Okay. So I loved Maxi's reggae version - A LOT. And I loved Mr. Big, because I like them and all their songs sound alike, but I mean that in the best way. You can take the girl out of the 80s, but you can't take the 80s out of the girl. Even though I'm pretty sure this was the early 90s, that's still an 80s band and sound. And I was totally expecting to not like Rett's version at all, but I stand corrected. Please give my vote to RETT! Mad props for giving the song a fresh, unique twist. It didn't sound like a rehash of the original by a different artist, it was redesigned! (But as I said before, I like both of the other versions as well. This one is just different and I appreciate what she did with it.)

    Kim

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    1. I'm on the same page with you on this one, Kim! They all have merit.

      Thanks!

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  8. Question 1: Sin. The commission of, that is, as salvation from is already done and good.
    Vote. Hmmm... #1 is pretty good... #2, nicely original vocals... #3, a little reggae never hurts... especially if the purpose is to confound my voting. Personally I'd go with the original, because unlike a lot of the commenters so far, I always loved it and see no reason to be offended by it. But to each their own. This stuff is always easier on my Time Machine! I think I will go #1, but this is as close to apples and oranges in one song as I think you can come!

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    1. Confounding your vote would be a win win! That way you can count the process as exercise for your brain. Score!

      Thanks!

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  9. Fantastic song choice! All good contenders, but Mr. Big kept me listening long enough to vote ;-)
    Safe and happy 4th to you!

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    1. Mr. Big wasn't around long enough, IMHO...and a Happy 4th to you, too, friend!

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  10. I am going to go with Maxi Priest because I love his rendition, the vibe and the beat.

    To answer your question, making people love, respect, and treat everyone fair and with kindness. That is what I want.

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    1. If I had my way, I'd give YOU your wish. It's a good one. :-)

      Thanks!

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  11. I must go with Mr. Big that gave the rendition I would listen to again and enjoyed. Rett has to much warble in her voice even though she has a strong voice and the last one was just too drippy for me. As for the question....stupidity! You know I could to Washington but I would add for people to please wear masks if in with a mass of people, refrain from going to places where too many people will congregate and be respectful by just wearing a mask if too near to others. It’s not just in the States even though it is getting the most publicity but it happens everywhere

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    1. Another one for Mr. Big! Thanks, Birgit!

      I'd like to give you YOUR wish, too...to do otherwise would be...STUPID. :-)

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