Battle of the Bands

Drops of Jupiter #BOTB showdown

Happy June 1st, kittens and dawgs!  I’m a fly by the seat kinda gal, as you know and I don’t have a song title to feature in my battles until days before I roll out my post. I look for inspiration that surrounds me in the moment and I found just that with summer’s unofficial kick off this past weekend.

Normally, my song selection is a retro tune done by current or more recent artists/bands. However, I’m going to go in reverse in Drops of Jupiter #BoTB showdown.

Pat Monahan, lead singer of Train, wrote today’s BoTB song choice after the passing of his mother in 1998 from lung cancer. From Monahan’s healing process flowed the lyrics for Drops of Jupiter.

Now that she’s back in the atmosphere
With drops of Jupiter in her hair, hey, hey
She acts like summer and walks like rain
Reminds me that there’s time to change, hey, hey
Since the return from her stay on the moon
She listens like spring and she talks like June, hey, hey

Tell me did you sail across the sun
Did you make it to the Milky Way to see the lights all faded
And that heaven is overrated

Tell me, did you fall from a shooting star
One without a permanent scar
And did you miss me while you were looking for yourself out there

Now that she’s back from that soul vacation
Tracing her way through the constellation, hey, hey
She checks out Mozart while she does tae-bo
Reminds me that there’s room to grow, hey, hey

Now that she’s back in the atmosphere
I’m afraid that she might think of me as plain ol’ Jane
Told a story about a man who is too afraid to fly so he never did land

Tell me did the wind sweep you off your feet
Did you finally get the chance to dance along the light of day
And head back to the milky way
And tell me, did Venus blow your mind
Was it everything you wanted to find
And did you miss me while you were looking for yourself out there

Can you imagine no love, pride, deep-fried chicken
Your best friend always sticking up for you even when I know you’re wrong
Can you imagine no first dance, freeze dried romance five-hour phone
The best soy latte that you ever had, and me

Tell me did the wind sweep you off your feet
Did you finally get the chance to dance along the light of day
And head back toward the Milky Way

And are you lonely looking for yourself out there?

Tell me did you sail across the sun
Did you make it to the milky way to see the lights all faded
And that heaven is overrated

Tell me, did you fall from a shooting star
One without a permanent scar
And did you miss me while you were looking for yourself out there

The words are beautifully airy touching my senses with the essences of summer. I’m sharing for your reference and pleasure only Train’s original cut.


Okay, Train is what I call a current artist/band. A few other artists covered Drops of Jupiter, which I was sorta surprised to find out and a couple of them are retro artists.

The contenders are Judy Collins VS Eddie Money.  Listen and decide who gets your vote!


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Who did you pick Judy Collins or Eddie Money? There’s no right or wrong vote, except for a no vote. After you vote, if you have time then we’d all love to know what made your artist choice your favorite.

The fun continues with more epic battles underway; I invite you to visit, Stephen, for a complete list of BoTB players and a special thanks to the brain child of this music meme, Fae.

I will share the results of this competition a week from day, so mark your calendar and stop by to see if your pick gets named! Thanks for joining in on the fun and I hope you’ll hop back over a little later today for my newest edition of Not-so-Wordless Wednesday. This is Curious as a Cathy signing off with have a bandtastic day!



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I born and raised in the Appalachian mountains of southern WV. I was a child bride when I married my high school sweetheart in 1979. We moved to Knoxville, TN to begin our life. Determined to prove nay-Sayers from our community wrong, I completed my education and went on to earn an A.S. in computer programming. From 1983-1987, I worked as a computer system’s manager. That’s a glorified title for someone who trouble shoots and maintains system back-ups. After the birth of our first child in 1988, I took early retirement. What have I been doing for the last 25+ years? I am proud to say, I am a SAHM and for most of those years I home-schooled our three children from K-12. Now, the nest is empty.


  • Robin

    If you know me at all, then you know Train is MY wheelhouse. You’re all up in my wheelhouse girlfriend. But it’s all good. 🙂 I love to see other people supporting Train. They are an awesome band, and this is a great song. Seems like I recall in an interview that this song was spawned from a dream that Pat had about his mother after she passed away. He said that it’s the ultimate irony that this song remains their most successful because she was always the most supportive person of his career (and, therefore, the band) and it was a song in tribute to her that really “made” the band, BUT she wasn’t alive to hear it. Of course, she hears it. Just not here. Again, irony.

    If you get a chance listen to their song called You Can Meet My Mom. Pat considers it to be the follow-up to this one (of a sort) and there is some interesting footage of behind the scenes stuff for the making of their California 37 album, including a 2-3 minute clip for that song. I think it’s worth watching.

    As for my vote. I couldn’t really get into the Judy Collins version. Her styling is unique. And for some things it works very well. I’d just say that this isn’t one of them (for these ears). So, give me Eddie Money on this one.

  • greyzoned/angelsbark

    Oh how I love this song! Drops of Jupiter is definitely a favorite of mine. No one does it like Train. But Eddie Money does a good job with it. I didn’t care for Judy Collins. I like her voice but there was no feeling in her delivery. It was just sort of Blah. Eddie put some energy into it. Especially how the song came to be, it has to be sung with emotion. Eddie did that. Please give him my vote.
    GREAT battle! I’ll be singing this song all day now…and I love it!

    Michele at Angels Bark

  • Jeffrey__Scott

    This was a close battle for me. Though neither version totally blew me away, I still enjoyed them. Ultimately, Eddie wins out by a small margin
    Like the comment above, Trane still owns this song. 😉

  • dcrelief

    Nobody tops Train on this song. For your battle I’ll roll with Eddie Money. Maybe it’s the male vocal thingy.

  • Cherdo

    I’ll probably get clobbered with this comment, but I have never been a fan of Judy Collins. Eddie Money, on the other hand: OH, YEAH! (Take Me Home Tonight is one of my favorite songs).


    Brevard trivia: When I was a young pup in NE Ohio, we used to come all the way down to Brevard in the summer to go to a dance camp at Rainbow Lake. Loved it. I understand that the cabins and lodge might have burned down in a fire (or so says the rumor).

    Thanks, neighbor! Have a good week.

  • Debbie D.

    Hi, Cathy; Sadly, neither one of those videos is available in Canada. I tried to find alternates but had absolutely no luck! 🙁 Sorry, I’ll have to miss voting on this battle. Great song, though.

  • D-FensDogG

    CATHY ~
    I like male vocalists better’n female vocalists. And I like Eddie Money better’n I like Judy Collins. Back in the day, I owned a couple Eddie albums (still do have one on compact disc) but I have never owned a single Judy Collins album.

    None of that means a thing this time, though.
    I liked JUDY’s cover a heckuva lot better’n Eddie’s.

    For one thing, the drumming on Eddie’s recording is just wrong – very distracting. I have no idea what drugs– er, I mean, what “SONG” that drummer thought he was doing, but it wasn’t THIS one! I think he was playing in his own private, mental world.

    ~ D-FensDogG
    ‘Loyal American Underground’

    POSTSCRIPT: Oops! I accidentally clicked “Eddie Money” on that widget thingie. That’s wrong! Please change my vote to JUDY!

    • Cathy Kennedy

      Stephen, I wanted to quickly let you know I have polling widget set for users to be able to change their vote. Did you try to do this? If not, do you mind trying to do it and letting me know what happens? This way I will know what to expect for future mess ups. I’ll be over soon to vote in your BoTB. The yard is calling my name and I must follow. I’d rather not go outdoors as it’s SO hot and humid today, but I need to tackle some trimming around the house. DH did the hard stuff yesterday, so I’m happy to assist when I can. Have a bandtastic day!

      • D-FensDogG

        CATHY ~
        I’m happy to report that the “Change Vote” on the widget thingie worked just fine. I changed my vote to JUDY and then I counted the votes for her in the comment section (3 at this point) and it coincided with what the thingie said. So, it’z all good!

        FYI, I just listened to the Eddie Money version for the third time, and I think my issue with the drumming has most to do with the fact that I feel it’s way too up front in the mix. It’s so prominent that it kind of detracts from everything else going on, especially Eddie’s vocals.

        So, maybe the drummer wasn’t on the drugs; it was the sound mixer on the board who was [:o)}

        ~ D-FensDogG

  • Mary B

    Hello Cathy!

    I had a hard time getting behind the Judy Collins version, but I really enjoyed Eddie Money’s take on the song. Not sure if it’s because we are so conditioned to hearing a male voice sing this song, or what the magic key is here. Please give my vote to Mr Money.

    Jingle Jangle Jungle

  • Thomas Anderson

    Hi, Cathy!

    My Money’s on Eddie! The Judy Collins folk style version just sort of laid there, but Eddie gave the song his usual husky, soulful treatment. I also enjoyed the light rock instrumental backing more on his version. Please record my vote for Eddie Money in your June 1 battle.

    Thanks, dear friend Cathy!

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