Category Archives: Battle of the Bands

Dance Freebie Style #4M and Leather Tuscadero Wins #BoTB

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Good morning, Kittens & Dawgs! Contrary to what you might be thinking, I’m really taking a blogging break for the next couple of weeks. I just have a strange way of doing it. I’m just committed to co-hosting the best dance party in Blogosphere with the 4M gals. This week, we’re dancing “freebie style” which means anything goes mewsic wise that is! Reel in your wild side folks. This is a family friendly site. 😉

I came across this morning picks last month which I saved just for this occasion and I hope you enjoy them, too.

 

 

It just dawned on me that both artists begin with the letter “P” but I didn’t find these mewsicians while doing the A to Z Challenge because of this reason or at least I don’t think so. I guess it’s possible I could have but I do remember looking for songs for the alpha-prompt “W” when I came across “Watercolour”. The thing is I didn’t use any mewsic in either of those posts.

While I’m here, I might as well let the Cathy out of the bag on who won in last week’s “Glad All Over” #BoTB Showdown.

This was a run away 11-3 victory for Suzy Quatro including my vote for Leather Tuscadero. Yeah, that’s a name from those good ole “Happy Days” which I totally forgot about until John reminded me. Thanks to everyone for making this a fun battle showdown and I’ll see you for June 1st #BoTB!

 

 

 

Thank you for including me in your Monday, kittens & dawgs!  I invite you to hit the dance floor with the M4 gang XmasDolly, Stacy, Colette, and little ole me! This week’s theme “freebie style” – your choice of mewsic!

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I’ll see y’all next week on the dance floor (Theme – Songs about Cars/Riding) with Monday’s Mewsic Moves Me. Have a tunetasic week, my friends!

 

What mewsic moves you today? 😉

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#1 Billboard Hot 100 Songs from 1961 #4M +#BoTB

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Good morning, kittens & dawgs! Thank you for joining me on the dance floor with “60s Rock Songs” requested by today’s Spotlight Dancer, Mike Golch. My first song selection was written by Gerry Coffin and Carole King and recorded by an all-girl band who took this single to number one on the Billboard Hot 100 list in 1961 (the year I was born) from the “Tonight’s the Night” album, The Shirelles!

 

In keeping with my birth year, the next song to top the Billboard Hot 100 charts is a cover by the doo-wop band, The Marcels.

 

My last “60s Rock Song” from 1961 to soar to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 list is one of my favorites has an interesting history but I’ll save that for another time is, The Lion Sleeps Tonight.

 

 

I’m on a blog hiatus for the most part for the next couple of weeks but I’m committed to  XmasDolly, Stacy, and Colette with co-hosting the best party dance party on the blockosphere.

 



While I have the old turntable spinning, let’s keep those feet happy with today’s #BoTB cover song!

Mike’s last week 4M playlist inspired this showdown. This 60s rock song topped the leader board in the USA (1964) and became the first hit for this British band, Dave Clark Five!

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This is gonna be a battle of the sexes. Female lead singer Vs Male lead singer, both new-to-me cover bands a bit edgier and heavier than I normally listen to but enjoyed.

 

Contender # 1 Suzi Quatro

 

Contender #2 TT Quick

 

Ok, here’s the drill. Voting is open to everyone visiting. There is NO wrong vote, except if you DON’T vote. You can start by telling me in comments which artist you like best and why (optional).

Which artist gets your vote – Suzi Quatro or TT Quick?

The fun continues with more epic battles underway and I invite you to visit the official manager of BoTB, Stephen for the update list of players and be sure to check back next week to learn the outcome of this battle.

What mewsic moves you today? 😉

I’m “Taking It Easy” but I’ll get to you ASAP. Just leave a breadcrumb trail for me to follow in comments and I’ll find my way to your site soon. Have a groovy week, my friends and keep rockin’ on!

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3-Way “Take It Easy” #BoTB showdown

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Howdy, Kittens & Dawgs! It’s not only Monday (time to hit the dance floor with the 4M crew) but it’s a brand new month (you guessed it, BoTB time).

This week’s Monday’s Mewsic Moves Me theme is “freebie” pick which works beautifully for my first BoTB showdown of May.  I feel like the wind got kicked out of my sail after last month’s A to Z challenge and next Monday please join me for reflection post. Speaking of the A to Z challenge this inspired today’s battle song Take It Easy by The Eagles for this showdown.

In this round, I’m featuring three new-to-me mewsicians. The first two didn’t have too many YouTube views but 3rd had considerable more views. Anywho, I wanted to skip the big names who’s covered this song and go with some unknowns (to me anyhow) like Jackson Browne (one of the songwriters),  Travis Tritt, Buck Owens, or Joe Welsh & Glenn Frey (Eagles band member & the other songwriter).

Contender #1, begins song at the 0:19 mark, Mama Dear.

 

Mama Dear uptempo version is different and suits the song better than I thought.  The band has great harmonies and the gal does a nice job with her unpretentious vocals but sometimes she doesn’t say the ending to her words. That’s a bit of a distraction, does it bother you?

Contender #2 Firecracker Vida

 

Firecracker Vida is a close match up with The Eagles’ original. The band is very talented. I’m not sure if the lead vocalist is enough to sway my vote yet, how about you?

 

Contender # 3, interesting lead-in to cover which starts at 0:41 seconds, Faithless Street.

 

Faithless Street possibly is my least favorite of the three but it was interesting enough to include it in the battle.  What do you think?

Ok, here’s the drill. Voting is open to everyone visiting. There is NO wrong vote, except if you DON’T vote. You can start by telling me in comments which artist you like best and why (optional).

Which artist gets your vote – Mama Dear, Firecracker Vida, or Faithless Street?

The fun continues with more epic battles underway and I invite you to visit the official manager of BoTB, Stephen for the update list of players and be sure to check back next week to learn the outcome of this battle. You’re welcome to step out on the dance floor with XmasDolly, Stacy, Colette, and me.



 

 

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What mewsic moves you today? 😉

I hope to see back tomorrow for a bit of randomness in my newest edition of Cathy Chats with 5 Ways to Take it Easy plus more mewsic with Tuesday Tunesation!

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Not-so #WW shares space with #BoTB

Good morning! I’m presenting a double post and I hope you don’t mind, kittens and dawgs. In the first part of my post I’m sharing my mid-week photo (not-so) Wordless Wednesday and hope if you’re in this crowd that you’ll help me in the second half of my post. 😉

The winter before last, we were in the western North Carolina mountains passing through Maggie Valley when we came on a snow tube run beside the road.  It was chilly and the winds didn’t make it feel any better but I braved the cold to snap a few shots.  The one element needed that night was falling snow. (click on picture to view in another window and use zoom feature to magnify image)

I know what you’re saying but what’s that white stuff falling?  It’s all fake, baby! I loaded my image in my photo editing software program, Pixelmator, and used a freebie background from Insight Designs to add some snow. Pretty cool, eh? 😉

What views through the lens are you sharing this week? I’m eager to see!

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DH surprised me on Valentine’s Day with a single red rose, Harry London assorted chocolates, a sweet little Teddy bear who I named Val. DH is the sweetest Valentine ever!

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Okay you not-so WW crowd, you’re here and there’s no need to rush off just yet. I invite you to stick around for the second half and help pick the next winner in the second round of Battle of the Bands.

I decided to go with The Beatles’ While My Guitar Gently Weeps (the original is not part of the battle and is for reference only) in this showdown.  George Harrison penned the words to this soft, beautiful ballad. This is what Wackipedia says…

I wrote “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” at my mother’s house in Warrington. I was thinking about the Chinese I Ching, ‘The Book of Changes”. The Eastern concept is that whatever happens is all meant to be, and that there’s no such thing as coincidence – every little item that’s going down has a purpose.

“While My Guitar Gently Weeps” was a simple study based on that theory. I decided to write a song based on the first thing I saw upon opening any book – as it would be relative to that moment, at that time. I picked up a book at random, opened it, saw “gently weeps”, then laid the book down again and started the song.

Today, I’m playing Santana against Toto. Who will win? It’s up to you! Listen and decide who does it better.

 

 

Ok, here’s the drill. Voting is open to everyone visiting. There is NO wrong vote, except if you DON’T vote. You can start by telling me in comments which artist you like best and why (optional).

Which artist gets your vote, Santana ft. India Arie & Yo-Yo Ma or TOTO?

 

The fun continues with more epic battles underway and I invite you to visit the official manager of BoTB, Stephen for the update list of players.  Check back, next week same place and time to see if your pick gets named the winner! 😉

Come back tomorrow for another peek through the lens with my early edition of Skywatch Friday & Celebrate the Small Things.

Have a songtastic day!

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Another “Sunny” Cover Between Three Johns #BoTB

Hello, Kittens & Dawgs! My blog hop commitments on Wednesdays are really tight, so I thought I’d go live a day early with my battle. I hope y’all don’t mind.  Maybe it’s too soon to do another cover scrabble of Hebb’s classic 60s hit song, Sunny but I last time I was torn on how to present this battle. So, I decided to keep both posts showcasing them back to back in Another “Sunny” Cover Between Three Johns #BoTB.

Hebb’s Sunny is a popular recorded cover. The most interesting artist to release a cover is Leonard Nimoy. Strangely, Mr. Spock did an alright job! Moving on to today’s contenders.

#1 Johnny Mathis (1967). Hebb’s said he was proud of Mathis’ slower tempo rendition. I can’t imagine Mathis doing it any other way, can you? Listen to see what you think.

 

#2 John Walker (1966) the American singer/songwriter and founder of The Walker Brothers became popular in the UK during the 60s and #1 hit song, Make It Easy On Yourself(’65). The band broke up in ’67 and John went solo but then in the mid-70s, the band got back together cranking out three albums (No Regrets, Lines, and Nite Flight). Honestly I don’t remember John or the The Walker Brothers. That doesn’t matter, he did a nice job with what I call a middle of the road tempo between Mathis and Rivers’ covers. Listen, digest, and tell me what you think?

 

 

#3 Johnny Rivers, “Secret Agent Man”, covered the song the same year as Mathis but kept more true to Hebb’s tempo than his competitors. Will his style sweep you away?

 

Ok, here’s the drill. Voting is open to everyone visiting. There is NO wrong vote, except if you DON’T vote. You can start by telling me in comments which artist you like best and why (optional) and next week this time, I’ll share the results along with who I voted for in this round. Three Johns battling it out in the spotlight, all good fantastic artists with different styles. The choice is up to you!

Who do you pick – Mathis, Walker, or Rivers?

 

 

The fun continues with more epic battles underway and I invite you to visit the official manager of BoTB, Stephen for the update list of players.

This is Curious as a Cathy signing off with a bonus of the first artist to record Hebb’s song in 1965, the year before his own version released, Mieko Hirota.

 

 

Please join me for tomorrow for not-so Wordless Wednesday!

 

Have a bandtastic day!

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