Category Archives: Battle of the Bands

A Twisted Christmas #BoTB Results with Some Friday Sillies

 

Merry Christmas, Kittens & Dawgs! Today is DH’s off Friday but I wanted to share the results of last week’s A Twisted Christmas #BoTB showdown featuring two Bob Rivers’ Christmas parodies. It was “Carol of the Bartenders” vs “Police Stop My Car”. This race ended in a tie and it was up to me to break it. Oh why do you put me in these situations, my sweet lovelies? After listening to the parodies again, I decided I like “Carol of the Bartenders” better. The lyrics are far better and more cleverly written than the other. So, there you have it, “Carol of the Bartenders” wins this round.  Here’s another hilarious parody by Bob River.

 

 

Earlier in the week, I read a hilarious second part feature posted by my good friend, Tom from Shady Dell Music & Memories and I encouarge you to check it out for a few more laughs.

I invite you to visit the official manager of BoTB, Stephen for a complete list of BoTBers.  Join me next Friday for the second monthly installemnt of Battle of the Bands and more fun stuff but don’t forget to hit the dance floor with me in “All Things Christmas” on Monday’s Mewsic Moves Me!

 

 

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A Twisted Christmas #BoTB Showdown + Friday Fun Stuff Mashup #humor #CTST #fillins

Merry Christmas, Kittens & Dawgs! Can you believe it’s that time of the year again? Not me! I debated whether to pull together a post today but I thought why not. It’ll be great fun to roll together some Friday Fun Stuff with some sillies and a whole lot more including a funny BoTB showdown!

Today’s battle I’m using two different Bob Rivers songs and if you’re familiar with the songwriter then you know he adds a twist to classics that sure to make you smile or laugh out loud.

 

 

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 songs gets your vote “Carol of the Bartenders” or “Police Stop My Car” and why (optional). If you enjoyed this battle, then I invite you to visit the official manager of BoTB, Stephen for a complete list of BoTBers.

 

Today, I’m playing alone with Lexa and her hostess in Celebrate The Small Things.

I’m celebrating the determination DD#2 shows in keeping us in her life. Sunday, she and DSIL Facetimed with us from a view overlooking Camden, Maine from Mt. Battie. It was gorgeous. The sun was setting as we talked, so we had to cut it short so they could hike back to the car while they had some light. Ain’t technology cool?

I’m celebrating having lunch with DD#1 on Monday. We had a lovely time. I hope we can do that again before the weather gets too cool, as I have to walk to meet up with her. Thankfully, she lives about a mile and a half from us, so it’s not a bad walk then there are some places near her we can grab something to eat. 🙂

I’m celebrating getting my chocolate (both milk and white chocolate) peanut butter balls (also called ‘Buckeyes’) and dark chocolate covered cherries made this week. DH says they are some of the best I’ve made, too. Yay, me!

I’m celebrating every day with Christmas mewsic. Yes, I’m beginning early but anytime I do anything Christmasy, I love to listen to mewsic.

I’m celebrating getting my handstamped Christmas cards off to a good start. I’ve nearly completed six. I am only sending these to family. I used to do them for everyone but poor returns forced me to scale back, but I enjoy doing what I do nonetheless.

 

What are you celebrating?

 

Switching gears, I’m rounding things out with these Friendly Fill-Ins hosted by the lovely, Annie and Ellen!

  1. I can’t believe Monroe Salt Works Pottery is still sold. More accurately, MSW Pottery went out of business 10-years ago. We discovered them while vacationing in Maine in 2004 and bought a bunch of their mugs. Luckily I found Peasley Pottery last fall online and the artist, Nancy, does a great job. We got two of her moose mugs for DD#2 and her husband last Christmas which they love!
  2. I have nothing on Craigslist.
  3. Going into December, the weather outside is NOT frightful. Seriously, we’re having some mild temps but that’s supposed to change next week and I’m not looking forward to that!
  4. My current weakness is homemade candy. I’m trying to not sample it as I make it but I cave every time. I really have to stop that!

 

 

DH was supposed to work but he had a floating holiday to use before mid-December, so he elected to take it today. Naturally, you won’t find me in Blogosphere. We have some fun planned but I’ll be by to see you soon. Mark your calender to join me next week for more Friday Fun Stuff including the results of this BoTB showdown! Also, don’t forget to hit the dance floor with me for “All Things Christmas” on Monday’s Mewsic Moves Me! 😉

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Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree #BOTB Results

Hello Kittens and dawgs! I’m gonna keep today’s post short.  It’s Sunday after all! 😉  My last BoTB showdown was lopsided big time, not at all like I expected. I figured one of the artists would carry more votes than the other but most of them? No, no, no! Did I do a poor job throwing BBC in the ring with the Shoo-Bop Girls?

The winner of “Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree” showdown is…. you guessed it, The Shoo-Bop Girls!  I’ll leave ya with this short playlist.

 

 

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.

I hope you’ll join me tomorrow on the dance floor for “car or truck or boat” songs with the Monday’s Music Moves Me gang!

Have a songtastic day!

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Don’t Sit Under The Apple Tree #BoTB showdown

Hello Kittens & Dawgs! Today’s showdown song dates to 1939, originally as a melody called, “Anywhere The Bluebird Goes”, by Sam H. Stept.  Lew Brown and Charles Tabias penned the lyrics for the song’s debute in the Broadway play, “Yokel Boy” but after the US entered World War II in 1941, the writing team modified the lyrics with the chorus line ending, “…til I come marching home”.  Glenn Miller and the Andrew Sisters made “Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree” popular and continues to be a favorite by many with that good ole nostalgic pledge of two lovers remaining true while apart.

In this showdown, I first looked at all girl groups but honestly the ones I listened to grated my nerves with their high-pitched vocals. I did find one female band to put in the running again a more classic big band sound.  Give a listen my two picks and decide who gets your vote.

Contender #1 – The Shoo-Bop Girls!

 

Contender # 2BBC Big Band!

 

Ok, here’s the drill. Voting is open to everyone. There is NO wrong vote, except if you DON’T vote. Just tell me in comments which artist you like best and why (optional). It’s that simple!

Who will win this showdown, the Shoo-Bop Girls or BBC Big Band? The choice is yours!

 

The fun continues with more epic battles underway and I invite you to visit the official manager of BoTB, Stephen for the updated list of players. Please forgive me but I’ll make my rounds tomorrow. Enjoy your Sunday afternoon and I’ll wrap things up by sharing the Andrews Sisters vintage classic from Private Buckaroo for your entertainment only.

Please do not vote for this one, it is not an ineligible pick and will result in a disqualified count. Thanks!

 

 

 

 

Please join me on October 22nd to see who wins “Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree” #BoTB showdown! Have a songtastic day and please hit the dance floor tomorrow with “freebie picks” on Monday’s Music Moves Me!

 

 

 

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#BoTB Total Eclipse of the Heart

Per my promise, I’m back to my normal blogging routine pretty much. I’m a bit undecided how I want to handle my participation in this meme yet. Do I continue with playing twice a month or keep it simply to only the first of mid-month?

I reckon I don’t have to decide that now and can make a decision as the first of October nears but for now let’s get this show started! Today’s battle song was inspired by last month’s total solar eclipse phenomena.  Yeah, you know where I’m going with this one, don’t you, kittens and dawgs?

“Total Eclipse of the Heart” by Jim Steinman turned 34-years old earlier this year by Welsh recording sensation, Bonnie Tyler. This was Tyler’s biggest career song, earning her a spot at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart making her the first Welsh artist to ever do this! Here’s the original for your enjoyment, please refrain from voting on this version. It’s not part of the battle showdown.

 

 

I felt most vocal arrangements of Bonnie’s song just couldn’t compete, so I went another route and decided to find three distinct instrumental arrangements for your enjoyment to consider.

Contender #1 – a violin cover…

 

Contender #2 – a guitar cover…

 

Contender #3 – a panflute cover…

 

I like each version for the way it stirs my emotions.  The violin arrangement is a bigger production feel where the guitar and panflute melodies are simplier. The violin makes me think action, the guitar makes me think mystery, and the panflute makes me think of love.  I’ll let you know which I choose next week when I share the results. 😉

What did you think? Which do you like the violin, guitar, or panflute version best? Leave your vote in comments and if you want share why your pick got named.

 

Did you like this edition of BoTB? Would you like to see what others are sharing? Check with Stephen for the list of participants. Before I dash, let me leave you with a few giggles and remember to hit the dance floor on Monday’s Music Moves Me with “your choice” song picks. I’ll share the outcome of this showdown next week same time!

 

Have a bandtastic day!

 

 

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Monkey Town #WW + #BoTB results

I’m taking things easy this summer. Blogosphere is a bit like a ghost town this time of year and that’s ok. We all need to break away from our normal routine to enjoy life and what better time to do it than summer? Exactly.

DH and I are getting out more but staying relatively closer to home with shorter trips. It doesn’t matter what we do as long as we do it together. We passed through Dayton Tennessee. I noticed a business we passed called Monkey Town Brewing Company.  That seemed like an odd name. DH mentioned the famous trial against a high school teacher for teaching evolution was held in Tennessee and maybe somewhere nearby. I consorted with Google to learn this 1925 case took place in Dayton at the Rhea County Courthouse. July 10th will mark the 92nd anniversary of the landmark Scopes Monkey Trial.

While summer is under way, this Cathy wants to play. Not-so Wordless Wednesdays will be few; meaning limited linking time, so I decided to not add my linky party. I hope you’ll include a link back in comments for me and others to find your photo shares, though. 😉

Now for all you #BoTBers and other mewsic enthusiasts, I’ll share the outcome of my last battle but first let me pass on a little mews bulletin…

Starting next month, some players including myself plan to cut back participation. I decided to step down for the rest of the summer. If you subscribe to my post via email then you won’t miss a thing other wise mark your calendar for my BoTB return on September 15th. 😉

Alrighty, it won’t surprise any of y’all to know who the winner is in my A Father’s Day Tribute Showdown.  I threw three contenders onto center stage to rival for that coveted golden mic award. The battle nearly left one daughter out and the other only gathered a few votes making this an easy steal for…

Final tally: Carnie & Wendy (my pick) 10 votes, Jen 1 vote, and Roseanne 2 votes. Thanks to everyone for playing along!

 

You’re invited to visit Stephen for a complete list of BoTBers to see how their battles went last time. This is Curious as a Cathy signing off this YouTube Wilson (Carnie & Wendy) Phillips (Chynna) playlist .

 

Have a funtastic summer and join me on the dance floor “freebie style” with Monday’s Mewsic Moves Me!

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A Father’s Day Tribute #BoTB showdown

Hello Kittens & Dawgs, thank you for joining me for today’s Battle of the Bands showdown. I’m taking a different approach. Instead of two cover songs, I’m using two different song covers by daughters of their famous dads in honor of Father’s Day.

Song folk writer and artist Harry Chapin wrote and recorded, “Cat’s In The Cradle” in 1974 that topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart the same year. Now, fast forward 2007, 33 years after Harry penned this song his daughter Jen records her dad’s #1 hit.

Artist #1 Chapin’s daughter

 

 

From the album A SONG FOR MY FATHER, Brian Wilson co-wrote “Warmth of the Sun” and first recorded by the California surfin’ sensation of the band he co-founded, The Beach Boys (I think Love is the lead vocalist) in 1964. Many years Wilson recorded I WASN’T MADE FOR THESE TIMES with this classic song on the album.

Artist #2: Brian Wilson’s daughters

 

Typically I do not offer three songs but I found one worthy if nothing else for the opening tribute to a great country lengend and father of Rosanne Cash.

Artist #3 Johnny’s daughter singing his 1961 #11 peak song Tennessee Flat Top Box.  The YouTube video embedding code is disabled, so I cannot share it on my site.

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 daughter gets your vote – Chapin, Wilson, or Cash?

 

This is Curious as a Cathy signing off with this Father’s Day playlist.

 

What songs come to mind when you think of your dad?

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.  I’ll share a quick post next week with the outcome and I hope you’ll check back.  Join me on the dance floor for Monday’s Music Moves Me. Have a bandtastic day!
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