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Melancholy March #BOTB results

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Good-morning, kittens and dawgs! Please, bear with me kind BoTBers. I have a temporary announcement before proceeding to the this morning’s top news. Not that this isn’t worthy of attention because it definitely is. Last week, Les from Ink Interrupted nominated me for the 3DQC.

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Isn’t she a lovely, sweet thing? No, really I mean that because Les is one of my sources of inspiration and I felt this is something that I can benefit me and perhaps you, too.

For day 1 of the challenge, I only felt it fitting to find a quote dealing with one of my fondest passions – music.

Quote borrowed from Brainy Quote and image saved from Google search

Music quote on loan from Brainy Quote and image borrowed from Taylor Marrow.

The rules are simple, sorta, but it doesn’t necessarily mean I’ll follow them to a tee because well that’s just the way I am – a rule breaker. However I do like playing fair, so I will list them below.

1. Post for three consecutive days.
2. Choose and share one or three quotes each day.
3. Challenge three one additional bloggers each day. (This is the rebel in me, folks.)

Would you like to host the Three Day Quote Challenge? If you would, then ask me to include you. Today’s, lucky recipient is  Janie Junebug. Feel free to accept or decline without repercussions, my friend!

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Okay now to find out who won in the March 1st BoTBs between Julie London and Runtlalala singing Melancholy March. Throughout this showdown one artist dominated the showdown and the final tally of 15 to 3 makes Julie London the winner.

Congratulations Miss Calendar Girl and thanks to every body who participated. Hop over to Stephen’s place to see how the other competitions went down.

I’ll be back here on the 15th for round 2 of BoTB and you’re invited. Meanwhile, I hope to see you tomorrow for {not-so}Wordless Wednesday and Day 2 of 3DQC. This is Curious as a Cathy signing off with a YouTube Julie London song collection….

Melancholy March #BOTB showdown

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I’m feeling a little melancholy this morning, kittens and dawgs. Winter will end soon, yet spring is weeks away. It’s a brand new month, what am I to do? Why I tell you, it’s time for round one of Battle of the Bands.

This time of the year the weather is quite mixed up and today’s featured song says it all.

Melancholy March was first recorded in 1956 and considering its age there are no covers, other than one. Please tell me I’m wrong! So, I’m using the original singer, I think this is a first for me, against a cover artist.

Kindly lend your eye to contender # 1, Julie London with the Pete King Orchestra.

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Born Gayle Peck in 1926, Ms. London was an American nightclub, jazz, and POP singer, film & TV actress, and former pinup model. Her career spanned over five decades of television and on the big screen her leading men included: Rock Hudson, Gary Cooper, and Robert Mitchum.

Julie London , 1958

Julie London , 1958

Her name was familiar, but the light didn’t come on until I read she starred in the 60s show, Emergency. Julie_London_Bobby_Troup_Emergency_1971
Julie sings with that faint, sensual quality I’ve come to enjoy while listening to female artists and it won’t come as any surprise to learn she won me over the instant her lips parted. First vote goes to Julie London! 😉

Don’t let my opinion sway you, though. Competing against Ms. London is cover artists, Runtlalala.

 

There’s no denying Runtlalala has a pleasing quality to his voice, but in the end I think the allure of Julie’s vocals capture the essences of the lyrics the best.  No tears will fall on this side regardless of who takes the golden mic.

How about you, who did you favor, Julie London or Runtlalala? Please leave your answer in comments; if you have time and want to share what makes your pick the “best” of the two, then I’d love to read your reasons.

Don’t forget, the polls close midnight of the 7th. I will share the results of this battle the following day, so mark your calendar and stop by to see if your pick gets named!

The fun continues with more epic battles underway; I invite you to visit, Stephen, who manages the ever-growing list of BoTB players and a special thanks to the brain child of this cool, bi-monthly hop, Fae!

Thanks for joining in on the fun. This is Curious as a Cathy signing off with….

Melancholy March,
Your gloom is showing,
Your winds are glowing,
Across the sky.

Melancholy March,
Your clouds are crying,
Your trees are sighing,
As though they’ll die.

I know you’re late for Winter’s tale,
Too early for any Spring,
So we stand,
Hand in hand,
Waiting for anything!

Melancholy March,
Without a season,
You have no reason
Or rhyme to be.

Melancholy March,
Meet melancholy me!

Melancholy March,
Meet melancholy me!

Have a songtastic day!

The sound of @KatGraham #music moves me

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Good-morning, kittens and dawgs! In my last BoTB showdown I featured Candice Accola a.k.a Caroline Forbes from The Vampire Diaries singing The Bangles cover Eternal Flame. While  exploring YouTube for more music by Candice to share in my result post,  I found another cast member from TVD who sings. I thought why not share my discovery with you. Isn’t that what friends do?

Today, I’m introducing Kat Graham or better known as Bonnie Bennett to all TVD fans. Turn up the volume and if it moves you then… dance.

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No one will judge you. 😉 😘

 

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What did you think of Kat? Did you do a little chair boogieing? Common’ admit it, you chair boogied! I Know I did. 😀

Thanks for sharing this dance with me. Don’t forget to hop over to vote in tomorrows round of Battle of The Band (BoTB). Now, it’s time to hit the dance floor with the 4M crew!  Have a tunetastic day!

Eternal Flame #BOTB results

Good morning, kittens and dawgs! Last week, I featured battle song Eternal Flame by The Bangles and asked you my pets to pick between Candice Accola and Human Nature covering this classic 80s hit. It was a close, but clean fight. The final tally revealed….

Candice – 10 (including my vote)

Human Nature – 8

Congratulations Candice and thanks to every body who participated. Don’t forget to see how the other showdowns went down with Stephen the official BoTB roll call keeper and now it’s time to hit the dance floor with the 4M crew. Whoo-hoo!

This is Curious as a Cathy signing off with a few songs from  It’s Always the Innocent Ones – Candice

 

 

 

Psst, Psst, one more thing before you hop away, don’t forget my #WW linky party goes live at 12AM EST (tell your friends) and I hope you’ll share your Wordless Wednesday photos with me this week! 😉

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Eternal Flame #BOTB showdown

Can you feel the love? I hope y’all had a beautiful Valentine’s Day with someone special. Ballads are excellent ways to express ones affections and today’s song is stuck in my head. It has been for weeks now!

Let’s flashback to the 80s. This is what Wikipedia says regarding the inspiration behind today’s feature song:

The song was inspired by two eternal flames: one at the grave site of Elvis Presley that the Bangles saw when the band visited Graceland, and one at a local synagogue in Palm Springs which Steinberg attended as a child. Steinberg recalled to Songfacts: Susanna was talking about the Bangles having visited Graceland, and she said there was some type of shrine to Elvis that included some kind of eternal flame. As soon as those words were mentioned, I immediately thought of the synagogue in the town of Palm Springs, California where I grew up. I remember during our Sunday school class they would walk us through the sanctuary. There was one little red light and they told us it was called the eternal flame.

Billy Steinberg, Tom Kelly and Susanna Hoffs, one of the Bangles wrote Eternal Flame and it topped the charts in nine countries in the late 80s.

The history of the lyrics don’t suggest a love song, but it’s  interpreted by the listener as such. For your enjoyment and not part of the contest here are The Bangles.

 

After hearing Carolina Forbes a character from The Vampire Diaries sing this song is why it got stuck in my head.  Her rendition is very close to the original. What I like about her cover is how breathy she sings. I just love that soft sound! Please listen to Candice Accola.

 If you want to go straight to the song, jump to about the 1:15 mark.

If you have trouble with the above vid, then you might want to listen to Candice singing Eternal Flame, here. Please let me know, if you have any problems with either.

What did you think of contender #1? Nice, right? Next on the grind is contender #2, a band who did the same cover on the same episode (season 2 episode 16), as Candice of the show. I don’t remember it, but that’s what the info says on YouTube. Anywho, here is Human Nature!

 

This cover is good. I enjoyed hearing male vocals covering it, but not well enough to give them my vote. I’m going with Candice Accola.

How about you, which artist did  you favor, Candice Accola or Human Nature? Please leave your answer in comments; if you have time and want to share what makes your pick the “best” of the two, then I’d love to read your reasons.

Don’t forget, the polls close at midnight on the 21st and the results will post the following day, so mark your calendar and stop by to see if your pick gets named!

The fun continues with more epic battles underway. I invite you to visit, Stephen, who manages the ever-growing list of BoTB players. Thanks for doing a fine job, my friend, and a special thank you to the brain child of this cool meme, Fae.

Thanks for visiting today. The fun isn’t over quite yet. I’m dancing with the amazing 4M crew and hope you’ll come to the party with me. This is Curious as a Cathy signing off with have a bandtastic day!