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Not-so #WW shares space with #BoTB

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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

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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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Sunny with a touch of soul #BoTB showdown

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Normally, I do not post on Sunday Kittens & Dawgs but it’s mid-January and this means it’s time for another Battle of the Bands showdown.  Recently, Tom reminded me of an oldie I had forgotten but apparently I have an emotional attachment to.  Perhaps something good happened to me the first time I heard it or maybe I just like it because of the poetic lyrics.

Sunny
Thank you for the sunshine bouquet
Sunny
Thank you for the love you brought my way
You gave to me your all and all
And now I feel ten feet tall
Sunny one so true, I love you

Whatever the reason, today, I’m featuring Bobby Hebb’s original Sunny with a touch of soul.

Sunny is one of the most performed and recorded songs with more than two hundred versions.  In August 1966, Sunny peaked the Billboard Hot 100 charts at #2.

Did you know Hebb wrote the lyrics to Sunny following two major tragedies? JFK’s assissination and the stabbing death of his older brother. According to Hebb,  he chose to have a sunny disposition over the lousy one he felt in the wake of the devastation over his brother’s death.  One that many of us can learn from and aspire toward when faced with loss, pain, or general problems.

Hebb has said about “Sunny”: “All my intentions were to think of happier times and pay tribute to my brother – basically looking for a brighter day – because times were at a low. After I wrote it, I thought ‘Sunny’ just might be a different approach to what Johnny Bragg was talking about in ‘Just Walkin’ in the Rain.'”

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).

Contender #1 Stevie Wonder

 

Contender #2 Marva Whitney & James Brown


Which artist gets your vote, Stevie Wonder or Whitney & Brown?

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 the results of this battle in my January 23rd Monday’s Mewsic Moves Me post and if you like mewsic then I invite you to hit the dance floor with me tomorrow with the 4M crew.

This is Curious as a Cathy signing off an instrumental take on this oldie classic for your enjoyment only. 😉

 


Until then have a songtastic day!

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Happy New Year’s Greetings & June in January #BoTB showdown

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Hello, Kittens & Dawgs! Here it is another January. A brand new year for a fresh beginning. With the cold winds blowing I thought it nice to think about warm weather…it’s June in January because I’m in love.  Yep, I’m in love with the same feller for a very long time.  From the 1934 movie, “Here Is My Heart”, Bing Crosby first performed June in January (song reference only).

June in January

Lyricists: Leo Robin & Ralph Rainger

It’s June in January
Because I’m in love
It always is spring in my heart
With you in my arms

The snow is just white blossoms
That fall from above
And here is the reason, my dear
Your magical charms

The night is cold
The trees are bare
But I can feel the scent of roses in the air
It’s June in January
Because I’m in love
But only because I’m in love with you

But I can feel the scent of roses in the air
It’s June in January
Because I’m in love
But only because I’m in love with you

There was only been a couple of dozen covers of Crosby’s original.  I found two I rather liked and it’s gonna be a hard pick for me.  How about you?

Contender #1, I present the soft, seductive sound of a real Calendar Girl, Julie London.

 

Contender # 2 is the classic smooth vocals of a very likable fellow, Dean Martin.

 

I loved Dean-O’s variety shows from the 70s and do recognize Julie London from the 70s TV series, Emergency?

 

Whose touch did you like, the girl or the boy’s… vocally speaking of course?

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 is your favorite, Julie or Dean-O?

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 the results of this battle in my January 9th Mewsic Moves Me post. Speaking of which, I hope you’ll decide to dance with me and Monday’s Music Mewsic Moves Me crew.

This is Curious as a Cathy saying, “Happy New Year!” and just let me saying I’m looking forward to another marvelous year with you my good friends! 😉

 

 

 

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December Songs #BOTB Showdown Results

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This is from our annual Dillsboro, North Carolina outing to see the beautiful luminaries and decorations from Dec. 9th. It’s a real magical treat to experience and this young gal was playing her violin lively. I don’t know how she did it with the temps being in the low 30s. My fingers were freezing off!

In last week’s BoTB, I used two December songs in my battle.  Tchaikovsky’s “December” VS Pandolfi’s “Once Upon a December”.

Tchaikovsky’s song transported me to a Christmas long ago on the dancefloor with women in long flowing dresses and men in formal attire waltzing in a beautifully decorated room whereas Pandolfi’s surreal arrangement felt soothing to the soul and I dare say if I allowed myself to listen to this mewsic at bedtime then it would lull me peacefully to sleep.

How did these two songs go head-to-head?  Like me, most preferred the soft, romantic piece of Contender # 2 nearly making this showdown a shutout with 9 to 2 victory.

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To see how the other showdowns went, I invite you to visit the official manager of BoTB, Stephen for the update list of players.

I’m taking a break in Blogosphere with limited activity for the holidays but plan to resume things after the first of the new year.  My scheduled posts are set and I hope you’ll come join me tomorrow for latest Friday Sillies for a few Christmas Giggles. This is Curious as a Cathy signing off with another Pandolfi song for your enjoyment.

 

Have a songtastic day and a very Merry Christmas!

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