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Monday's Music Moves Me Spotlight Dancer

I’m in the spotlight light!

Good morning, kittens & dawgs! My good bud, XmasDolly, sent an email announcing I’m the newest Spotlight Dancer on Monday’s Music Moves Me (4M). Yay, me! ?

I know as a long time 4M dancer and former co-hostess that this means I get to pick the music theme for today’s party if I choose to accept the assignment *a-hem* spotlight position. XmasDolly & Company, I accept! Let’s dance to TV talent show (i.e American Idol, The Voice, America’s Got Talent,…) contenders performing other artist’s songs!

Across the Tennessee mountains in the small western North Carolina community of Sylva locals know the bluegrass group Mountain Faith Band (@MtnFaithBand) who appeared on America’s Got Talent (AGT) season 10. I wanted to feature this group on my site ever since, but it never worked out until now.

The first time I heard them performed, I immediately liked them. Kindly listen to One Republic’s Counting Stars cover by Mountain Faith Band.

 

 

Not bad for a bluegrass band, eh? Another popular tune that I liked that they did is Walk the Moon cover Shut Up and Dance.

 

The instruments are different. The vocals are a bit country but the sound still makes you wanna shut up and dance, right?

This next song is an original release. They did not do it on AGT (or at least I don’t think so), but I couldn’t help myself and knew I had to share it with you. It’s beautiful. Listen to Emily (It’s Love)

Did you like that little ditty? If you like it, then you can buy Emily (It’s Love) – Mountain Faith from iTunes.

Disclosure: Affiliate links highlighted in RED. I’m supposed to tell y’all, if you make a purchase (I don’t know about clicking on it) going through an affiliate link, then I earn a few pennies and if you do that then let me say thank-you! ?

Bluegrass isn’t my forte. However, over the years I’ve come to appreciate this type of music being raised on it and all. What I like is this group puts a unique spin on popular songs with their brand of music which grabbed my attention and millions of other TV viewers. What did you think of Mountain Faith Band?

Thanks for dancing with me. Now, let’s keep the party going! Link up your music post below and dance with all the 4M crew and friends below!



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Have a tunetastic week!

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Spirit of Christmas #BOTB results

The Spirit of Christmas is all around, kittens & dawgs! Not everyone stopped in this round. I blame this on the festivities at hand. There is just so much going on and I can’t fault anyone who doesn’t have blogging on his/her mind. I found I struggled with making it to everyone’s battle, but I think I finally hit everyone’s site and if I didn’t them I humbly apologize for the oversight.

Now on to why you stopped in today or are you here because you just can’t get enough? *big grin* Anywho, I did not keep a close tab while the voting was going on; I was totally shell-shocked to learn that I had a deadlock on my hands without my vote when I tallied the count. I love both flash mob videos, but one clearly evokes the Spirit of Christmas a bit more and that’s #1.  There you have it. Flash Mob #1 won by a margin of one more vote in its favor. I better not hear anyone demand a recount. lol If you want to see what you missed or want to revisit my last battle you can click here.

You might wanna see how the other battles went down. Grab a cup of hot chocolate with lots of marshmallows (you can find my recipe for home-made marshmallows here) and visit other fellow BoTBers!

?Far Away Series (Meme Creator) ?STMcC Presents ‘Battle of the Bands’(Hop Coordinator) Tossing It Out Your Daily Dose Book Lover Mike’s Ramblings The Sound of One Hand Typing dcrelief ~ Battle of the Bands Alex J. Cavanaugh Shady Dell Music & Memories The Doglady’s Den Cherdo on the Flipside Angels Barks JingleJangleJungle Janie Junebug Righting & Editing J.A. Scott NovelBrews Holli’s Hoots and Hollers Quiet Laughter

Friday we walked around the quaint western North Carolina town of Bryson City. Passing one of the beautifully decorated shops an old bluegrass Christmas song played. It made me grin from ear to ear and I laughed with a memory of Christmas past of my maternal Grandpa singing this song.

This is Curious as a Cathy signing off with that old-timey Christmas tune I heard in passing….

 

I’ll be back for round two of Battle of the Bands on the 14th and I hope you’ll join me then, meanwhile I’m boogieing with the Monday’s Music Moves Me crew and I invite you dance along with me.

Check out Daily Blog Hops (at the top) for more music memes.

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#BOTB: Man of Constant Sorrow

Hello, kittens & dawgs! I wanted to get a day jump-start on the first round of Battle of the Bands. I think a lot of y’all are taking part in the challenge, but if not then you ought to check it out to see if you’d like to get in on the action before sign up deadline.

Easter is a matter of days away. While I wanted a religious song for today’s inspiring dual, my brain went another direction. Maybe, it’s not too far off course, but this little song has nothing to do with the Son of man.

Man of Constant Sorrow is an American folk song. It’s speculated that Dick Burnett, a partially blind fiddler, from Kentucky wrote the song around 1913 and was the first to record the song under another name “Farewell Song”.

Soggy Bottom Boys brought new life to this song when O’ Brother Where Art Thou debuted in 2000. It was the first time I’d heard the song and it immediately struck my happy chord. The lyrics tell a sad story, but the bluegrass sound reminded me of my childhood. It’s fair to say, I won’t use this cover because I’m afraid too many of you feel the same as I do and it’ll be another run away victory.

Instead, I’m looking for something different to tickle your ears.  I’m pitting a band against a soloist in this edition. Who will win? It’s all up to y’all to decide. Let the battle begin!

I know you guys have heard of the American bluegrass-country band, Alison Krauss and Union Station. Of the bands in the genre, I found Alison & Company’s more to my liking than the older bluegrass-country style. They give the Soggy Bottom Boys a run with their cover.

 

My next pick absolutely took me totally by surprise, Rod Stewart ~ Rod the Mod would not have ever entered my mind as one to do this song. His bluesy rock sound and personal twist on this old-time diddy is worth throwing in the ring.

 

 

Okay, my two top choices did their thing center ring, now the rest is up to you!
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Just for fun…In the past year, we got hooked on The Voice. Up until then, we weren’t fans of the show. The talent has always been below average to average, nothing special attracted us. However, last season drew us in with the fun camaraderie of the judges, especially between Levine and Shelton. So, we began watching regularly. This season Sawyer Fredericks performed Man of Constant Sorrow for his first audition and I thought I’d share it with you, but it’s not part of today’s battle.

Okay, visit STMcCP to get the 411 on how Battle of the Bands works, but those who know what to do then it’s time to play along with the other members!

I’ll have the results next week this time posted in my side menu as a sticky note. I invite you to check back to see, if your pick gets named the winner. Thanks so much. Until we meet again, have a bandtastic day. Oh yeah, I hope to see you tomorrow for my first installment of #AprilA2Z! 😉

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Saturday Song-usasion #13 with the sound of bluegrass

Thank you for taking time out of your weekend to stop by to listen to today’s music. My inspiration this Saturday comes from recent posts this past week. I am not featuring one particular performer or band, but instead music from our neighboring Appalachian mountains.

 

The sound of bluegrass!

 

 

 

 

I hope you enjoyed your visit. In fact, I hope you enjoyed it so much that you cannot wait to tell your friends. Go ahead, hit the share (Facebook, Twitter, Google+) button! You know you wanna. 😉

 

Have a sensational Saturday! If you love music, then you’re going to want to come back to join me for Monday’s Music Moves Me!

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