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Autumn Leaves #BOTB showdown

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The calendar flipped yet again to a brand new month, kittens & dawgs. Do you know what this means?

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Yep, that’s right it’s time for Battle of the Bands!

Fall is one of my favorite seasons, so with that I decided to use an old song, Autumn Leaves that originated as Les Feuilles Mortes translated: The Dead Leaves by a French screenwriter and poet in 1945.

One of Americans greatest lyricists, Johnny Mercer a Savannah native, penned the English words to this often recorded classic in 1947. It was Mercer’s version that was first recorded in 1950 by Jo Stafford (not included in battle showdown) and since covered hundreds of times.

Allow me to share the lyrics of  Autumn Leaves

The falling leaves Drift by my window The falling leaves Of red and gold / I see your lips The summer kisses The sunburned hands I used to hold / Since you went away The days grow long And soon I’ll hear Old winter’s song / But I miss you most of all My darling When autumn leaves Start to fall / Since you went away The days grow long And soon I’ll hear Old winter’s song / But I miss you most of all My darling When autumn leaves Start to fall

 

Michael Goldsen, an executive at Capital Records (co-founded by Mercer) who brought the French original to Johnny’s attention said this about the song, “…he , (referring to Mercer) read me the lyrics. Tears came to my eyes.”

I understand why Mercer’s eyes misted after hearing it. The lyrics are beautiful and so is the music! There are 377 versions of this song. I narrowed it down for you folks and am anxious to get  your reactions.

I present to you a new-to-me contender, Natasha Marsh.

 

 

Marsh is going against a not-so-new contender, Eric Clapton.

 

Is it a battle between the sexes or the new verses the old? In the end, all that matters is who did it best in your opinion. There is never a wrong way to vote, except when you don’t vote at all.  Okay, you know what to do. Tell me in comments who you like the best in comments and if you want, this is totally optional, tell us why you liked your pick.

Meanwhile the fun continues with more epic battles taking place on these amazing bloggers sites. Check ’em out!

•Fae @ Far Away Series (brain child of this little meme)  •Stephen @STMcC Presents ‘Battle of the Bands’  (hop coordinator of sorts)  •Lee @Tossing It Out   •Robin @ Your Daily Dose   •Donna @Book Lover   •Mike’s Ramblings    •John @ The Sound of One Hand Typing    •Dixie @ dcrelief ~ Battle of the Bands    •Alex J. Cavanaugh  •Kim @ The Belle Rocks   •Tom @ Shady Dell Music and Memories   •Debbie @The Doglady’s Den   •Cherdo @Cherdo on the Flipside   •Michele @ Angels Barks    •Mary @ JingleJangleJungle   •Janie @ Women: We Shall Overcome    •Jeffrey @ J.A. Scott    •Madilyn @ NovelBrews    •Holli @ Holli’s Hoots and Hollers   •Guilie @ Quiet Laughter

DUE TO SERVER PROBLEMS, polls close will close midnight October 13th ! I’ll will share the results on the eve of the next BOTB showdown, so mark your calendar and stop by to see if your pick gets named! Thanks for joining in on the fun. This is Curious as a Cathy signing off with have a bandtastic day!

 

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#BOTB double post with duel between stars

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Hello, rock n’ roll kittens & dawgs!  Technically, I’m still on break. I goofed up last month by not posting the results of  the Mr. Bojangles #BOTB showdown with the onset of DH getting laid off (this is what created the disruption to my blogging ~ a pleasant, but unexpected routine buster all the same) for the umpteenth time over the course of our 36 years of marriage.

Anywho, if you weren’t keeping a count and I seriously doubt that any of you did not mentally take note of the tally for both contenders, but on the off-chance you are clueless (my normal state of mind) then let me say Nina Simone shot Nancy Wilson out of the ballpark with a 15 to 2 victory.

Most of y’all felt, and I agree, that a female vocalist didn’t suit the song, but I wanted to do something different because…well, I’m different. 😀 However, it seems no matter which two artists/band I choose to dual the vote count is usually lopsided.

Today battle I’m using an oldie from the 60s, Mr. Tambourine Man. It’s hard to beat the The Byrds 1965 cover of Bob Dylan’s original. So….I’m taking a fun approach.  I found two artists who are better known as movie stars performing this classic tune. After you listen, then share in comments who gets your vote and why.

 

 

 

 

Who gets your vote Kevin Costner, the more serious singer style or William Shatner, the more dramatic cheesy version? Both have their pluses and minuses. In a weird sorta of way, I kinda like Shatner’s form, but I haven’t totally decided who gets my vote yet.

I’m still on my blog break, but plan to pop in from time-to-time. Meanwhile join me for more epic battle showdowns and to learn how this all works by visiting STMcCP.

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Have a bandtastic day!