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Best of My Love #BOTB results

Last Monday, I paired two artists singing The Eagles’ #1 hit Best of My Love. The vote scales swung heavily to one side throughout this BoTB session. I hate it when that happens, don’t you? Does this mean the contenders weren’t a good match up to give each a run for the money or what?

A few regular BoTBers didn’t vote this round. Some folks couldn’t play Rod’s video. However, even if it had worked then I don’t know if things would more evenly balance out. I did add a link to a sample of the song with the hopes this helps those few not able to view the YouTube vid. *sigh* Does anyone have suggestions on how to correct this problem in the future?

Anyway, the final count stands as:

Rod – 12 (this includes my vote)

Aswad – 4

Congratulations Rod 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!

I hope to see y’all back here on the 15th for round two of Battle of the Bands. It’s time to hit the dance floor with the amazing 4M crew.


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Have a tunetastic week!

Best of My Love #BOTB showdown

Hello kittens & dawgs! Last month I paid tribute to the late great former Eagles band member, Glenn Frey. If you missed that, then you’re welcome to check it out, here.

The Eagles were an important part of my musical life beginning in my early teens then following me well into adulthood until the group broke up.

Don Henley, J.D. Souther, and the late Glenn Frey collaborated this Billboard Hot 100 and Easy Listening chart topper in 1975 and perhaps is my most memorable song by the Eagles, Best of My Love.

Don Henley of the Eagles did the lead vocals. This version is for your enjoyment, so please refrain from voting for them.

That being said, I am going with Best of My Love for this round of BoTB. If you’re new, then what this means is I will share two artists doing the same cover song, then it’s up to you tell me which one gets your vote.

My first contender brings a little island flavor to the Eagles #1 hit. Listen to Aswad to see, if his style earns your vote.


Nice job, Asward! I like it for variety, but I wouldn’t say enough to give him my vote. How about you?

Contender #2 is a legend in the music industry. The question is will his unique vocals insure a victory this round? I  give you… Mr. Rod Stewart!


For those having trouble with the video clip, I found a sample of the song on Amazon. I’m using an affiliate link —> The Best Of My Love by Rod Stewart  that you can listen to, if you wish to try to weigh your vote in on.

Everything Rod does, he does well. His rendition is closer to the original verses Asward’s version. There’s no question, Rod’s cover grabs my vote!

Who did you like best? Aswad with his touch of reggae or Stewart with his pop vibe? 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 hear about it.

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 I want to thank the brain child of this cool, bi-monthly meme, Fae.  The fun continues with more epic battles underway; I invite you to visit, Stephen, who manages the ever-growing list of BoTB players.

Don’t forget, the polls close midnight of the 7th and I’ll share the results of this competition next week this time, so mark your calendar and stop by to see if your pick gets named!

Thanks for joining the fun. I’m stepping on the dance floor with the 4M crew and you’re welcome to join me. This is Curious as a Cathy signing off with have a bandtastic day!

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Meet my grandparents Part IV #FlashbackFriday

Good-morning, kittens & dawgs. June is nearly half way gone and so is the year. Last week, you met my maternal grandma’s parents in Meet my grandparents Part III. Today, I want to share a photo gallery of my grandpa’s parents and siblings.

Meet my great-grandparents: William Riley and Mary Jane Pruitt Hagerman.

Wiiliam Riley & Mary Jane Pruitt Hagerman ~borrowed from FB family~

Circa early 1900s ~borrowed from FB family~


According to my finds on ancestry.com Will (25) & Mary (18) married April 18, 1898 and had 11 (9 boys and 2 girls) children. It appears they depended on farming as a way of life. I imagine like many families of that time, they peddled their crops for pay to buy things they couldn’t grow. There are many mouths to feed in a large family, but the kids labored along side Ma and Pa in the fields.


#FFHAGERMAN MaryJPruitt1   #FF HAGERMAN WilliamH&MaryJanePruitt(FB copy)

I don’t know the year of these photos, but I just love the photograph on the left of Grandma Mary-Jane with the churn. I think this was either for churning butter or making buttermilk or maybe both. Do you know? Life was simple in those days. Simple as in no modern conveniences and material possessions. It was a harsh life. I wouldn’t like living in those times. Visiting is okay, if time travel was possible, but only for a day. My great-grandparents died 2-years apart. Grandma Mary-Jane passed in 1954, and Grandpa Will in 1956. They never knew me because I wasn’t born until 1961.

For years I wondered why I didn’t know or remember my Grandpa’s brothers and sisters. I certainly spent a lot of time with them when I was kid and yet I have no memory of them. Now, I know why. There’s 24 years between oldest and the youngest. Grandpa was the baby. Mose(1902-1932) & Vester (1906-1943) died before my birth and John R. (1908-1961) passed the year I was born.



#FF HAGERMAN Shade, Ulysis, & Roosevelt

L-to-R: Shade(1899-1983), Ulysses (1909-2001), & Roosevelt(1903-1974)

L-to-R: John R & Grandpa (Joe Crockett)

L-to-R: John R (1908-1961) & Grandpa ~Joe Crockett (1924-2011)


Did you notice the strong resemblance between Grandpa and his older brother Shade? They could pass for twins, except there is a huge age gap between them.

ATTENTION FAMILY MEMEBERS, if you’re reading this, my photo records lack pics of Grandpa Will & Grandma Mary-Jane’s daughters ~ Myrtle Victoria Hagerman-Vance (1915-2012) and Clara Hagerman-Green-Hawks-Woody(1922-1981). Yep, dear ole auntie Clary (another name given to her) married three times. Good grief one husband is hard enough to break in, but three? I suppose remarrying was all a woman could do to survive in those days. Also, I need pictures of  Mose, Vester, Jim (1912-2004), & Mitch(1917-2003). Your help is needed to make this complete!


Now to  celebrate the small things in my life.

I celebrate

      • you’re in my heart, you’re in my soul
      • you’ll be my breath should I grow old
      • you are my lover, you’re my best friend
      • you’re in my soul
      • 36 years of marriage with DH!


What are you celebrating?

Let’s celebrate making new friends together and we can begin by joining Friendship Friday and Follow Who? Social-Weekend blog hops. Thanks for visiting. Don’t forget to stop by tomorrow for a little boogie session with Saturday Songsuasion!

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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! 😉


Classic Rock 70s Style on 4M


Wake up sleepy heads! It’s time to start your day. A new week is here and the 4M crew is coming at you with some sounds that will make facing today a little easier. This week XmasDolly has given us two musical themes.

The first choice is your favorite Disney songs per/ Everyday Life’s request. Nope, you’re not experiencing déjà vu. I goofed last week and put my Disney tune selections up during freebie week. *smack self on forehead*  The second theme possibility is 70s music per/my request. 

Which ever theme you choose, you won’t go wrong and we want to hear your picks right here on Monday’s Music Moves Me!

Our lovely hostesses, XmasDolly, is still recovering from back surgery and is doing her best to dance with us. Be kind and take it easy with her. As for the rest of the 4M crew ~  JAmericanSpice, Stacy Uncorked), & myself are ready to shake our tail feathers with you!

Psst, psst… a little birdie told me, Just the stuff ya know whose helping out is experiencing computer problems and isn’t able to join us on the dance floor until its fixed.

Link up and shake your bootie with the rockin’ bloggers below!


Dance party rules:  Grab XmasDolly 4M button here,  display it on your blog, and then add your your favorite weekly music theme YouTube videos for everyone to enjoy. We aren’t music snobs, if you have tunes to share that don’t fit in with our theme then no problem! As long as you have music to share, then you’re cool coz all we want to do is dance with you! 

The 70s was the decade for classic rock n’ roll. Here are only a few that take me back to the day of my youth…






Today’s tunes can be found on the list of 100 Best Songs of the 1970s. Did you have a good time on the dance floor? I did. Remember, to be considered for honorary co-host each month, then be sure to add your URL to the link up.  Next stop… your place!  What 70s songs are moving you?

Be sure to come back next week to dance with the 4M crew for freebie pick week, and if you can’t get enough music, then join me for Saturday Song-suasion