We start the second half of 2015 with the first Wednesday falling on the first day of the month of July which as you probably know means it's time again for another edition of the Insecure Writer's Support Group, the monthly event hosted by Alex J. Cavanaugh. This is the time when writers from all over the globe discuss writing and all of the conflicting good and bad feelings that come with the pursuit of the literary arts. This is a forum for commiseration and encouragement. Maybe things aren't going quite like you'd like or maybe you're a bit nervous about what the future holds. You might even be riding the high horse of success and feel like you're winning the race. Whatever your circumstance join us and tell us what you're thinking. When you finish with this portion of my post please continue on to vote on my Battle of the Bands post which you'll find on down the page.
Nothing New Under the Milky Way
As I'd indicated in my last #IWSG post, I've cut back for the summer as far as blogging and possibly for much else in the way of writing. Not many current writing insecurities at the moment. On the other hand the recurring thought at the back of my mind about whether I've got original ideas always tends to pop up now and then. Even this topic of originality seems like one I've done before or read on someone else's blog or possible both of these.
That's okay though. I don't know how many movies I've seen, books I've read, songs I've heard, or blog posts that I've composed seem vaguely familiar if not outright "been there done that." Originality is not all that original and everything is derivative of something that came before it. If this were not the case we probably wouldn't understand or even appreciate that totally new experience. As someone much wiser than I once said:
What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.------Ecclesiastes 1:9
Or to adapt that saying to my theme today: There is nothing new under the Milky Way. Since our sun is just one of a whole bunch of stars in our galaxy, that rephrasing makes the concept all the bigger. So I guess I'm not going to worry much about the concept of absolute originality. I'll just try to formulate that old idea that pops into my head into my own style and inject as much me into it as I can.
Sultry summer days are here for many of us in the Northern Hemisphere and for those of us with unobstructed skies we may gaze up through the expanse of the Milky Way to wonder what's next for this small planet of ours.
One thing that is now is another Battle of the Bands. It's July 1st, so since this event happens on the 1st and 15th of each month let's have some music fun and education. As I mentioned in my May 22nd post, this event has become a favorite of mine. We have Far Away Eyes at Far Away Series to thank for conceiving this homage to music. Stephen T McCarthy carried on from there and now has some of the list of participants at StMcC Presents Battle of the Bands. More participants can be found on my page and maybe even elsewhere. The premise is simple: Listen to the songs presented below and then in the comments vote for your favorite and tell us why you liked it. Then visit the links listed near the bottom of this post for more Battles to vote on.
Under the Milky Way
If I were to compile a top 500 list of my favorite songs of all time, "Under the Milky Way" would undoubtedly fit somewhere on that list. I'm not sure how high I'd rank it since I'd need to start compiling that list and this would probably take some time. In fact, if I were doing a Soundtrack of My Life series like Robin at Your Daily Dose has been doing, I'd probably consider this song to be one of my picks.
This is one of those songs where I remember when I first heard it on the radio. The song really grabbed me and as soon as I made it to a record store I bought the cassette album that the song came from. Now not only is the song a favorite, I would probably list the band that originally recorded it--The Church--as one of my favorite bands. They've done some great music as far as my taste goes. If you would like to hear the original version of the song you can click here, but please don't vote on this version.
I had no idea how many artists had covered this song until I started exploring YouTube. There are some outstanding versions to be found so it was a tough selection for me. I finally narrowed the choices down to two that I found to be particularly interesting.
Here are the versions for today's Battle:
Sia "Under the Milky Way" (2010)
Sia has been a popular multi-award winning artist over the past several years with hits like "Titanium" and "Chandelier". Like the band The Church, Sia comes from Australia.
Jimmy Little "Under the Milky Way Tonight" (1999)
Also from Australia, Jimmy Little cites Nat King Cole and country music artist Jim Reeves as his major influences--interesting combination. Jimmy Little died in 2012 at age 75. In 2005 Little told Peter Thompson, on the ABC-TV program Talking Heads, how he would like to be remembered, "I just want people to remember me as a nice person who was fair-minded and had a bit of talent that put it to good use." (cited from Wikipedia).
Time to Vote!
Come on and join the fun! Please don't try to use the excuse that you don't like the music or you don't know the song. You don't have to like the music. Just let us know which version you prefer? It's up to you to determine the winner.
Please vote on your favorite by letting us know your choice in the comment section and tell us why you prefer the version you chose (or which one was the least bad to your ears). Then after you've finished here, please visit the other blogs listed below who may or may not be participating this time around. And if you've put up your own BOTB contest let us know that as well so we can vote on yours.
Here are some other places where you might find BOTB posts:
‘FAR AWAY SERIES’
StMcC Presents Battle of the Bands
‘YOUR DAILY DOSE’
DC Relief Battle of the Bands
Shady Dell Music and Memories
The Doglady's Den
Cherdo on the Flipside
Jingle, Jangle, Jungle
Women: We Shall Overcome
J. A. Scott
Holli's Hoots and Hollers
Results on Monday July 6th
Did you ever come up with an idea that you thought was completely original only to find that something like it had already been done before? Do you ever do a Google search for your ideas to see how original they are? Are you a fan of the song "Under the Milky Way" and/or the group The Church?