Another month, another edition of the Insecure Writer's Support Group, the monthly event sponsored by the blogging master Alex J. Cavanaugh. Click on the link to find out more. Also, I'm combining this post with my bi-monthly Battle of the Bands post--more on that later, First, my insecurity for this month
It's My Life--Kind of Maybe
This week I'm on call for jury duty. It's the second time this year since I didn't get put on a jury the first time around. Jury duty is something that I can no longer get out of even though I don't really want to participate, but if I don't then I risk getting in trouble with the law. Whose life is it anyway?
The government puts certain restrictions on what I can do and can't do. When I was working, my job put a lot of limitations on my life. I accepted that because I liked getting a paycheck. Even now if the right job came my way I'd be willing to give up part of my personal life to merge it with a work life.
Our lives are filled with compromises, cooperative efforts, and trade-offs. We have the things we need to do, want to do, kind of have to do in accordance with societal expectations, or feel an obligation to do within the context of those around us. We are not isolated beings who operate totally on our own, but we are codependent in a social sense even if not so in the dysfunctional psychological definition of the term.
What I'm trying to say is that much of my messed up writing ambitions are certainly my own fault. I've got a lot of control over my time and what I do with it. Still there are family and personal obligations that I must attend to sometimes. There are chores and life duties that must be looked after. I give some time to church and community.
Time is limited therefore I must take better control of it. But there's always something to distract me from writing. I admire all of you who are cranking out books and stories and other writings on top of doing whatever else it is you do.
Yeah, it's my life and I've got a lot of choices. Getting things done takes commitment, focus, and structure. But it seems like a lot of people want a piece of me. I feel like Janis Joplin when she sings, "Take another little piece of my heart". That's life I guess. My life, but not totally.
Battle of the Bands: It's My Life
And now Battle of the Bands, the epic event where music loving bloggers offer up two different versions of one song for you to vote on your favorite one. This popular event which has been ongoing for over a year now was founded by Stephen T McCarthy and Faraway Eyes. After you vote on my pairing, please visit their posts and vote on theirs. More possible participants will be listed at the end of this post.
Talk Talk "It's My Life" (1984)
I was not a big fan of Talk Talk when I first heard them. They seemed kind of weird to me. The music was somewhat morose, brooding and introspective. I bought a couple of their cassettes out of curiosity knowing virtually nothing about their music. With repeated listenings their music grew on me until now I like them quite well. "It's My Life" is one of their songs that is a favorite of mine.
No Doubt "It's My Life" (2003)
Gwen Stefani puts a more sultry touch to the vocals and the synthpop sound of Talk Talk is not as prevalent. There is more energy to this version though it stays relatively close to the original in the arrangement. No doubt that No Doubt's version is a different take on the original recording by Talk Talk.
Time to Vote!
Which do you prefer? I hope you'll vote, but it's your life and you can do as you like in regards to voting in this Battle of the Bands post. But please take time to vote in the comment section and tell us why you prefer the one you chose. 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.
‘FAR AWAY SERIES’
StMcC Presents Battle of the Bands
‘YOUR DAILY DOSE’
‘CREATIVE OUTLET OF STRATPLAYER’
Do you sometimes feel like you're being pulled in too many directions at once? Are you in control of your life for the most part? What is the biggest competition for your time and attention?