November 1st is Day of the Dead
...But it's also the day of the Battle of the Bands!
Some of you might also think of November 1st as All Saints or All Souls Day. In many other parts of the world this official day of remembrance of the Roman Catholic Church calendar celebrates those who have passed from this life. It's a huge celebratory day in Mexico known as Day of the Dead that has now been tied in with the celebration of Halloween. Though primarily a religious holiday, the day has become one of parties and public gatherings.
However Let Us Remember
For many bloggers the 1st and 15th of each month is now celebrated as Battle of the Bands Day. Twenty-four times per year a group of bloggers join in with BOTB founders Stephen T McCarthy and Faraway Eyes to present different versions of one song for you the readers to vote upon your favorite. Each participating blogger picks their own songs to use for the event. After several days we all will announce which of our contestants has received the most votes to be named as the favorite in their contest. After you've voted on my choices, I hope you will visit the participants listed at the bottom of this page and vote on their Battles.
In Honor of Day of the Dead
In my Battles I usually try to do some kind of thematic tie-in that will present something to offer for the readers who don't care about BOTB. I always hope that everyone will be willing to jump in with us to listen and vote, but in the event that anyone doesn't want to or even can't listen to the song offerings I like to have an issue or idea for us to think about. In the case of this current song I will be doing a tie-in with my Insecure Writer's Support Group post coming up on Wednesday November 5th.
Also of late I've had a secondary theme in a sense of pitting female artists against males. In this Battle the boys are back in town for a guys only Battle. That doesn't mean only the guys can vote. I'm counting on you ladies since you're the majority of voters in each contest. Even if you don't know the song or like it or whatever, please try to find something that stands out for you to make one or the other version the one that you prefer. I think it will be interesting to see how those of you for whom this song is a new one will run with this contest.
In this round of Battle the contest is one of subtleties. In the past some other participants including me have posted versions that were very similar. This Battle is one of those, but there are also some very distinct differences that make each stand out from the other. The song presentations are virtually the same so please rather than dismissing them as such, listen a bit more closely to determine which version you prefer and tell why you think so. I have a definite preference based on something very specific, but I'll tell you what that is when I announce the winner next Friday November 7th.
McGuinness Flint "When I'm Dead and Gone" (1970)
After my good friend Marvin started raving about this song in early 1971 I started to take note. He and I had similar tastes in music, but often the music I was keeping up with was different that the songs that caught his ear. He was mostly picking up with what was being played on the top 40 radio where I wasn't listening to that much radio--at least not the mainstream rock stations. Soon after the song caught on with me I bought a copy of the very fine album by McGuinness Flint, the only album I would own by them and their only album of note. The group didn't last long, but the members went on to play roles in other groups.
The song was inspired by the life of bluesman Robert Johnson. In the U.S. this song peaked at number 47 on the charts, but it made it to number 2 in their homeland of the United Kingdom. "When I'm Dead and Gone" has been covered by a number of artists over the years. Co-writer Graham Lyle's most well known song is the Tina Turner hit "What's Love Got to Do With It".
Def Leppard "When I'm Dead and Gone" (2006)
The cover version I decided to use is by rockers Def Leppard. They're the band with the drummer who lost his arm. Ironically, though drummer Rick Allen appears in the video photo montage, there is no drumming in their version of the song. "When I'm Dead and Gone" appears on the 2006 album Yeah which being a collection of covers might be ripe picking for future Battles. Others can feel free to use the other songs as I've got songs lined up for a long time and may not get to this album for a while.
Time to Vote!
Which version do you like best? Show some life don't play dead, perk up and cast a vote for your favorite. Leave your 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’
The results of my Battle will be announced on Friday November 7th. I'll also be talking about zombies in that post.
Are you familiar with the song "When I'm Dead and Gone"? What differences did you hear between the two versions? Do you want people to come to mourn at your grave when you're dead and gone?