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Are You a Party Goer?
What if you went to a party where a lot of people--friends as well as people you didn't know--were present and everyone was busily mingling and socializing. As someone would come up to say hello, you'd tell them something to which they would respond and then as you were responding to continue the conversation, they would walk away to talk to someone else. That would happen with most of the people you encountered, though a few of them might actually listen to your response and counter with their own reaction. But for the most part people would be just seeing how many other people they could visit briefly only to move on until they'd visited everyone.
Now let's say that party happened every day, never ending.
Does this sound like any party you've been to?
Battle of the Bands News!
The results from my February 15th Battle of the Bands post are now in. This round got a bit ugly. For the greater part of readers the song "Slip Inside This House" was not a favorite and there was perhaps even more dislike for the two song combatants The Shamen and Primal Scream.
My having given a label to the music genres that the chosen groups typically play might have not been the best thing for me to do since many voters I think went into the contest with preconceived notions of what they expected from previous listening experiences with the genres rather than just judging each song version on the basis of what was presented. No matter though, since most visitors to the post did vote albeit with mostly reluctant votes.
However there were those voters who did appreciate what I'd presented. A Beer For The Shower said "Unlike some of the others here, I love electronica. It's probably one of my favorite genres.." My choices were not ones that were among the favorite bands but at least I was in the right genre.
Sheboyganboy 6 commented: "Arlee, I think you get a bad rap.... I think this is a really intriguing and fun contest. ... I really like ALL THREE versions."
Mark Clough offered, "I'm voting for Primal Scream. Screamadelica is a favourite album."
There were also others who were more receptive to this contest pairing. but generally speaking it was one of those Battles where voters were mostly choosing the version they disliked the least. That being said, this was nevertheless a pretty darn successful contest thanks to my great readers. There were a total of 31 votes including my own.
My vote goes with the majority opinion in favor of Primal Scream. This group recreated their original studio version of "Slip Inside This House" with what I felt was an outstanding live performance. I did enjoy the version by The Shamen, but the musical instruments trump the electronics for me.
The Shamen 11 votes
Primal Scream 20 votes
Maybe I'll avoid labeling certain genres in the future, though I may use techno/electronica again one day without naming what music genre I'm using. Not in the next Battle of the Bands contest though. My next Battle will appear at Tossing It Out on Sunday March 1st. I won't say what style the recordings will be in, but I will say that my song pick is a hugely well-known piece by one of the most famous composers of all time. The song title refers to a woman's name.
Not only should you visit for that Battle, but you will want to stay with Tossing It Out throughout that week as I inject some added value and excitement to the contest. During the week prior to my announcement of the winner of the Battle, I will have special posts featuring the contestants with an interview complete with photos on Monday March 2nd and a Wednesday March 4th Insecure Writer's Support Group post where I will be assisted by the other Battle contestant. You won't want to miss these posts!
Would you be interested in hearing more about artists featured in the Battle of the Bands posts? Any idea about the song or composer I will be featuring next Battle? Are you comfortable at parties?