The onset of spring is upon us and with spring comes new life, the stirring of hope, and the revival of stifled dreams. I've been reading the discontent, the pain, and the despair on some of your blogs and from the sound of things more than a few of us could use an infusion of metaphorical spring in addition to the actual season that is so near to us--this Friday in fact!
But for now we are at March 15th and this is one of the days of the month that we now set aside to celebrate the Battle of the Bands, the event where music loving bloggers offer up two different versions of one song and you the readers decide which version you prefer. The Battle of the Bands blog event was founded by Stephen T McCarthy and Faraway Eyes. After you vote on your favorite of the two selections I've offered, please visit the participants who are listed at the end of this post to vote on their Battles.
This post is dedicated to all of you who have been indicating that you need a lift and especially to my Battle of the Bands mates Robin, Faraway Eyes, and Stephen T. McCarthy.
"Bring Me to Life"
This song was originally released in 2003 by the alt rock/metal/nu metal band Evanescence. It's a quite beautiful song with a message of hope and personal revival. The song has been covered a number of times in various ways. In this current Battle I've chosen versions by two artists that have a somewhat classical sound, this in contrast to my previous Battle which featured heavy rock interpretations of Beethoven's "Fur Elise".
If you're interested in hearing the original with the official video you can click here, but please don't include this in the vote. This is for reference only for those who are curious. I won't say anything about the competitors in this contest. I'll let their song versions speak for them.
Gregorian "Bring Me To Life" (2010)
Katherine Jenkins "Bring Me To Life" (2009)
Time to Vote!
Which do 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 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.
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
Alex J Cavanaugh (his will post on Monday March 16th)
Results on Friday March 20th
There will be no Monday post at Tossing It Out this week in order to allow this current post to stay current for a couple of extra days in order to allow more voting. Do come back on Wednesday though.
The results of my Battle of the Bands post for this current contest will be announced on this coming Friday March 20th.
Which version do you prefer and why? Do you typically enjoy listening to Gregorian chants? Does this song speak to you in any way?