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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Another Brick in the Wall (BOTB) (#IWSG)


Insecure Writer's Support Group
   
         It's time again for another edition of the Insecure Writer's Support Group, the monthly event hosted by Alex J. Cavanaugh.   You too can join in on the fun and education by going to the link in previous sentence and adding your blog link.   But don't add your link unless you plan on actually being a part of the blog exchange.  A link with no #IWSG related content is like a hollow brick which weakens the wall in which that brick is placed.   After all, support is what #IWSG is all about.  

         And after you've read my contribution to the September #IWSG, please continue on to vote in my first September entry in my 2015 Battle of the Bands series.   Also, be sure to check Alex's blog on Wednesday September 2nd for a big #IWSG announcement.

Another Brick in the Wall

“Don't let schooling interfere with your education.” Mark Twain
A brick wall (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

      Life is filled with walls that are needed as well as those that are desired.  Walls can protect us from the elements, keep us secure from potentially harmful intruders, and provide privacy when we don't want others to see us.   However, there are sometimes those walls that stand in our way to keep us from moving forward.  Schooling and formal education are sometimes walls that become barriers to our creativity.

      We sometimes construct our own walls that limit us.  Our communities, friends, and family members can put up walls that are obstacles to be overcome.  With so many walls confronting our paths to success it's often left up to each of us to find our own ways around or over these walls.

       When I was in school as a kid and then later in college, I played by the rules when they made sense to me or when it was a matter of doing what I needed to in order to keep on progressing.  Sometimes however I armed myself with a sense of humor, a stubborn persistence, or pure logic and reason to make it to the other side of whatever wall stood in my way.

         In these days of my life there are still the walls that must be overcome in whatever ways they need conquering.  Ultimately there are few things that can hold us back more than ourselves.  I am my biggest hindrance.   I build walls and then have to figure a way to knock them down.   Not building those walls in the first place would be the biggest time saver and eliminator of stress.

       There are enough walls that life puts before us without us raising our own silly walls.  Count me guilty of putting up walls of excuses, distraction, and dalliance.  What about you?   Are you aware of the walls that keep you from reaching your goals?


Battle of the Bands:  Another Brick in the Wall

       With back to school time here again I wanted to find a song that seemed most appropriate for the occasion.  "Another Brick in the Wall" was the song that popped into my mind very first thing.  I attempted a playful approach on my previous post using a topic with controversy woven together with hints about the song I was going to use for this Battle.  However most readers were drawn into the controversy and entered into a very stimulating debate on the education related topics.   Only one commenter offered up a guess and she guessed correctly--congratulations Birgit.

       Most of you are probably familiar with this song by Pink Floyd, but if not you can find the original version by clicking here.   Don't vote on their version--only use it for reference.  The song has been covered numerous times and in various styles.   This Battle of the Bands edition offers two versions that are very different from the original.


Daria Plyushko "Another Brick in the Wall" (2011?)

        This Russian fashion model has several music and fashion videos on YouTube, but otherwise I didn't find much about her.   Take a listen to her laid back lazy sounding version of  "Another Brick in the Wall".   Since this is a "chill" version it has a comparably lengthy instrumental intro to set the mood, but then again this version is only a few seconds over three minutes so it's pretty darn short despite that instrumental intro.





Gavino Loche  "Another Brick in the Wall"  (2013?)

        In other BOTB contests between vocal and instrumental versions, some of you prefer hearing the lyrics.  Maybe you'll prefer the previous version because of that, but then again the virtuosity displayed by Gavino Loche might sway some voters.   I'm sure the musicians out there will especially appreciate this version of the Pink Floyd song.  






Time to Vote!

          Don't let anything stand in your way to keep you from voting on this Battle.   Which song version do you like the best?   Surely you think one is better than the other even if you don't like either presentation as much as the original version.  Just judge what you hear in the above videos.   Which version do you prefer?    It's up to you to help 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 objectionable 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’ 

  'MIKE'S RAMBLINGS'

DC Relief Battle of the Bands

The Doglady's Den 

Angel's Bark  

Cherdo on the Flipside  

Jingle, Jangle, Jungle 

Women:  We Shall Overcome  

Book Lover

J. A. Scott  

Quiet Laughter


Results on Monday September 7th

         My Labor Day post next Monday will have the results of the above Battle of the Bands post.    Please vote!   Battle of the Bands works better when I have votes to count.  Also next Monday I'll be posting for the Question of the Month which is hosted by Michael G D'Agostino from A Life Examined.   I hope you'll be here for these postings.

         What "walls" have been standing in the way of your personal progress?  How do you get past the walls that hinder you in life?    Has anything in your educational history had a detrimental effect upon your creativity?  


105 comments:

  1. Both versions are very different takes on the song. And missing the heavy guitar crunch.
    Dario's version does have a haunting quality to it. It gets the edge in this round.

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    1. Alex, we've gotten so used to hearing the heavy version of this song that it's a bit jarring to hear it slowed down so much.

      First vote goes to Daria Plyushko

      Lee

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  2. I am so utterly terrified of criticism, rejection and failure (and with that total humiliation) that I just cannot seem to pull the trigger on really selling my crafts and photography.

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    1. JoJo, don't give up! You have a lot of talent that is worth sharing with others. I understand your "terror", but I wouldn't call negative reactions "total humiliation". You just keep moving on and once you've gotten the momentum going you just keep trying. You can do it!

      Lee

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  3. You're so right about our own walls getting in the way, Lee! My downfall is being hyper-critical of everything I write and thus it gets bogged down in re-writes, then I get frustrated and set it aside. :P
    Another interesting BOTB this week. I didn't much like Daria's voice and the jazzy tone doesn't really suit the song, IMO. Gavino's guitar solo is something I would listen to, though, so please give him my vote.

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    1. Debbie, we can be our own worst enemy and we should instead be our own best friend. Don't let yourself impede yourself.

      I give your vote to Gavino Loche

      Lee

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    2. I know; easier said than done. It can be so stressful! :P
      Checking Youtube for more of Gavino Loche. Thanks for the introduction!

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  4. I am a fabulous mason, unfortunately. I think I must bang my head against my walls for a while before I realize they are present. I'm not sure if my education had anything to do with my walls, but I do know I went into areas (science) where I thought I could excel instead of following things I might actually want to do (art).

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    1. Tamara, it's often said to follow your heart, but usually the head is more logical. I guess a solution needs to be for the heart to convince the head and then make a decision.

      Lee

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  5. "If you don't eat yer meat, you can't have any pudding.

    How can you have any pudding if you don't eat yer meat?"

    Hi, Lee!

    What an amazing, brain busting choice you gave us today! I wish you'd make it easier to decide. I absolutely love the clean, pure acoustic guitar licks executed by Gavino Loche as he played "Brick in the Wall." It's a wonderful performance. I have a feeling I'm going to be on the losing team again today and perhaps save you from a rout, but I'm a sucker for a pretty face and a girly voice and I'm compelled to vote for model/songstress Daria Plyushko. Her intimate vocal grabbed me (I won't say where) and I also appreciate the clean, uncluttered instrumental accompaniment. Daria gets my vote by a hair... a blonde hair.

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    1. Shady, the chill-out version is nice to relax to. Daria's voice puts me in mind of Astrud Gilbreto or Claudine Longet. Nice sexy singing that's as close to breathing for stress release as you can get with a voice.

      Got you down for Daria Plyushko.

      Lee

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    2. Shady loves his girly voices. ;)

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  6. This is a hard song to copy and yippee for me to guess it right(for once:)) Thanks for the shout out. I give it to Gavino Loche. I love the flamenco style he gives the song and I am one who loves the acoustic guitar. Daria sounds like a wet rag trying to give you a handshake-drippy to the core for me so Gavino has my vote.

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    1. Birgit, I don't think anyone else was paying attention the BOTB "game" that I was playing in that post. Thanks for playing along and reading my post closely enough to get it.

      Not so sure about the "wet rag" analogy, but I give your vote to Gavino Loche.

      Lee

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  7. Usually I go for the vocals, but not today. Give my vote to Gavino Loche. I wish I could play guitar. I really wish I could finger pick.

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    1. Robin, I wish I could play any instrument with such skill as Loche does. He is pretty amazing by my estimation.

      Another vote for Gavino Loche.

      Lee

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  8. bah...
    Now I'm not quite remembering the quote from 'Over the Hedge' that I want.
    bah

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    1. Andrew, and I certainly don't know the quote and I've never seen Over the Hedge. So bah, bah black sheep have you any wool?

      Lee

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  9. BOIDMAN ~
    >>... "With so many walls confronting our paths to success it's often left up to each of us to find our own ways around or over these walls.

    How 'bout under 'em? Sometimes I go under the walls. Did that especially when I was a kid. All I'd need was a heavy-duty spoon and a lot of patience.

    You said some time ago that the BOTB contest you had planned for today was going to be somewhat "odd". Right away, I started to cringe - thinking of some that I considered odd, which you'd done in the past, and which I wasn't such a big fan of.

    I'm happy to report that I don't find this one odd at all. In fact, it was good and interesting as it contained two very different versions I could listen to all the way through without feeling I wanted to cut either song short.

    Although neither song caused me the least ear discomfort, my vote is easy to cast:

    I enjoyed the percussion sounds in the Daria Plyushko cover, but I rarely warm up to those kinds of breathy, li'l girlie vocals. A bit "too cute" and lacking any real sense of urgency or heartfelt meaning.

    On the other hand, the Gavino Loche recording is stellar - I even played it for a second time just for the pleasure of hearing it, after I knew unquestionably that I was voting for him. Man, that guy's got a great style and sound. I liked being able to watch his hands and see how he was getting all those little sonic textures.

    Good Battle, Lee. It may turn out to be pretty lopsided in the end, but it was still a "good" Battle and not (what I would consider) an "odd" one. Thanks for dat!

    ~ D-FensDogG
    'Loyal American Underground'

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    1. STMcC, under the wall works too--anything that equates progress or just doing something.

      When I said "odd" I was thinking what already a few have indicated in that the versions are little like the hard edge of the original. Actually I had some odder versions of this same song originally scheduled and decided not to use them right now. I've scheduled them for next September--maybe.

      I agree that watching Loche play is a real treat and hearing the sounds he gets out of the guitar is "stellar".

      A vote for Gavino Loche.

      Lee

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  10. I build walls so readily because of my fear of rejection. It's getting a little better, but I still can't just finish something a put it out there :(

    Anyway, unique choices! Typically, I wouldn't pick the instrumental version, but I really did enjoy it more. So my vote goes to Gavino!

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    1. Madilyn, I have a similar fear I you describe I think. At least my outcome has been the same.

      Another vote for Gavino Loche.

      Lee

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  11. My heart believes my mind is a detriment and so we have a stalemate, but it doesn't stop the writing process!

    Tough choices today! Almost gave up and voted for Mark Twain :-)
    So I turned up the volume and left the room to iron my favorite Pink Floyd shirt and decided on Gavino!

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    1. Diedre, the ultimate point is to never give up or we've lost our battles in life.

      And winning your vote in this Battle is Gavino Loche.

      Lee

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  12. Hi Lee. I think I've hit a wall trying to decide which version gets my vote. I love Daria's music but don't like her voice. Her voice is too "soft" for the material context. Gavino is on a sole instrument, with an incredible capture of the original feel of the song. Maybe it's a mood thing right now - I'm voting for Daria. Great battle.

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  13. I like Gavino's version better. I didn't like Daria's version: I didn't care for the lengthy introduction. Gavino's sounded like the Pink Floyd version and I liked hearing his guitar-picking.
    Michele at Angels Bark

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    1. Michele, you didn't like the chill mood setting?

      With guitar picking, slapping, and whatever another vote goes to Gavino Loche

      Lee

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  14. I see someone was paying attention during my last BOTB feature.
    But we are talking about your battle. I really liked the first version. Sounds like something I could listen to on a smooth jazz channel. But I hated how abruptly it ended. I really didn't like that. I wanted to hear more. The instrumental was also nice, and though the lyrics are great in the song, I don't feel I need to hear the lyrics, especially with my favourite songs. I guess that's the karaoke in me. Place my vote for Gavino. Had the first song gone on to completion, I may have been swayed more that way.

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    1. Jeffrey, yeah, the abrupt ending was kind of bad. I found another YouTube version of this but it had the same abrupt ending. I think it was close to the ending with not much more to go.

      Still, your vote will go to Gavino Loche.

      Lee

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  15. Crap. Now I have that song stuck in my head. Thanks, Arlee. =P

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    1. Patricia--"We don't need no thought control." Yeah, it's been kind of stuck in my head too.

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    1. Shelly, we should get support from family not roadblocks.

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  17. My biggest wall is procrastination but I plan on taking that down tomorrow.

    I love Daria's version musically, but I don't care for her whispery voice. She whispers, "Teachers leave them kids alone" and I think, is that really something you'd barely utter in a whisper?

    Gavino Loche brings something new to the table, and it's a great listen. Give him my vote.

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    1. Beer, yeah I've had that procrastination issue for a long time--like my whole life. Maybe I'll do better in my next life.

      Another vote for Gavino Loche.

      Lee

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  18. I think as you get older you recognize walls for what they are. So many are figments of our imagination but in the moment they are as real as brick and mortar. Good post.
    I'm not up for the tunes today. We're having a quiet day.

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    1. Ann, at least we can do more about the self-imposed walls.

      Lee

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  19. Gavino Loche, hands down. What an artist!

    My walls? Migraines are huge big walls in my life. Took a lot (a teaching career) away, but then gave me time to draw closer to God. He renewed my love of writing.

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    1. Susan, every curse brings blessings I suppose. Glad that your writing got renewed.

      A vote for Gavino Loche.

      Lee

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  20. Not many people would think of searching out covers of such a band-iconic hit. I salute you on that.

    I can't say either version was really in my wheelhouse, but in the end, as STMC mentioned, the "breathy" vocals get a bit annoying. I guess give the virtuoso his due!

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    1. CW, poor breathy Daria.

      A vote for Gavino Loche

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  21. My vote goes to Pink Floyd, it brings back so many memories of years ago. The others were good, didn't know there were other versions. Excellent post as always Lee.
    Yvonne.

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    1. Yvonne, good to see you back. There are a lot of versions of this song available on YouTube.

      Not really in the running, but a vote for Pink Floyd.

      Lee

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  22. Gavino Loche has a solid vote from me; wonderful style and man, the dude has style!

    As for Daria Plyushko...not my cup of tea at all. The sex kitten, breathy version just makes me cringe. She's a verse away from bursting into "Happy birthday, Mr. President..." (a la Marilyn Monroe).

    Great battle and thanks for the intro to Loche!

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    1. Cherdo, I understand.

      A vote for Gavino Loche.

      Lee

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  23. Gavino Loche gets my vote, very much preferred the instrumental to the whipery voice. Just awful!

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    1. Yolanda, ouch! Poor Daria.

      But good for Gavino Loche

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  24. Not even close for me-Daria's version bored the heck out of me, and by the time she started singing, she made me wish I'd not logged on tonight.

    While I'd rather have vocals, the Loche guitar version is excellent-he manages to capture the original with just the acoustic instrument.

    Go Gavino!

    LC

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    1. Larry, things are really looking bad for Daria. I hope she gets some more votes. But obviously not from you as you voted for:

      Gavino Loche

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    2. I guess I did not actually say that's how I voted, but you inferred correctly.

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  25. You mentioned going around or over walls, while McCarthy suggested going under them.

    I prefer to smash through them. Generally I believe my path as the best one. I consider what I am doing before I do it, and think it the course to pursue. If someone throws an impediment my way, my usual modus operandi is to keep pushing until it gives.

    As for the song: I never liked Pink Floyd, and never liked this song very much. That being said, Floyd's own version is a thousand times better than Daria's lazy version. Man... to me that was simply awful... except for a too-brief section without her voice and WITH a Spanish guitar sound.

    And Gavino Loche's version was as much better than Floyd than Floyd's was of Daria. Great guitarist! And no singing! Awesome. Vote Gavino Loche!!

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    1. SBB6, smashing through can be an appropriate choice in many cases I agree. Depends on how bold you want to be about moving forward.

      Another vote for Gavino Loche.

      Lee

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  26. It takes a lot of muster to compare with Pink Floyd. Of the two contenders, I liked Daria's version the best. I couldnt get past 1:25 on Gavino's version. It was just too choppy for my taste. So my vote goes to Daria!

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    1. Mary, the Russian supermodel may still have a chance here.

      A vote comes in for Daria Plyushko.

      Lee

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  27. I have to admit to building walls in my life, even though I've tended to try knocking some of society's down. Think its a kind of procrastination or evasion of taking personal responsibility.

    As for the BOTB, I have to go with Gavino Loche as I love great guitar playing, with a Spanish flavour.

    Lucky to have known some great musicians during my varied careers, including David Gilmour as his wife owned horses. Favourite guitarist will always be my best friend Steve Hackett (ex-Genesis).

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    1. Roland, I hear ya on those self-imposed walls. I've done the same thing in my life many times.

      David Gilmour is a big favorite artist for both my wife and me. Hackett is also a great guitar player.

      Vote cast for Gavino Loche.

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  28. My biggest wall is my own laziness. :) For instance, I didn't feel like running this morning, so I didn't. I guess I can't complain about my body's condition if I don't work for it.

    My vote is for Gavino Loche. The first one is too mild.

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    1. Loni, laziness! Please--I don't even feel like discussing that one. I'd rather just loll about and dream.

      Again a vote goes to Gavino Loche.

      Lee

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  29. I think there is a danger in considering education a wall. I think people who think that don't actually have enough education--I mean I agree that creativity can be stifled following certain rules, but what is really needed is knowing the rules well but then knowing what breaking them does and doing it intentionally. I am probably a bit defensive on this as I grew up in Idaho and the attitude education is some conspiracy to put us all in servitude to "the man" is more prevalent there than anyone. It is hurting the economy and understanding of the people there and I find it sad. As for bands--I always want the lyrics. I like music, but the words are what give it the magic to me.

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    1. Hart, I understand what you're saying and I agree that to be educated is to have greater freedom since we learn more of the options before and how to attain these. The problem we are facing in public schools and colleges is more in the sense of indoctrination than education. When the opinions of others are forced upon us and sometimes even grades received depend on conforming to the regime then we start having a big problem. We lose real education and become elements of the society of conformity. It's totally dystopian.

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  30. I consider my walls only obstacles that way they are easier to go around or over.

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    1. HR, walls are obstacles, but too many times people take them as stopping points.

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  31. Interesting battle both very different versions of the song. I did like the super models vocals gave the song ac different vibe. The finger picking guitar was superb, So I will vote against the one with the minute plus instrumental intro for the full instrumental version of Gavino Loche.

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  32. When you hit a wall, go over, under, or through it.

    As a big Pink Floyd fan, I find it hard to listen to a cover. I guess I'm going to go with the first video.

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    1. L.Diane, whatever works, right?

      I think that means your vote goes to Daria Plyushko

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  33. I seldom notice walls or think about them. I always look for another way. I like the song this round. Gavino for me.

    Susan Says

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    1. Susan GK, where there's a wall there's a way. Or something like that.

      For you it's Gavino Loche.

      Lee

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  34. I have allowed walls to stop me in the past, but no longer do so. Now I find a way through, around, over or under. Great post, Lee.

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    1. Karen, Yes! Keep on persisting and never give up trying. Go for it!

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  35. I have put up brick walls that have limited me. Now I am trying to knock them down.

    Gavino is talented but I like vocals so my vote goes to Lazy. And I think I'm the only one voting that way. lol

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    1. Chrys, we ultimately decide which walls will limit us and whether or not we will get past them.

      For the vocals it's a vote for the "Lazy" Daria Plyushko. She's gotten a few other votes so far. Thank you for boosting her numbers a bit more.

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  36. I like vocals, but I'm voting Gavino Loche because I didn't like the super long intro in the other one which felt more like distraction than musicality to me. And, I'm a bigger fan of the original. :)
    I'm with you on having walls and being my worst enemy with them. I need to tear down the bricks made up of worry.

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    1. Tyrean, worry is often unfounded and essentially useless.

      Another vote for Gavino Loche.

      Lee

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  37. Hi,
    I have to watch myself. Sometimes, I too let imaginary walls get in my way. I think the hardest thing to do is to recognize them for what they are, walls. Because once you recognize them, most of us do something about them and they disappear.
    Thank you fo the nice post.
    Shalom,
    Patricia

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    1. Pat, fear can create irrational responses within us. If we can take the time to reason out our situation, we find that the walls are usually more imagined than real.

      Lee

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  38. I'm pretty good at building obstacles and always say that I'm my own worst enemy. Seems like we'd figure all that out as we get older and stop doing it. :D

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    1. Patricia, I'd like to think I'm learning about life along the way, but some things never seem to change much.

      Lee

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  39. I love those ah-ha moments when the wall falls to pieces and you can see the world beyond. Walls definitely serve a purpose, but we need to be able to soar over them on occasion.

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    1. Crystal, practical walls are fine, but it's those silly impractical ones that hinder our progress that need to be gotten rid of.

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  40. (sorry, some of that comment above came out gobblygook)

    I have a bad habit of putting up brick walls to get in my own way too. Especially when it comes to learning something new. And knowing you are making something harder doesn't help you quit it, lol.

    I'm a long-time Pink Floyd fan, I bought the four CD pack when it first came out. Drove my first hubby nuts to come home and find that blaring from the speakers. I like both the instrumentals, and Lazy has a beautiful voice.

    But Gavino gets my vote. I know the words so well, and he made the guitar just sing them. Amazing how he did all that by himself. Gilmour would be so pleased with it.

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    1. Dolorah, old habits are hard to break. Learning new things seems to rouse a resistance within many of us.

      Pretty amazing guitar playing I agree. Gavino Loche.

      Lee

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  41. Oh, I'm definitely a fine masonry! So good am I that I find it really difficult to tear those walls down when I finally get tired of hitting them. I love both covers of this Pink Floyd classic. I love the chillaxing music arrangement and vocals by Lazy, but then Gavino's unique guitar solo is amazingly done. This is a tuffy for me, Lee! I think I'm going to cast my vote for Lazy. Her sound just sorta meshed with my mood today. Great, fun battle!

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    1. Cathy, feeling a bit lazy today? Yeah, me too--ever since I got back from my trip in fact.

      A vote for the Lazy chill of Daria Plyushko.

      Lee

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  42. Guilty of being notorious for building up walls around me. Sometimes I'm my own worst enemy. Working hard to break some of them down. It's hard though.

    As for BOTB, I usually like lyrics too, but I couldn't even recognize the first version as being ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL. Gavino Loche's guitar rendition was great and I recognized the song immediately. At least I could sing the lyrics, since I LOVE that Pink Floyd song. :) My vote goes to Gavino Loche.

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    1. Lilica, why do we do that to ourselves--hold ourselves back. You're not the only one who does it. Count me guilty as well.

      And again a vote for Gavino Loche.

      Lee

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  43. I am the worst procrastinator. I also imagine things to be harder than they will be and avoid them and then when I finally conquer the work I am surprised how easy it was. And no I don't learn from this and repeat the same mistakes, not with the exact same task, but with new ones.

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    1. Kat, I'm about the same as you on procrastinating. You have laid out the roots and offshoots well. The question is are you the "worst" or am I?

      Lee

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  44. Ah, yes, those blasted walls. I used to have them up against everyone but then life hit me square in the face and I had to learn to take down those walls, especially in communication (aka stubbornness) and ask for help. After that, other walls I put up started to come down too.

    And sorry, Pink Floyd will always get my vote - even when they're not in the running. :)

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    1. Elsie, stubbornness has been a big obstacle for me as well.

      A non-counting vote for Pink Floyd. Bah!

      Lee

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  45. Has to be Gavino for me. It carries the feel of the Pink Floyd original even without lyrics added. The Daria one was hmm ... uh ... flaccid. I suppose that could be thought of as a lazy version but lazy can be nice. If she isn't going to care, I'm sure not going to. And since I first heard these a couple of days ago, I've been singing the song. And I work part of the time at a school. Nice one.
    As for walls, boundaries, rules and the like - I despised them as a kid and truly appreciate them now. I still like them better when I'm the one erecting them however.

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    1. Jan, not a song teachers want to hear the students singing probably. I prefer being in control of my environment so being in charge of the walls instills a sense of power over my situation.

      A vote for Gavino Loche.

      Lee

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  46. I'll go instrumental on this one. Give my vote to Gavino.

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    1. FAE, you got it!

      Another vote for Gavino Loche.

      Lee

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  47. My vote goes to Gavino. What's cool about that song is everyone knows the lyrics so you don't even need them.

    I've got a big ol' wall of distraction blocking my way.

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    1. Nicki, that distraction wall gets in my way a lot too.

      Another vote for Gavino Loche.

      Lee

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  48. Yay, I'm your 100th voter! And the winner is....Gavino! Daria's version just seemed to drag along. I can also relate to the lyrics.

    Julie

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    1. Julie, thank you for being #100!

      Another vote goes to Gavino Loche.

      Lee

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  49. I definitely have a wall of distraction and also a wall of introversion which causes a lack of interaction with others, especially at church where I should be striving for fellowship.

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    1. Elizabeth, you're not the only one. I'm the same way and at church I sense that there are others who are in a similar state. My wife and I rarely get involved in church events, but I guess we've been trying more to socially interact.

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  50. I try to keep my kids' creativity free at home, but their school is actually good at allowing creativity and individuals to flourish. I wish all public schools allowed for that.

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    1. Shannon, I think so many teachers are confined by standards and core curriculum that they lack time for more creativity. Talents are wasted for the sake of conformity.

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