The Song: "Cherish"
In a post from FRIDAY, MAY 29, 2015 I talked about my personal story behind my song pick for today's Battle of the Bands. The song "Cherish" was originally released by Kool and the Gang in 1985 as the B-side to the hit "Ladies Night". Sometimes referred to as "Cherish the Love" this "Cherish" is not to be confused with the song of the same title by the group The Association. To hear the original Kool and the Gang version click here, but please do not vote for this version.
|Cherish (Kool and the Gang song) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
I usually don't post lyrics, but for this song I will in order to provide more perspective:
The Katinas "Cherish the Love" (2013)
This version of "Cherish the Love" is by a contemporary Christian group consisting of five brothers from American Samoa. The vocals are pretty tasty with some fine harmony and funky back-up. Get into this recording and see what you think.
Pappa Bear "Cherish the Love" (1997)
I've probably said somewhere that I doubted that I'd ever use a rap song for one of my Battles. That was until I found this version of "Cherish". And really this is not so much a rap song as it is a pop song with some rapping added to it. I hope you'll give it a fair listen since it's pretty soft edged as far as rap style songs go.
Originally from Netherlands Antilles, Pappa Bear, with his rap hip-hop style, gives love song "Cherish" a bit of a twist. The recording didn't get much notice in the U.S. but achieved hit status throughout Europe when it was released. This is not too bad to my ears--the kind of rap I can listen to. See how you compare this to the version by The Katinas.
Time to Vote!
I cherish your votes in my song version Battles so I hope you'll add yours. 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. 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. 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’
'Curious as a Cathy'
Sound of One Hand Typing
DC Relief Battle of the Bands
The Doglady's Den
Cherdo on the Flipside
Jingle, Jangle, Jungle
Women: We Shall Overcome
J. A. Scott
Holli's Hoots and Hollers
Results on Monday September 21st
Find out who gets the most votes in my post of Monday September 21st. And don't forget to drop by at Wrote By Rote on Saturday September 19th when I add "Cherish" to the Soundtrack of My Life.
Are there any songs that move you to tears? Do you typically prefer sadder songs or more upbeat songs? Do you have a favorite song by Kool and the Gang?