Tuesday, December 15, 2015
Trouble of the World #2 (#BOTB)
Ever tried voting in the Battle of the Bands yet? If not why don't you give this one a try? You don't have to know anything about music other than which song you like hearing the best. It doesn't matter whether or not you know the song or the artists, just listen to let us know which one sounds best to your ears.
Here we are--the last Battle of the Bands for the year 2015. Another Christmas is upon us as we await the coming of still another year. But not yet. We still have this one last Battle of the Bands post. This event which takes place on the 1st and 15th of each month was started by Far Away Eyes at Far Away Series. Blogger Stephen T McCarthy maintains the participant list and answers your questions about the event--you can find his blog with a list of participants at StMcC Presents Battle of the Bands.
Here's what I'm asking of you: Listen to the song versions presented below and then in the comments vote for your favorite and tell us why you liked it. Then visit the links listed near the bottom of this post for more Battles to vote on.
And now my song pick for this round of Battle of the Bands:
"Trouble of the World"
As I hinted at in my previous winner announcement post, this is a song that I could use for several months worth of Battles. There are so many interesting and enjoyable versions done in so many different ways. Listening to many of these versions kept me engaged for some time as I tried to come up with versions that had similar elements while being worlds apart. It's a big world after all that is not only filled with many problems, but filled with many differing tastes and likes. Now here's your chance to listen and contrast and then decide which version you enjoy the most.
Rose Stone et al "Trouble of the World" (2004)
In the first round of voting when I used this song on December 1st, Sheboyganboy Six must have been on my wavelength of thought when he suggested that he would have liked to have seen me use a version of this song from the soundtrack of the film The Ladykillers. His prescient comment foreshadowed the Part Two post that I had waiting in the wings. Here's a more traditional uptempo choir version of "Trouble of the World". This might get you to clapping your hands and dancing around the room.
Mahom "Trouble of the World" (2014)
In another collaborative vocal version, from their album The Skankin' Cat, the French dub electro group Mahom starts out lightly, sounding almost Christmassy in feel, but then breaks into a jarring bit of reggae electronica. Don't dismiss this version too quickly. Upon first hearing I had no intent of using this version as I didn't much care for it. Then I listened again, and then again, and then after several listenings this version started taking hold of me. Now I like it a great deal. See what you think.
Time to Vote!
You might like or not like either of these versions, but whatever the case please give each one a fair listen to decide which version you prefer over the other. I think they're both enjoyable--I have an inclination toward one version, but I'm still wavering a bit. What about you?
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
Janie Junebug Righting & Editing.
J. A. Scott
Holli's Hoots and Hollers
Results on Monday December 21st (I Hope!)
I might be facing a challenge to get the results post up by next Monday, but I'll try my darndest to do so. It's a busy season I know and I'm sure it's the same with you. My blogging activity might be rather sporadic in the next few weeks, but that's the nature of the season. Stay calm. We've got this and there's no reason to be troubled by what we've got filling up our lives. Be happy in these times.