What Kinds of Change Will Be Coming? (BOTB results are below my opening statement)
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The presidential primary voting rounds from the week-end are over and most of us know the results which I feel no need to detail here. There's plenty more ahead and I'll have to admit that I'm watching things with great fascination. At the end come November, we'll be seeing what change will be in store for us in the United States. The real question will be whether the change will be significant or just a change in personnel with no real change in the actual operations.
One note on the Republican side is the nastiness rearing its ugly butt. When Jeb Bush entered the race I thought he seemed like a nice enough guy, though I wasn't thrilled about seeing another Bush in the White House. But then he started getting very mean-spirited in his campaigning. Between him and his PAC's tens of millions of dollars were spent on negative ads against the others in the running. The ads I saw were very ugly and to me unnecessary. I think a lot of people felt like I did. Every time I saw one of those ads or heard Jeb attacking the other candidates I liked Jeb less. This week-end I was glad to see him go.
I know that's the way of politics and I'm not saying that Jeb was the only one guilty of doing these things, but he stood out. The behavior seemed very out of character from the way he initially came across to me and his backers just seemed scary to me. Good-bye, Jeb.
Who will be next?
I know some of you don't particularly like politics, but since it is the season I may mention the topic now and then. I'm not looking to harangue anybody about the topic, but I might bring up what I think are interesting ideas that set my imagination going and might spark yours as well. If you do leave a comment on the topic here, please do be respectful and not belittling to any of the other commenters. Ask questions and engage in discourse if you like. I'm all for learning, but not so much for making other people mad.
Bear with me if you can and let me know if I get out of line or tell me if you think I'm wrong. Try to be nice about it.
The BOTB Results Are In!
My most recent song pick was the great Sam Cooke civil rights anthem "A Change Is Gonna Come" as performed by Luther Vandross and Al Green. There was a decent turn-out with 36 of you casting votes. The outcome was closer than I thought it might be and that's a good thing as far as I'm concerned.
I've liked Al Green ever since he hit the charts in 1972 with "Let's Stay Together". You can call me a fan. Not hardcore, but over the years I've enjoyed his music and bought some of his albums. I didn't discover Luther Vandross until after he died. Several years back I heard the song "Dance with My Father" and it really hit me to the point that I immediately went out and purchased the CD. He has a very smooth listenable style that I can well appreciate.
My favorite of the two artists would have to be Al Green since I have a longer relationship with his music and over all I find it more distinctive than that of Vandross. Al Green is in a place of his own in music. Between the versions of "A Change Is Gonna Come" by Green and Vandross, my favorite is that emotionally charged performance by Al Green. Luther is outstanding--love the band--but Al Green outshines him just a tad to my ears.
A good many of you agreed with me on this, but not enough to give Al Green the win in this Battle. Actually, due to Al Green's higher almost screechy vocals I thought he'd do worse than he did. But after all, Al Green has a lot of name recognition and a long history of making music. I'll bet "Let's Stay Together" is a high-ranking favorite with many of you. However the smoother sounds of Luther Vandross won over the majority giving him the win.
Final Vote Tally:
Luther Vandross 19 votes
Al Green 17 votes
And Now The Future
So there you have another fairly tight Battle behind us. What does the future hold? For one thing my next Battle of the Bands post I think you might find interesting. It will be a song that relates to some of the things coming up on this blog as well as being a somewhat dark scary song about things to come otherwise. This song is by a very well known songwriter and singer who very well may be a favorite of many of you. Be here on Tuesday March 1st to see what song I'll be using.
The next Battle of the Bands post will be tied in with my March Insecure Writer's Support Group post and as I typically try to do I'll keep that part of the post themed with my song pick for that round of Battle. This could be interesting. Could be? No it will be interesting! We'll see what the future holds.
Watch later this week as I address some of the comment discussion that appeared in my previous post A Result Is Gonna Come. Controversial times call for controversial discussion and while I don't want to turn readers off, I hope you all will come back with an open mind as I present my interpretation of how I think Donald Trump's border wall idea might not actually be as bad as many think it sounds and might be better in a very different way than what the Trump supporters envision. Keep in mind that what I will be presenting is my speculation--or vision if you will. If you're a fan of speculative or futurist literature I might have some ideas to get you thinking. I hope you'll at least hear me out on my thoughts.
Did the primary voting outcomes of the week-end turn out like you thought they would? Do you think the method of selecting presidential candidates in the United States is effective? Can you guess what my next BOTB song choice will be based on some very obvious hints I've given in this post?