The Question of the Month
Here is the question for March:
“Have you ever met an idol/influence/someone you really admire? How did it go?”
Over the years, having worked extensively in the world of show business, I've met many widely known celebrities as well as niche celebrities who were notable mostly to a specific group of people. I've never been one to be overly wowed by the concept of celebrity so I've often tended to avoid too much interaction with well known people. Also, along with being innately shy, I often feel awkward when given an opportunity to make contact with a celebrity in that I don't want to bother them.
If there were a purpose in a celebrity wanting to meet with me then that would be one thing. But for me to reach out for little other purpose than to meet a celebrity in passing or have a photo op or anything of that nature, that's something I'd be likely not to do.
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Farner was working as a solo artist at the time I hired him and his band. He had embarked upon a new career as a contemporary Christian artist and was successful in that field of music as well, though nowhere like he was with Grand Funk. He and I had dinner together the night of the show and it was a great time of discussion between us. I was impressed by his humility and gentle demeanor. I wish we could have had longer to visit that evening, but he had a set to perform and I had a concert to oversee. Farner closed the show with a powerful line-up of songs. His fans, including me, were not disappointed that night.
After the crowds had gone and the equipment was loaded, Farner said his farewell to me and climbed aboard the tour bus with his band to depart that night. The meeting was a memorable one for me and my time together with Mark Farner left me with a very favorable impression of a man who had been a rock icon and still wielded the legacy that is his part of music history.
Battle of the Bands Results
My most recent Battle was centered around the Leonard Cohen song The Future. Before going in I had sensed that this might be a tough call as Cohen's songs are not always appreciated by everyone. This song in particular is bleak and strange, but it's song that I happen to like a great deal.
Either contestant was fine by me. I thought the driving version presented by the Beggars was outstanding, but I also enjoyed the quirky version done by Glittering Kingdom. I found myself listening to both versions repeatedly over the past few weeks, enjoying each one for its own merits--I felt the versions both had merit.
In the end though my preference leaned more toward Glittering Kingdom. For one thing I thought the live outdoor performance recording was excellent. It would have been executed in a far more polished fashion if done in the studio, but the way it was done in the video was far more impressive to me. The ladies are unique and talented. With a nod of appreciation to Beggars, my vote goes to Glittering Kingdom.
Final Vote Tally:
Glittering Kingdom 14
My next Battle will be the start of series of Battles related to my Blogging from A to Z April Challenge theme. On March 15th I will be introducing my April theme with an appropriately themed music Battle. Later, in April, I will have two more Battles also related to my A to Z theme. I'll provide more details and the story behind the theme in my March 15th post. If you haven't signed up for the April event you might want to reconsider if you've decided against doing it. If you don't know what I'm talking about please visit The A to Z Blog for more information.
There will be more between now and my next Battle--maybe a bit of controversy along with a lighter post with a musical theme. Nothing has been written yet so I can't tell you exactly what will happen, but I think something will happen. And if it doesn't then just be here for my next Battle of the Bands post on March 15th.
Were you a fan of Grand Funk Railroad? Are you a Leonard Cohen fan? Do you dread when someone uses a Cohen song for a BOTB post?