Tuesday, March 1, 2016
The Future (#BOTB)
When Does the Fantasy Chase Away Readers?, but don't forget to vote on the Battle of the Bands that you find below.
Battle of the Bands
Battle of the Bands is the blogging event hosted by Far Away Series and StMcC Presents Battle of the Bands. This event happens twice each month on the 1st and 15th. The premise is simple: Listen to the songs 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 Battle action.
The Future Is Coming
In an election year many will be thinking of the future. Of course we all can't help but think of the future in our own lives. The future is serious stuff, but it can be fun too. Before we get to the song let me mention one future topic that a number of bloggers are thinking of--Blogging from A to Z April Challenge.
There's likely not a reader of this blog who doesn't know about the A to Z Challenge that has been occurring every April for the past 6 years. Yes, can you believe it! This year will be the seventh year of the Challenge and I'm hoping that you will be joining us again.
My post today is a lead-in to this year's Challenge. The song I've chosen provides a hint about one of my song picks for April. Thinking about the future I'll say now that my next Battle of the Bands post on March 15th will be the announcement for my April A to Z theme. I think my next three Battles are special as one post will lead to another. If you want to join in the April fun then please visit Blogging from A to Z April Challenge.
I first heard the Leonard Cohen song "The Future" during the closing credits of the 1994 Oliver Stone film Natural Born Killers. With prophetic lyrics sung over a driving rock beat the song captured my attention. In my opinion it's rock and roll Cohen at his best. The song has been covered by a number of artists. If you'd like to hear the original version by Leonard Cohen you can click this link. I've chosen not to embed the video here to discourage anyone from voting on Cohen's version.
And now for the contestants:
Beggars "The Future" (2008)
Not too much that I could find about this group other than they released their cover of "The Future" on the London based Heavenly Recordings label. I like the drive of this version.
Glittering Kingdom "The Future" (2014)
I didn't find too much specific information about the group, but it seems it is a sort of super group comprised of artists who are active in the Vancouver, BC music scene. A very talented group of ladies from whom I'd like to hear more. I found this version to be innovative with a unique video to go with it.
Time to Vote!
The future holds the winner of this Battle, but the choosing is in your hands. Let us know what you think about these versions. There must be one that you prefer over the other. For me it's a tough choice. If you're visiting a Battle of the Bands post for the first time then let me briefly explain. Please give each song version a fair listen to decide which one you prefer over the other. If you don't like either then at least tell us which recording was least innocuous to you. This comes down to your preference and it's as easy as that.
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 March 7th
Cast your vote now so you don't forget! Maybe another post or two will appear between then and now, but I'll definitely be back on the 7th with the voting results. My blogging has become a bit unpredictable of late so be ready for some surprises. My brain can end up in some strange places sometimes. But you probably know that already.
Do you plan much for your future? Do you think about your future? Do you care about your future?