Sunday, May 15, 2016
The Feeling (#BOTB)
Feelings are fickle things whereas true love should not be so. There are those who let their lives be controlled by feelings and there are some who thrive on the feelings that feelings arouse. Life and love might be metaphorized into a roller coaster, but that often can lead us down a reckless path that can devastate when the outcome is not what we had dreamed it might be.
Using the trivialized meaning of love, some might love my song pick for this round of Battle of the Bands. On the other hand this song might generate a range of reactions anywhere from disinterest to hate--some of this reaction might be based on the original artist. We shall see. This Battle as I indicated in my previous post might be a bit controversial. But I hope you do enjoy it.
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.
I'm a Belieber
Maybe you might consider it a bit of A to Z Madness, but I won't put any blame there. It's just that in March I became somewhat of a "Belieber". That's what they call the hard core Justin Bieber fans. I might not be quite as extreme as those fans, but it was in March when I discovered Bieber's most recent album Purpose and was very impressed by what I heard. Granted that I was also greatly influenced by the videos made in conjunction with the album. If you are willing to devote 42 minutes to watch an outstanding dance video, check out Justin Bieber--Purpose: The Movement. It's innovative and I personally think the music is pretty darn good.
I've never paid much attention to Bieber's music in the past, but I was aware that he was a very talented kid. He has gained plenty of notoriety with his antics and dumb behavior and that is inexcusable. With a current net worth of about two hundred million and rapidly growing, Bieber should try to straighten out before he totally crashes and burns. He's only twenty two years old with access to just about anything he might desire. Hopefully he'll find some common sense and take hold of his life. If he plays his life right he could have a great future ahead. I'll be interested to see where he goes with his future musical projects.
The story of how I came across Bieber's album is one of those down the rabbit hole YouTube stories. My brother had asked me to buy him a CD by the heavy metal group called Badlands. He named off some selections he'd run across on the internet and said that he be most interested in the album called Halsey. As it turns out, Halsey is a female artist whose premiere album is called Badlands. My brother didn't care much for her album, but I was intrigued by her music and started researching more about her on YouTube. That's when I came across her collaboration with Bieber on the song "The Feeling". Well, it just went on from there and now I've been listening to Bieber and Halsey a great deal for about two months now. I'm still not tired of either artist.
"The Feeling" addresses Bieber's break-up with Selena Gomez as well as some of the crises in his personal life. As with all of the other songs on the Purpose album, Bieber shares songwriting credits with a number of collaborators.
There are so many good covers of "The Feeling" that I decided this was well worth using as a Battle of the Bands song. I'll include the version by Bieber and Halsey here, but please don't vote on it. I'm only including it for reference if you are interested in hearing the original version.
Don't Vote on this Version:
You Can Vote on the Following!
Kingdoms with Macy Urrutia "The Feeling" (2015)
In this recording, Idaho metal band Kingdoms featuring star athlete and beauty contest contestant Macy Urrutia performs Bieber's song in the style of Fearless Records Punk Goes Pop series. If you watch the video be sure to pay attention at about the 2:35 & 2:55 points when the male singer starts his heavy metal growling--the expressions on Macy's face are precious. The whole band seems to be having a good time playing this song.
Mayven "The Feeling" (2016)
Mayven is a songwriting duo made up of Josh Sudduth and Beth Current. Before changing their name to Mayven they recorded under Beth Current's name. After a stint in Los Angeles, they now work out of their hometown Frankfort, KY. Enjoy their soft romantic take on the Bieber tune.
Time to Vote!
Hope you don't let the Bieber connection turn you off. Just try to feel the music. Let us know what you think about these two versions. Is there one that you prefer over the other? 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 enjoy the most. 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 May 23rd
On Monday May 23rd I'll let you know how this Battle of the Bands match turned out. Between now and then I might squeeze in another post in my Love and Ego series.