Friday, October 21, 2016
What Do We Really Know? (#BOTB Results)
The use of hyperbole is as common as air molecules. Most, if not all, of us flippantly say things like everybody's doing it, everybody says it, or everybody has one. Sometimes it seems like everybody's an expert on everything. Those talking heads on television certainly know more than we do--don't they? There are some things that leave many of us scratching our heads while other things are so obvious that truth cannot be denied.
In the end we know as much as we are willing to see, hear, read, and learn. The information that tells the full story is always available if we take the time and effort necessary to uncover what is going on. But that's not much fun for some of us, while others know so much already they cling to their opinions and sometimes misshapen beliefs just because it's what they've got and it just feels so comfortable. Getting knocked in the head with a chunk of truth can hurt. If that truth starts ricocheting off my head and hits others soundly while deflecting off others, it can stir up a riot or a movement depending on the dispositions of those who own the said heads.
Okay, so I speak in vagaries and veiled vexations. I'm expressing what some might know already and others might not be quite getting. But in actuality I think that somewhere inside we all know what I'm saying here. I'd like to think that everybody knows. Or to avoid exaggeration I'll keep it to almost everybody knows.
Battle of the Bands
The results of my "Everybody Knows" battle were decisive, but the competing version didn't do all that badly. I went back and forth on this decision. Initially I favored the version by Concrete Blonde. But then, the version by Holly Figueroa O'Reilly started taking hold of me with its catchy rhythm and nifty country instrument backing. Holly's vocals were the bomb.
After many listens I decided to go back to the bleaker sound of Concrete Blonde. The ominous presentation of the song seemed more in keeping with what the lyrics are all about. This is not meant to be a happy song. Not that Holly's version was all that happy, but it was bouncy. I did like how she changed the melody a bit to create a dark edge. Both are excellent versions in my analysis, but my vote goes to Concrete Blonde.
Final Vote Tally
Concrete Blonde 12
Holly Figueroa O'Reilly 18
Next Battle on Tuesday November 1st
My next Battle of the Bands post will be the last in my election season series. This one will also be the more interesting of the two as it will--or may--be a predictor of how the U.S. presidential election will turn out. Besides voting on the favorite music recording, there will also be a few optional questions to stimulate more discussion as well as help in my prediction poll based on the music.
Hope you'll join me for that as well as stop by for a couple of posts next week that will be somewhat of a lead-in to my next Battle.
Do you totally trust the government of the United States or any other country? How much of what the media says do you trust? Has there been a time when you thought that you knew something only to find out that it wasn't the real truth?