My previous post, What Would You Like to Talk About?, has started off with some good conversation and I appreciate the contributions made so far. You can still visit and leave your thoughts. In the post I explained my intention of offering a series of posts telling why I think Donald Trump won the election, why I voted for him, and my thoughts on the negative issues surrounding the candidate.
Initially, my concern in presenting this series was that no one would want to talk about it. In our society we have many sticky topics that people are hesitant to discuss for fear of arguing and getting angry. I would ask why. Are we so uncivil when it comes to disagreement that we can't make an effort to understand both sides and maybe come to some acceptance and even agreement? I actually think opposing sides of any issue are really in not as much disagreement as they think.
We often engage with inflammatory language and accusations against the opposition. The use of neutral language as much as possible as well as seeing the positive parts of an opposing argument can sometimes lead to constructive solutions and greater understanding of issues at hand. If a discussion regarding disagreements ends with some kind pleasantries and a handshake then we are so much better off. No one has to be mean to the other side nor should we distort what has been said when discussing the conversation later on.
Truth, justice, and the American way is not only the domain of superheroes, but should be a credo for all of us. And for those who don't come from this country you can substitute whatever way you prefer. The United States of America is a pretty darn good place to live in my opinion and we're really not bad folks overall. Even when we elect a President who seems unsavory to many. What seems to be not always is what it is. Appearances can be deceptive especially when funneled through the eyes of the media. You can't always believe everything that's delivered by the media--or Google for that matter.
Battle of the Bands
Battle of the Bands is the blogging event started by Far Away Series and now hosted by 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 Don't Want To Talk About It"
The most well known version of this song is the version by Rod Stewart first released in 1977. Please don't vote on his version, but if you don't remember it then you can listen to it here. There are a number of very fine recordings of this song. For the Battle I've started with the original version by Crazy Horse.
Crazy Horse "I Don't Want To Talk About It" (1971)
This is the first version of the song with which I was familiar. As a Neil Young fan, I also bought the albums by Crazy Horse, Young's early back-up band. The group's debut album included the Danny Whitten penned "I Don't Want to Talk About It."
Indigo Girls "I Don't Want To Talk About It" (1993)
Alternate version Here
Over twenty years following the Crazy Horse debut of this song, a version by the Indigo Girls appeared on the soundtrack of the film Philadelphia. See what you think of this version.
Time To Vote!
Which of these two song versions do you prefer? If you don't like either then try to play along and tell us which version you think is the least innocuous to you.
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:
StMcC Presents Battle of the Bands
‘YOUR DAILY DOSE’
'Curious as a Cathy'
Sound of One Hand Typing
The Doglady's Den
Cherdo on the Flipside
Jingle, Jangle, Jungle
Janie Junebug Righting & Editing.
J. A. Scott
Winner Announced Monday November 21st
I may slip in another of my political analysis posts on Friday, but I'll definitely continue with the discussion on my announcement post. I figure I've only lost nine followers since the election so I guess I'm not doing too badly. On the other hand, I haven't unfollowed any blogs--for whatever that's worth.
Are you hesitant to discuss topics of disagreement with others? Can you keep a cool head when having a conversation concerning a volatile topic? What topics do you find provokes the most ire within disagreeing parties?