This Is Me--2019 A to Z Theme

The Challenge of 2019 was the 10th! Since this was kind of a milestone year for A to Z my theme was a retrospective of sorts, looking at my 10 years as a blogger as well as ruminations about my life as it is and as I hope it yet can be. I've got places to be and people to see along the way. Hope you'll join me for this part of my journey...

Always a work in progress--welcome to my blog.

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Sunday, March 1, 2020

The Truth Will Set You Free (#BOTB)




These days we get bombarded by so much in the name of truth that sometimes it's difficult to say what really is true.  What we often hope to be true is rarely what is true in the end...


Where'd That Come From?

         This past week, just as it seemed my computer was bouncing back from its previously cantankerous behavior, my body decided to pack me a wallop.  Amid a barrage of news reporting about a Coronavirus pandemic, I was knocked out for the first three days of last week with some weird malady that had me in bed much of the time.  Now I seem to be bouncing back just in time for the March 1st edition of Battle of the Bands...



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 each month on the 15th and on some there is also a Battle on the 1st of the month.  My blog is one of those with a second Battle excepting over these summer months.   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 Truth Will Set You Free

          In this Battle I'll be presenting two very different songs that have the same name and the same theme.  The first comes from Dawnelle Elizabeth, an up-and-coming young Christian singer from Southern California.  The second from a rock legend who's been making music and charting hits for many decades--Dion Dimucci, or just "Dion" as most of you probably know him.

          Take a listen to each and then cast your vote for the song performance that you like best...


Dawnelle Elizabeth   "The Truth Will Set You Free"  (2014)






Dion     "The Truth Will Set You Free"  (1980)







Time to Vote!

         Did one of these songs set you free more than the other?  Or did you just like one better than the other?   I hope you'll play along with us.   Which song version do you prefer?   Hopefully you have an opinion of some kind.  You don't have to know about music to have an opinion since it all comes down to your own personal taste.

        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

 ‘Storms and Stardust’ 

  'MIKE'S RAMBLINGS'

'Curious as a Cathy'

Sound of One Hand Typing

The Doglady's Den 

Angel's Bark  

Jingle, Jangle, Jungle 


Cherdo on the Flipside 

A I Love Music


Winner of this Battle Announced on Monday March 9th

        But wait!  There's more!  I'll have my entry to the March edition of Insecure Writer's Support Group coming on Wednesday March 4th.  Oh, and don't forget to be checking the A to Z Blog if you are interested in signing up for the 2020 April Challenge which is coming very soon!
        


Blogging from A to Z April Challenge









33 comments:

  1. Sorry to hear about you ill health Lee, that Virus is over here and to be honest I'm scared.
    Looking forward to the A to Z.
    mY VOT goes to Dion.
    Hope you're feeling better and have a good week.
    Yvonne.

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  2. Lee, please excuse hash with your comment was early in the day for me and another problem with my windows.
    Yvonne.

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    1. Yvonne, I'm not really scared or even worried. I try to take precautions and all the recommended stuff.

      First vote goes to Dion.

      Lee

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  3. Glad you're bounding back.
    Since I can't stand country music, the second one wins easy.

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    1. Alex, I didn't think Dawnelle sounded very country, but she looked the part I guess.

      Again a vote for Dion.

      Lee

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  4. LEE ~

    Glad to hear you're feeling better.

    The whole Coronavirus bit is just the usual "scare tactic". One needs to jettison all the mainstream news (aka "fake news") sources and find alternative, trustworthy sites and researchers in order to know the truth (and Truth) that makes us free.

    To be honest, I liked both of these songs, but I needed to listen to the first one a second time while avoiding watching the video because... I found that kind of disturbing. Ha!-Ha!

    Dawnelle Elizabeth certainly has some... uhm... pipes.

    Although both songs were good, with "Good News" (or, "Gospel") messages, I preferred the melody of the DION song, so... there ya go.


    ~ D-FensDogG
    STMcC Presents BATTLE OF THE BANDS

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    1. STMcC, I hear ya all the way around.

      A vote for Dion.

      Lee

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  5. Damn, but did Dawnelle Elizabeth put some life into this! She gets my vote.

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    1. John H, and you've started a contest with your vote for...

      Dawnelle.

      Lee

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  6. Hi Lee!
    For a moment there, I thought you were quoting Rod Serling in your very first (top) paragraph. So scarily true.

    Glad you’re feeling better ;-)

    I’m not quite sure what truth either contender is looking for but I’d be more inclined to follow Dion’s lead for this battle ;-) A vote for Dion, please.

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    1. Diedre, Rod Serling had a lot of influence over my writing style. Though I hadn't thought about that when I wrote this.

      Again it's Dion.

      Lee

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  7. Voting for Dion, it was a little more pleasing to the ears.

    ~Mary

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    1. Mary B, good reason I think...

      A vote for Dion.

      Lee

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  8. Hi Lee -

    Glad you are feeling better, as is your computer apparently.

    I like the second one more than the first one here. Many reasons, but they would sound boring to you after three (or is it four five or six?) years of me saying the same kinds of things!

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    1. 6-Gun, can't keep me down for long and my computer seems to be cooperating for now.

      Yeah, reasons seem to replicate from Battle to Battle, but I would expect such. How much more can we say about why we like stuff?

      A vote for Dion.

      Lee

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  9. Lee,

    I'm glad to read that you're bouncing back from whatever had you down last week. Sometimes our allergies will flare-up making us think we have something really horrible but when we make a quick recovery then we always blame it on our allergies. :)

    Computers can be squirrelly, especially old ones fixing to kill over. I hope yours keeps plugging along until you're ready to switch out for a new one.

    I'm watching the A to Z Challenge site to announce the sign up. Will that be sometime this week? I'll keep my eyes peeled!

    My vote goes to Dion. Generally, I prefer male vocals to female. Another factor in this round that won me over is the 80s throwback sound.

    Thanks for visiting earlier this morning to vote in my Mad World BoTB Showdown!

    Have a good week and stay healthy, my friend!

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    1. Cathy, I tend not to have allergies so I don't think that was my problem. Just some itinerant virus I guess.

      The A to Z sign up should have opened on March 1st. Not sure what the delay is, but there is an awareness so I think the list will open very soon.

      A vote for Dion.

      Lee

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  10. Glad to hear you're recovering quickly from the unexpected wallop, Lee. Even a cold can sometimes knock us for a loop.

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    1. Patricia, I get hit out of left field now and then, but usually I stay pretty healthy. Last week was a total surprise.

      Lee

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  11. Holy jugs Batman! Sorry for not being politically correct but she is Dolly Parton size...I had to look away and i am very much heterosexual. She has a nice voice but I will give it to Dion because, after a while, he repetitive refrain got under my skin. I am glad you are feeling better and have recovered from that bug you got. I just wonder what would happen if the media would talk about how many peopledie each year of the flu and/or pneumonia. I bet it would cause a huge panic. I think it's good to be careful and stop the travelling to/from China and Iran to play it safe. Quarantine is always the best but we need to remain calm and not panic and especially don't point the finger. This causes the most harm.

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    1. Birgit, I didn't even notice what Dawnelle looked like--yeah, right.

      Loads of people die every die from all sorts of things. The novelty of a newly discovered ailment tends to cause imaginations to run wild. Panic leads to irrational thinking.

      A vote for Dion.

      Lee

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  12. My vote goes for Dawnelle Elizabeth, love her spirit and energy.

    I am glad that you are getting better. I live in Japan where it is has become chaos: schools are closed, attractions are closed, events are cancelled, and there is no soap or toilet paper. I have to go to work as I work as a private daycare (but we are on the edge). I haven't gotten sick yet but fear that I might catch it as I can easily catch things.

    https://ailovemusic.net/hello-projects-color-battle-20-years-later/

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    1. ami, population is so condensed in places like Tokyo that there is a lot of reason to take precautions during a time of illness such as we have now. I don't go much of anywhere most of the time so I'm not affected much.

      A vote for Dawnelle.

      Lee

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  13. I'm going for Dion as smooth sound. Dawnelle's style was too much on my ears - somewhat 'Canbelto' as my late mother would say. So Dion for sure.

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    1. Roland, nothing wrong with some mellow as far as I'm concerned.

      A vote for Dion.

      Lee

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  14. I'm glad you're feeling better, Lee. This Coronavirus is creating quite a panic. As for your battle, it's Dawnelle Elizabeth, all the way! Loved her powerful pipes and joie de vivre. Dion was very bland, by comparison.

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    1. Debbie D, I think the news media needlessly incites panic.

      A vote for Dawnelle.

      Lee

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  15. I hope you continue recovering. It's never fun to be ill.

    This was a close contest for me, but I ultimately liked Dion just a bit more.

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    1. Carrie-Anne, I'm much better now.

      A vote for Dion.

      Lee

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  16. Oh, God!! Glad that you recovered soon. The news of cold and fever sends me chills. As for the battle of Bands, my vote goes to Dion, of course. Although I am not a good judge of songs, I love Dion’s voice, and the lyrics are exemplary. Have a grand march!!

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    1. Andrea, still doing okay on my front. Just wish all this COVID stuff would end.

      Thanks for your vote for Dion.

      Lee

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  17. Hey Lee, I think the virus is here to stay for a while. Or until they develop a vaccine. BTW, is this country music we are talking about here? I'm interested in knowing. I'm in the process of listing out good songs. Do recommend.

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    1. VMC, I'm ready for the virus to go. I'm "sick" of all the talk about it.

      I wouldn't call either of these Country music--maybe Dawnelle has a bit of a country flavor, but it's still rock and roll to me.

      Lee

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Go ahead and say something. Don't be afraid to speak your mind.
I normally try to respond to all comments in the comment section so please remember to check the "Email follow-up comments" box if you want to participate in the comment conversation.

For Battle of the Bands voting the "Anonymous" commenting option has been made available though this version is the least preferred. If voting using "anonymous" please include in your comment your name (first only is okay) and city you are voting from and the reason you chose the artist you did.

If you know me and want to comment but don't want to do it here, then you can send me an email @ jacksonlee51 at aol dot com.

Lee