This Is Me--2019 A to Z Theme

My A to Z Theme for 2022 is My Vinyl Record Collection. This will be about the music I still have on my shelf. Be sure to check the links for samples of the albums and music I'll be talking about. There will be a lot of interesting music ahead for your listening enjoyment.

Thursday, September 22, 2022

Which Was Worst or Which Was Better Than Really Bad? ( #BOTB Results )

      Generally I am of the opinion that there is no such thing as "bad" music, but there is music that some of us don't like as much as others might like it.  

       Typically I cannot stand most rap music.  To me it is often harsh listening from a musical standpoint as well as having little positive value as far as lyrical content.  Of course, that may be the point of rap music:  If it offends others than the audience of this music then that audience finds gratification in having offended a certain group with which they have little identification.  It's kind of like the early rock music or jazz or any popular musical trend decried by those who fancy themselves in a more elitist group.  

        So, as with anything, it's all a matter of taste.  What I like might not be quite to your liking and visa versa.  Music can divide us into camps, sometimes extreme, sometimes with little preference, but almost always with some kind of opinion one way or another.  That's why we do these Battle of the Bands posts.  And with every Battle there is an outcome and so here we are...

Battle of the Bands Results

Battle of Delilah

       My most recent Battle consisted of two versions of that now old Tom Jones chestnut "Delilah".  Some voters like the song while others not so much.  And as for the performances I chose there was not anything that I would call exuberance regarding either.  As for me, I have always liked the song and I find either of my chosen versions to be agreeable in one way or another.  However, as is often the case, one of the artists has some special interest to me.  In the case of these two artists, my relationship with the Sensational Alex Harvey Band (SAHB) goes back nearly fifty years.

       The first time I saw SAHB was in 1974 on the television show The Midnight Special.  I'd never heard of the group prior to that, but the sound and look of the band immediately caught my attention. They reminded me of other theatrical performance groups such as Alice Cooper, Jethro Tull, and The Hello People--groups who played music I enjoyed and performed them live in a very entertaining manner akin to traditional vaudeville and variety shows.  Just my thing!  

        The following spring of 1975 I was invited by a friend with front row tickets to a concert by Jethro Tull in the Knoxville TN Civic Coliseum.  Initially I was thrilled at the invite, but elated when I saw that SAHB was the opening act.  They delivered a performance beyond my expectations based on what I had seen them do on TV.  

          With the darkening of the arena came the sound of bagpipes from the rear of the hall.  Two pipers in kilts and full regalia came marching through the crowd and onto the stage where SAHB had entered while the audience eyes were diverted.  What then proceeded was one heck of an outstanding show.  From that time since I have considered SAHB to be one of the best shows I have seen live.  Add to that list Jethro Tull and that one concert was the best I have attended.  If SAHB had been the only band in that concert I would still name it as one of the best concerts I have ever seen.

         Now here's the peculiarity:  I have never owned or even heard an album by SAHB, but still I would name them as one of my favorite bands.   This assessment based on their television performances I have seen and that concert.  I can't think of another band or artist of which I can say the same.  For this reason my pick in this Battle is The Sensational Alex Harvey Band.  Still, my vote is not enough to bring them to a win.  Don't write off SAHB as creepy, crappy, campy, or just plain bad.  In Europe they were huge.  They just didn't make it as big in the U.S.A.   But it's all a matter of taste.


Final Vote Tally

Metal Scent                                      7 votes

Sensational Alex Harvey Band        5 votes

Next Battle on Saturday October 1

         Should I do Halloween themed Battles?  Or not?   I'll have to sift through my Battle queue and see what I got.  Hopefully it will be to your liking.  Have a happy Autumn!

Thursday, September 15, 2022

Delilah ( #BOTB )

         As I get older I seem to get weaker.  It's like some metaphorical Delilah has cut my hair to sap my strength.  Well, that is, if I had actual hair and not metaphorical hair.  Now let's forget about cutting hair and just cut to the chase--metaphorically speaking...

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.


      Some of you might remember that heartthrob of the sixties and seventies--the one and only Tom Jones.  He had a number of hits during his time on the charts and among them was the song "Delilah".  You can click on the link to hear the Jones version if you're not familiar with it or don't quite remember it or you can just head on down the page to hear the two contenders of the Battle using this song.  Don't be scared.  These are harder versions that what Jones sang, but they still stay pretty true to the spirit of the original version.  See which version you enjoy the most...

Metal Scent   "Delilah"  (2007)

The Sensational Alex Harvey Band    "Delilah"  (1975)

Time to Vote!

         Forget about throwing panties or hotel keys!  Tom Jones has left the building and now these guys are holding down the stage.   Which 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


'Curious as a Cathy'

Sound of One Hand Typing

Jingle, Jangle, Jungle 

Winner of this Battle Announced on Thursday September 22nd 

         If you want to know who comes out on top in this match then come back on the 22nd.   If you don't then don't come back.  I for one will be interested to see, but it would be weird if I didn't.

Thursday, September 8, 2022

How Far Was Far Enough? ( #BOTB Results )

 Miles and miles before I sleep and then wake up and keep going.  That's how far away from L.A. I should go to stay....

Battle of the Bands Results

           In my previous Battle of the Bands post I pondered the question in song of how far would I like to get from Los Angeles (staying within the confines of the United States).   My musical options were 1000 miles represented by artist Vanessa Carlton or 2000 miles represented by The Pretenders.  I do not recall ever having heard either song before so I went into this Battle with mostly unbiased ears.

           Regarding the question posed, 1000 miles is not enough for me.  I'd much rather go 2000 miles from L.A.  But that didn't win my vote for Chrissie Hynde and company.  The song by the Pretenders is just fine--good vocals and production presenting a pleasant piece of Christmas pop music.  I liked it.  However, they did not get my vote.

      My preference in this match is the youthful exuberance of Vanessa Carlton. Neither song epitomized originality, but I was more drawn to Vanessa's sound.  I liked the rippling piano, the punch of the percussion, and the string background.  It's a bright song that uplifted me.  And with my vote that leaves us with a tie!

Final Vote Tally

Vanessa Carlton     6 votes

Pretenders              6 votes

Next Battle on Thursday September 15th

       Yes, I will try to do another midmonth Battle of the Bands post.  I've got so many waiting in my line up that I need to clean house a bit.   So many Battles await that I need to get them out of my way.