This Is Me--2019 A to Z Theme

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Friday, October 22, 2021

Over the Moon ( #BOTB Results )


Time for my obligatory results post.  Always get some visits, but usually not many comments.  So by all means comment if you feel compelled to do so.  But no matter what it's time for...

Battle of the Bands Results

       My recent Battle was a three way with versions of "The Killing Moon" by Echo and the Bunnymen as performed by Grant Lee Phillips, The Quakes, and George Gaudy.  Too bad there weren't several more votes as it looks like this Battle might have been a close race.

     As for me I go with Grant Lee Phillips who captured the mood of the song best.  I thought both of the other versions had a lot of merit and were very enjoyable to hear, but they seemed to be more like novelty versions in the end.   I personally liked this Battle a lot.

Final Vote Tally

Grant-Lee Phillps       5 votes

The Quakes                 2 votes

George Gaudy             1 votes

Next Battle on Monday November 1st

          What can I say other than that?  How about have a great Halloween!

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Weekly Song Challenge for Week 42

 Since I've done a lot of music posts on this blog I thought I'd join in on a music Challenge that's been going on for a while now.  Don't forget that you can still vote on my current Battle of the Bands as well...

      This ongoing Challenge comes from Mary at Jingle Jangle Jungle.   She provides the categories of the week.  Here's what we've got for this week:

October 20 - Week 42

A Song with a Girl’s Name in the Title

A Song with the word Under in the Title

A Song with Cry in the Title

And here are the songs I came up with coming from three artists that I enjoy...


Bruce Cockburn    "Peggy's Kitchen Wall"   (1984)

The Church   "Under the Milky Way"  (1988)

Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young   "You Don't Have to Cry"  (1970)

               What are some choices you might have made?   Have you voted on my Battle of the Bands yet? 

Friday, October 15, 2021

The Killing Moon (#BOTB)

    Halloween is coming!   Again...  Get your candy bucket filled in preparation for all of the masked children coming your way.  Or maybe for a more novel idea how about no masks this Halloween.  And I mean no masks whatsoever...


        Recently this blog passed its thirteenth blogiversary having started on September 20th of 2009.  That seems like a lot of water under the bridge or, more appropriately, words off of my keyboard--and I guess it is.

        In recent years words seem to be getting fewer.  The posts have gotten less frequent.  And yet  I persist into my thirteenth year of blogging. After the past two very weird and annoying years the idea of a thirteenth year seems like a bit of an ominous thing.  But not being particularly superstitious I'm not overly concerned.  I'm just hoping this upcoming thirteenth year of blogging will bring at least a few quality posts and a decent A to Z April.  For those who don't get that last reference I'm talking about the Blogging from A to Z April Challenge.  I imagine I'll be returning for this blogging challenge.  In fact I've been mapping out my theme already.  But you'll have to wait for March to hear what that will be.

       As for now, one of the big things for many of us is Halloween.  In my case I think this deserves a mention since thirteen years ago this blog started out as a Halloween blog.  Blogging about all things Halloween and related was my original intent.  Thankfully I went off course in that mission as I don't know that I could have comfortably sustained that many years blogging about Halloween and the like.  

        Yes, my blogging has been fairly lucky I think.  Went off on some interesting and occasionally weird tangents, but hopefully I've kept readers interested for the most part.  So I'm having expectations of another at least okay year of blogging in this thirteenth year.  I have no fear of the number 13, but maybe I should fear my frequent lack of initiative.   Forget the COVID vaccine--what I need is a healthy injection of ambition.   I'm likely not the only one.

       But let's get on with the Halloween spirit with a kind of spooky sounding song title for this round of....

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 Killing Moon

       The song "The Killing Moon" was originally recorded by the English band Echo & the Bunnymen,  appearing in 1984 on their album Ocean Rain.  The song is the band's most notable song--one of their few that made to the hit charts.

        The song's attributed writer  Ian McCulloch  gives this account of how the song came to him: 
"I love (the song) all the more because I didn’t pore over it for days on end. One morning, I just sat bolt upright in bed with this line in my head: 'Fate up against your will. Through the thick and thin. He will wait until you give yourself to him.' You don’t dream things like that and remember them. That’s why I’ve always half credited the lyric to God. It’s never happened before or since."
        Whatever the case may be, I like this song a lot and taking into account all of the covers that have been done and the uses of the song in film and television, a lot of others must agree.  There are so many cover versions to be found on YouTube that it made it a little difficult to come up with just two challengers.  So I've opted for three quite different versions.  Hope you enjoy...

Grant Lee Phillips    "The Killing Moon"   (2006)

The Quakes   "The Killing Moon"   (2001)

George Gaudy  "The Killing Moon"   (2011)

Time to Vote!
         You don't have to kill yourself or go over the moon to play along in this Battle of the Bands.  I hope you'll at least give the versions a listen to discern your favorite.   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 Friday October 22nd
           Have fun with this Battle and please do vote.  I'll have a results post despite the fact that those posts don't get many comments and comparatively few visitors.  But that's okay.  Gotta announce the winners, right?

          Are you superstitious about the number 13?   Did your blog start out as something different than where it is now?  How many years have you been blogging?