This Is Me--2019 A to Z Theme

This blog is part of my life journey. I've got places to be and people to see along the way. Hope you'll join me and maybe join in the discussion...

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

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Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Weekly Song Challenge Week 43

         Are you ready for Halloween?  I'm not sure that I'll participate this year, but I haven't been doing Halloween at my house for several years now.   It will probably be another sour puss darkened house blocked doorway Halloween for me.   But in the community I'm not sure what folks will be doing about trick-or-treat.  Lots of decorations to be seen.  But on a Sunday night?   I'm sure someone will be looking for candy.

        And now for the last "Weekly Song Challenge" of 2021...




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 27 - Week 43

A Song with a Boy’s Name in the Title

A Song with an Animal in the Title

A Song that mentions your Favorite Color




The Buoys "Timothy" (1971)


Here's a tune you might not have heard in a long time if ever. It's about cannibalism--or is it?









Murray McLauchlan "Horses On The Highway"   (1983)

      From Canada, McLauchlan is a favorite artist I discovered in the eighties--while I was working in Canada.





Bruce Cockburn   "Incandescent Blue"    (1979)

         Also from Canada and an artist I also found out about when I was working in Canada during the eighties, Bruce Cockburn is one of my top favorite singer/songwriters.  I like the color green a lot, but traditionally blue has been my favorite color since I was a kid.





     Do you know any of the songs I chose?   Which songs would you pick?










 

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...


Triskaidekaphobia

        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

  'MIKE'S RAMBLINGS'

'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?














Friday, October 8, 2021

Time for Some Results! ( #BOTB Results )

 



         Is it Friday already?   How'd that happen?!


Battle of the Bands Results

          I'm late according to my usual schedule, but I'm still reporting my results on Friday like I said I was going to do.  In the interest of brevity I'll just give you the results of my most recent Battle of the Bands which saw the duo of Kevin Costner/Amy Grant go up against Astrud Gilberto and son with versions of the song "You Didn't Have to Be So Nice".  

         This was a much closer outcome than I had expected.  I was sure that at least a few voters would go for the sweet duet of mother and son because I knew that there were some solid Gilberto fans out there.  However I didn't expect her version to do so well.

         I like both versions, but my preference is with the Costner/Grant pairing.  My vote brought the outcome closer to a tie, but the "girl from Ipanema" captured the most hearts.


Final Vote Tally

Kevin Costner/Amy Grant      7 votes

Astrud Gilberto & Son            8 votes


Next Battle on October 15th!





Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Why Would I Want to Do That? ( #IWSG )

 

      Before I begin the order of this day, let me express my gratitude to all of you who have subscribed to my granddaughter Marley Lego's YouTube channel.  We didn't get her to 100 by her birthday, but she was close.   And now she's at 100!   

       If you haven't subscribed yet then rush on over to Marley Lego's YouTube channel right now and subscribe.  This busy 13 year old is showing a lot of ambition in her musical pursuits and can always use encouragement as well as fans.  And please share with others!  Now let's aim for 1000 subscribers!

      Here's the latest video she's posted:

 


       And now let's move on to...


The Insecure Writer's Support Group


Join us on the first Wednesday of each month in Alex J. Cavanaugh's Insecure Writer's Support Group--a forum of writers who gather to talk about writing and the writer's life. For a complete list of participants visit Alex's Blog


The co-hosts for the October 6 posting of the IWSG are Jemima Pett, J Lenni Dorner, Cathrina Constantine, Ronel Janse van Vuuren, and Mary Aalgaard!



October 6 question - In your writing, where do you draw the line, with either topics or language?


          The last time I attempted National Novel Writing Month was in 2011.  My story idea ironically was about a pandemic.  It was very dark and evil and it didn't take me long to back away from the idea and just shelve the project.  That was about the time when I decided to avoid writing about any such topics.

          Since I was a kid I've loved horror and sci-fi genres--the scarier, the better.  These days, while there is still much that is interesting, so much has gone beyond the pale in my view.  I avoid many horror films these days because they just don't sit right with me.  I'd prefer to be elevated rather than cast into a pit of dark introspection and fear.  

         Don't let me mislead you because I do still watch and read some rather dark stuff.  Just not like I used to.  What I have been avoiding though is the consideration of writing my own dark works of fiction.  It's just not the place where I want my thoughts to dwell these days.  Especially in our current times.  

        Likewise this would apply to the use of profanity in my writing.  In my everyday speech I've never been one to use profanity other than in extreme circumstances of mishap or anger and I try to stay measured in those times as well.  It's not that I'm a prude or a holier-than-thou type, but profanity was never part of my upbringing and I never really heard much of this type of language until the 70's when it became more commonplace in movies.  Profane language still seems a bit alien to me from my own speaking perspective and it makes me cringe a bit when I hear it.

          Years ago during an early Blogging from A to Z April Challenge I got into a protracted debate with some other bloggers about the subject of profanity or coarse language in blog posts.   If the language in a blogger's post gets a bit too much for me and there's not enough return in value in reading the post then I will tend not to read as often if ever again.  And as for me writing in that type of language  is like me saying,  "I'm hip. I'm cool. And I can talk like a fool." 

        However, I occasionally use a profanity for greater impact, but I try to avoid any gratuitous use even if it is a matter of trying to achieve more "realism." Using expletives as my main adjectives, verbs, or nouns is not my thing.

        I'm sure many of you have similar or thoughts otherwise.  You might have even commented in my post years ago.  If you have any thoughts you like to share about this then bring them up in the comments.


     Also:  Visit my Battle of the Bands and cast your vote!





    

         









Friday, October 1, 2021

You Didn't Have to Be So Nice ( #BOTB )

It's nice to be nice and it's nice when others are nice to us.  Wouldn't it be nice if everyone would be more nice?   Thanks to all of you who are nice...

          In my most recent posts I requested that my readers check out the YouTube page of my granddaughter Marley Lego.  I was trying to help her reach 100 subscribers and she's almost there (94 as of writing this post).  I know she'll get there, but I'd like to see her start on her next 100.

          If you haven't subscribed to her channel yet then it would be nice if you would support this young artist who at age 13 is showing a lot of musical ambition.  She's been playing and singing now for several years and I think she shows a lot of potential in her talents as well as her persona as an entertainer.  

         If you want to do something nice then subscribe to Marley's channel (it's free to subscribe).  And if you already did, you didn't have to be so nice but Marley appreciates the support.

         And that sounds like a cue for my next...

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.


You Didn't Have to Be So Nice

         This song was first released in 1965 by the group The Lovin' Spoonful.   It reached number 10 on the Billboard chart and was subsequently covered by a number of artists.  Here are a couple of the more well known covers...




Amy Grant & Kevin Costner "You Didn't Have To Be So Nice" (1997)

        From the soundtrack of the dystopian movie The Postman comes a version of the Spoonful song as performed by Christian singer Amy Grant and the star of the film Kevin Costner...






Astrud Gilberto  "You Didn't Have to Be So Nice"  (1966)

        You might remember Astrud as the singer of the sixties hit "Girl from Ipanema" which she recorded with Stan Getz.   Here she pairs up with her young son to sing her sugar sweet version of "You Didn't Have to Be So Nice". ..






Time to Vote!
        
         Hope you'll be nice and please join in and 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

  'MIKE'S RAMBLINGS'

'Curious as a Cathy'

Sound of One Hand Typing

Jingle, Jangle, Jungle 




Winner of this Battle Announced on Friday October 8th

          On Wednesday October 6th I'll be posting my entry for Insecure Writer's Support Group.  Do stop in for that one.  Then I'll have my results post a couple days later.  Have a great weekend!