This Is Me--2019 A to Z Theme

My A to Z Theme for 2022 was My Vinyl Record Collection. For the 2023 Challenge I'll be doing something similar with my home book collection. Lots of book stuff from A to Z

Wednesday, November 1, 2023

You Baby ( #IWSG & #BOTB )

       So NANO is here and that means it's November which means it's almost Thanksgiving which precedes Christmas and New Year--seems like it was just April a minute ago...


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 November 1 posting of the IWSG are PJ Colando, Jean Davis, Lisa Buie Collard, and Diedre Knight.




November 1 question: November is National Novel Writing Month. Have you ever participated? If not, why not?


        Soon after I first began to blog and had gotten caught up in the fever of it all, I ran across National Novel Writing Month and quickly jumped on board.  At the time I was trying to build up an online following so I'd join along with anything that might expand my community relations. That was 2009.

        I had a great experience that first year as I was attempting to post daily on my blog and visit other blogs while working on my first real attempt at writing a novel.  It was a crazy time for a number of reasons as you might well imagine, but I'm glad I did it.
   
         When 2010 came I delved into NANO like an old hand.  This time I felt more organized and had cut back on daily blogging (although I was now posting on three different blogs).  This next novel project went much better than the first and I think I had more fun with it.

         In 2011 I started to write, but dropped out after the first week.  My heart wasn't in it like in the beginning.  Since then I've thought about doing the write a novel in a month thing, but it's not a thought I dwell on for long.

        Do I recommend doing NANO?  If writing a novel or some other book appeals to you and you can dedicate the time then, sure, I'd say do it.  If you stick to the commitment then you'll produce something that you might be able to do something else with later, or at least prove that you can do it.

       But like anything, it's about you, baby!  And that reminds me of a couple of songs...



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 Baby

      I have an album in my collection that has the title Battle of the Bands.  It's a double package with greatest hits by two popular bands from the late sixties and on--The Turtles and The Lovin Spoonful. Seems like a natural for this blog feature that I do here.  And it just so happens that each group has a song in their set called "You Baby"--different songs, same title.  Take a listen and tell us which you like best...


The Lovin' Spoonful  "You Baby"   (1965)   

        This song was written by the well-known songwriters Barry Mann, Phil Spector,  and Cynthia Weill. It was originally recorded by The Ronnettes.  



The Turtles   "You Baby" (1966)  

        Written by P.F. Sloan and Steve Barri, this song was first recorded by the Vogues, but was released first by The Turtles. 

      





Time to Vote!

           And now it's up to you to help decide the winner here.  Which do you like best?.  Just listen and have fun.
  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. I don't know if anyone else will be doing a Battle this time around, but you can still check out these sites.


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 






Results coming on Wednesday November 8



35 comments:

  1. Kudos for trying NaNo not once, but twice. I never dared and probably never will but I have huge respect for those who do!

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    1. Liza, I'm glad I tried it when I did. I just don't have the interest in doing this sort of thing these days.

      Lee

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  2. Never returned to NaNo but I have participated twice.
    Songs are close. I'd go with The Turtles.

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    1. Alex, twice is enough for me, but it's great for those who enjoy doing it.

      First vote goes to Turtles.

      Lee

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  3. Seems like 2 years participating in NaNo is common. I did too. Not for me anymore. And "for" me is the Loving Spoonful. Saw them in concert many years ago and loved them than and now.

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    1. Anon, I don't know that NaNo stats overall, but 2 years is enough for me for now.

      Seems like that would have been a good concert.

      A vote for Lovin Spooful..

      Lee

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  4. Never had a chance to do NaNo.

    I like the Turtles' version.

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    1. L.Diane, you don't need to do NaNo--you've already written novels and don't need the motivation.

      A vote for Turtles.

      Lee

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  5. I can't imagine writing an entire novel in a month, but then, I'm more interested in photography than writing these days. Good for you, for giving it a shot, though!

    Interesting battle, with two completely different takes on the song. My ears preferred the more upbeat Turtles version.

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    1. Debbie D, I don't think anyone actually finalizes their novel in a month. I essentially ended up with two pretty good rough drafts that need focused editing. My interests have also changed away from writing novels, although I'd still like to actually publish one someday.

      A vote for Turtles.

      Lee

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  6. I give it to the Turtles. It's more fun and upbeat which I like. I have never participated in novel writing. To be honest I would feel pressured if I joined.

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    1. Birgit, when I did NaNo I did feel a personal pressure, but it's not something you can get fired from or lose money doing so it's really not that big of a deal.

      A vote for Turtles.

      Lee

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  7. BOIDMAN ~

    I've always liked the 'Different Song, Same Title' theme in BOTB.

    I don't recall having heard this Lovin' Spoonful song before, but I liked it instantly. Partly due to the distinct Beach Boys-like influence I can hear in the nice harmonizing.

    Now 'You Baby' by The Monkees-- er... I mean, by The Turtles -- that's a song I have heard plenty o'times and I digs that one, too. Songs like that instantly cause me to remember those much simpler, more pleasant times in this country. (At least for youngsters, such as I was back then in that hazy, ancient past.)

    This was a very enjoyable Battle because I dug both tunes. So... The Beach Boys or The Monk-- er... I mean, The Lovin' Spoonful or The Turtles? It's fairly close, but I'll take a spoonful of lovin'. A spoonful of lovin' helps the medicine go down, and it is better than atomic bombs and WWIII, don'tcha think?

    ~ D-FensDogG

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    1. STMcC, those days of old do bring back some pleasant memories. Vietnam seemed bad back then, but today's craziness has gone beyond all rational thinking.

      Glad you enjoyed this Battle.

      A vote for Lovin' Spoonful.

      Lee

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  8. That album of the Battle of the Bands - including two songs with the same name - is the PERFECT setup for the blog! I am surprised it wasn't your very first battle!

    I was never much of a fan of Sebastian or the Lovin Spoonful. They were a bit MEH for me. The Turtles, though... always liked them fairly well. Both of these bands were hitting me right at the age 10-12 period, and the simple melodies and lyrics appealed to yoots like me.That album of the Battle of the Bands - including two songs with the same name - is the PERFECT setup for the blog! I am surprised it wasn't your very first battle!

    I was never much of a fan of Sebastian or the Lovin Spoonful. They were a bit MEH for me. The Turtles, though... always liked them fairly well. Both of these bands were hitting me right at the age 10-12 period, and the simple melodies and lyrics appealed to yoots like me.
    https://yewtu.be/watch?v=U7BMCZdXSlk
    I'll vote for the yoots of The Turtles.
    Sixgun McItchyfinger

    I'll vote for the yoots of The Turtles.
    Sixgun McItchyfinger

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  9. so obviously, Lee, my comment was totally goofed up by ME, MYSELF, and I. If you want to clean it up for me, have at it. Otherwise is can shine as a beacon of reproach to my carelessness!
    Six

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    1. 6-Gun, I'll just leave the comments for posterity.

      I'm surprised that I didn't come up with a Battle related to this album sooner, but I had forgotten about it. I agree that the album makes for some good Battle fodder.

      A vote for Turtles.

      Lee

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  10. My hat off to anyone who takes on the Nano challenge. I've thought about it in the early days of blogging but I was too intimidated and now I just don't have the motivation.

    Turning my attention to your battle, The Turtles upbeat version captured my ear and vote!

    Thanks for stopping by to vote in my BOTB today. Have a bandtastic day!

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    1. Cathy, I've been lacking a lot in the motivation department as well. Too much to do and never seems to be enough time to do it all.

      Turtles.

      Lee

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  11. In 1965 I was just a baby. I gave heard of both of these groups, but not these songs.
    Usually, I prefer Turtles over Loving Spoonful... But Loving Spoonful gave me an earworm with their song.

    My vote goes to Loving Spoonful

    -MMQE

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    1. Mary B, The Turtles song was the biggest hit, but they are both quality songs.

      Lovin Spoonful

      Lee

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  12. I've never signed up for NaNo. Love the motivation, not the stress. You really ought to publish at least one of your stories.
    Great battle, Lee! Easy choice too: The Turtles!

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    1. Diedre, I suppose the stress is optional, but one needs to know how to put everything in proper perspective to eliminate or decrease it.

      A vote for Turtles.

      Lee

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  13. From my Cousin Tom on Facebook:

    A vote for Lovin Spoonful<.

    Lee

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  14. Nano isn't for everyone. I will say though, the more you do it, the easier it gets to create a fairly clean first draft in 30 days. It's all about the practice and the doing.

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    1. Jean, you're right. Experience is the best teacher and remembering makes an old process easier to accomplish. Still there is that time factor that must be justified.

      Lee

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  15. Ooh, tough choice! I'll go for the Turtles!

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    1. Deniz, both are nice tunes.

      A vote for Turtles.

      Lee

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  16. What a brilliant pairing of tracks. I am going to go with The Lovin Spoonful here, but you can bet your bottom dollar I will be doing a deep dive on both artists in the coming days. Thanks!

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    1. Michael, I'm surprised I didn't come up with this Battle sooner.
      Both were great bands in their day.

      Another vote for Lovin Spoonful.

      Lee

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  17. The Turtles hold a special place in my heart, having listened to them a lot with my mom.

    Someday, I'll return to NaNo, but not until I finish my current project.

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    1. Loni, I might think about doing NaNo, but don't know that I'll ever really do it again. But, if circumstances change, who knows?

      A vote for Turtles.

      Lee

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  18. Knowing it better, I didn't have to play the Turtles to know. It's an exceptional song, and easily beats the good LS song for me.

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    1. CW, I listened to that Turtles song so many many times when I was in high school.

      A vote for Turtles.

      Lee

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  19. Results for this Battle are now posted:

    https://tossingitout.blogspot.com/2023/11/oh-baby-who-won-battle-botb-results.html

    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