Welcome back to #BOTB!
Time to announce the results of the Sept. 1st showdown.
BATTLE OF THE BANDS (BOTB), hosted by StMcC Presents Battle of the Bands. is where you listen to different recordings of the same song and vote for the one you like best. Two “Battles” per month, on the 1st and 15th. Votes will be tallied and posted the following week.
♫ A taste of Cuba from different perspectives ♫
[tweetthis]#BOTB Results for GUANTANAMERA. See who won the Sept. 1st Battle of the Bands[/tweetthis]
After a couple of close battles, this one was more decisive. While some of you enjoyed the Mallorcan sounds of Los Beta, most of your preferred the more traditional Cuban flavour presented by Zucchero. Here’s how it looks, without my vote:
C.W. Martin, Diedre, John, Myke, Shady
Angelika, Arlee, Birgit, Cathy, Dixie, Janie, Mary, Michele, Mike, Pat, Stephen
I first heard the Los Beta version of Guantanamera in March 1967, while vacationing in the Canary Islands. It has a lilting, dreamy quality that I fell in love with, so I bought the 45 and played it to death after coming home. It’s still part of my record collection and I listen to it once in awhile, instantly drifting back to that enchanted place and time. If you’d like to read more about the trip, click on the image:
On the other hand, Zucchero has long been a favourite artist. I love his passion, his style, his musicianship, his voice, everything! He makes me want to hop a plane to Cuba and order one of those festive, fruity cocktails. Decisions, decisions…
After many playbacks of each, there’s no question the Los Beta recording gives me the biggest emotional jolt. The lead singer has a beautiful voice and the languid arrangement flows sweetly. Plus, I can’t deny the nostalgia factor. It’s wonderful to relive that fabulous holiday through song! So, Los Beta get another vote, but it doesn’t help. At least they lost to a formidable opponent!
and the winner is:
By 5 votes
Here’s the winner, performing live in Havana, Dec. 2012:
♫ EVERYBODY DANCE NOW ♫
Don’t forget to check back with the others for their BOTB results:
Angels Bark / Cherdo On The Flipside / Curious as a Cathy / DC Relief BOTB / DiscConnected / J.A. Scott / Janie Junebug Righting & Editing / Jingle Jangle Jungle / Mike’s Ramblings / Pedestrian Writer / Quiet Laughter / Sound of One Hand Typing / HOST: StMcC Presents Battle of the Bands / Tossing It Out / Your Daily Dose
NEXT BATTLE OF THE BANDS WILL BE THURS. SEPT. 15th. SEE YOU THERE!
Was this the outcome you expected or were you surprised?
Looking forward to your comments!
Until next time.