Welcome back! It’s time to announce results for the Nov. 1 BOTB post
BATTLE OF THE BANDS (BOTB), hosted by Far Away Series and 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.
The Richard Harris original of “MacArthur Park” has always been a favourite of mine, even though the lyrics seemed nonsensical. A 7-minute song on the radio was a novelty in those days and it achieved cult status.
The only cover I knew of was Donna Summer’s, so that was an easy pick. Several others were too similar and then I discovered The Neal Morse Band. Their version elicited some interesting responses, ranging from “they nailed it” to “pretentious bullshit”. 😀 Sign of a good battle, yes? I knew this would be a close one!
It was going back and forth from the beginning and there was no clear frontrunner. Some of you are Donna Summer fans and enjoy the disco genre. Not me (with some exceptions) and I was quite startled to hear a favourite song turned into a disco number. Is nothing sacred? That said, her intro was lovely, but as soon as the familiar beat started…UGH! Needless to say, I voted for Neil Morse. His vocals weren’t the greatest, but the arrangement was! Well damn; not good enough!
AND THE WINNER IS:
By one vote!
Here’s Donna, in a live performance:
Even though disco isn’t my favourite genre, we sure had lots of fun back then, partying every weekend. Donna Summer’s music played a huge role in that, like it or not – and I did like some. These are two of her songs that bring back the most vivid memories. Listen to “I Feel Love” after a few drinks, or whatever…;) “Last Dance” was always played at closing time.
Angels Bark / Book Lover / Cherdo On The Flipside / Curious as a Cathy / DC Relief BOTB / Far Away Series / Holli’s Hoots & Hollers / J.A. Scott /Jingle Jangle Jungle / Mike’s Ramblings / Novel Brews / Quiet Laughter / Sound of One Hand Typing / StMcC Presents Battle of the Bands / Tossing It Out / Women: We Shall Overcome / Your Daily Dose
NEXT BATTLE ON THIS SITE WILL BE TUES. DEC. 1.
The Nov. 15 BOTB will go on as usual, elsewhere.
Don’t miss this exciting event on Monday, Nov. 9!
Fellow BOTBer, author Guilie Castillo-Oriard, will be my guest.
She’s just published her first solo book, called “The Miracle of Small Things“.
Read how her main character, Luis Villalobos, relates to “MacArthur Park”, below:
“MacArthur Park” is a song that holds special meaning for Luis Villalobos, the book’s main character, who’s spent his adult life as a serial monogamist. As an international tax attorney, he lives a jet-set kind of gypsy life, never in one place more than a few years, and always with his eye on the next big financial center, the next tier of achievement. Most of his lovers understand this; most are part of the same world. In the song’s opening lines he sees the inevitability of the end… It can’t be helped, “spring was never waiting for us”. It’s a song that validates his belief that everything is transitory, nothing lasts, and it’s a mistake to believe otherwise. It takes a dog, rescued by accident, to show him that it’s not the length but the strength of the commitment that matters.”
Intrigued? Come back on Nov. 9 to learn more.
Did your favourite win? Were you surprised by the outcome?
Looking forward to your comments!
Until next time.
DONNA SUMMER ON AMAZON