Middle of December, already!
Are you in a holiday mood yet?
It’s also time for Battle of the Bands
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. (See below for further details.)
This time out, I’m featuring my favourite Christmas song of all time. Yes, I know it’s been played to death over the last decade and covered by many, but, the original still gives me chills, every time. (What do expect from an old hippie? 😉 )
HAPPY XMAS (WAR IS OVER)
John Lennon surely needs no introduction. Suffice it to say he was one of my musical heroes. December 8th marked the 36th anniversary of his brutal murder. There was nobody like him and there never will be again. 😥
“Happy Xmas (War Is Over)” is a Christmas song with lyrics by John Lennon and Yoko Ono, released in 1971 as a single by John & Yoko/Plastic Ono Band with the Harlem Community Choir. The lyrics are set to the traditional English ballad “Skewball” (aka “Stewball”). It was the seventh single release by Lennon outside of his work with the Beatles. The song reached number 4 in the UK, where its release was delayed until November 1972, and has periodically reemerged on the UK Singles Chart, most notably after Lennon’s death in 1980, at which point it peaked at number 2. Also a protest song against the Vietnam War, “Happy Xmas (War Is Over)” has since become a Christmas standard, frequently covered by other artists, appearing on compilation albums of seasonal music, and named in polls as a holiday favourite.
[Reference only. Please DO NOT vote for this one.]
Now, on to the actual contest……
Maroon 5 is an American pop rock group from Los Angeles, California. The band, fronted by Adam Levine, has known great success since its recording debut in 2002. “Happy Xmas (War is Over)” was recorded as a promotional single and released in 2007.
THE MOODY BLUES
The Moody Blues are an English art rock/prog rock band, founded in 1964. They came to prominence in 1967, with the release of their symphonic album, “Days of Future Passed”. “Happy Xmas (War is Over)” is the 5th track from their 16th album, “December”, released in 2003.
Please state your preference in comments below and why you chose it.
Voting remains open until 11:59 pm ET on Wednesday, Dec. 21st ,
after which I will count the votes, add mine and publish the results.
These are the other BOTB regulars and semi-regulars.
Please cruise on by their sites and, if they have a post up, vote on their selections as well:
[Check back – there’s no set posting time]
Angels Bark / Cherdo On The Flipside / Curious as a Cathy / J.A. Scott / 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
As always, “Sharing is Caring”. Spread this musical joy all over your social networks.
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Until next time.
♫♪♫♪♫ Rockchick Rapture!