17 CommentsBattle of the Bands (BOTB), Blogfests, Music

Welcome back! It’s time to announce results for the Aug. 15th BOTB post

Battle of the Bands BOTB Knockin' on Heaven's Door

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.

This one pitted Brazilian contralto, Paula Fernandes
against American R&B/Jazz/Soul singer, Macy Gray.

Firstly, I want to mention how much I love Metallica’s original song. Chills, goosebumps, all of that! (Damn! WHEN is this band coming to Toronto??!) NEVER did I think anybody else could measure up. I’ve heard a few covers and they were all “MEH”. 😛 The two versions presented for this battle were new to me and one of them did the nearly impossible – compare favourably to the original. (This is completely subjective of course. Everyone’s tastes are unique.)

How did the contest progress? Macy got a strong start out of the gate, with Paula slowly catching up. Soon they were neck and neck. Heading into the home stretch, Paula took the lead. Could she sustain it? A few people voted later on…

I just had to give Paula my vote. The beautiful, Flamenco-style guitar – the violins – that incredible contralto voice! Almost as good as Metallica and there were definitely a few goosebumps. That said, the musical intro and guitar solo in Macy’s rendition were both fabulous, but….I felt her voice did not suit the material and found it jarring. Carolyn said something similar. While not a huge fan of Macy’s I don’t dislike her either and that was not a factor in my selection.



By 3 votes.

#BOTB Nothing Else Matter, The Doglady's Den

This was my closest battle to date. So much fun!

Here’s the winner once more, in a live performance:


Don’t forget to check back with the others, for their BOTB results:

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



Was this the outcome you expected or were you surprised?
Did your favourite win?

Looking forward to your comments!

Until next time.



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Debbie D.
Canine Innkeeper in suburban Toronto, Canada, known as "The Doglady". Writer/website owner, photographer, animal lover, music fanatic, inveterate traveller. History, literature and cinema buff. Eternal "hippie/rockchick". Binational, German/Canadian and multilingual. Looking for the next adventure!
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  1. This was a fantastic battle this time. Really love this song.
    Glad to see I picked a winner this time.
    As I mentioned in my other comments, I may need to find a CD from this lady.

  2. Sorry, I’ve been the lamest of bloggers this week! Super busy; tons of changes and “to-do” tasks at the start of the year. I’ll do better next time!

  3. Debbie, Although, I voted for Macy I would have been just as equally happy if Paula had won this battle. These ladies are both good with a style of her own.

  4. Damn, two for two – Macy lost! I’m sad, no not really, 🙂
    These are fun, especially for someone who knows nothing about music, which is quite apparent.
    Barbara Mandrell is singing now, “Sleeping Single In A Double Bed.” My calm down music.

  5. Yes, this one was close. Always more fun when either contender has a chance to win coming into the home stretch. Guilie and Lee had close Battles, too. I think FAE’s is going to be a fairly tight race also. Fun stuffs!

    ~ D-FensDogG
    ‘Loyal American Underground’

  6. Nice getting the introduction to this great song through your BOTB post. Macy certainly made a good showing, but I agree that Paula deserved to take the prize for best version.

    Arlee Bird
    A to Z Challenge Co-host

  7. Hi, Debbie the Doglady! I’m happy to know that this was your closest battle to date and also happy to learn that pretty Paula prevailed. (Say it… don’t spray it 🙂 I noticed that you and I voted for different artists in several other contests this round but our votes did match in my BOTB and in yours. I agree with you that Paula’s handling of the Metallica song was a better fit than Macy’s. Congratulations on staging an exciting seesaw battle between two worthy opponents, dear friend Debbie!

  8. I did expect this outcome 🙂 The song itself is just not a good fit for Macy, whereas Paula’s version of it was quite pleasing. Thanks for introducing her (at least, to me)!

    1. Sorry, Guilie. I know you’re a big fan of Macy’s and voted for her. If it’s any consolation, she was in the lead for quite some time.

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