The votes are in and all tallied up. AND the winner is… by a little bit more than two to one JUDY COLLINS.
Judy in 2009 at 70 years young
I found it interesting that most of you agree that Barbra (who taught that woman to spell) has a fabulous voice, one that is surely a gift, but that doesn’t mean she does a better version of everything she sings. My favorite comment was by C.W. Martin
“My first instinct was that I would vote for Scrappy over Babs, but I said, now Chris, you've never heard it before, go on and listen. So I'm listening now, and what I hear is a self-indulgent Hollywood expert on everything oversinging yet another song. Judy in a landslide.”
I agree C.W., she was over-singing this, way over-singing it. I thought the tempo, was off, taking a melancholy ballad down to something that seemed more like a dirge. There’s no doubt about the fact that Barbra (I can’t help myself, that spelling aggravates me) can belt ‘em out, but her style seemed inappropriate here.
On the other hand Judy’s crystal clear voice conveyed the proper sense of melancholy while still allowing this listener anyway, to feel the sense of irony in the lyrics. I’m sure you already knew that I would cast my vote for Judy Collins, the clear winner in BATTLE OF THE BANDS III here at the home of FAR AWAY EYES.
As a side note; I was fortunate enough to see Judy perform in a small acoustic venue. She was every bit as good in person as her recordings and quite charming and entertaining between songs.
Now I don’t want you to run away too quickly. I know you’re all anxious to see how the contest turned out at Stephen T. McCarthy's and Arlee bird's, but before you go running off, I want to suggest you take a minute and click on this link. Monkey Throw Dart This was originally posted at Ferret-Faced Fascist Friends the home of Stephen T. McCarthy and you probably would have seen it once you went on over there, BUT, I wanted to add my opinion as to the importance of the 14 minute video posted at Monkey Throw Dart
I’m never one to advocate anarchy, but I do think it’s important that everyone have the opportunity to know what all the fuss is about when there is some sort of fuss. Right now in the US (the world actually) there is quite a fuss and before you, we, or any country jump into the fray I think it’s important to know exactly what this is all about.
Sound cryptic. Sorry about that. I don’t want to try and explain in my own words for fear of either giving you the wrong impression or taking so long that you click away from this site. Go on click on the link and if you take the time to read or listen to nothing else, listen to the video titled ‘The Petrodollar Explained’.