Monday, October 21, 2013

BATTLE OF THE BANDS VI Results and Tradition

Before I tell you who I’m gonna vote for in this BATTLE I want to talk about a few things. If you’re real impatient just scroll down and ‘work for it’.

First, you may be a little surprised when you see the final tally, not counting mine, there are 99 votes counted. Surprised? Shocked? Mystified? Me too, but only for a second. Let me explain.

On Friday October 18th, while my BOTB post was still running I was BLITZED. Probably not what you’re thinking. You see, DL Hammonds over at Cruising Altitude 2.0 started a new kind of Blog Hop called Blog Blitz. If I try to explain it, I’m sure I’ll just confuse the heck outta you, so click on that link up there and check it out at the source.

Are ya back? If you read the Blog Blitz guidelines you know that when DL calls for a Blitz everyone on the Linky List is notified and we all go and visit the person being Blitzed. Of course, he doesn’t notify the chosen person, so they are kind of surprised when the comments start rolling it. Surprised doesn’t even begin to cover what I felt.

Now those of you, who know me, should know that I’m not much of a “head hunter’ either by nature, content or efforts. I pretty much blog for myself and hope some of you will find my posts informative, amusing or at least, worth your time. I appreciate all comments and have been fortunate to receive, for the most part, positive feedback.

Anyway, I was overwhelmed to see all of those people stopping by. Most of them actually read the whole post and even voted (well about two-thirds anyway) counting YOU my regular participants in BOTB. At one point when I was seeing the numbers grow, I clicked on IZ version of SOTR and actually had a few tears running down my face.

Unfortunately, I did have one negative comment, which kind of threw me for a loop. I was told that I offended the commenter because in my initial feedback to the people who know me best, I referred to those of you voting for Judy as traditionalists. YOWYEE! When did saying that someone believed in and voted for tradition become a bad thing. Anyway, I expect that the only people who will actually come back for the results are those of you who regularly vote, I certainly hope that none of you were offended. I really meant no harm. I mean, I love tradition.

Aside from calling me on the carpet, this person who also said I was unkind, stated that I had ‘tipped my hand’ and it was obvious that I was on IZ’s side. Ahem…

So…before we go any further, or I give you my vote I want to show what YOU GUYS  said about IZ’s version of ‘Over the Rainbow’.

Sia McKye – soft lilting version
Suzanne – haunting
Heather M. Gardner = happy, breezy, good feelings
Berverly Fox – Iz’s song makes me so damned happy
Tina – hauntingly beautiful as though he is humming to himself in a dream
Joan Strading – Touches me in a way Garland’s never did
Rhonda Albom – I’m a traditionalist, hovever…I have to go with IZ
Pk Hrezo – it’s just so tranquil

A Beer for the Shower - I thought I'd pick ol' Izzie's version without even thinking twice, but listening to them back to back, I like Garland's version a lot more than I thought I would.

With that said, though, I still find IZ's version to be more haunting. I love that aspect of it. Plus, who isn't a sucker for a morbidly obese man in a grass skirt with a tiny ukulele?

Jaybird - Hey Lady! I'm pretty sure this won't be the popular decision, but I am voting for the big Hawaiian. (IZ) Everything about him and his cover of this song speaks to me. No disrespect to Miss Garland, but I must vote honestly and I'm very partial to the covered version.

Luckymama - IZ all the way. Love this song, always have but he completes it for me. His style and emotion is how I feel when I here this song. 

But you already knew that. This is my all time favorite song, will be forever and always.

Susan Kane - IZ made me weep, absolutely.

Stephen T. McCarthy - Now, for IZ... I had never heard of him before. Hokey-Smoke! What a surprisingly original and enjoyable take on '...Rainbow'! I really dug it! And unlike a couple of the earlier commenters, I enjoyed it just as much the second time I heard it as I did the first.

Not sure I would want to hear an ENTIRE album full of songs recorded in that same style, but it worked great for '...Rainbow'!

I could be mistaken but here's how I "interpret" the two versions: Garland's version is meant to be somewhat bittersweet and wistful; she's hoping for an ideal place in "this world" but secretly suspects down deep that this ideal is unattainable. So it's a "wishing" song for a better place on Earth.

IZ takes it higher, into a more spiritual realm. Just my own personal impression, but when I hear him singing it, he's thinking about a Heavenly Spiritual Place; he KNOWS it exists, and he KNOWS he WILL eventually be living there, if he isn't already.

Score another (pleasantly surprised) point for The IZ Man!

AND, I agree with each and every one of you. My vote also goes to IZ.

The final tally looks like this:

                      Judy Garland 53 votes The winner by 10 votes!
                      Israel Kamakawiwo’ole (IZ) 47 votes

As promised, here is Miss Garland in ‘The Wizard of Oz’ one of my top ten all time favorite movies, singing ‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow’.

And here is the Official IZ version. The big man died in 1997 at the age of 38. This video ends with a JOYFUL celebration as his friends spread his ashes in his beloved Pacific. Enjoy!

I admit I really thought that Judy would run off with this one. It ended up a lot closer than I could have predicted.

NOW, scoot on over to Tossing It Out and Ferret Faced Fascist Friends to see how Arlee and Stephen's BATTLES turned out. also, check out anyone else who may have left a comment and participated too.

Until, November 1st. Enjoy the music – whatever your pleasure may be.

POSTSCRIPT – I apologize for the length of this post. I wanted to draw your attention to those comments made by others without suggesting you read through all 155 comments.


  1. Hmmm... Highlighting excerpts from some of the comments your 'Battle Of The Bands' post received was a cool 'n' clever idea!

    ~ D-FensDogg
    'Loyal American Underground'

  2. 155? Welcome to my world. Glad you had a good Blitz day!
    I don't see anything wrong with saying traditionalist...

  3. I was confused when I started seeing all of your comments coming in with actual votes included. I was wondering, "How did she do that?". And then I remembered about the Blitz. Pretty cool.

    I know why Stephen T liked Izzy's version. It sounded kind of like Tiny Tim doing "Tulips". To me Izzy's version is kind of like a novelty song, a very nicely done one. Nothing wrong with that.

    Tossing It Out

  4. I'm still a Judy voter. I love women with strong voices.

    Nice to know the results. Very nice for you to get blitzed.

  5. Oh man! I knew it was an uphill battle, but I really hoped IZ would win. That's one of my top 100 songs of all time. *sigh* Well, what can you do?

  6. Knew she would win, but thought it would be by more to. LOL yes, you soooo offended the cat, he may never come back, so offensive haha right

  7. As conflicted as I was about this vote, I am not remotely surprised that it was so close. I still like the Garland version best, but I really enjoy the IZ version, too.

  8. Oh for goodness sakes. How could someone be offended? Pffft!

    I liked IZ and I'm not surprised that Judy Garland's won. But, it was fun to read peoples thoughts on the song. :-)

    Sia McKye Over Coffee

  9. I really never did figure out what that one commenter was talking about, but in that big of group you just shake yer head and say it was bound to happen. And I do hope I NEVER get blitzed like that! I moderate the damn things, y'know!

  10. 155 comments? Congratulations! And at the same time... No thank you! Thank God 99% of our readers aren't bloggers. I think I'd kill myself if I had to reply to everyone.

    Also, I think one of those most amazing things about blogging is what people get offended over. Look at the crap we say, and we don't get a single piece of hate over it. Then (as you saw) I post about my wife getting bitten by a venomous spider and we get a long-winded 2 page comment from a guy who's so offended over me saying it was a spider because it was clearly a staph infection. In fact, it offended this man so much he had to create a blogger account just to post and tell me this (we no longer allow anonymous comments thanks to overflowing spam). It just bewilders me.

  11. With IZ, it is the music, the man, his interpretation, and his life. It is all one package.

    It is the same with Garland. Both passed through this life too quickly.

  12. I think DL's blitz is a very cool thing. And I'm glad Judy won but then, I'm a proud traditionalist. *grin*

  13. Where have I been? This is a really fun idea. IZ's version was different and a very nice listen. Glad you had a great blitz!

  14. Good for Judy. I voted for Iz, but who doesn't remember the excitement of watching Wizard of Oz on TV as a kid? The joy is lost on MY kids -- growing up in a world of instant gratification seems to have ruined some things for them.

  15. I voted against Judy, but good for her. I saw too many votes so I wasn't expecting a different result.

    I also came to ask you to drop by the dragon cave as there is a special invitation for you. A very special invitation, I may say. I hope you say yes and join me in a big celebration because you're my guest of honor. :)

    Dragon Hugs!

  16. Huh, not surprised on all of the above. You always make waves, that's why your true fans love you.

    I enjoyed the ferrets comment about IZ, to the ferret and all others I believe IZ's version is the way it is because he was already living over the rainbow, his life was so pure that he could bring that clarity to the song for all of us. Often I believe that is why phenomenal people like that leave us so early.

    As for tradition, I make my own...