It's February 1st and you know what that means, don't ya? Well, yeah, it means it's time for another BOTB, but it's also the month of love. Now, I suppose some of you will post 'silly love songs'. Maybe something even dedicated to your sweetheart. I'm going to post a love letter of sorts, but it's to my parents. The song I've choosen for February 1st was 'THEIR SONG'. Every time I hear it, I can clearly see that wacky duo gliding and swaying across the dance floor, whether it was in our living room, with the furniture pushed back and the rug rolled up, or at some fancy wedding or other family event.
I had originally written this post back in August. That was when we posted on August 30th for September 1st. August 30th (not this year) is the day my mother left this world and there hasn't been a day go by that I haven't missed her. For some silly girl reasons (sometimes, I'm a silly girl) I didn't use the post for my BOTB III, back in August.
Anyway, I haven't changed much to this post, so some of it may seem a little strange and dated, but since I'm still haveing trouble typing, I thought it was time to dig it out. Also, I would have been real disappointment in myself, if someone else used this song, before I got to it. (Over the course of the last few BATTLES, one of 'my' songs got used by someone else. Of course I would have used finer versions, but no matter, it still kind of ticked me off. I need to do my best to not let that happen again.)
It’s time for ‘BATTLE OF THE BANDS III’ (er...XIII actually). I know it’s not the first of September yet, but due to the Labor Day Holiday and the three day weekend, Mr. McCarthy and I decided to post a little early.
Apparently, ‘BOTB’ is a big hit because Stephen T. and I are now being joined by Mr. Arlee Bird of TOSSING IT OUT.
So…here we go. Ya’all know how this works. Listen to me yak for a few minutes, then listen to both versions of the ‘tune’. Leave your vote in the comment section and tell me why you voted. NEXT, get yourself on over to Ferret-Faced Fascist Freinds the home of Stephen T. McCarthy and see what he has served up for us. Listen, vote and comment there also. Then check out Arlee’s selections at TOSSING IT OUT
Originally, I had planned something different for this ‘Battle’ but due to the date change I just couldn’t help myself. I posted another version of this song back on July 5th, with some stories about my family, if you’re interested click HERE and read that post and have a listen to Willie (BUT, he’s not a part of this contest).
For this tune I want to take you back, way back to the composer.
"Hoagy" Carmichael (born Howard Hoagland Carmichael; November 22, 1899 – December 27, 1981) was an American composer, pianist, singer, actor, and bandleader. He is best known for composing the music for "Stardust", "Georgia on My Mind", "The Nearness of You", and "Heart and Soul", four of the most-recorded American songs of all time.
‘Hoagy’ first recorded the song as Star Dust in 1927 (long before my time). It was then a ‘peppy (but mid tempo) jazz instrumental. The lyrics weren’t added until 1929, written by Mitchell Parish. In 1930, bandleader Isham Jones recorded a slower version, a sentimental ballad. This is the more popular one played more often.
So…First up Mr. Hoagy Carmichael and his original Star Dust
Next let’s hear what some people (at least those at Wikipedia, Ha, ha, ha) think is the best. This one with lyrics.
Here’s Nat King Cole
Well, there you have it my selections for BOTB III, (XIII) probably not what you expected from me. I’ll refrain from becoming all maudlin about this choice. If you skipped back (or remembered) my post from July 5th, you have some idea why. Today I’m reminded of my mother again. ‘I miss you momma and I will every day of my life.’
Number three, is my ole buddy Willy:
And Number fouir that ever popular jazz man, Satchmo:
NOW, if you haven’t already, get yourself on over to
Stephen T. Mccarthy - Ferret-Faced Fascist Freinds and vote there also. I'm sure Mr.McCarthy will also post a list of and links to the other regular participants. If you're new and want to participate, please leave a comment and a link to your site so that I and my visitors can visit you also,.