Ya ever have that feeling like you’re on top of the world. Like your life is just clicking along and you know exactly where you are going and what you’re doing. Well, if you have, or do – stop it now. Every time I feel like that, if I take time to really look around and really listen, sense what’s going on, I would clearly see that the bridge it out up ahead. Yep, it’s those times when I know I’m heading for a fall.
Anyway…it was a little like that today when I realized that I needed to put together my BATTLE OF THE BANDS XXVI. XXVI (24); Are you kidding me? We’ve, or at least I’ve been at this for a whole year, Carp! Now I don’t mean to imply that I’m headed for a fall or anything like that, other than the mental collapse I had this morning when I realized that I’ve been blogging about essentially the same ole thing for a year. Actually, I’ve digressed to the point where that’s about all I blog about anymore. That has got to change.
I had kind of planned a revolutionary post for July1 in honor of the 4th of July, Independence Day herein the US. I guess you all know that didn’t happen, but I’ll give you my Revolutionary post today. Let’s start with the thought that there are a lot of revolutions going on all around us. Most times we don’t recognize them as revolutionary until long past the initial event. My song choices today go back to something like that. But, let’s start with a movie clip. I love this movie, although I admit I hate to see Maureen cheating on John with Jimmy. This from ‘Mr. Hobbs Takes a Vacation’.
Are you still with me? At WOODSTOCK Jimi Hendricks was the closing act. Shame really because a lot of people had bailed – literally. His final number was this song. It kind of became a song of the revolution that was brewing. Funny when you think about it, ‘cause it’s a song about a man who murders his woman cause he caught her with another man. Ha! A battle as old as time. Now I have no doubt that if I posted Jimi’s version of this jaunty little ditty he would shut out just about anybody else, so I’m not gonna do that. This song has been covered by so many different people I couldn’t possible list them all; as a matter of fact here’s what Wiki-wacky says about ‘Hey Joe’:
"Hey Joe" is an American popular song from the 1960s that has become a rock standard and as such has been performed in many musical styles by hundreds of different artists since it was first written. "Hey Joe" tells the story of a man who is on the run and planning to head to Mexico after shooting his wife. However, diverse credits and claims have led to confusion as to the song's true authorship and genesis.[
Diversity is what I’m all about when it comes to BATTLE OF THE BANDS; so, first let’s hear from Patti Smith. Patti added an unusual lead in on this song referring to some other historical revolutionary type stuff. Sorry if her style offends, but I believe that’s pretty much, what she’s all about.
Next up, (this is a hard choice for me – I’ll tell you it’s between Gary Moore and Alvin Lee – excuse me for a minute while I go flip a coin). OK, I’m back and Alvin Lee won the coin toss (actually, I tossed an erasure that had red print on one side – Moore got the red print and Lee not – you probably didn’t really need to know this, but hey I’m in a chatty mood and in my office, trust me, there ain’t no money up here).
Here’s Mr. Alvin Lee
Now, I know some of you rule breakers will want to vote for Jimi anyway, but come on play along. We all know that Jimi would have it hands down, if he showed up to this party. I kind of hope he and Alvin are somewhere having a laugh over that.
Thinking about Alvin Lee reminds me of a funny 'Craig's List' story about selling my car in the islands to a man named Alvin Lee. Remind me and maybe one day I'll tell you that one.
Now you know what to do and how to do it. When you finish up here head on over to Ferret-Faced Fascist Freinds the home of ‘the smartest man alive’ and see what he has posted for BOTB 24 (if his post isn’t up yet let it percolate, he’ll eventually show). Once there he’ll give you the links to the other participants in this little game.
I’ll be back on the 21’s (or thereabouts) with the results of this Battle and my vote. See ya then!