OK, here we go with the results for BATTLE OF THE BANDS XXVI. Before I get into all of that I want to reminisce a little bit about the past year.
Mr. McCarthy and I have been at this BOTB thing for a full year now. Wow! I can hardly believe it. There have been times when I’ve been a bit discouraged and even thought about quitting, but then I’ve realized that, at least recently, BOTB is about all I post (occasionally, I sneak something else in, but for the most part, it’s BOTB and the RESULTS posts), so I really wouldn’t want to quit and basically give up blogging altogether.
I do want to extend a great big thank you to those of you who have been loyal followers of this little experiment. Most of your comments crack me up. I appreciate that you keep coming back even when I give you something like ‘Grupo Rush’ or this past BATTLE featuring the always interesting Patti Smith. I enjoy your honest votes and the candor of your comments, so, please keep ‘em coming.
This past BATTLE really wasn’t much of a fight. Alvin Lee pretty much mopped the floor with Patti Smith in their respective versions of ’Hey Joe’. As most of you probably know, just about everybody and their dog has covered ‘Hey Joe’, so there are a lot of different styles, voices, and genres out there. I like to give you as much diversity as possible in my BATTLES, hence this paring. I thought by putting a female up against a male, a hard rocker, up against the beat poet Patti likes to think of herself as, was pretty diverse. Apparently, that kind of backfired on me here because this was a total and complete shut-out (YES, even I am not voting for Patti). I can see clearly that had I put Alvin against Gary Moore it might have been more of a ‘horse race’. From my perspective they were fairly similar, so I went for the diversity.
Ah well, ya live and learn. I’m not really bummed about the shut-out. I did enjoy your comments about Patti. They tended to be a bit diverse themselves, even if you all did agree – YOU didn’t like her ‘Hey Joe’ at all. That even goes for the few of you who are normally Patti fans.
The Final Tally (including my vote) - 13 votes for Alvin Lee
0 votes for Patti Smith
We’ll be back in August – kicking off a new year, and there are some surprises in store. I personally, have a theme planned for the entire month of August. Care to give a guess what it might be? I’ll even give you a hint. It’s summed up in one word; a word that has at times been applied to me. – Now, be nice, but leave me your guesses in the comment box, and we’ll see you back here August 1 to start a Brand New Year of BATTLE OF THE BANDS.
After all this talk about Gary Moore I'm gonna post one of my favorites of his here for your listening pleasure, if you have the time.