Right out of the box, I think 2015 is going to be a fun year for BATTLE OF THE BANDS. We have several new participants and the BATTLES put up on January 1, 2015 were exciting, innovative and just a whole lot of fun. I’m excited for another calendar year of ‘Musical Battles’.
My first BATTLE of this New Year was fun, at least for me. I really like both version of this little wintery tune; ‘I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm’. There are a lot of covers of this 1937 tune by Irving Berlin. Here’s what Wacky Watchee has to say about it.
"I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm" is a popular song written in 1937 by Irving Berlin. It was introduced in the musical film On the Avenue (1937) by Dick Powell and Alice Faye. Les Brown's instrumental version, arranged by Skip Martin and recorded in 1946 as Columbia #38324, became a million-seller and Billboard top ten song in 1949. That same year vocal group The Mills Brothers also had a chart hit with their version on Decca #24550.
Although not strictly a Christmas song as the lyrics make no mention of the holiday, the tune has been recorded for many artists' Christmas albums and is a standard part of the holiday song repertoire in the U.S.
Well you can’t beat a million-seller, you guys proved that right here. The voting goes as follows:
Les Brown and his Band of Renown 12 votes
Django Reinhart 5 votes
Those totals don’t include my vote, cause it wouldn’t make one speck of difference in this BATTLE. I do cast my vote along with the majority and give it to Les and his band. Can’t top that Big Band sound for me either, but I do have to say I don’t think you could go wrong with a vote for Django if you’re in a mellower mood. It’s my opinion that both of these versions are winners.
Pop around to all of the other participants and see the outcome of their BATTLES. As always I’ll be back on the 15th of the month with another BATTLE OF THE BANDS. Thanks for your votes and support
In another matter it’s the first Wednesday of the month and time for the INSECURE WRITERS SUPPORT GROUP. This is the brainchild of Alex J. Cavanaugh and to learn more about it and see the linky list of participants head on over to his site and get the details. You can do that by clicking HERE.While you’re there take a moment to give him a big THANK YOU for all of the efforts involved in the IWSG and also THANK this month’s co-hosts.
When it comes to my writing 2014 was a bit shaky for me. I was dealing with some health issues that made it hard to sit for long periods of time and my level of concentration was worse than my normal state of ‘dumb blondeness’. By the Fall I had gotten the health issues pretty much under control and started back with some critiques of other peoples work. This is something that really helps me get excited about writing again. I set some goals for 2015 and was all ready to go. No insecurities there. I had a real feeling of ‘I can do it’. THEN…
Right after Thanksgiving I applied for a job. This employer had a three part interview process. Step one: a one on one interview. Sept two: a group interview. Step three: a one on one interview specific to the position you applied for. It was a process of elimination and you needed to make it through each step to proceed to the next.
I proceeded to step three where I interviewed with the guy who was second in command of the whole operation. We had what I thought was a pretty good interview and at the end he told me that I really interviewed well. ‘As a matter of fact’, he said; ‘this is the best interview he had had.’ During the course of this interview he also talked to me about two positions other than the one I had applied for. When I left he told me I would be hearing from them.
So…this past Monday I get a ‘Thank you, but NO Thank you’ email from them. To say I was disappointed would be putting it mildly. I was shocked, disappointed, saddened and well, to tell the truth it brought up ALL of my old insecurities about EVERYTHING.
I know this has nothing to do with my writing, but on the other hand it has everything to do with my basic feelings of insecurity and mental meanderings into the realm of ‘I’m not good enough’. Friends have suggested that perhaps they thought I was over qualified for this particular job, or that I would become bored and not be a long-term employee. My insecure self thinks I simply was not good enough.
I’m working to put this behind me. I really didn’t need this job, but I wanted it. It really is not reflection on whether or not I can write a good story and have a good story to tell, BUT…
How about you? Are you generally as insecure as this or do you confine your insecurities to your craft?
We were supposed to tell something about ourselves in this IWSG post, but I think you get a pretty clear picture of me and my general insecurities from the above. ‘Dumb blonde, who struggles…with way too much!’