Friday, May 15, 2015

It's 'ABOUT TIME' - BATTLE OF THE BANDS



It’s May 14th, 9:30 PM PST, and at my house, it’s snowing like a blizzard. Ya, I’m the nut who left the Caribbean and wanted to go back to the mountains. What was I thinking?

Best if I take my mind off the weather and work on my BATTLE OF THE BANDS POST. 

Last weekend, like every third person in the US, I had the flu. I woke in the wee hours of Saturday morning and was violently ill until well after sunrise. Best I not get more descriptive than that.

Anyway…Saturday afternoon when I finally dragged myself out of bed to wrap up in blankets in my big leather chaise, I spent the afternoon feeding DVD’s into the Blu Ray player. First I watched ‘The Man Who Cried’, as recommended by Mr. Bird from his last BOTB. I enjoyed it well enough. A heartbreaking story. The characters were a little flat, but the music throughout the film more than made up for anything else that was lacking. Thank you for the recommend Mr. Bird.

Next up, one of my favorite movies. It’s a ‘love story’ involving ‘time travel’, but not in a science fictiony way. Does that make sense? Probably not. I guess you have to ‘be there’ or at least watch the film to know what I mean. 

This movie is a ‘love story’ on every level that love exists. Again, watch it and you’ll know what I mean. The movie? Oh, I didn’t tell you what it is yet, did I? Well, it’s called ‘About Time’ appropriately enough.

There is a silly little love song that runs through the movie. No spectacular lyrics, nor complex tune, just a ‘silly little love song’, but it conjures up this marvelous story of ‘ordinary people learning to live extraordinary lives’ – I just love that concept, don’t you?

Here are two versions of ‘How Long Will I Love You’, both from ‘About Time’. I’ve included videos with clips from the movie in hopes it will pique your interest to seek this flick out and have a watch. It includes one of my favorite actors; Bill Nighy.

First up: John Boden (This version runs through the movie as a theme.)


Next is a version by Ellie Goulding (This version is used at the end, during the credits.)



Once you have left you vote in the comment box with your reason why, get yourself on over to the home of ‘The Ninja Captain of BOTB, Stephen T. McCarthy.  Stephen will have a link with all the participants. Seems this little ole idea is actually growing into quite the Blog Hop. Rumor has is that there are three new participants this time out. I sincerely encourage you to visit all of the participants and cast a vote. Should you feel the desire to join us, please let me know in the comment section, so I can visit and vote at your site. Also, give Stephen a ‘heads up’ and he will add you to the list.

I’ll be back on the 21st of the month (as will all the other participants) when I’ll cast my vote and give you the final tally and DECLARE a WINNER in this BATTLE OF THE BANDS.

Until then, Happy Trails to you!

64 comments:

  1. FAE ~
    Ha! For me, this Battle was over in exactly 27 seconds. That's how much time I needed to hear Ellie's version and to know I preferred BODEN's version.

    I don't know how to say it but the first one was bouncy (and "Irish-y") and had some life to it. The second one, by comparison, sounded like a funeral dirge.

    So, the new "Captain" casts the first (of what will be many) votes for the winner: Mr. Boden.

    ~ D-FensDogG
    'Loyal American Underground'

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    1. >>... the first (of what will be many) votes for the winner

      No grammatical error or typo there. I'm pretending I live in Chicago and casting multiple votes which, as you know, is totally legal in the state of ILL-inois.

      ~ D-FensDogG

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    2. If you want to vote multiple times, just do what I do. Make up a co-author/blogging persona, and pretend they exist and vote as them, too. Four years later, and people still don't realize that Bryan is just a sock puppet with googly eyes.

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    3. @ STMcC - 27 seconds huh? Apparently, not a very compelling BATTLE for you then. No matter, I appreciate all and any votes. Here at FAE BOTB we run loose and free, no rules to die us down.

      As I hail from the great state of Illinois. Home of Barry, and the state that boasts more of it's highest ranking state officials serving time in the state pen than any other state in the union; please do vote as many times as you wish. As well as ignoring polling restrictions, I have been informed that I also do not adhere to Blogging Etiquette 101. In my own personal definition that must mean that I treat each and every person who stops by to comment with equal humor, respect, and freedom while doing my best to NOT judge them nor require they adhere to certain rules of engagement. It must be in my upbringing, but then there's absolutely no accounting for my parentage(thought I should mention that before someone else does - you know beat them at their own game - Ha! I guess I'm on a roll.)

      Also, I want to thank my Father in Heaven and His Son, Jesus Christ for all they have done for me and the guidance I receive on a daily basis through constant communication.

      I probably don't say that publicly enough. I try to always show an attitude of gratitude, among other things. AND, I wanted to be perfectly clear that I have not a single qualm talking about the two taboos of genteel conversation - politics and religion!

      @ABFTS - Ha, a sock pupppet with googly eyes, I love sock puppets. Also, guys I really need to thank you for your recent post. I was not aware how widespread the problem is until recently.

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    4. FAE ~
      I didn't mean to imply that I turned the second song off after 27 seconds, if that's what you were thinking. No, I listened to the entire recording, but I knew just shortly after it began that I would be voting for the Jon Boden version.

      ~ D-FensDogG

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    5. No worries. As I was just telling Bryan there will be no bulling, shaming, nor other forms of extorting hurt feelings from my guest here at FAE. I might scratch my head over a comment, I might feel a little disappointed, I might even be sad if you missed MY point, but above a lot of things I respect your right to express yourself.

      Heck, I even actually enjoy a little jocularity now and again. And I really love the opportunity to use that word jocularity. It's kind of fun how it rolls off the tongue, don't ya think?

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  2. Hi Fae. This is interesting. I don't the movie or the song. Not really sure I like the song but the first is more pleasing. Lots' of strings, and I think I here an an accordion or squeezebox in there, (smile). Lots of life.

    John and Ellie both, have scratchiness in their voices. Maybe that's what I'm not really going for. I don't know. I love the ocean sounds of Ellie's version, but that's about the same time my interests leaves. In all fairness, I listened to each twice just to veriffy my ears had not been scarred, I mean, well... like you said, it's just a silly little love song. (Right?) This was tough... and I really need for that to be an accordion, please.

    Give my vote to John Boden

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    1. Hi Dixie, thank you so much for stopping by and casting a vote, even if you really didn't care for this 'silly little love song'. Sometimes that happens, but you making the effort in spite of being somewhat put off, means all the more to me.

      If you really need that to be an accordion there in the Boden version, then by all means, I am certain that it is in fact an accordion, and that is truly what makes this version come out on top.

      Thanks again Dixie. Your continued support of BOTB here is much appreciated. Your vote has been duly noted and counted.

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  3. Good-morning, Fae! The movie and song are new-to-me. Vocally speaking, I by far prefer Boden to Goulding and as the Ninja Caption points out, it's bouncy and has life which definitely appeals more to my listening pleasure this a.m. So, give John Boden another vote!

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    1. Good Evening Cathy, you make an interesting point about the bouncy life giving version being more appealing early in the morning. I had not thought of that before. Your vote has been added to the tally. I do so appreciate your visit early this morning.

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  4. Oopsy, I forgot to check the "Notify Me" button. :(

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    1. Ah, whatever you do, don't forget that pesky ole 'Notify Me' button. Ha, ha, ha! I always hit the publish button a little too quickly myself.

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  5. Hey, there can be only one Ninja Captain!
    Ellie Goulding had a pretty voice. She gets my vote.
    Sorry you were so sick.

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    1. Ah, yes mighty 'Ninja Captain', you are so correct, but please also note that surely there is room for only one 'Ninja Captain of Battle of the Bands' see therein lies the distinction. One NC and one NCBOTB. It's all in the alphabet.

      Ellie and her pretty voice, it is for you of great NC.

      Thanks Alex, I always appreciate you taking the time from your busy schedule to make sure you case a vote here at FAE. And I appreciate the sentiments over my recent illness. I think I'm pretty much over it now.

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  6. Hello, dear FAE! If it was snowing like a blizzard in your neighborhood on May 14, then I must surmise that you live above the Arctic Circle. :) I'm sorry to learn that you were stricken with the flu last weekend and hope you are back to 100% today.

    Rachel "The Notebook" McAdams works her magic on me and I detect a disturbance in the force almost every time I watch her in movies. (However I didn't care for her character in Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris.) I have not yet seen About Time but I am eager to.

    As for the song from the movie, "How Long Will I Love You," I thought the John Boden version was overwrought, too emo for my taste. I prefer the sweet, simple, laid-back style of Ellie Goulding and she gets my vote in your BOTB.

    Welcome to the new hop participants and have a safe and happy weekend, dear friend FAE!

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    1. Ah Mr. Knight, I will assume you jest about my place of residence (although recently I fear to have found you not to really be the jesting sort), as the picture on my header would suggest I live on the shores of one of the most picturesque lakes within the lower 48, and at a latitude quite a bit lower than your place of residence, I believe, if my research serves me correctly (an I do try to do my research and not make undue assumptions about my guests).

      I must agree about Ms. McAdams, not that she creates any disturbance in 'my' force, but that she is a marvelous actress and I have not seen her in anything that I did not enjoy her performance. Even the movie which you noted, 'Midnight in Paris', which I adore, by the way, where she played a rather despicable 'type', I thought it a credit to her craft that she did a wonderful job. Perhaps this is just my opinion, but as I studied the same craft both at university and in a career, I have a tiny idea of what I speak. (Ah, research,again, it's it a pesky little thing?)

      Ellie does have a sweet, simple, laid-back style, does she not? I have duly noted your vote in her direction and added it to the tally.

      How kind of you to welcome the 'other' new participants to BOTB, especially since you are really one of that illustrious circle yourself.

      Please do have a safe, happy, and comfortable weekend yourself.

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  7. Hi Fae. If there's a good side to being sick, it's wrapping up in a blanket and watching movies all day! Sorry you were so sick but at least you got in some great movies, yeah? My vote is for the John Boden version. His has a richer sound and I love the strings in the music. I liked Ellie Goulding's version too, just not as much. I don't think I liked her voice: it seems to crack, imo. So John Boden gets my vote. I think it's interesting that both versions are featured in the film. Do they do that often in movies? Now that I'm participating in the BOTB, I'm sure I'll be paying attention to that sort of thing. It's nice to be a part of this great group and I know it's going to be a lot of fun getting to know you all!
    Michele at Angels Bark

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    1. Hi Michele, it is a pleasure to meet you and welcome you to BOTB. I hope you will enjoy yourself as we travel together through this musical hop. It's really heartening to see so many people interested in this little ole blog hop that has been around for almost three years now. I truly appreciate you stopping by to cast a vote here at FAE.

      Thank you for the well wishes regarding my recovery. I do think I'm all better now, but you're correct that the upside to a sick day in the guilt free pleasure of being wrapped in blankets and indulging in movies 'all day'.

      I seems a little unusual to feature two versions of the same song in one movie and I can't think of another place where I've seen that done. As I mentioned above, but maybe not too clearly, the Boden version runs through the movie as part of the general theme and Ellie's version is played at the end over the credits. Maybe she is related to one of the producers, Ha!

      Thanks for coming by and casting a vote, it has been duly noted and added to the tally.

      I'm really glad you decided to join BOTB. With so many new people, I have adopted a new plan for my voting. Since we have seven days before the votes are counted up, I plan to try and visit 3 BATTLES per day and cast my votes. That way I can devote my full attention to those BATTLES and take the necessary time to listen to the selections and leave a comment. I'll be by soon to see what you have chosen for us. Until that time...Happy Trails!

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  8. The snow-in situation sounds kind of neat, but the sickness does not. Sounds like what I came down with several weeks ago. I hadn't been sick like that in ages. Not fun at all.

    Thanks for the report on The Man Who Cried. I agree with your assessment. The performances were almost like they were phoned in, but the story somewhat endures and the music is splendid.

    About Time is such a wonderful film that my wife and I both enjoyed immensely when we saw it a few months back. I look for any time travel films that I can find and this one came as a complete surprise. As I said in my recommendation for my kids and sisters to watch this film, it's not so much about time travel as it is a sweet story about love and family. This film gets a hearty recommendation from me as well.

    Now to the song versions: Both are excellent. Goulding's vocal is tender and the arrangement is lovely. However, I have to go with the brighter more carefree sounding performance by Boden. For one thing it captures the spirit of the film story better, But just on the basis of sound it lifts me up and over all just sounds better to me. I like the instruments better as well and the vocal is friendly and inviting.

    Jon Boden gets my vote.

    Excellent battle with a good song choice that I like a lot.

    Arlee Bird
    A to Z Challenge Co-host
    Road trippin' with A to Z
    Tossing It Out

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    1. Hi Lee, Maybe being 'snowed in during the month of May' would sound neat if I lived in LA, but here in the High Sierra it's getting old. We never really had winter when it was supposed to be winter and now it decides to make an show when it's supposed to be spring and almost summer. SHEESH!

      I will agree that being sick is for the birds. Although, it did give me a 'guilt free' day of movie watching.

      You know I didn't mention Cate Blanchett's performance in 'The Man Who Cried', she was marvelous as the ever present opportunist, albeit one with a heart. People go on and on about marvelous Meryl (Streep) and don't get me wrong, I love to watch her work, but Cate Blanchett, she played Bob Dylan for 'cryin out loud', the woman is talented. It may be that her performance upstaged the others enough that your assessment of them 'phoning it in' (I loved that, BTW) rang so true.

      Anyway...'About Time', I'm so glad to hear that you and your wife enjoyed that one. I was pretty sure that you would. I love the aspect of time travel in it and the relationship between father and son is so tender and real, it makes my heart feel glad. I just love Bill Nighy and his typical dry Brit sense of comedy.

      Now the subject at hand, BOTB and the song selections... The Boden version being 'friendly and inviting', I like that description, one I had not thought of before, but it does fit.

      Glad you liked this BATTLE and song choice. It sure doesn't hurt to also really like this movie, now does it? You vote has been noted and added. Thanks for coming by, and for a fun comment.

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  9. Ugg to the germs, hopefully they are long gone. Never seen that movie. I vote for #2 liked her voice better

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    1. Ah Pat my friendly little germaphobe, and how smart you are to be one; I do believe they are gone, as I'm feeling much better. thank you very much.

      You might actually enjoy this movie. It is a love story, but with a decidedly different twist and there is the time travel thrown in on the side.

      Your vote for Ellie is noted and appreciated as is your continued support of BOTB.

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  10. This is a movie I've wanted to watch since I first saw the previews. I agree with Mr. Shady about Rachel McAdams. I can't think of a movie I've seen her in I don't like. Also, I love time travel movies. Just about all time travel stories. So, this one was high on my list. Now, I really want to see it!

    I liked both versions of the song. I'm now listening to the first one again to confirm that Mr. Boden is my favorite (he is), but I liked the stripped down version by Ms. Goulding, too. So, one more for Mr. Boden.

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    1. Robin, from the things you've posted about the music, movies and TV shows that you love, I really believe you would enjoy 'About Time'. Rachel McAdams in as marvelous in this as she is in everything else I've seen her in. Don't waste a minute, if you have Netflix add it to your list (that's where I first saw it, but now I bought my very own copy, I love it so much).

      I'm glad you liked both versions of this 'silly little love song', they each have their merits, but alas the whole point of BOTB is to make a choice. You vote has been noted and added to the tally.

      I want to take a moment to thank you for your continued participation and support in BOTB. I noticed you taking the time to explain at another site how some of us, who have been at this for quite some time now, normally do things. I thought your explanation was very thoughtful and full of great information. BOTB has been run very loose with no real rules other than to post on the first and fifteenth and of course, each person is welcome to do as they please, but your care and concern for the newer members was not lost on me. You have been a faithful supporter of this hop and my blo, and it is appreciated. Just wanted to be sure you knew that.

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    2. That should say 'my blog', not 'my blo', but you already knew that, right?

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    3. Read this the other day and meant to comment, but didn't.

      Yeah, I knew it.

      Also, I'm relieved to know that there are others who just tap "send" without proofing their comments. Seems like I spot a Typo immediately after it's posted.

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  11. Wow, this was the hardest one so far and I didn't know either song!

    Ellie Goulding has that light, airy voice that usually appeals to the chick in me (she's in there, I swear). Less is best in music works. It's a pure, sweet song and I can't fault her for anything. It's awesome.

    But back to John Boden...when I heard his song, I immediately thought he was channeling The Hooters. For the record, that's not a BAD thing.

    Check 'em out >> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zB1Q-PfUvN0

    My vote goes for Boden - rock on!

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    1. Hello Cherdo and welcome to FAE and BOTB. I did go and check out the link for The Hooters. I see what you mean. That was fun as is the Jon Boden version of this tune.
      I'm glad to hear you thought this was 'hard'. In my mind that means I put together a pretty good BATTLE. It doesn't happen every time, but then I've been working at this little hop for almost three years now. Practice, practice, practice! I'll never be perfect, but I think I'm starting to get the hang of it.

      I'm glad you decided to join in the fun. Your vote had been noted and added to the tally. Your support is always appreciated.

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  12. Oh yuck! Snow in May?! Sorry you were sick too.:(
    Sounds like an interesting movie and I love Bill Nighy too, so I'll definitely check it out. The John Boden version of the song appeals the most, probably because I didn't like Elly Goulding's voice that much.
    This is my first time participating in BOTB and I look forward to getting to know everyone a little better. Cheers!

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    1. Hi Debbie, how very nice to meet you. A big hearty welcome to BOTB and a thank you for desiring to join us. I hope you will have as much fun with it as I have. As I mentioned to Michele in my comment above, I have had to devise a new plan for visiting all of the participants and casting my votes. I will be visiting three each day, so I can take my time and listen to all of the selections. I'll be by your place soon, to see what your have chosen in your debut BATTLE. I'm sure it will be fun and exciting.

      It does make it easier to decide when you prefer the sound of one voice over the other, now, doesn't it? Thank you so much for stopping by. Your vote has been added in and will be a part of the totals I'll present on the 21st.

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  13. I loved this movie. I know a lot of people complained about the science behind the time travel, but that didn't matter to me. It was still a great story.

    I love Ellie Goulding's voice. Love it. And yet, with her version sounding so mellow and so dour, it doesn't matter that she can sing circles around John Boden. That Irish sound and that little 'umph' we get from the instrumentals is enough to catapult his way ahead of hers. His has passion, but without making it sound like we're at someone's funeral.

    Brandon votes for Boden because he doesn't care for Ellie Goulding, and Bryan votes for him because of that sweet, Irish sound.

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    1. I am so glad to hear that you loved this movie. Bah, to those naysayers to complain about the science behind THIS time travel. I'll bet their the same people who believe every word Tony Stark speaks and could build their own Iron Man from the movie directions. Ha! Yeah, there's some REAL science for ya.

      Ah ha, that little Irish 'umph' got to you too. Kinda like 'Flogging Molly' on a ton of 'ludes', huh? Well, maybe not. But there is that twinkle in the sound that gives it a real 'Irish Eyes' smile and passion.

      So, you two 'brothers from different mothers' vote the same, but for different reasons. Well, that's just alright with me. Got ya duly noted and counted into the totals. As always I appreciate you two for so much more than just those little ole votes.

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    2. Yeah, right? Captain America took a magic potion that makes him the strongest man in the world, and he was frozen in ice for 70 years (which is fine) but we have a real problem with time travel loopholes in a romantic comedy.

      Speaking of which, Domhnall Gleason, who was the lead in About Time, is in another movie that's out in theaters now called Ex Machina. Which I also thought he was fantastic in. And is also criticized for the science. But the wife and I both thought it was great. Awesome storyline and very thought provoking on the future of AI. If you haven't seen it, I recommend it. Just be prepared to be sad for humanity afterwards (not a spoiler, but in essence a company like Google/Facebook builds a human-like robot and has Domhnall test to see if it passes the Turing test, for it to be considered human).

      Believe it or not, for being a little Mexican woman, my mother has an astounding amount of Celtic music, and that's a big part of what I grew up with. So whether it's Flogging Molly or a lighthearted reel or what have you, I have a deep fondness for that stuff.

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    3. Oh, I forgot all about Captain America. In all honesty, his is the only franchise of the whole Avengers phenom that I was able to stay awake through, Is is me, or them?

      Thanks for the 'heads-up about 'Ex Machina' I had seen the movie posters for it, but didn't take the time to look into any of the details, not much of a sci-fy nut, myself. This one does sound interesting and I really liked Domhnall (man I bet he was a tough kid). I'll check it out when I can.

      I'm a sucker for that Celtic sound myself, not really sure why, but maybe it has something to do with my 'Irish' connections. I'll not repeat that 'bad joke' about me and the Irishman, as I'm currently already under enough scrutiny for being...me!

      Oh, and THEY'RE not their. That's one of my 'pet peeves'. Of course, I try to never go around and correct others over it, because, well, I think you can see exactly why. I might be a dumb blonde, but there won't be any bulling, shaming or other forms of extorting hurt feelings from my guests. Hey, I even enjoy a little jocularity now and again. Ha!

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  14. Ellie Goulding gets my vote, no hesitations.

    Hope you have left the leather easy-chair behind. But you will most likely be carrying a box of tissue around for a while.

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    1. Hi Susan, I like you clear cut decisive vote. No hesitations, whatsoever!

      Yeah, I'm up and out of the chair, unfortunately, but you're 100% right on about the tissues. It's a pain in the nose, but better than what I was dealing with last week.

      As always, I appreciate your continued support of BOTB.

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  15. Simple choice for me. Second one.

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    1. Ah, no nonsense Bish. A simply choice for the sweet simple version. Got your vote duly noted and added up. Thanks for stopping by and your continued support, my friend. And, thanks for that reminder of the warmth and beauty of those coral reefs and my Caribbean home this morning. On a day like this, you can't imagine how badly I needed that.

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  16. Nice song. I thought the first one was beautiful; until I heard the first few notes of Ellie's. No contest, and it just got better as it played. Ellie gets my vote.

    Thanks for your visit to my blog this morning FAE. You made me cry, but they were tears of appreciation, so good tears. Memory lane can truly be a devastating place to wonder, and I'm sure all the snow and cold affected your mood. Hopefully you treated yourself to a cup of chamomile tea, or a warm hot toddy, and thought of all the beautiful snow flakes you made as a child. And probably still make :) Sending happy thoughts your way. And warmth.

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    1. Ah Miss Donna, you have no idea how much I 'ppreciat ya, on a day like today more than ever.

      I'm so glad you came back to BOTB this time and hope you'll be able to be a regular participant. Your BATTLES are always so delicious. Today's was extra special and it is I who THANK YOU for that. I love your sense of humor, and believe me, today I'm seeing that that is something that is lacking in general in the world. I'm really a bit tired of being pigeon holed and expected to act as others dictate. YIKES! I'm way to old for some of this carp.

      Sorry for creating the tears, but sometime those 'good' tears are a welcome relief. Glad you liked the BATTLE, I'll bet you would enjoy the movie too.

      Your happy thoughts as well ass your vote are well received and duly noted.

      Hey, when are we going to get together? Maybe the weather will break soon, Ha, ha, ha and one of us can make a trip over the pass.

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    2. YIKES! that should have said 'as well as', not 'as well ass', but then let's just let the ole donkey out, shall we. You know me!

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  17. Jon Boden gets my vote, I didn't care that much for the soft little girl voice of the second version. I usually prefer strong women singers who belt it out. I liked the violin (I think that was the instrument) in the background which added a melancholy touch. Interesting choices. . .

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    1. Hi DG, without giving too much away, I will say; I'm with ya on those little girl voices, not my cuppa. There are a few songs where it works but I by far prefer someone, anyone who can belt it out myself. The instrumentation in the Boden version is excellent, I agree. Very Irish kinda sound.

      As always I appreciate your continued support of BOTB in general and my particular version here. Got you down for Jon Boden.

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  18. First reaction was version one on instruments alone. The second song gained ground as it went, but I'll still go with Boden.

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    1. Hey Chris, thanks for stopping by. The instrumentation in that Boden version is kinda nice, isn't it? Interesting that you thought Elllie's version 'gained ground' as it went along. I had not thought of it that way. Many of the comments have given me a new perspective on both of these versions.

      I've counted your vote for Boden and want you to know how much I appreciate your continued support of BOTB both in general and here at FAE.

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  19. I vote for Ellie Goulding. Her voice seems to capture the longing, hopeful refrains of the lyrics plus she has a great voice. The other one was good but it sounded unoriginal to me. I hope you are feeling better-nothing is worse than being sicker than a dog

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    1. Hi Birgit, thanks for stopping by. Ellie does have a nice sweet voice, doesn't she? This a sweet comment that her voice captures the 'longing, hopeful refrains of the lyrics', something else I had not thought about. Frankly, I've probably been too caught up in the movie itself to notice some of the subtle nuances in these two song versions.

      I've counted you in Ellie's camp, and want you to know I appreciate your continued support of BOTB. Why don't you consider joining us with your own version? I hear you're very well versed in movies, especially older movies, perhaps you could glean BOTB match-up from soundtracks. Just a thought.

      Thanks for the well wishes with regards to my health. All better now and trying to stay that way.

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  20. I think we should all start preparing for the End Times. I am voting along with McCarthy again. The first version is head and shoulders above the slow wimpy version of Ellie Goulding.

    I will say, however, the the original version by The Waterboys is way better than either of 'em!!

    I really enjoy this song, and I'm very glad you went with just a "silly love song" this time, mon chéri!

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    1. So glad you enjoyed this one and really appreciative that you took the time to stop by and cast a vote.

      I admit that I looked no farther than the two versions included in the move and since they were diverse enough went with them. BUT, I went to YouTube to listen to The Waterboys and you are 300% correct, that is a far superior version. It even has sax! Although, had I used The Waterboys, I can't imagine that it would not have been a shut-out. Their version is absolutely great.

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  21. Well, it's only the 17th and my voting is done, complete, fini. I've made my way around to all of the BATTLE OF THE BAND participants and cast a vote. If YOU haven't done so yet, what are ya hanging around here for. Go on get. (Well, finish reading this comment first). There are some great BATTLES out there just awaiting for your vote.

    I want to take the time here to welcome the three new people on board. Debbie @ The Dog Ladys Den, Michele at Angels Bark, and Cherdo at Cherdo on the Flipside. These three gals put together great BATTLES for their debut and if you haven't already, I encourage you to run on over and give them a visit.

    My heart if full and I'm truly grateful for so many new people coming on board with BATTLE OF THE BANDS. I understand there is another new participant who will be with us on June 1. These people have been so respectful of what we've put together here and worked so hard to maintain. I know I've mistakenly said in a few of my comments that we've been at this for almost three years and I need to stand corrected on that. It's been almost two years. Yep, it was August of 2013 when the very first BATTLE OF THE BANDS appeared right here on Far Away Series.

    It's kind of hard when you put something like this together and then let it fly out into the world. I'm not a big 'rules' person, and Mr. McCarthy and I decided to let BOTB, fly kind of loose and free, but participants so far have gotten on Board and used the 'Universal Logo' that Mr. McCarthy so painstakingly put together,, You wouldn't know it, but there is a lot of meaning behind that logo. Also, these new participants have been respectful of our intent and followed along. It's fine and even nice to give a log of history and post various versions of the songs chosen, but in the end there can be only ONE WINNER in each BATTLE, and in the end there is only ONE BATTLE OF THE BANDS.

    I just might have to repost this as a blog post in a day or two, because I really want these new people to get the recognition they deserve for being such 'good sports' and great additions to BATTLE OF THE BANDS.

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    1. It's been exciting to watch this idea catch on and be embraced by so many people. You did good FAE in the starting of this thing. StMc did good in knowing a good thing when he saw it... causing the two of you to put your heads together and make it an actual "thing." Arlee and I and LC all went, "Wow. We want to do this, too." And... look at it now. Hold your head up girl and BE PROUD. The little blonde in the corner is the inventor of this operation, and it's manifested into something Fine Indeed!

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    2. Thank you! That means a lot to me.

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  22. This was a very cute movie! I liked it because it had two love stories. The first was between a man and a woman, and the second one was even more special because it was between a father and his grown son. My vote is for Ellie Goulding's heartfelt version. Congrats on all of your new additions to BOTB, FAE! Glad you're feeling better!

    Julie

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    1. Thanks for the get well wishes Julie and for stopping by to cast a vote.

      I agree about the movie. I thought the love story between the father and son was very touching. I also like the care and concern he took for his sister and his own children after they were born. There were just so many sweet angles to this one.

      Your vote is counted and tucked away for Ellie.

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  23. Ellie Goulding gets my vote. One I liked her voice better. The arrangement wasn't as busy as the first one. So it was kind of a situation where less is more with a more appealing voice in my opinion.

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    1. Hey Mike, glad you made it by. I've got your vote down for Ellie. glad you liked her version. I'll have to agree her version is certainly 'less' and uncluttered as opposed to the Boden.

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  24. I'm going with Ellie Goulding. It was a very moving version and I loved the harmony.

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    1. Hey you, good to see you here again. Another vote for the very moving version by Ms. Goulding. Thanks for the vote.

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  25. Ellie Goulding. The strings in Jon Boden's version grew tiresome after a while.

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    1. Hey John,thanks for stopping by. It's interesting that you would call Boden's accompaniment tiresome, some other folks have said cluttered, busy, and unoriginal. I never count up the votes before the 'end', but I'm thinking that maybe Ellie is pulling ahead. Two more days and we'll know for sure.

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  26. Both versions are very nice. But I'll go with Jon Boden because it was upbeat and was a refreshing change from Ellie's version which I've heard a lot on the radio. I'll have to recommend this movie to my wife; time travel and romance is a win in her book!

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    1. Hi Nick, thanks for coming around and casting a vote. I've got you down as a vote for Boden. I'm surprised that you've heard Ellie's version on the radio. I have to admit that the only place I've heard either version is in the movie, but that may be due to the fact that I don't listen to a lot of radio and when I do it's an 'alternative' station out of Reno.

      I hope you o pass this movie onto your wife. If she loves a sweet little romance with some time travel on the side and not in a to sci-fy kind of way, she's love it. I sure do.

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