September 15th, and time for another BATTLE OF THE BANDS. I have to admit that right around the first, I wasn’t sure if I was going to continue or not, but with a lot of encouragement from my friends and a little bit of help; here I am and ready to go.
I’m sure that somewhere before on my blog I’ve mentioned that I consider myself a ‘water person’. I love the water and do some of my best thinking ‘neck deep’. When it’s cold outside and all else fails, even the shower proves to be a great ‘think tank’ for me. Therefore, when this song was suggested it really spoke to me and some of the things I’ve been feeling and going through lately.
My selection is a song that I’m very familiar with, but had not thought of using it in a BOTB, until it was suggested by a friend. Thank you very much, Mr. SB6. I’m in your debt.
‘The Water is Wide’ – There is a lot of history surrounding this tune and the lyrics. I’m not going to take your time by reprinting all or any of it here, but I do suggest you go HERE, if you’re interested to learn more.
This song has been covered a lot. I dare say there are probably hundreds of covers available at YouTube alone and probably hundreds more that never made it to that musical site. I’ve debated for about a week now about which versions to use. I hope you’ll enjoy the two I’ve chosen. I really like them both( I like a lot of the versions I’ve listened to recently!)
First up Karla Bonoff with a little help from her friends James Taylor and JD Souther
Next the ladies from the Lilith Fair tour – Jewel, Sarah McLachlan, and Indigo Girls. (I may never forgive Sarah for those Humane Society commercials she does, but all the same, I like what she has done here.)
If you like this song and are looking for something really special click HERE to hear an instrumental version by Mark Knopfler recorded as a tribute to Chet Atkins following his death.
OK now, get on down to the comment box and vote. Then tell me why you chose as you did. Once you’ve finished up here, head on over to the home of TSMOTP and see what Mr. McCarthy has cooked up for us. STMcC Presents Battle of the Bands After you vote on his BATTLE, check out the link and please visit the other participants.
I’ll be back on the 21st or thereabout (I could be a little late, because I’ll be traveling over that time.) to cast my vote and give you the results. Until that time…Happy Trails!