YIKES! Life has actually overtaken me. I keep saying I think it’s going to happen and now it has. I’m two days behind on posting my BATTLE OF THE BANDS results and I won’t even begin to list everything else in my life that is running late.
So…let’s get on with it, shall we?
I had a lot of fun with this BATTLE. It was interesting to work with Mr. McCarthy and see these four worthy contestants (one not so much, in my opinion) battle it out. I am of the thinking that in both BATTLES, the best man won.
I love Nina Simone. First, she reminds me of a very dear friend from St. Croix, Miss Iotha Thomas. They are similar in every way except for their vocal talents. Iotha loves to sing and does so with as much gusto as Nina, but when it comes to staying on key and having a perfect pitch, not so much.
Anyway…I’m not sure if any of you remember my very first BOTB (Mr. McCarthy was kind enough to link you to this BATTLE at his blog), at that time I pitted Miss Simone against the band Muse with the song ‘Summertime’. Nina won handily, as she should have. Her rendition of ‘The Look of Love’ is wonderful and I really enjoy it. It seems many of you felt the same. But, as your comments show, she just wasn’t up to the task of taking on Mr. Sergio Mendes and the marvelous Brazil ’66.
As much as I like Nina, there are not adequate words to describe how I feel about Sergio and Brazil. I don’t think I have heard anything by them that isn’t superb. Man, they probably have the best version of ‘Happy Birthday’ every heard. But, I digress. There is no doubt that Sergio Mendes and Brazil ’66 simply own this one and are hard to beat. No doubt about it, my vote goes to them.
The final tally:
Nina Simone 6 votes
Sergio Mendes and Brazil ’66 16 votes (including mine)
All things considered, I think Nina made a pretty fine showing here. I was warned that this could have been a shut-out, or at the very least a blow-out. You may feel differently, but I think Nina getting 38% of the vote qualifies this as a valid BATTLE.
I’ll be back on the 15th of November with something fun for my next BATTLE OF THE BANDS. Until that time, Happy Trails.
Here is my favorite SM & B’66 tune for your enjoyment.