Sunday, May 15, 2016

BATTLE OF THE BANDS - PAVEMENT



Y’all know I’ve moved recently, and if you know that, you probably also know that I move a lot. My furniture which is all old, some actual antiques, some old family pieces and the rest pretty much picked up at thrift stores, and flea markets (I don’t believe in buying brand new furniture, except for mattresses.) has really taken a beating. So, I have been working on refinishing, repurposing, and painting most of it.

Yesterday, I had all the good intentions of writing my BOTB post, scheduling it, and then forgetting about it until this morning when all of your lovely comments started rolling in, but first, I thought, I’ll just put one coat of chalk paint on the interior of this old bookcase that I have been using as a curio cabinet (It’s a great curio cabinet, much better than a bookcase except for the fact that it is so dark inside, so painting it a lighter color on the interior seemed like a good idea.). I mean how long could that take, right?

Well, the paint can says to shake well, so I was shaking this quart can of paint…well, when it slipped out of my hand, hit the tile floor and popped open (brand new can of paint, never before been opened and it just exploded). The ensuing mess was unbelievable, paint everywhere. On me, on the kitchen cabinets, on the tile floor; it was a colossal disaster. 

'Oh carp'! I didn’t scream (I used a lot stronger language than that). Then I proceeded to use some very colorful language, as I cleaned up the rainbow of a mess from my kitchen.

Now I bet you’re wondering how this relates to my title PAVEMENT. Well y’all know the road to hell is paved with good intentions, right? Well, my good intention of writing this post yesterday went straight to hell the minute that paint can exploded. So, I’m a little bit late getting this up today, but you’re not surprised, are you?

I’m not a big fan of a lot of ‘newer’ music, and I really don’t like a lot of these ‘boy’ groups that pop up from time to time, but there was one that had a string of hits and then seemed to disappear from my radar. They had a unique sound and I liked it quite a bit. Their hit ‘Secrets’ really caught my attention because of the mournful cello lead in. I find that I like the cello a lot, especially its use in more modern/pop music.

So, today I’m gonna use the original hit versus a cover. Yeah, I know that can be BOTB suicide, but what the hay? It's been that kind of weekend.

Let’s start with the cover, shall we?

Here’s The Piano Guys (The Cello Guy, actually) with their version of ‘Secrets.



Next up the original, by One Republic.



Now leave me a comment containing your vote and your reason why. When you’ve finished up here mosie on over to the home of Mr. BOTB hisself Stephen T. McCarthy and see what he has cooked up for you in his kitchen of creative musicality. After you leave your opinion there, check out the list of other participants and please, try to vote at each site.

I’ll be back on the 21st with my vote, and the final tally.

Until then try not to pave anything, and may you enjoy HAPPY TRAILS.

75 comments:

  1. I think One Republic is what they also call an emo band.
    I'm going to start this out on a unique note and say the cover is better. As a musician, I appreciate the orchestra.
    Really sorry about the can of paint. One day, you'll look back and laugh. Not for a while, but one day...

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    1. I'm gonna have to take your word on that emo band thing. I'm just not up on all that kind of stuff. Is that emo like in emotional?

      I admit your vote kind of surprised me, but I'll take it. It's good to be surprised sometime.

      I'm already laughing about the paint, but at the moment, not so much.

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  2. I liked the Cello Guy's rendition of this better than the original. The singer sounded a little too wimpy.

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    1. One Republic wimpy, huh? I'll bet some of the ladies are gonna disagree with you on that one. (Of course, I have the advantage of seeing all the comments so far, Ha!)

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  3. I agree with John and my vote goes to the Cello guy. There is something about an orchestra that twigs the strings of my heart. The original is okay, but doesn't have the effect of the music of a symphony. . .

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    1. Gotta agree with you here. The orchestration in The Piano Guys version really blows it away. Of course, they also had a little help from Beethoven. Cheaters!

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  4. Cello Guy wins the day at my bay, just has a much better feel to it. I've moved so much I pretty much just sold my crap and make it easier to move lol

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    1. You know, when I went to the islands, I sold most everything. When I came back I guess I started accumulating stuff again. either that or it's breeding in my closets.

      Cell Guy for you.

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  5. That is horrible what happened with the paint! I can't even imagine the string of cuss words I would've been screaming had that happened to me. I hope you got all the mess cleaned up and that the paint didn't ruin anything in your kitchen. You have to admit, it's kinda funny -- now. I'm sure it wasn't at all funny yesterday. I had one of those interactions with paint that is funny as hell now but then I was so angry. I was painting at my bar (walls and ceiling) and came down off the ladder only to slip and fall in wet paint that had ended up on the floor somehow. So I have paint all up the side of me. That's not so bad, right, after all, I have my painting clothes on. But then I decided to move the ladder with the gallon of paint on the ladder tray and when I moved it, the gallon fell over and the paint washed over me...and soaked me...to the point that when I got home and took off my clothes, my tits were green! My partners walked into the bar (of course I was alone when that happened) they couldn't stop laughing at the sight of me. What a mess. Oh the tales paint could tell! Hope you're having a better day today.

    As for your battle, I like the original. I like the orchestra version but I like the lyrics with the song better so my vote goes to New Republic. Really nice song and nice music for a Sunday...

    Michele at Angels Bark

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    1. Michelle, in The BATTLE OF THE PAINT STORIES, YOU WIN! That is hilarious! I can just imagine the look on your face when that paint came down off the4 ladder and washed over you. I think I would have been in shock. I hope you weren't hurt.

      I can laugh about my painting fiasco now, but at the time, I was fuming. Fortunately, it was chalk paint and I was surprised how easily it cleaned up. Also, fortunately, I had just cut up 3 or 4 old sheets to use as rags. I filled two grocery sacks with the messy rags and just threw them away. It's over now and the curios/bookcase looks great. Hope you were able to say the same about the bar.

      Finally, One Republic gets a vote. It was looking like another blow out in the making. I fear I'm losing my touch in presenting good BATTLES.

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  6. I don't envy your situation though I've been assembling a lot of stuff lately that my wife has wanted us to have. I've never been much good at refinishing, restoring, and such, but I've never tried much of it either. Hope all goes better with the rest of your project. Someday I want to move from where we are, but I'd prefer someone to do all the work for me. Come to think of it by the time our moving comes I might be so old and feeble I'll have to have help.

    I like both versions of this song, but I will go with the orchestral remake. It's expansive and beautiful.

    A vote for the Guys no matter what instrument they're playing.

    Arlee Bird
    A to Z Challenge Co-host
    Tossing It Out

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    1. I'm on a big kick to get rid of all the excess. This move really did me in. I was pretty organized, but overwhelmed at all the stuff that has accumulated. I'm going through a box a day and either putting the stuff into use, throwing it out, or putting it on the 'garage sale' pile. I hope to have a sale in a few weeks and what doesn't move will go to the thrift store. I really don't want my kids to have to sort through all of my junk when I die. YIKES!

      got you down for the 'MUSIC Guys".

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  7. Ooo, sorry about the paint can explosion! That's a real bummer. I like some of One Republics songs, but I knew before I listened to either videos which I would go with and after hearing both I stand by prediction. I'm giving my vote to The Piano Guys. Generally, they can take any music arrangement and make it awesome! It's amazing what beautiful music those guys reproduce. Thanks for sharing. Have a bandtastic week, my friend!

    Urgent #BoTB showdown

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    1. Thanks Cathy, I'm over the whole bummer part of the experience and onto enjoying telling the story. It was a mess, but cleaned up very nicely and the curio/bookcase has turned out great.

      Got you down for your initial choice The Piano Guys.

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  8. Oh, man, you're giving me a headache, FAE :D I cannot decide. Both versions are awesome. Very different, but very very cool. But I have to choose one, don't I? Fine. I'll go with the Piano Guys. Just for sheer originality :D

    Great, great battle, FAE!
    Guilie @ Quiet Laughter

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    1. Sorry about the headache, no my intention at all.

      a vote for the originality of The Piano Guys.

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  9. I love One Republic. Just LOVE them. I dedicated a song to StMc a while back when I was still doing HERE'S TO YOU (so it's been a while)...

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qrOeGCJdZe4

    And I have this one as my general ringtone on my phone. I particularly like the lyric: "I see this life like a swinging vine, Swing my heart across the line, In my face there's flashing signs, Seek it out and ye shall find, I'm old but I'm not that old, Young, but I"m not that bold, And I don't think the world is sold, Just doin' what we're told." What I love is the ENTIRE song is a mess of contradictions. Like I don't think the world is sold (we're just doin' what we're told). Ha!

    Oh, I love The Piano Guys, but I LOVE LOVE LOVE One Republic. So, One Republic for me.

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    1. That's one of my favorite songs, too, Robin!!

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    2. Gotta say I don't remember that dedication, but then there were to many, especially to STMC. For awhile I told him you should have changed the name of that meme to 'Here's to You STMC'. OK, I'm just giving you shit. I hope that wasn't out of line.

      I like the song 'All the Right Moves' also. But I'm confused because those lyrics are the ones to 'Counting Stars' (I see that you have included the link to that below). I also like 'Counting Stars'...everything that kills me, makes me feel alive. Yeah, I relate to that. Ya know, when I think about it 'Counting Stars' sounds like a Train song, so it stands to reason you would like it/them.

      So it's one love for The Piano guys and 3love for One Republic. sounds like a tennis match, Ha!

      Another one for One Republic.

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  10. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hT_nvWreIhg

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    1. I can't believe I forgot to paste the link after all that yakking above. I'm a mess of contradictions, too, apparently.

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    2. Or having a dumb blonde moment. Ha, ha, ha! Thanks for the links. I had them playing while I was responding to you.

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  11. I love the passion from The Cello Guy! His joy in playing his cello explodes through out the Secret.

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    1. Hi Susan, I know I typed a reply to you yesterday, but strangely it didn't post. Oh well, everyone knows blogger hates me.

      Thanks for coming by and casting a vote. That Cello guy sure does have a lot of passion for his instrument and the music.

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  12. Fae - tough battle. I truly enjoyed both versions.

    I'm going with The Piano Guys because I love the richness of the orchestration.

    Paint on gLass(?) tile floor... try using denatured alcohol to clean the toughest spots.

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    1. Thanks for the tip on cleaning up the paint. This was chalk paint and I was pleasantly surprised at how easily it came off of everything. Big mess, yes, but the clean up wasn't near as bad as some of the more minor spills I've had with latex.

      A vote for rich orchestration. You got it.

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  13. That's truly awful what happened with the paint and just know that we're both laughing WITH you, not AT you. And isn't that how it always happens? Something slips out of your hand, and it doesn't just land on the floor with a slight thud. No, it always has to explode in complete and utter catastrophe, as if you just hurled it to the ground with all of your might.

    As for the battle, neither of us are fans of One Republic, nor are we of this song, until we heard the Cello Guy. Great version. So hauntingly beautiful. We both vote emphatically for him.

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    1. OK guys, two emphatic votes for the Cell Guy. Now, why am I not surprised that youse guys are not big fans of One Republic.

      That paint thing is funny today, but if anyone had been here and laughing at me or with me, I just might have had to try and punch their lights out. I was so completely frustrated at the moment. You are 100% right about the 'slipping out of your hands and just hitting the floor with a thud' thing; THAT is never my lot in life. Now, if I were trying to explode a paint can all over something, I probably couldn't throw it with enough force in a million years.

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  14. When I read your tale about the paint, I actually shouted, "Oh, yikes!" as if I could grab the can before it hit the floor. I'll bet you were absolutely fired up; I know I would be. Sorry that happened, m'dear. If I were there, I'd grab the paper towels and mineral spirits and dive in.

    Well, I just commented that I loved a song Robin mentioned (Counting Stars by One Republic). Love that group so much. However, that cello just knocks it out of the park and I do have a thing for all strings (Gonzo has taken 10 years of violin!).

    A decision has to be made...uh...uh...THE CELLO GUY.

    Whew...that was painful; I was so torn. Don't tell the One Republic guys, okay?

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    1. I promise to never mention your vote to One Republic. Ten years of violin, I'll bet he's pretty good, eh? I too love strings, but the deep rich tones of the cello really get to me.

      Why is it that something never happens when there are helping hands around. I think the most frustrating part is having to clean the mess up all by yourself, especially when your a big part of the mess.

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  15. What an awful mishap! :( I can just imagine the colourful words. Hope you were able to get it cleaned up without ruining anything.

    I'm not that thrilled with new music either and also not much into boy bands, but One Republic didn't sound bad. Still, I preferred the Cello Guy (Piano Guys).

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    1. Of the newer stuff out there One Republic has a nice sound that doesn't seem just like everyone else. But that Cello Guy is certainly unique.

      Fortunately, the paint came up very well and nothing was ruined. If that had happened I don't think I could have joked, or even written about it.

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  16. Not suicide this time, FAE!!

    Really sorry about the paint mishap!

    I like One Republic pretty well, and I liked the Piano, lute, and lyre guys too.

    This is a close battle for me, but also an easy one: One Republic wins. It is a catchy, pleasant, pop-y song. The hit is better. As an aside: they are from the general Denver area, and I've met the drummer when my son participated in a "drum off."

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    1. I had no idea One Republic was from CO. I do like most of their stuff (at least what I've heard). I suppose for some the lyrics do add something. I really like the added Beethoven in the Piano Guys version, but then that might be considered cheating.

      A 'drum off', now that sounds interesting.

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  17. I am paving a path of tiredness right now. But, when this rock does not roll on, I get bored. Hate being bored.

    Wierdly enough, I like to clean house to classical music. Specifically The William Tell Overture. I am hoping I have moved for the last time in my life, but who knows. I hope you are happy now, with all of your things in one place :)

    This is a great battle. I loved the first one, the cello boys. Just too awesome. I've listened to One Republic before, and love them also. This was a very good song for them.

    Almost to difficult to choose. The song itself lends itself to variation. I'm going with the "piano" guys for this battle. Orchestra music with no singing is so awesome.

    I hope you are all unpacked - or at least comfortably unpacked. So hard to get used to a new place, to settle in. I've been here two years and still feel like I need to find where everything goes.

    Hope all goes well with all your new adventures FAE.

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    1. All unpacked...ha,ha,ha. Ditto for cleaning house. When I do clean, I like rock music, the stronger the bat and the louder I can play it the better.

      I'm thinking this BATTLE is catching you 'on the road again'. Sorry I didn't get back to you about meeting up on the 13th, but that just wasn't gonna happen for me. I'm going to Idaho at the first of June, so maybe we could shoot for July for a get-together. Would love to see you again. I've just moved around to the north shore of the lake, actually a closer drive for you to get back on 80. Let me know.

      You're right about this song lending itself well to variation. I love the added Beethoven.

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    2. I'll be in Idaho May 30 and 31. Call me :)

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  18. I really like the Piano Guys, but I also enjoy a song with the lyrics. I'm going to give my vote to One Republic, simply for the lyrics.

    Mary
    Jingle Jangle Jungle

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    1. Lyrics winning out for you,eh? Not a bad choice as they are very good lyrics.

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  19. We're in agreement about furniture 100%. Just found that interesting enough to tell you. As to the two versions today, I'm with the Piano Guys.

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    1. One the furniture, thanks. I just can't see spending so much on brand new, when people put such good stuff up for sale. I have an Italian Leather loveseat, that I could never afford new. It's gorgeous and was just getting broken in nicely when I found it.

      Got you down for The Piano Guys and their recycled version.

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  20. Oh my...the paint story sounds like hell. I hope you were able to clean up the area well enough and still have enough for what you wanted to do with it. It's horrible but...I did giggle...just a little because it's something one hears in a comedy...sorry, I know it wasn't funny at the time or maybe even now. Anyhow, I had to go to YouTube to listen to the piano guys as it wouldn't play here and I'm glad I could because they get my vote. I believe I heard this song sung by an operatic singer named Kathleen from Wales. Anyhow I found it much more enthralling listening to the more classical style than the original. Since I love classical I am not surprised at myself

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    1. The paint cleaned up nicely, so alls well thends...It is funny today, at the time, not so much. For a minute or two I was afraid that I wouldn't have enough paint left, so I actually scraped some up off the floor into a plastic container. Being that it was chalk paint and it goes pretty far, I was OK, but then it's expensive and I hate wasting.

      The mixiof Beethoven in with the pop tune really works well for the Piano Guys, and for those of us who love classical music.

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  21. I knew I was missing SOMEBODY yesterday...


    I'll be back to vote sometime after my birthday nap. This is one reason why I don't go in on these "post it at particular day-time" deals- life gets in the way much more efficiently when it has a schedule to work from...

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    1. OK, I'll be lookin towards it.

      AND, have a Happy Birthday, but now I'm a day late. Hope the nap was great.

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    2. Okay finally I am returned. Surprisingly, I did like them both. While I don't get the headache, I also don't have a clear winner. I'd ask Laurie, but she'll always vote for words over instrumental. So give me OR in a squeeze play.

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  22. One Republic gets my vote but it doesn't seem fair to compare the song to the cello and orchestra. I really liked them both!

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    1. You may be right about the fairness of this BATTLE. Interestingly enough, I think the voting is pretty close, so far.

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  23. FAE ~
    Prior to your invention of BATTLE OF THE BANDS, I'd never heard of The Piano Guys. But they've been used quite a number of times during the 2+ years of BOTB and I really like 'em. In fact, I think I've voted for them every single time they've appeared in a BOTB installment, and it's always been a slam-dunk vote, too.

    Until today.

    I had to listen to both recordings twice in order to decide. And in the end, I find I'm voting for ONE REPUBLIC.

    Why?
    How the hell should I know?

    No.
    Seriously.
    Why?

    To my ears, this really isn't a strong melody. I picked up more of it the second time through and would probably find it fully after awhile. But I think the melody being rather subtle kind of needs the vocals to punch it up.

    Also, I did like the vocals and the passion in ONE REPUBLIC's sound, so after my second take of each, my vote became quite clear.

    Can't believe I've finally voted against The Piano Guys, but it IS BOTB where we should 'spect the un'spected.

    ~ D-FensDogG
    'Loyal American Underground'

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    1. Gotta admit that you DID surprise me with your vote. You just don't seem like the One Republic kind of guy to me. ALSO, you agree with SBB6. Does that mean the end of the world, or at least the end of BOTB. I thin k it's been happening more and more lately.

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    2. The ones that SCARE THE SHIT OUTTA ME are the BOTBs when SBB-6, LEE, and I ALL agree. Thank our merciful God that it doesn't happen very often. But every time it does, I expect an earthquake and lightning to strike me BEFORE I finish 'splainin' how I voted.

      ~ D-FensDogG

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    3. I almost thought that DID happen here, but when I went back and checked I found that Lee was the lone hold out for The Piano Guys. Dodged another bullet, this time.

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  24. I'm so sorry about the paint. I can't be trusted to hold anything that will cause a major problem if dropped. I vote for One Republic. Just liked it better.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. Just liking a song better is the best reason to vote for it.

      I hear you on the trust/holding/dangerous objects. My favorite at a party...'do you want red or white wine'...are you kidding me, I see you have some new cream color Berber going on in the living room here. You decide.

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  25. Great song, I love it.
    The cello from the Piano Guys is a nice rendition, but I have to select the original from OneRepublic.
    PS - Sorry about the paint can exploding and the ensuing mayhem. Hope you were able to get all the paint taken care of before it dried.

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    1. Hey Jeffrey, didn't expect to see you this go round, because I know you're taking a break. Thanks for stopping by and give One Republic the vote.

      The paint fiasco is a thing of the past, all cleaned up and I've moved on, mostly. Ha!

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  26. I feel your pain. It would be a long time before I attempted that painting again if I were you. I hope you're not like me.

    PIANO GUYS! Ftw. I love Piano Guys SOOOOO much.

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    1. Hey Crystal, good to see you. I cleaned up the mess and went on to finish the paint job. Fortunately, I had to get right back on that horse, or like you, I might have given up painting altogether.

      I thank you and The Piano Guys thank you for the vote.

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  27. You definitely have a great reason for being late with the post. I hope you got everything cleaned up. All that paint everywhere! I think I would have cried.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by. I almost did cry, well no, actually I let lose a string of bad words instead.

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  28. I liked the original..One Republic best

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  29. OneRepublic, in a cake walk. This was a case of comparing apples and oranges. (I hate saying that.) The instrumental is stellar. I will probably spend a while, listening back and forth to both.

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    1. Hi Michael, thanks for stopping by. It's nice to meet you. I'm glad you enjoyed my musical selections. Please feel free to listen to your hearts content.

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  30. So I shall just drop down to this post to leave my comment on your farewell post. (Ninjas are sneaky like that.) Sorry it's not in your heart anymore, but wise to realize it. I just couldn't participate on a regular schedule (due to the fact I only post on Mondays) and didn't want to annoy anyone with sporadic posting.
    I hope you'll still be around. Been blogger buddies a long time!

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  31. Just read your farewell post and wanted to say I'm sorry to see you go and will miss you, but if it's no longer fun or interesting for you, then, no point in forcing it. Thanks to you and Stephen for providing this platform for all of us music lovers. I'm sorry you had a dispute with somebody over a BOTB post! Here's hoping there won't be any more of those. I can understand how disheartening that would be. Wishing you all the best!

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    1. Hey Debbie, thanks for stopping by and backtracking a little here to leave a comment. That means a lot to me. I hope you'll have fun with BOTB for many moons to come.

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  32. Ditto Alex and Debbie. I loved you long before BotB, and will love you still in our after-lives. May we both have interesting things to post, and many more odd-ball moments.

    I hope you are enjoying your new life and home :)

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    1. You make me smile. Hope to get together soon, where we can really yuck it up.

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  33. You need to do what makes you happy and if the blog BOTB postings are not doing that for you then why continue?:) I always just vote and enjoyed listening and reading your BOTB posts plus other posts too. If people get upset then...really, why? I just don't understand people if they have made disparaging comments or made you feel badly. This is all to be in fun and if the people out there have been mean or anything else from that year ago then shame on them! So...do what makes you happy and enjoy every aspect including, always, music:) Hope to see you visit other BOTB posts if you wish. All the best to you!

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    1. There have been so many of you who do not participate in BOTB but faithfully come around and vote on our BATTLES. I can't express how wonderful that has made me feel. I appreciate your support and faithful voting, along with your interesting comments. Thanks you fro the things you have said here and for taking the time to backtrack and leave a comment.

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  34. Oh :'(
    I take a break from blogging for a month and missed seeing your following post. I know you turned off comments there, but I had to come here and leave a word or two. I've always enjoyed your battles, I can't image who would have had words with you. I have always loved the diversity of the battles. You've started something golden here and your battles will always be missed. It's true, I think some people can be over competitive and rude, but then there are those of us who do these sort of things for fun and entertainment. You have always been fun and entertaining. So I'll leave it at that. So long and thanks for all the battles. :)

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