Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Breckenridge, Believing and Battle of the Bands II results

You all know that I really try to make the rounds and visit everybody who stops by my place, don’t ya? Well, I do, but last week after my ‘Battle of the Bands II’ post I got whacked with the flu, and that has set me back (you really wouldn’t want me bringing those germs on over to your house).

Anyway…yesterday in my game of catch-up I stopped in a Robin’s place YOUR DAILY DOSE and she was talking about an upcoming vacation. It got me to thinking that although I haven’t had a proper vacation in awhile, I have spent most of my life on a permanent vacation. Let me explain.

Over the years, I’ve been crazy fortunate enough to live in some of the best resorts areas on the globe. Now living somewhere and making a living there isn’t exactly the same as ‘taking a vacation’, but I do believe that you have to maximize every opportunity and never take your circumstances or surroundings for granted. Often, I get asked– where’s home? Or where was your favorite place? That would have to be Breckenridge, Colorado.

I lived in Breckenridge before it was a world renown ski area; before skiing was a ‘rich man’s’ sport and before all of the streets were paved. In those days it was a town filled with old hippies (I say old, not to designate age, but because their time was a little long past). In those days most of us still believed we could make a difference, a big difference in the world. In those days most of the town and surrounding area was owned my one man. He was kinda Breckenridge’s Old Mr. Potter like in Bedford Falls (‘It’s a Wonderful Life’). This guy owned the local radio station and even managed to obtain the call letters that corresponded with his wife’s initials. That was KLGT 102.1 on your FM dial.

Breckenridge was pretty laid back in those days and so was its radio channel. The DJ’s were people you knew from the local bars, and the chit chat when folks called in was always interesting, Apparently the FCC wasn’t paying a whole lot of attention. One year on Christmas Eve they did a promo where you could call in and they would make a call for you to anywhere in the nation, and you could wish you friends or family a Merry Christmas on their dime (YES, boys and girls this was before everybody had a little ole cell phone and nationwide service), of course, your call was broadcast for everyone in the local listening area to hear. BUT what I remember most about that time and KLGT was that when they signed off at night (YEP, you read that right, the station actually shut down somewhere in the wee hours of the morning for a few hours – none of this 24 hours stuff in those days) the late night DJ always did his sign-off with one particular song.

I hope you guessed what that particular song was. It was Don Henley reminiscing and reminding himself what a lonely life it was bein’ a ‘Desperado’. Yessiree, that’s what inspired ‘Battle of the Bands II’ for me. I bet you already guessed my choice. Karen Carpenter does in fact have a beautiful voice and IMO far out distanced Linda’s version of this song, it always felt to me like she was signing about someone else; perhaps a long lost love who was too much of a Desperado to stay at her side. When Don sings it, it’s like each and every one of us is singing it to ourselves as a warning, epitaph, or creed. Perhaps that’s what made it so popular; it’s a song that sings to everybody, if only just a little bit.

So for me it Don and The Eagles, and by the votes you guys agreed with me by a little more than two to one. 

‘Catch ya on the flip side’, for ‘Battle of the Bands III’. That ‘BATTLE’ will be posted a little early (August 30th instead of September 1) due to the holiday weekend.

I almost forgot -- Get yerself on over to STEPHEN'S PLACE to check out the winner there, but whatever you do, do not ask him about beer or we might never know who won his BOTB II (I'm looking at you Bryan!).


  1. You had a distinct reason for picking Henley's version then.
    Television stations used to sign off as well. They are talking of remaking the movie Poltergeist and I wonder - how are they going to do the scenes with static on the television?

  2. When a song resonates with you, it will be remembered long after.

    I'm enjoying your Battle of the Bands feature.

  3. Oh, wow! You're fortunate indeed. It looks breathtaking over there.

  4. You go everywhere, finding all the best spots to make them your lair. Bring on number three at your sea. And to the germs, yucky!

  5. I think your take on Henley's version is spot on. Especially at the start of the last verse, so powerful and yet so world-weary.

  6. I just checked the original BOTB and saw that the video/song I listened to was not actually Don Henley. That explains why it sounded so "off" to me. I would have changed my vote after listening to the correct one, but it turns out I didn't need to... I am still surprised by how good Karen Carpenter's version was, though!

  7. FAE ~
    You sound a little better. Pretty much over that flu bug now?

    Hmmm... I guess it's time I succumbed to the pressure and posted my vote on my BOTB 2.

    OK, OK...

    ~ D-FensDogg
    'Loyal American Underground'

  8. Some kind of bug hit me at the end of my vacation trip and between that and being zonked by all the driving I was knocked out for a week after I returned and still trying to recoup fully.

    Radio used to be so much better than it has now become. There was individuality and personality. Now so much is auto-programmed. I can hear stations in other towns that are the same as the ones hear in L.A. Now I'm thinking of Tom Petty's "Last DJ".

    Tossing It Out

  9. Okay, I missed this round. But I would have gone with The Eagles. That song is attached to a very specific memory of a boyfriend who was... Desperado.

    I remember when our local radio and TV station went off the air. They always closed with the National Anthem.

  10. Brandon and I went to a writer's retreat in Breckenridge about 3 years ago. It was absolutely beautiful, and since it snowed the whole time, we didn't get to explore the town a lot. We stopped by one bar (Breckenridge Brewery, of course) and everyone there was really friendly. A lot of nice locals. I'd love to go back.

    And hey, I don't know what you're talking about, but I hardly distract Mr. McCarthy with beer talk. Now if you'll excuse me, I need to hop over to his blog to give him a long-winded reply about beer...

  11. I hope you are totally recovered from that flu. And yes, I believe you've been lucky to live in very beautiful places (I still think this qualifies as a very long vacation, hahaha). About bands... I know nothing. :(

  12. Ahhhh breckenridge. Not my favortie anymore, although it still holds a part of my heart forever more.

    So much has changed in the world...nothing for the better. I would trade it all, for the simpler things.

  13. Desperado is a truly beautiful tune.

  14. And wasn't that where you were the town clerk?

    What a history you have.

  15. Just wanted to let you know that I dedicated something to you on this Thursday post. Hope you like it:)

  16. Hey Everybody ~ Thanks for checking back to see the results of BOTB II. Once again I've been delinquent here, but things have been a little crazy for me this month.

    I do appreciate your comments. It's true that certain songs like certain times in our lives live on long after they have past. some as beautiful memories and others a sign of the times.