Sunday, June 21, 2015


This seven day period really went by fast for me. I finally made it around to vote in all the BATTLES taking place. With all the new members it is no longer a task that can be completed in a few hours, but I do enjoy it. I want to take a minute and welcome the new newest participants Jeffrey Scott and Madilyn Quinn. Glad you decided to join us and I hope you had a good time. I'll look forward to your BATTLES on July 1.

Before we get to the results, I wanted to let everyone know how much I appreciate you continued support of BATTLE OF THE BANDS and particularly your support of MY BOTB. While I was traveling over the first of June I had intended to post a BATTLE and then some health issues kept me from doing so. That and a few other incidents recently had me contemplating giving up blogging. Thank goodness for a freind who talked me out of THAT.

I am going to only be posting BATTLE OF THE BANDS on the first and the fifteenth of July and August with the results posts on the following seventh and twenty-first respectively. I also plan to post for the IWSG on the first Wednesday of the month, but I think that's about all I can manage during the summer. We'll see what happens during the fall.

I've noticed that a lot of you are cutting back during the summer months so you probably won't even notice, but please forgive me in advance if I miss a post or two of yours, as I'm trying desperately to catch up and even get some writing done.

NOW, onto the business at hand. Poor ole Kris Kristofferson didn't get much love in this BATTLE. In fact, Johnny Cash, a buddy of his, beat him out by four to one. 

I cast my vote for Kris and I'll tell you why. Personally, I'm not a big fan of either of these guys vocal talents. I think Johnny usually talks through most of his songs, and in a monotone at that. Kris did a lot of talking on this one too, and the tempo was slowed down to almost a crawl, but I really liked the instrumentation in his version. That overall slowness was at least a departure from the original, as though he was trying to make it something different.

This was certainly a BATTLE of the geratrics. Johnny was 68 when he recorded 'I Won't Back down, and Kris, who recorded it only recently for the TV series 'Texas Rising', is 78, so what do you expect. I gotta give them both credit for still putting themselves out there and doing what they love, even if that love isn't returned. As a side note Kris also has a role in 'Texas Rising' playing President Andy Jackson. How many of us will still be in the workforce of our chosen field at 78 years of age?

At any rate, it appears to be the opinion of at least one voter (I'm looking at you Mr. Six), that Kris should retire, or maybe he thinks he should have chosen a different career path altogether. It's kind of hard to tell as Mr. Six doesn't actually come right out and tell us exactly how he feels. Ha, ha, ha! (I love my commenters!)

The final tally was:

                                    Johnny               20 votes
                                    Kris                     5 votes (including mine)

Have a happy and safe rest of June. I'll see you back on Wednesday, July 1st with a double whammy of a post. Until that time; Happy Trails!

Monday, June 15, 2015


If you have been paying any attention around here you would know that I've been posting a lot of Tom Petty. Tom and I go way back and he sings for me a lot. Anyway, a great big THANK YOU TO Pat Hatt and Stephen T. McCarthy for keeping Tom and me  company this past week. The two of you made every post.

Today's BATTLE features another tune by my ole friend Tom, BUT he ain't one of the contestants, cause if he was and you didn't vote for ole Tom, I just might have to block you from my blog. Not like I would ever do something like that. Is that even possible? Anyway...

Anybody been watching 'Texas Rising' on the History Channel. I had planned to and then life go in the way. Oh and, by the way, never trust the History Channel for yer History, cause they seem to like to rewrite things. Sheesh!

Now where was I...oh yeah, 'Texas Rising' well the theme song for the show seems to be a Tom Petty tune. Kinda like one of my theme songs too. So let's get on with it shall we.

First up. Mr. Kris Kristofferson from 'Texas Rising' with a Tom Petty favorite 'o mine.

Next, let's hear from one of them Highwaymen friends of Kris' the Man in Black, Mr. Johnny Cash.

Hey Donna; your boyfriends are back!

Now the rest of you know the drill go on and vote for your favorite and whatever you do, don't vote for Tom (I know you want to, but consider him a winner anyway, cause nobody does it better). This race is between Kris and Johnny.

When you finish up here head on over to STMCC Presents Battle of the Bands cast your vote in his BATTLE, and then follow the list of links to other participants. Please try to vote in all the BATTLES taking place today. I'll be back on the 21st to cast my vote and present you with the results from this BATTLE.

Until that time... HAPPY TRAILS!