BATTLE OF THE BANDS: “Harbor Lights”

Battle of the Bands time again, and again I’m going to do two different songs that have the same name. Actually, there are four, including Steve Miller Band’s 1971 song and the standard that’s been done by The Platters and just about everyone else, but I’m going to keep it to two this time. And here they are…

Bruce Hornsby

Bruce Hornsby’s “Harbor Lights” is the title track from his 1992 album. It was written by Hornsby.

Boz Scaggs

Scaggs wrote his “Harbor Lights” and included it on his 1976 album Silk Degrees.

Remember, everyone reading this is welcome to vote in today’s Battle. Here’s what I would like you to do:

  1. Listen to the two songs.
  2. Decide which song you like the best.
  3. Vote for your favorite by leaving me a comment with your choice. If you feel like telling us why, feel free.
  4. Then, visit the other participants and vote in their Battles:

I'll announce the winner of today's battle next Thursday, August 8, so make sure your vote is in by then.

The lines are now open. Good luck to Boz Scaggs and Bruce Hornsby!

18 thoughts on “BATTLE OF THE BANDS: “Harbor Lights”

  1. John,

    I came by last week but didn’t see your battle until this morning. So, glad that I did. Both song choices are new to me and a bit on the long side. I think I like Bozz’s voice a little better but his song was a bit too slow for me this morning. Bruce’s ‘Harbor Lights’ got me chair boogieing a little and generally made me feel livelier which I really need after a horrible night’s sleep. Give my vote to Bruce Hornsby. BTW, no battle at my place as you may know. Have a bandtastic week! I’ll be back later to hit the dance floor with you!

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  2. Guess what, I’m going against the grain and go with Hornsby which, for me, was more appealing because of his voice. I don’t care for Scaggs voice and it felt slow


  3. JOHN ~
    Not that he seems to need any help in this Battle, but you can add my vote to the BOZ SCAGGS collection.

    I’ve never really gotten the appeal of Bruce Hornsby & The Range. Sure, he can play that piano but for some reason, his songs have always struck me as “generic Rock” or something. And that one song – ‘The Way It Is’ – just became downright annoying because it was such an “EBS Special” (as you would call it). I thought I’d snap and go berserk if I heard that song just one more time!

    In this case, the Bruce Hornsby song went on so long that I found myself thinking: What is this? Free Bird?! And then after a little more time passed, I began to think perhaps you were holding me hostage here. ;^)

    I liked the Boz Scaggs song, and it felt like it was actually going somewhere.

    ~ D-FensDogG

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  4. “Bozz is coming! Bozz is coming!”
    Just a few weeks ago, I was shouting that with all the glee of a geezer sized Bozz-fan, having discovered he had a gig in my town.

    Bruce Hornsby didn’t stand a chance on the one.

    B O Z Z S C A G G S for the win! I can’t help myself….lol.

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  5. I don’t recall the Boz Scaggs song. Didn’t listen to much of his music back in the day. This song is okay, but it drags a bit for me. On the other hand, I had the Hornsby album and listened to it a lot. I like the fusion jazz sound of his song–kind of Steely Dan like– and it’s just generally more listenable to me.

    My vote goes to Bruce Hornsby’s “Harbor Lights”.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

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    1. I like that one, too. It’s a standard, and a beautiful one at that. I thought that if I had included it, it would have won with little trouble, so I left it out.


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