Thursday Wrap

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So, what’s the idea, and where have I been all day, you might ask. Is this a new feature, you might ask? Well, not really. I just never posted anything on Thursday besides the Song of the Day, partly because I had nothing to post and partly because, after several nights of barely sleeping, I finally got a good night’s rest Wednesday night/Thursday morning, albeit not nearly enough because I had to get up early Thursday. Needless to say, I was dragging my butt around most of the day. Anyway, I have a couple of things I should have posted today, but didn’t, so I’ll do that now…

First, here are the results of my most recent Battle of the Bands, which pitted blues guitarist Samantha Fish against organist Lucky Peterson on the song “Who’s Been Talkin’.”

Samantha Fish – 3

  • Arlee
  • Birgit
  • Jack

Lucky Peterson – 5

  • Max
  • Stephen
  • Dan
  • Lauren
  • Eugenia

Congratulations to Lucky Peterson and a pat on the back to Samantha Fish, who did a tremendous job at keeping it close. This really could have gone either way, as some people who voted for Lucky thought Samantha was just as good.

I never received any prompts for this, and considered using another from last week’s batch or going back a year and choosing a prompt from a year ago, but ultimately fell asleep and never got around to it. I hope it wasn’t anything serious, so send good thoughts and prayers Kat’s way.

The subject of today’s Throwback was “slang.” I was going to do it this afternoon, then I read Paula’s response and realized mine would have been almost exactly the same, so I said “screw it.” Check her replies out.

All for now!

BATTLE OF THE BANDS: “What A Difference A Day Makes” Results

Last week’s battle was between two chanteuses, Renee Olstead and Chantal Chamberland, who had done versions of Dinah Washington’s “What A Difference A Day Makes” (also called “What A Diffrence A Day Made”). Once again, I chose two singers that I felt had done a good job, thinking that it would be a close match, and once again, I was wrong…

Renee Olstead – 8

  • Arlee
  • Birgit
  • Dan
  • Max
  • Jack
  • Eugenia
  • Diedre
  • Stephen

Chantal Chamberland – 1

  • Nancy

Congratulations to Renee Olstead (I think this is the second battle she’s won) and a pat on the back for Chantal.

My next Battle of the Bands will be next Thursday, September 15. Be there or be square!

BATTLE OF THE BANDS: “What A Difference A Day Makes”

Today’s Battle pits two current singers against each other over Dinah Washington’s classic “What A Difference A Day Makes.”

Renee Olstead

Chantal Chamberland

Those are the contestants. Here are your instructions…

  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:

You have between now and September 8, 2022 at noon Eastern to cast your vote.

The lines are now open. Good luck to Renee and Chantal!

BATTLE OF THE BANDS: “La Vie En Rose”

For today’s Battle, I’ve chosen a classic song: Edith Piaf’s “La Vie En Rose.” I have two lovely chanteuses who I’d like you to choose between…

Paola Hermosin

Paola is primarily a classical guitarist, but has some outstanding vocal chops and she doesn’t limit herself to just classical music. I’m cutting to 3:03 to feature the vocal performance; here is the full video, in case you want to watch the whole thing (and I hope you do).

Jolie Môme featuring Myriam Phiro

This band started appearing in my YouTube feed, probably because I frequently listen to The Avalon Jazz Band. I almost like this band better.

Here are the instructions for voting (and anyone can vote):

  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 will stop the voting next Monday, September 22, at 12 PM Eastern and will count the votes and announce the winner shortly thereafter, so make sure you vote before then. The lines are now open. Good luck to Paola Hermosin and Jolie Môme!

BATTLE OF THE BANDS: “On The Beach” Results

Had a pretty good turnout for my August 1 Battle of the Bands, where we saw Boz Scaggs and Neil Young duking it out with different versions of “On The Beach.” Here are the results:

Boz Scaggs – 7

  • Eugenia
  • Claire
  • Jack
  • Cathy
  • Birgit
  • Diedre
  • Tom

Neil Young – 3

  • Dan
  • Stephen
  • Arlee

Congratulations to Boz Scaggs and a pat on the back to Neil Young.

The next battle will be next Monday, August 15. Be there or be square!