BotB: The World Series of “What Are You Doing The Rest Of Your Life?”


The song is, as it has been the last couple of Battles, “What Are You Doing The Rest Of Your Life?” My 10/1 Battle pitted Barbra Streisand against Dusty Springfield for the women’s championship; Babs won that one 9-2. The men battled on 10/15, with Michel Legrand (the composer of the song) and Chris Botti with Sting locking horns. That battle ended in a blowout by Botti and Sting.

Now let’s see what happens when we pit Babs and Botti against each other. This could be a close one, because each won by a blowout.

CONTESTANT #1: Barbra Streisand

CONTESTANT #2: Chris Botti with Sting

So, leave me a comment to let me know which of these two versions you like better, then go visit other blogs doing a battle today.

Jingle Jangle Jungle
Mike’s Ramblings
Curious as a Cathy
Janie Junebug Righting & Editing
Tossing It Out
J. A. Scott
Angels Bark
Cherdo on the Flipside

* Stephen has the current list of participants on his site

The winner will be announced next Tuesday, November 8, 2016, Election Day in the United States. Best of luck to Babs, Chris, and Sting! The lines are now open!

Two for Tuesday: Barbra Streisand


If you’ve been reading the blog for the last couple of weeks, you know that Barbra Streisand was the latest winner in my Battle of the Bands, and, if things go according to plan, she’ll be singing against the men’s champion in my first November Battle. I thought I should talk about her as I go through my list of female singers.

It’s hard to deny that Barbra has had a long and successful career in film, on the Broadway stage, and on TV as well as selling millions of records worldwide. She has a tremendous voice and chooses excellent music and projects. It would be hard to capture in this short entry the impact she has had on the entertainment industry… so, I’m not going to try. Instead, let’s get to the music.

Barbra’s first film role was in 1968’s Funny Girl, in which she played actress/comedienne Fanny Brice alongside Omar Sharif. From the movie, here is “Second Hand Rose.”

Barbra starred in a remake of the 1937 film A Star Is Born in 1976, with Kris Kristofferson. She and her record producer at the time, Jon Peters, produced the film. She sang the theme song, “Evergreen,” which she had written with Paul Williams. It became her second #1 hit, topping the Hot 100 for three weeks and the Easy Listening chart for six.

Barbra’s website includes her blog as well as a discography, her biography, and links to all her social media accounts.

Barbra Streisand, your Two for Tuesday, October 11, 2016.

BATTLE OF THE BANDS: “What Are You Doing The Rest Of Your Life” Results


All right… the battle was between Barbra Streisand and Dusty Springfield over the song “What Are You Doing The rest Of Your Life.” It turned out to be no contest, althoughb Uncle Jack called it a draw, saying they both sounded the same. The score:

Barbra Streisand: 9
Dusty Springfield: 2

I’m thinking the next battle might be between two men singing the same song. Maybe I’ll even pit the men’s winner against Barbra and crown a champ. Or maybe not.

Next battle will be next Saturday. See you then!

BATTLE OF THE BANDS: “What Are You Doing The Rest Of Your Life?”


I have Uncle Jack to thank for this battle. He suggested this as a song with an “-est” word in it, and when I was looking for the song, I discovered that nearly everyone had done it. This time, I’m going with female artists, and chose two women who rose to fame in the Sixties as the contestants.

“What Are You Doing The Rest Of Your Life?” was written by Alan and Marilyn Bergman, with music by Michel Legrand, for the 1969 film The Happy Ending. I featured the song in The Friday Five a week ago Friday as sung by Frank Sinatra, so if you’ve never heard it, you can go over there and listen, or listen to the fine job our two contestants did with it.

CONTESTANT #1: Barbra Streisand

CONTESTANT #2: Dusty Springfield

So, you know the drill: listen to both contestants, decide which one you like better, and let me know who it is in the comments, as well as why it was you chose that one. Remember, there’s no right or wrong answer, we’re just looking for which one you like better. Then, go visit the other blogs that might be doing BotB today and do the same thing with theirs…

Tossing It Out
StMcC Presents Battle of the Bands *
Your Daily Dose
Mike’s Ramblings
Curious as a Cathy
DC Relief – Battle of the Bands
Evil Pop Tart
Book Lover
Alex J. Cavanaugh
Shady Dell Music & Memories
Debbie D. at The Doglady’s Den
Angels Bark
Jingle Jangle Jungle
Janie Junebug Righting and Editing
Cherdo on the Flipside
Holli’s Hoots ‘n’ Hollers
J. A. Scott
Quiet Laughter

* Check Stephen’s blog for further updates to this list!

I’ll announce the winner of today’s contest next Saturday, October 8, so be sure and get your vote in by then.

Best of luck to Barbra and Dusty! The lines are now open!