Once again, thank you to Alana, who hosts the blog Ramblin’ with AM, for suggesting this would make a good Battle of the Bands, then allowing me to actually turn it into this battle. The song, of course, was “Happy Days Are Here Again,” and the contestants were Ben Selvin and The Crooners and Mitch Miller and his gang.
This was quite a horse race, with each contestant ahead at one point or another. Here are the results.
Ben Selvin and The Crooners: 9
Mitch Miller: 8
Birgit and Alana both said that Ben Selvin’s version conveyed the sense they were singing the song hoping that it would come true. Kind of like “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas,” which is anything but a merry little song. Kip said he voted for Mitch Miller because there were actually vocals in that one. I can understand the confusion: as with many songs done in that era, it begins with a lengthy instrumental, in this case a minute and twenty seconds, leaving one to wonder when they’re going to give the singers a chance.
I like both versions of this, the old-timey sound of Ben Selvin and the full chorus of the Mitch Miller Singers, and in the latter case, it’s fun thinking of Mitch Miller directing the chorus as they sing.
Congratulations to Ben Selvin, and kudos to Mitch Miller for making this a close one. Our next battle will be a week from Thursday, so be sure to join us then!
I’m not sure, maybe this song was done already, but in light of the fact that the election is now over (Thanks be to God, Alleluia, Alleluia!), I’m doing it again. Or maybe for the first time. Whatever.
A week ago yesterday, AM, who runs the blog Ramblin’ With AM (which you should be reading), posted two versions of “Happy Days Are Here Again” in honor of the election, and said “I could almost do a battle of the bands! (I won’t.)” Well, she wouldn’t, but I will, and she was kind enough to agree to let me do it. All the background material is over on her blog, so let’s get right down to the contestants.
CONTESTANT #1: Ben Selvin and The Crooners
CONTESTANT #2: Mitch Miller
All right, so here’s the deal: give them both a listen, decide which one you like better and tell me which it is by leaving a comment, along with a word or two about why you liked it better. Then, visit the other blogs which are doing Battles today and do the same thing. Here’s a list:
Jingle Jangle Jungle
Curious as a Cathy
Janie Junebug Righting & Editing
Tossing It Out
THE DOGLADY’S DEN
J. A. Scott
YOUR DAILY DOSE
STMcC Presents ‘BATTLE OF THE BANDS’ *
Cherdo on the Flipside
* Stephen has the current list of participants on his site
I’ll announce the winner next Tuesday, so get your vote in by Monday night. The lines are open now. Best of luck to our contestants!