Howdy, folks! I'm terribly sorry to be combining posts like this again, but hopefully life levels out some and I get a bit of down time to prepare things a bit better in the next month. (No promises for this one yet-it's getting real up in here and I have to start doing things like pricing electricians, contractors and storage units, and taking care of some personal business to be sure I'm doing the right thing with this house.) So far, work and being sick seem to have sucked February right out of my life. But here's to getting better! And music...
First up is Battle of the Bands. From the BotB website:
"This is 'BATTLE OF THE BANDS' ('BOTB') where you listen to different recordings of the same song and vote for the one you like best. Two "Battles" per month, on the 1st and 15th. Six days later (the 7th and 21st), I place my own vote, tally 'em all up and announce the winner."
The song I've chosen for the first of March is House of the Rising Sun. I always thought The Animals did the original, but according to Wikipedia, it's actually a folk song that's been around for quite some time and thusly, covered by quite a few notable artists as well as some lesser-knowns. I grew up listening to The Animals' version, and always found it eerie and creepy, but incredibly aurally delightful! (well, you do know I like the creepy things!) I will not be putting that version up for the battle, since it's the most well-known and I generally won't put the original and/or the most popular version of a song up for BotB consideration.
First up is one of two versions recroded by Louisiana native and legendary bluesman Leadbelly:
Next up is a version by alt/prog band Muse:
I'm really intersted to see where this vote goes, because the two selections couldn't be more different. And I love (and probably equally) the haunting simplicity of Leadbelly's blues version as well as the big, spacey, modern sound of Muse's cover.
The theme for this week's Monday's Music Moves Me is "Caribbean Music". I like! I think my favorite of the Caribbean music genres is definitely reggae, and I hope you love it as much as I do!
Peter Tosh/The Wailers - "Go Tell It On The Mountain"
What music moves YOU today?