This year is flying by quickly. Here we are in July and it’s time for our next Battle of the Bands. When I announced the winners of the last battle, Mr Stephen T McCarthy asked me if I had planned to battle a patriotic song. It would make sense, being so close to Independence Day.
My response to Mr McCarthy was ‘kinda sorta, but not really.’ And that response is still true. When I think of Independence Day, I think of patriotism. I think of Heroes - those who fought for my rights and freedoms. Independence Day also makes me think of my sister, who lost her battle with colon cancer and passed away on Independence Day 1996. She was a different type of hero. While she passed at a young age of 42, she lived a full life.
Our song today was written and performed by David Bowie. Inspired by the sight of Bowie's producer-engineer Tony Visconti embracing his lover by the Berlin Wall, the song tells the story of two lovers, one from East and one from West Berlin. Bowie's performance of "'Heroes'" on June 6, 1987, at the German Reichstag in West Berlin has been considered a catalyst to the later fall of the Berlin Wall. Following his death in January 2016, the German government thanked Bowie for "helping to bring down the Wall", adding "you are now among Heroes".
There are many versions and covers of this song available on YouTube. I am hoping that I have chosen 2 compatible contenders, and that you will listen to both and choose which one you prefer.
As a reminder for you seasoned readers and to help out those of you who may be new here
Here is how a battle works:
Step One - Listen to each of the contenders. TRY not to be persuaded by the videos
Step Two - Pick the contender that you prefer the most (not just the one with the name you are familiar with)
Step Three - Comment with your selection. The comment section has been set up so that anyone can leave a comment. I do ask that you please include your name, should you use the anonymous feature.
Step Four - Visit Stephen’s blog to check out his battle and for a list of other bloggers that have battles going on. We each have different battles, so please be sure to visit everyone. I'll provide a link below the videos to Stephen's blog for your convenience.
Okay, now that we've gone over the ground rules, let’s get on with this then…
Contender #1 - Hollywood Vampires
Contender #2 - The Wallflowers
Now, to repeat myself again:
YOU DON’T NEED TO BE FAMILIAR WITH AN ARTIST OR A SONG TO KNOW WHICH ONE YOU PREFER. You only need to listen to the videos and choose which one sounds better to you. There are no right or wrong votes, unless you vote for someone not listed as a contender or don’t vote at all.
For those of you who may be interested in joining in our fun - The battles take place twice a month. Once on the 1st, and again on the 15th. Some participants have chosen to participate only once a month - and that’s okay - we’re just happy to have you join us! Your battle can consist of covers of the same song, different songs with the same title, or even a themed type battle. We just want you to join in the fun! Catch the link to Stephen’s blog to join in - all you need to do is drop him a comment on his blog stating you’d like to participate and he’ll add you to the roster of participants.
I’d like to encourage you to visit the other bloggers participating in the battle of the bands blog hop as well. We’ve all put a lot of time and effort into putting together these battles and they are a lot of fun. Each blogger has a different battle taking place. You can find a current list of participants on Stephen’s blog (don't forget you can also request to join the battle of the bands blog hop by simply commenting on his blog that you'd like to join us).
Alright now… Cast your votes for Hollywood Vampires or The Wallflowers!
Voting will end on Sunday, July 7 with results being posted on Monday, July 8.