#BOTB: The Staying Alive Battle
I had a completely different battle planned for today, but then life decided to kick me in the butt. When I went to the emergency room on Monday, January 6, by all accounts (according to labwork and doctors) I should have been dead. Instead, despite all that my body was going through, I was alert (okay - mostly alert) and entertaining the doctors and staff with my witty banter (aka sarcasm). After 3 hospitals, 13 units of blood, a one-hour life-flight, an ambulance driver that got lost during transport (and also during a major snow event that was closing roads all around us), and countless events during my hospital stay, I am happy to report that I am home and medically stable. I still have to have radiation 5 times a week for the next month, but for the most part I feel pretty darn good considering all that my body is going through.
I’d like to thank everyone for your well wishes and prayers that were said on my behalf while the medical staff was doing their best to get me stable. Your comments on Cathy and Stephen’s posts meant more to me than you will ever imagine.
One of the first songs that I heard after I was released from the hospital is the song that I’m using for today’s battle. Yes, the song is extra cheesy, but the words are quite encouraging - at least to me given all that I’ve been through this past month. I know the contenders are not the best, but they are the best that I could find. As with life, we’re just going to ‘roll with it’ and enjoy it for what it is.
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) Pick ONLY from the contenders provided in THIS battle.
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.
Now that we’ve got the formalities out of the way, let’s get to it!
Contender #1 - Jive Bunny & The Mastermixers
Jive Bunny and the Mastermixers were a British novelty pop music act from Rotherham, South Yorkshire, England. The face of the group was Jive Bunny, a cartoon rabbit who appeared in the videos, and also (as a human being in a costume) did promotional appearances for them.
Contender #2 - They Might Be Giants
They Might Be Giants is an American alternative rock band formed in 1982 by John Flansburgh and John Linnell. During TMBG's early years, Flansburgh and Linnell frequently performed as a duo, often accompanied by a drum machine. In the early 1990s, TMBG expanded to include a backing band. In today’s video, they are joined by the AV Club Chorus
Now, to repeat myself:
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 either Jive Bunny or They Might Be Giants!
Voting will end on Thursday, February 6 with results being posted on Friday, February 7.
If you’re interested, I’ve got a special theme going for the month of February. You can find more information here. I’d love to have you join me in this as well.