How is July already here? I can’t believe half the year is gone. True, it’s been a challenging year. And it seems like both a decade and no time at all have passed. Still, here we are, and as is customary around here on the first, it is time for another Battle of the Bands!
What is a Battle of the Bands, you ask? It s a twice-monthly blog hop hosted by Stephen T. McCarthy. On the 1st and 15th of each month, participating bloggers choose two covers of the same song and pit them against one another in a “battle”, and their readers choose the winner by listening to both versions and voting for their favorite in the comments. Some bloggers only participate on either the 1st or the 15th. I participate both times, most of the time. On the 7th and the 21st, the votes are tallied and a winner announced in a separate post.
In an effort to get my battles tighter, this go-round I am offering up THREE versions of a famous song (something I usually don’t do), and I am confident that I have something for everyone. I just need you to listen to each song (or enough of each to determine how you feel about the song), try not to be influenced by the video, and choose your favorite. Vote for it in the comments, and if you are so inclined be sure to let me know why you chose the version you chose.
This Battle song is Creedence Clearwater Revival – “Long As I Can See The Light”
The first cover is done by the late – and TERRIBLY MISSED! – Chris Cornell. Not gonna lie; it gives me chills. Chris is known for his two powerhouse bands, Soundgarden, who helped usher in a new genre of music in 90s grunge, and Audioslave, an alt rock supergroup. But you won’t be getting any of that in this acoustic performance, just his amazing voice. And it’s still glorious.
The next version was recorded by Mississippi soul/blues singer-songwriter Ted Hawkins. It is also beautiful in a quiet, simple, and heartbreaking way. Ted Hawkins should have been way more famous than he was.
And last up is a more upbeat cover by a new-ish (formed in 2009) band known for it’s bluesy, hard rock sound, Rival Sons. This version is strikingly different from the other two, but I feel like it holds its own even with its completely different vibe.
Which will it be? Chris’s acoustic guitar and raw vocals? Ted’s quietly commanding blues version? Or Rival Sons’ fresh, yet equally powerful effort?
I’ll be back on the 7th or 8th to tally the votes and announce the winner in a separate post. In the meantime, be sure to head to Stephen’s to see who the other participants have put in their own battles. And if you’re a blogger? You should consider joining our little musical Fight Club!