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Welcome back, my friends, to the "Battle" that never ends.
We're so glad you could attend. Come inside! Come inside!


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.

Friend? Foe? Stranger? No matter, ALL are welcome. So pull up a chair, pour yourself 24 oz. of 'DOG BITE High Gravity Lager' (or the poison of your choice) and turn it up to Eleven!

[NOTE: Links to the first year of 'BOTB' (#1 - #24) can be found at the very bottom of this page.]

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

RESULTS: BATTLE OF THE BANDS -- 2017, FEB. 1 (Or, MILES DAVIS VS. CHRIS BOTTI)

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STMcC’s Vote On '2017, February 1st: Battle Of The Bands' (Or, 'Miles Davis Versus Chris Botti') And The Final Tally:
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As always, first and foremost, my genuine thanks to every one of you who took the time and trouble to vote here. Without you, there would be no "Battles".
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Despite the fact that for the second time in a row the vote totals were down, this turned out to be a pretty terrific contest. From the outset, I figured that just the legendary name Miles Davis would cause a BOTB blowout. Sixgunboy McItchyfinger also predicted a Miles landslide. And even the new and improved .Magic 8-Ball. -- now with the electrolytes that plants crave -- confidently stated that a Miles Davis victory was something we could ."rely". on.
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Aww, but not so fast, not so fast! This thing was neck-and-neck, trumpet-to-trumpet from start to finish.
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My own vote did go to the legend, Miles Davis. Although I abbalouly love the album A Thousand Kisses Deep, from which Chris Botti's version of MY FUNNY VALENTINE originates, and although I do think that there's a touch more passion in Botti's playing of the song than in Miles' rendition, there's a slightly more lush, really romantic tone in the latter's playing. Plus, let's not forget that flirting piano! To my ears, anyway, the Miles recording sounds more like wine and candlelight; Botti's maybe leans more toward nakedness on a bear skin rug in front of a lustily glowing fireplace. Not that there's anything wrong with that. (Hey, is it getting warm in here, or is it just me?)
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Here's the outcome:
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Miles Davis = 9 votes
Chris Botti = 9 votes

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I'm not even going to say it because 
y'all already know what I'm thinking!
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As I mentioned previously, this was my first of two
Valentines Day-themed BOTB installments.
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My next one will be on February 15th, of course, and I hope all of you favorite DogGs and DogGettes of mine will be here for that. I've been looking forward to this ."Twisted  BOTB". contest for several months. Not only do I think it will be the most unique Battle concept I've ever dreamed up, but it may even inspire some very interesting non-music-related discussions in the comment section.
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So, please return here for the next installment of Battle Of The Bands. It'll be drop-dead love-ly! ("And you tell 'em that you heard it here first on Roller Derby.")
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~ Stephen T. McCarthy
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12 comments:

  1. Sixgun McItchyfingerFebruary 7, 2017 at 8:43 AM

    I want to appeal this ruling (by a so-called judge) to a three judge appeals panel. That panel can include ME, StMcC, and Pooh.

    Botti's version was like lying naked on a bear skin rug in front of a lustily glowing fireplace... and FALLING ASLEEP.

    With your sister, apparently.

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    1. SBB-6 ~
      Not that you'd ever stoop to stacking the deck or anything, right?
      :o)

      Yeah, how come I always wind up with my Sister?

      ~ D-FensDogG
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      (Link:] Stephen T. McCarthy Reviews...

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    2. SBB Itchy - Ah, come on now.

      STMc - Fate

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    3. Bad fate! No ice cream for you!

      ~ D-FensDogG

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  2. So you had a tie! I liked Miles but it's always fun to listen to these battles. Is your next battle with the song It's De-Lovely??

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    1. Ha! No, but that was a pretty good guess.

      I'm glad you liked it, BIRGIT. They're a lot of fun for me to conjure up. Especially when a unique idea comes to me, such as with the next one.

      ~ D-FensDogG
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      (Link:] Stephen T. McCarthy Reviews...

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  3. It's been a minute since you've had a tie, hasn't it? (not the kind you wear around your neck, silly boy) I personally liked both Miles and Botti so I'm okay with the outcome.

    Does your next battle have anything to do with Cheech and Chong? Now that would be a twisted valentine!

    ~Mary

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    1. MARY! MARY!...
      Ha! A Cheech y Chong Valentines Day post -- even a twisted mind like mine can't conceive of that.

      Yeah, all of about a minute since my last tie. The double-whammy of frustration is having two BOTB ties IN A ROW. And this is the SECOND time that's happened.

      At least I know with 100% certainty that my next Battle will be a huge blowout. And that will actually seem kind of refreshing to me.

      ~ D-FensDogG
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      (Link:] Stephen T. McCarthy Reviews...

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  4. Well, what about that. I would have thought Miles would win by a mile, but I'm old school and that's all I'll say a-Botti that.

    I've never felt a bearskin rug, but it doesn't sound like something I'd want to lie naked on. I wonder if a bear would want to lie bare on a human skin rug?

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

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    1. Even the Magic 8-Ball got fooled on this one.

      I would imagine a bare bear on a human skin rug would barely even notice it.

      ~ D-FensDogG
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      (Link:] Stephen T. McCarthy Reviews...

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  5. I'm so glad that Botti fared so well in your battle! I just loved his version. And I still haven't yet purchased his album (A Thousand Kisses Deep) but I sure plan on it!
    Even though you don't like to have a tie, I think a tie is evidence of a great battle.
    And frankly, lying "naked on a (FAUX) bear-skin rug in front of a lustily glowing fireplace": I'm all about that one! :)

    Hope you're having a good weekend Stephen!

    Michele at Angels Bark

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    1. Hi, MICHELE. I'm pleased you enjoyed Botti and the Battle.

      I agree that a BOTB tie is the sign of a well-conceived Battle. And having experienced a total of 13 BOTB ties, and the last two in a row, I suppose that indicates that when it comes to BOTB, I'm smarter'n the average bear... skin rug.

      But I'd rather never see another tie again! In all seriousness, it's a relief knowing that my next Battle on the 15th is guaranteed to be a big, bad blowout. Whew! No chance of a tie next time!

      ~ D-FensDogG
      Check out my new blog @
      (Link:] Stephen T. McCarthy Reviews...

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