Friday, April 1, 2016

BATTLE OF THE BANDS: “Moonlight In Vermont”



A to Z Challenge notwithstanding, it’s time for another Battle of the Bands, and this round I’ve chosen the classic “Moonlight In Vermont.” See, several bloggers I’ve run across are doing haiku for the challenge, and I remembered reading the description of the song on Wikipedia, where it said that when John Blackburn wrote the lyrics for it, he realized that each verse was a haiku, except for the bridge. The song was initially recorded by Margaret Whiting with the Billy Butterfield Orchestra. Here’s that original, and as always, it’s not a contestant.

I had considered a number of versions (there are thousands) of this song, including Frank Sinatra’s and Ella Fitzgerald’s (neither of whom have done well in previous battles), and while vocal versus instrumental battles have never been good to the instrumentalist, I just had to try it again. Listen to both and let me know which you like better.

CONTESTANT #1: The Johnny Smith Quintet with Stan Getz


CONTESTANT #2: Jo Stafford


Now, it’s time to vote…

So, which version did you like better: the beautiful chord-melody version by Johnny Smith, or the equally beautiful version by the lovely Ms. Stafford? You know the drill: listen to both and tell me which one you liked better.

Then, go visit the other blogs who might or might not be holding battles today:

Tossing It Out
Far Away Series *
StMcC Presents Battle of the Bands *
Your Daily Dose
Mike’s Ramblings
Curious as a Cathy
DC Relief – Battle of the Bands
Book Lover
Alex J. Cavanaugh
Shady Dell Music & Memories
Debbie D. at The Doglady’s Den
Angels Bark
Jingle Jangle Jungle
Janie Junebug Righting and Editing
Cherdo on the Flipside
Holli’s Hoots ‘n’ Hollers
J. A. Scott
Quiet Laughter

* Check these blogs for further updates to this list!

I’ll announce the results of this battle next Friday, April 8, so be sure and get your votes in by 12:01 AM next Friday.

Good luck to Johnny and Jo!

from The Sound of One Hand Typing

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