Battle of the Bands RESULTS – Gloria


Well, I really didn’t have to do a tally on this battle to know who won and the final result here is not surprising to me. However, I am surprised that Patti Smith didn’t get a few more votes. She got mine though, along with three others.

I really liked her version of this song. It’s completely different for sure, but musically, I love it. I have long been a fan of Patti Smith’s Horses album, having been turned on to it by my dear friend Joanne, God rest her soul. We used to listen to this album over and over back in the 70s. I don’t like all of Patti Smith’s music but her Horses album is fantastic, in my opinion. I also like a few songs on her Wave album. I never did care for her live performances though.

The final tally, although a low voter turnout, gave Shadows of Knight the win for this battle:

Shadows of Knight:  9 votes

Patti Smith:  4 votes

I’m going to close this post with a few Patti Smith songs from her debut album Horses (released in 1975) and a song from her followup album Wave. Thanks for your participation in my battle. I appreciate all your visits and votes!

Birdland (from Horses):

Free Money (from Horses):

Land: Horses/Land of a Thousand Dances (from Horses):

Dancin’ Barefoot (from the Wave album):


Do you like any of these songs? Let me know in the Comments section! Thanks for coming by…


Battle of the Bands – Gloria (Van Morrison song)


It’s time for another Battle of the Bands and today I’m featuring the song “Gloria.” Give a listen to the two contenders and vote on which cover version you like better in the Comments section. I’ll post the results in 6 days.

About the song:

“Gloria” is a song written by Northern Irish singer-songwriter Van Morrison and originally recorded by Morrison’s band Them in 1964 and released as the B-side of “Baby, Please Don’t Go”. The song became a garage rock staple and a part of many rock bands’ repertoires. It is particularly memorable for its “G–L–O–R–I–A” chorus. It is easy to play, as a simple three-chord song, and thus is popular with those learning to play guitar. Here is the Van Morrison/Them version, for your enjoyment only. Don’t vote on this version.


Contender #1: Shadows of Knight

The Shadows of Knight (an American rock band from the Chicago suburbs, formed in the 1960s) single was released in December 1965 (later included in the album Gloria). It reached number 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1966, topping the original in the U.S. only in areas where Them’s version could not be played, because it contained the words, “She comes to my room”. Some radio stations objected to this line, most notably Chicago’s WLS:

The band had slightly altered the song’s lyrics, replacing Morrison’s original “she comes to my room, then she made me feel alright” with “she called out my name, that made me feel alright” after influential Chicago station WLS had banned Them’s original version. This simple change overcame the prevalent AM radio censorship of the era and got The Shadows of Knight’s cover version of the song onto the playlist of WLS, which had censored the original. The single reached the No. 1 position on the radio station’s countdown, as well as on local rival WCFL.


Contender #2: Patti Smith

What a difference a decade makes! Patti Smith really took liberties with the lyrics and changed them up a whole lot! From her 1975 album Horses, “this version is based on the Morrison tune, but its lyrics are reinvented for the nascent punk rock movement, retaining only the chorus, and adding possibly ironic allusions to the sacred allusions of the title. It memorably begins, “Jesus died for somebody’s sins / But not mine”.” (Wikipedia)


TIME TO VOTE! Which version do you like better and why? And when you’re done voting, please visit these other BOTB participants and check out their cool battles:

Do You Know How to Do CPR on Your Dog?

This just came in my Inbox from and I thought I’d share it with you. You never know when you’ll need it. I wonder, had I known how to do this, could I have saved my sweet Maggie who died of a massive heart attack right next to me in bed one morning? I gave her mouth-to-nostril resuscitation but not chest compressions. Wish I had had this information all those years ago:


It’s hard seeing your dog in a life or death situation, especially when you’re the only one that can save his life. Desperation and fear may cause you to panic in circumstances like this, but having the tools and skills you need to change the situation will arm you with confidence. If your dog is unresponsive or not breathing, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, or CPR may be necessary.

Indications that CPR may be needed include your dog not breathing, blinking, moving, or unconsciousness. These signs can be a result of the dog choking, cardiac arrest, electric shock, drowning, choking or many other traumatic situations. The CPR maneuver will artificially pump blood and oxygen to your dog for a short period of time until you are able to get veterinary help. Although there is no guarantee that this will save your furry friend’s life, it certainly increases their chances at survival.

If you have to perform CPR on your dog or a friend’s dog, it’s important to try to stay calm. Remove any immediate dangers to you or the dog before beginning. If necessary, move the dog to a safe area before beginning. Have someone get on the phone with an emergency veterinarian right away while you perform compressions.

Knowing what to do in an emergency can save lives, and you never know when you’ll need this life-saving information. You can also keep the Red Cross Pet First Aid app on your mobile phone for use during an emergency.

Unfortunately, if there is no oxygenated blood flowing to the brain for more than 10 minutes brain damage is almost certain and the chances of recovery are grim, so be sure to rush your pet to the veterinarian immediately. Sometimes performing CPR for a few minutes will give the dog enough time to recover just enough to start breathing on his own again.

Always be prepared for an emergency. Act quickly but decisively. And don’t forget to ask your angels for help!

Watch this baby quail hatch with a little help from a friend…

I found this on The Dodo today. It was written by Caitlin Jill Anders and the following is her article in its entirety. Be sure to watch the video at the end. It will warm your heart!

“Albert is a quail who was rescued and hatched from a supermarket egg back in February. He was the only one of his batch to hatch, although others who’ve tried the same thing have successfully hatched more. This might not seem possible, but some eggs that go to the supermarket are fertilized, even if the packaging might say they’re not.

His dad thought Albert might like some friends, so he bought some more eggs, and amazingly, they hatched, too — but one little chick was having some trouble coming out of her shell, literally.

The tiny chick tried for 30 hours to peck her way out of her shell, but she was too weak.

She kept at it, but her new dad was worried she might eventually give up.

According to Albert’s dad, it’s not a good idea to help a chick hatch from his egg. If you try too early, the chick could bleed to death, and if you try too late, the chick could already have passed on. There is a small window of time where it’s safe to help, however …

… and the man decided he had to try. He slowly, over time, cracked open the egg as gently as he could …

… until the little chick was finally visible. She was still too weak to stretch herself out of the egg, though …

… and so she got a little more help, until finally, there she was.

The baby quail was able to leave her shell behind and join the world where her brothers and sisters, including Albert, were already waiting.

The day after she hatched, she was already strong enough to join her siblings, and had no trouble fitting in with everyone. Albert and his dad are absolutely delighted that she was able to pull through, and are excited to watch her grow and enjoy her second chance at life.”

Battle of the Bands RESULTS: 2120 South Michigan Avenue


I’m a day late getting BOTB Results posted but I’m finally here to tally the votes for the battle between The Rolling Stones and George Thorogood, jamming the great instrumental 2120 South Michigan Avenue.

The Stones original didn’t fare well in this battle. Could it have been the technology? Maybe. But I think the real clincher was the great Charlie Musselwhite’s skillful harmonica-playing in George Thorogood’s version. Many people commented that it was the harmonica that made them choose George’s version — and that goes for me too. That man can play!!

Final tally:

Rolling Stones:   5 votes

George Thorogood: 10 votes (including mine)

Thanks to the awesome Stephen McCarthy for lending me this really fun battle! And as always, thanks to all who participated. See you on the 15th for my next battle, which should be interesting…