DRUM ROLL PLEASE: AND THE WINNER IS…

The time has come to declare a winner in the Inaugural ULTIMATE DOG vs CAT BATTLE OF THE BANDS TOURNAMENT. The Championship Round took place on September 1st. The playoff winners and Championship Contenders were:

In this corner at Angels Bark, representing the DOGS, it was Led Zeppelin’s “BLACK DOG”

In the other corner at Jingle Jangle Jungle, representing the CATS, it was Harry Chapin’s “CATS IN THE CRADLE”

The votes have all been cast. They’ve been counted. And recounted. And although it was a nail-biter tournament, right down to the last trickle of votes coming in, there is indeed a winner.

But before we announce the Grand Champion, let me first give major props to my good friend Mary from Jingle Jangle Jungle, my co-creator in this historical Dog vs Cat Battle of the Bands Tournament. Mary has been a fun and fabulous partner in this tournament event. Not only that but she also created all the tournament graphics and status charts. So to my friend Mary: THANKS SO MUCH for making this such a fun and exciting endeavor. You Rock Sister! 

We had a blast doing this and for all those who might be wondering: WE WILL BE DOING IT AGAIN! This 2018 Tournament is our inaugural installment so look for more down the road. DOWWWWWN the road…Like next year sometime…

Okay, y’all ready for the results? I’ll start off by saying: BOTH songs were winners, in my book anyway. Both songs are incredible in their own right. They are both monumental hits, in the charts and in the hearts of fans worldwide. These two songs are also winners in this tournament, both figuratively and LITERALLY (which I’ll explain in a minute).

OVERALL THOUGH, the GRAND WINNER of the Ultimate Dog vs Cat Battle of the Bands Tournament is…

CATS IN THE CRADLE by Harry Chapin! 

          Congratulations to the Cats!

 

 

Now for all those Led Zeppelin and Dog folks who may be disappointed, don’t be! Because BLACK DOG was in fact a winner HERE at Angels Bark!

Remember we had two blogs featuring this battle. Here at Angels Bark, Led Zeppelin’s BLACK DOG came rocking in with the win title and a vote tally of 11 to 6 (11 voted for Black Dog, 6 voted for Cats in the Cradle). That’s a pretty impressive win, yeah? It is.

So how then did Harry Chapin & Cats in the Cradle win the Tournament? Because Mary is a much better bigger blogger than I am (Say that three times…). Mary’s battle saw a total of 26 votes come in (nearly ten more than here at this blog) with a majority 19 votes cast for Cats in the Cradle (19 for Harry Chapin, 7 for Led Zeppelin; whereas Angels Bark’s 17 voters cast 11 for Zeppelin, 6 for Chapin).

When all the votes were combined and totaled, AND THE DUPLICATES REMOVED (we have friends in common and although our friends voted at both of our battles, in fairness they were each allotted only one vote in the tally), the FINAL FINAL PURE TOTAL TALLY WAS:

Cats in the Cradle  –  21 votes

Black Dog  –  16 votes

Indeed, a very close battle, well fought by two superstars.

In the end, I’m okay with this result. Harry Chapin’s poignant lyrics delivered a real punch to the gut and a jolt to the consciousness to many who heard –and felt– its very powerful message. The title of Grand Champion in the Ultimate Dog v Cat Battle of the Bands Tournament is a well-deserved recognition for Cats in the Cradle.

Take a Victory Lap, Harry. Here’s a nice live performance with some touching comments from his wife and son:

So now what? I’m sure, for a little while anyway, we’ll be bombarded with cat arrogance and they’ll taunt the dogs with their uppity tail swishing….But you know how dogs are just so goofy and loving. In the end I think we’ll end up with a “C’mon, can’t we all just get along” camaraderie and live happily ever after…UNTIL THE NEXT DOG v CAT BATTLE TOURNAMENT~! Get ready kitty-kitties. We comin’ for ya next time ’round… mmm-hmm…you betcha…

A huge THANK YOU to all of you who played along these last several weeks! We really appreciated all the support and love!~

And now, I’ll just leave you with three fun and cool versions of Black Dog that I discovered over the course of this tournament:

A Japanese cover of Black Dog:

Maybe one of Zeppelin’s youngest fans: 10 year old Krizten Centino from Bradford (UK) covers ‘Black Dog’:

And finally, a lovely version of Black Dog with Robert Plant and Alison Krauss:

 

 

 

IT ALL COMES DOWN TO THIS: Who will reign supreme, the Dog or the Cat??

This is the battle we’ve all been waiting for. To recap: My friend Mary (from Jingle Jangle Jungle) and I teamed up on putting together this fun Dog v Cat Battle of the Bands Tournament. It’s been so much fun and hopefully you’ve had a chance to check it out. But if not, no worries! You can still play in this very exciting AND HISTORICAL event!

After weeks of battles choosing best Dog songs and best Cat songs in the categories of Hard and Soft Rock, we had Playoffs to determine which song was going to Represent going into the Championship Battle. And now we are here with the exciting finish.

Last month’s mid-month battle of the bands was the Final Playoff to choose the Dog song going into the Superbowl of Championship Battles. And at Mary’s place (Jingle Jangle Jungle) was the Playoff to choose the Cat song to send to this Grand Finale.

Here voters had an opportunity to vote for either the hard-rock Led Zeppelin’s “Black Dog” or the soulful soft pop by Marvin Gaye, “I’ll Be Doggone”.

It was a super tight race and tied all the way up to the very end, when two votes came in, pushing Led Zeppelin over the finish line. The final playoff tally was 8-6. (FYI: I voted for Marvin Gaye’s song). So the NDC (National Dog Conference) is sending hard rock winner “BLACK DOG” to today’s big Battle Championship!

So just what Cat song is our Dog champ going up against? Mary’s NCC (National Cat Conference) Playoff winner is the beloved “CATS IN THE CRADLE” by Harry Chapin.

SO THIS IS IT! It’s time for the knock-down drag-out battle between CANINE and FELINE. Who will be the reigning victor of the first ever DOG v CAT BATTLE OF THE BANDS TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONSHIP??

It’s in your hands People! Are you a dog person or a cat person? LET’S HEAR FROM YOU!!!

And now, without further ado, Let’s Battle!

BLACK DOG by Led Zeppelin

 

CATS IN THE CRADLE by Harry Chapin

 

PLACE YOUR VOTES IN THE COMMENTS SECTION BELOW. Being this is the Championship, both Mary and I have the same exact battles going today, using the exact same videos. We know that the regular BOTBers will be placing duplicate votes. Don’t worry about it; we’re going to take out the duplicates. PLEASE VOTE WHEN YOU VISIT EACH OF US. Thank you so much! Thanks for playing along…

VOTING WILL BE OPEN THROUGH SEPTEMBER 10th!

And Don’t Forget to visit the other Battles today. First go to Mary’s Jingle Jangle Jungle Dog v Cat Championship battle post and place your vote there. There are links to all participants at BOTB Host Stephen McCarthy. 

For your convenience, I’ve also listed the other cool battles going on with our fun group so be sure to visit and vote on all these battles:

Stephen McCarthy Presents Battle of the Bands

Tossing It Out

The Doglady’s Den

The Sound of One Hand Typing

Curious as a Cathy

Mike’s Ramblings

 

Monday’s Music Moves Me – WELCOME TO MY BAR (Songs with Beverages in the Titles)

We are wrapping up August with a fun Monday’s Music Moves Me theme from this month’s Spotlight Conductor, Mary of Jingle Jangle Jungle. She’s challenged us to feature songs with beverages in the titles. Well, you know me, Bar Queen Extraordinaire. Although it was a while ago, my bar, the Pond Springs Saloon, was a cool beer & wine joint nestled in a northwest Austin neighborhood, complete with a few pool tables, three dart boards and a kickass jukebox, and was home to a bunch of Austin-area locals who liked to hang out in a laid-back establishment. A lot of folks would come in for our famous “fish-bowls,” huge frozen schooners iced in the freezer and filled to the brim with ice cold draft beer.

It was fun to fulfill a long-time dream of creating a neighborhood bar reminiscent of the Town of Niagara/Western New York and Pennsylvania bars and beer joints that I hung out in growing up, first when in tow with my parents who liked to stop and have a few beers with family and friends every now and again, and then when I was sowing my own wild oats in my late teens and early 20s. Although my place was in Texas, it definitely had that “Buffalo-feel”, not only in attitude but in decor too, as evidenced by the Buffalo Bills memorabilia that served not only to showcase my Buffalo pride but also to taunt the resident Dallas Cowboys fans.

Folks came in to hang with friends, to laugh and tell jokes, to share life’s trials and tribulations, to bitch and complain, to spout life philosophies, to boast and embellish life stories, to blow off a little steam, to flirt and try to hook up, to cry in their beers, to drink and sometimes often get drunk and act a fool…All that and other things that people like to do in their favorite home-away-from-home drinking establishment. They sought — and found — a place where everyone knew their names. [We even had our own resident “Norm” (a Cheers reference].

So in that spirit, I’ve opened a virtual bar here at Angels Bark. Here you’ll find a menu of great music categorized and tailored to your beverage of choice. Don’t forget your dollars for the jukebox! Let’s start with an introduction to the overall atmosphere where all kinds are welcome (well, almost all kinds. I’m keeping with the strict policy I had at my old bar: Sorry, no assholes allowed)…

WELCOME TO TRUHLIK’S TAVERN

This first playlist is just to get you in the mood, with some general drinking music, to be followed by a beverage-specific menu. Pull up a stool and hang out for a bit…

Roadhouse Blues by The Doors

Have a Drink on Me by AC/DC

One Bourbon, One Scotch and One Beer by George      Thorogood

I Drink Alone by George Thorogood

Drunk Americans by Toby Keith

Alcohol by Barenaked Ladies

Cheers theme song

 

Our bartenders are super friendly and aim to please.

WHAT CAN I GET FOR YA?   PICK YOUR POISON

BEER

Beer Drinkers & Hell Raisers by ZZ Top

Beer for My Horses by Toby Keith & featuring Willie Nelson

Hold My Beer by Trace Adkins

I Like Girls That Drink Beer by Toby Keith

Hot Beer & Cold Women by Randy Houser

Pretty Good at Drinkin’ Beer by Billy Currington

A Dozen Roses & a Six-Pack by Cole Swindell

There’s a Tear in My Beer by Hank Williams and Hank Williams Jr.

 

WINE

Elderberry Wine by Elton John

White Lightning and Wine by Heart

Spill the Wine by Eric Burton and War

Red Wine (Ballad of Sacco and Vanzetti) by Woody Guthrie

Red Red Wine by Neil Diamond

Red Red Wine by UB40

Old Red Wine by The Who

Sweet Cherry Wine by Tommy James & the Shondells

God of Wine by Third Eye Blind

Pass the Wine by The Rolling Stones

The Night the Band Got the Wine by Al Stewart

Water with the Wine by Joan Armatrading

Wine into Water by T. Graham Brown

Wine After Whiskey by Carrie Underwood

 

TEQUILA

Tequila Sunrise by the Eagles

Tequila Eyes by Randy Rogers Band

Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off by Joe Nichols

Mas Tequila by Sammy Hagar

Mexico, Tequila and Me by Alan Jackson

You and Tequila by Kenny Chesney

Tequila Loves Me by Kenny Chesney

Tattoos & Tequila by Vince Neil

When the Tequila Runs Out by Dawes

My Favorite Wine is Tequila by Michael Franti & Spearhead

 

WHISKEY

Whiskey Rock-a-Roller by Lynyrd Skynyrd

Poison Whiskey by Lynyrd Skynyrd

Whiskey Drinkin’ Woman by Nazareth

Whiskey River by Willie Nelson (side note: last week I had a Basenji, one of my dog boarders, named ‘Whiskey River’. He was named after this Willie Nelson song and he was a real pistol!)

Alabama Song (Whiskey Bar) by The Doors

Ain’t Enough Whiskey by Kid Rock

Lace and Whiskey by Alice Cooper

Whiskey and Lace by Krystal Keith

Jack Daniels and Jesus by Chase Rice

Not Enough Whiskey by Keifer Sutherland

Weed, Whiskey and Willie by Brothers Osborne

What Whiskey Does by Randy Houser

Whiskey Girl by Toby Keith

Whiskey in My Water by Tyler Farr

Whiskey in the Jar by Thin Lizzy

White Lightning by Scott Weiland and the Wildabouts

Whiskey by Maroon 5 featuring A$AP Rocky

Sunshine and Whiskey by Frankie Ballard

Moonshine by Bruno Mars

Wine After Whiskey by Carrie Underwood

Whiskey Rock-a-Roller LIVE by Lynyrd Skynyrd

Poison Whiskey LIVE by Lynyrd Skynyrd

Whiskey River by Willie Nelson LIVE in Austin Texas on 9/13/1984

 

GIN

Cocaine & Gin by Kid Rock

Cold Gin by Kiss

Of All the Gin Joints in the World by Fall Out Boy

Gin & Juice by Snoop Dog

Gin, Smoke, Lie by Turnpike Troubadours

Gin Soaked Boy by Tom Waits

Gin Bottle Blues by Lightnin Hopkins

Gin Guzzlin’ Frenzy by Mojo Nixon

Gin and Money by Marcy Playground

Misery and Gin by Merle Haggard – Live from Austin Texas 1985

 

RUM

Rum is the Reason by Toby Keith

Rum and Coca-Cola by The Andrew Sisters

A Rum Tale by Procol Harum

Rum by Brothers Osborne

Blame It On the Rum by Sunny Jim

Rum Jumbies by Sunny Jim

Haze of the Rum by Jesse Rice featuring Florida Georgia Line

Rum and Somethin’ by Donny Brewer

Rum Day by Cory Young

Rum Phonics by Gene Mitchell

Rummin’ and Chummin’ by John Friday

 

CHAMPAGNE

Champagne & Reefer by Muddy Waters

Champagne High by Sister Hazel

Champagne Kisses by Jessie Ware

Champagne Supernova by Oasis

Pink Champagne by Caitlin Rose

Champagne Life by Ne-Yo

 

SPECIALTY DRINKS

Strange Brew by Cream

(Escape) The Pina Colada Song by Rupert Holmes

Margaritaville by Jimmy Buffet

One Mint Julep by Ray Charles

 

And for those Designated Drivers, be sure to head to the Coffee Bar:

COFFEE BAR & OTHER NON-ALCOHOLIC DRINKS

Black Coffee in Bed by Squeeze

Coffee Blues by Mississippi John Hurt

One More Cup of Coffee by Bob Dylan

Tea for One by Led Zeppelin

Poprocks and Coke by Green Day

RC Cola and a Moon Pie by NRBQ

Orange Crush by R.E.M.

Apple Cider Reconstitution by Al Stewart

No Milk Today by Herman’s Hermits

Milk It by Nirvana

Milk and Alcohol by Dr. Feelgood

 

Well, it’s Last Call. And as I liked to say back in the day:

“Drink ’em up!

You don’t have to go home but you can’t stay here!”

 

Monday’s Music Moves Me (4M) is a blog hop hosted by Marie of X-Mas Dolly, and co-hosted by Cathy of Curious as a Cathy and Stacy of Stacy Uncorked Two other co-hosts recently joined the fun: Alana of Ramlin’ with AM and Naila Moon of Musings & Merriment with Michelle. Be sure to stop by and visit the hosts and the other participants listed below:

 

 

 

Monday’s Music Moves Me – In Honor of the Queen of Soul: A Tribute to Aretha Franklin

credit Monica Ahanonu (InStyle)

Aretha Franklin, the world’s Queen of Soul, died on Thursday. She was 76. 

 

She has left behind an extraordinary legacy of music that moves, in oh so many ways, and songs that instill confidence and unleash untapped power…but more than that, she left us with anthems of great import, her most widely recognized being RESPECT.

Originally a song by Otis Redding, “Respect” was written and recorded by him in 1965, which interestingly ended up being a significant one for him as well. (It was his second Top 40 hit, following “I’ve Been Loving You Too Long (To Stop Now),” and it helped establish Redding on mainstream radio. Otis performed the song at the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967 and this was a defining performance for the singer, who died in a plane crash six months later).

But Aretha came along and re-imagined the song. With a re-working of the lyrics, a musical rearrangement (via the Muscle Shoals studio musician’s soulful guitar hook, the background vocals and the added sax solo) and a completely different slant on the messaging, “Respect” was suddenly recognized the world over. Aretha’s rendition found greater success than the original, spending two weeks atop the Billboard Pop Singles chart, and eight weeks on the Billboard Black Singles chart. The changes in lyrics and production drove Franklin’s version to become an anthem for the increasingly large Civil Rights and Women’s Rights movements. She altered the lyrics to represent herself, a strong woman demanding respect from her man. Franklin’s demands for “Respect” were “associated either with black freedom struggles or women’s liberation.”

The song also became a hit internationally, reaching #10 in the UK and helping to transform Aretha Franklin from a domestic star into an international one.

FUN FACTOtis Redding himself was impressed with the performance of the song. At the Monterey Pop Festival in the summer of the cover’s release, he was quoted playfully describing “Respect” as the song “that a girl took away from me, a friend of mine, this girl she just took this song”. “When her hit single ‘Respect’ climbed the charts in July 1967, some fans declared that the summer of 1967 was ‘the summer of ‘Retha, Rap, and Revolt.'”  Adorable!

I am partial to many of Aretha’s songs but “Respect” hits some real nostalgia notes in me. Not only is this amazing song a landmark anthem, it’s a ton of fun!

The song came out at the apex of a social and political climate on the verge of a major shift. “Respect” hit at a time when millions of people were feeling marginalized in an era where inequality and social injustice was the norm. This song became a theme song in the civil rights movement and a feminist anthem that encouraged women to not only recognize their worth but to insist that others acknowledge and respect it. It was then, and is now still, a song of empowerment.

In addition to all that (and so much more), it’s just a damn good song! It was an anthem of sorts for me too, and it was featured prominently on the jukebox of my bar. When I opened my bar, music was a priority in the planning. When I ordered the jukebox, I asked the company rep about the music. I was told that the company uses demographics and research on what songs perform best in terms of frequency of play and that they load the music based on those metrics.  And I said, “Ah, nah, I don’t like that. That’s not going to work. I want to pick and choose the music that’s going to be on my bar’s jukebox.” And so I did.

As you can imagine, that jukebox had some incredibly kickass music on it. And my bar developed a reputation for it even. I always got a charge when new folks would walk in and say “We heard this place has the best jukebox in town!” Oh yeah, proud mama.

Aretha Franklin’s “Respect” was one of the first songs I chose to be on the jukebox. It often was the ‘Last Call’ anthem. At the end of the night, I’d cue up the song and call “Last Call for alcohol!” and, with the speaker control behind the bar, I’d crank that baby up and “Respect” would vibrate and dominate. It would be so loud that it was virtually impossible to hold a conversation for those few minutes; the customers just had to get up and dance. It was a highlight on so many nights and it always amazed me how that song could completely change the mood and the dynamic of the place. Everybody would be singing and dancing and laughing because that song just moves people. It evokes an ultimate feel-good and you just can’t help but smile when it plays. Every time I hear it now, my mind wanders to my old “bar days”. Some great and interesting memories for sure.

Long Live Aretha!

I’m not going to do a big write-up on Aretha because the world is inundated with articles and stories and tributes to our Queen of Soul. There are several wonderful pieces online and I’ll share links of some that I particularly enjoyed.

I will leave you with some music though. The following is my Plug and Play Aretha Playlist for your listening pleasure. It kicks off with my top 5 favorite Aretha songs. Enjoy!

Playlist Songs, in order:

  • Respect – 1967
  • (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman – 1967 (co-written by Carole King, Gerry Goffin and Atlantic Records’ Jerry Wexler); the video in the playlist is Aretha’s 2015 performance at the Kennedy Center Honors in tribute to the song’s co-writer Carole King who was receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award.
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  • Freeway of Love – 1985 (This is one of my favorite Aretha Franklin songs because it reminds me of my dear sweet Aunt Judy, who so loved this song! God rest her soul. I miss my Aunt Judy so much!)
  • Sisters Are Doin’ It for Themselves – 1985 (another of my favorites, this was a collaborative hit with Aretha and the Eurythmics)
  • I Say a Little Prayer – 1968 (written by Burt Bacharach & Hal David for Dionne Warwick in 1967; Aretha covered it in 1968)
  • (Sweet Sweet Baby) Since You’ve Been Gone – 1968
  • I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Loved You) – 1967
  • Do Right Woman, Do Right Man – 1967
  • A Change is Gonna Come – 1967 (Aretha’s cover of Sam Cooke’s 1964 song)
  • Spirit in the Dark – 1970
  • The Thrill is Gone – 1970 (original by blue musician Roy Hawkins in 1951 and then B.B. King in 1970; this song was the B-side to “Spirit in the Dark”)
  • Rock Steady – 1971
  • Chain of Fools – 1967
  • Dr. Feelgood – 1967
  • See-Saw – 1968 (Aretha’s cover of Don Covay’s 1965 song)
  • Don’t Play that Song (You Lied) – 1970 (performed with the Dixie Flyers, this song is a cover of Ben E. King’s 1962 song)
  • You’re All I Need to Get By – 1971 (Aretha Franklin’s cover of the 1968 duet by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell)
  • Angel – 1973 (a soul ballad co-written by Aretha’s sister Carolyn & Sonny Saunders)
  • The Weight – 1972 (This song features Aretha Franklin on Duane Allman’s “An Anthology” album)
  • Spanish Harlem – 1971 (Aretha Franklin released a cover version of Ben E. King’s 1960 song in the middle of 1971 that outperformed the original on the charts, charting #1 R&B for three weeks and #2 Pop for two weeks. Aretha’s version earned a gold single for sales of over one million. Dr. John played keyboards on Franklin’s version with Bernard “Pretty” Purdie on drums and Chuck Rainey on bass. This version hit #6 on Billboard’s Easy Listening chart. Franklin also changed the lyrics slightly, from “A red rose up in Spanish Harlem” to “There’s a rose in Black ‘n Spanish Harlem. A rose in Black ‘n Spanish Harlem.”
  • Until You Come Back to Me (That’s What I’m Gonna Do) – 1973
  • Day Dreaming – 1972
  • I’m in Love – 1974 – (“I’m in Love” is a song written by Bobby Womack in the 1960s in response to some of the criticism he had been receiving after marrying the widow of the recently deceased Sam Cooke. The song was given to Wilson Pickett and his version became a top-ten R&B hit on Billboard’s chart in 1968, peaking at #4 as well as peaking at #45 on the Billboard Hot 100. However, the version to achieve the most success came in 1974, when Aretha Franklin released it as a single. Her version topped Billboard’s R&B chart for two weeks and also peaked at number nineteen on the Billboard Hot 100.)
  • Who’s Zoomin’ Who – 1985
  • A Deeper Love – 1994
  • Honey – 1994 (written by Babyface)
  • Willing to Forgive – 1994
  • A Rose is Still a Rose – 1998

REST IN ETERNAL PEACE ARETHA!

“Rest in eternal peace” was the sentiment expressed by Barack Obama in his social media tribute to Aretha. He had a close affinity with her and her music moved him to tears (as evidenced in the video of Aretha’s performance for Carole King in December 2015 when she was receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Kennedy Center Honors). Aretha also performed at President Obama’s 2009 Inauguration.

Here is his Instagram post:

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America has no royalty. But we do have a chance to earn something more enduring. Born in Memphis and raised in Detroit, Aretha Franklin grew up performing gospel songs in her father’s congregation. For more than six decades since, every time she sang, we were all graced with a glimpse of the divine. Through her compositions and unmatched musicianship, Aretha helped define the American experience. In her voice, we could feel our history, all of it and in every shade—our power and our pain, our darkness and our light, our quest for redemption and our hard-won respect. She helped us feel more connected to each other, more hopeful, more human. And sometimes she helped us just forget about everything else and dance. Aretha may have passed on to a better place, but the gift of her music remains to inspire us all. May the Queen of Soul rest in eternal peace. Michelle and I send our prayers and warmest sympathies to her family and all those moved by her song.

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I included that Instagram post because I found this very comical mashup video on YouTube of Obama singing “Respect”. I just had to… 

 

The Beautiful Aretha Franklin

 

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I found it interesting to see how the print media is honoring this Soul Dynamo. In particular, I may order a copy of the 8-page commemorative section, “Eternal Respect”, from the Detroit Free Press, Aretha’s hometown paper. The following is taken from Ad Age magazine:

HOW NEWSPAPERS AROUND THE WORLD ARE REMEMBERING ARETHA FRANKLIN

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Aretha Franklin, who died on Thursday, “was the loftiest name in the rich history of Detroit music and one of the transcendent cultural figures of the 20th Century,” Brian McCollum writes in the Detroit Free Press. “Raised on an eclectic musical diet of gospel, R&B, classical and jazz, she blossomed out of her father’s Detroit church to become the most distinguished black female artist of all time, breaking boundaries while placing nearly 100 hits on Billboard’s R&B chart—20 of them reaching No. 1.”

The news of Franklin’s passing continues to reverberate across the world today, and many papers, including the Free Press, pay tribute to the soul legend on their front pages this morning. A small sampling:

Credit: Detroit Free Press
Credit: The New York Times
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Credit: National Post
Credit: The Washington Post
Credit: The Guardian
Credit: USA Today
Credit: The Wall Street Journal
Credit: Libération

And don’t forget: Monday’s Music Moves Me (4M) is a blog hop hosted by Marie of X-Mas Dolly, and co-hosted by Cathy of Curious as a Cathy and Stacy of Stacy Uncorked Two other co-hosts recently joined the fun: Alana of Ramlin’ with AM and Naila Moon of Musings & Merriment with Michelle. Be sure to stop by and visit the hosts and the other participants listed below:

BOTB: It’s the ULTIMATE DOG v CAT SEMI-FINALS SHOWDOWN!

If you’re looking for my Monday’s Music Moves Me post, go here.

But first, stick around and participate in this all-important Battle of the Bands!

[Yelling]:

ARE YOU READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL!!!!!

Oh, wait, this isn’t football. But it’s just as good!!

This is the Ultimate DOG v CAT Battle of the Bands Tournament SEMI-FINAL ROUND! (Round Three for those counting).

For the Dogs, it’s all coming down to this. The winner of this Semi-Final Round will advance to the CHAMPIONSHIP where that age-old question just might be answered. Who will come out on top, the Dog or the Cat?? But let’s not get ahead of ourselves yet. We have this all important Playoff Round.

You were there for Round One, the hard rock battle, in which Led Zeppelin kicked Ted Nugent’s ass and became the Tournament’s Hard Dog winner.

And you were there for Round Two, the soft battle, where Marvin Gaye handily beat out Lobo for the Soft Dog win.

And now, here we are, the SEMI-FINAL PLAYOFF ROUND, the battle that will decide who goes to the CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND. Who is going to REPRESENT the Dogs, the HARD dog or the SOFT dog??

It’s in your hands, folks. Give a listen to our Dog finalists here and cast your votes. And I can assure you that this system is hack-proof and at this time we are sure there is no Russian interference…

Without further ado, here is the SEMI-FINAL BATTLE, with no commercial interruption.

Led Zeppelin’s “BLACK DOG” vs Marvin Gaye’s “I’LL BE DOGGONE”

Contender #1   

Led Zeppelin with Black Dog:

 

Contender #2

Marvin Gaye with I’ll Be Doggone:

 

I wanted to also give you voters a taste of these songs performed live by our contenders so feel free to give a listen to these as well before making your decision:

Contender #1:This is Led Zeppelin performing at live at Earl’s Court May 24th 1975:

Contender #2:This video is a duet clip of Marvin Gaye and Tina Turner taking turns singing. Marvin starts signing “I’ll Be Doggone” at the :25 second mark. Realize that the audio quality isn’t up to par with today’s standards so if you’re using this clip in your decision, be sure to factor that in.

 

IT’S TIME TO VOTE! Keep your eye on the prize here and remember that not only are we choosing the winner of the DOG Division here, that winner will be advancing to the Championship Final and will be competing against the winner of the CAT Division (and that winner will be selected with the battle being held over at Mary’s place right now: Pantera doing “Cat Scratch Fever” vs. Harry Chapin’s “Cat’s in the Cradle”).

So now, which DOG song are you voting for to win this Semi-Final Round: Led Zeppelin’s “Black Dog” or Marvin Gaye’s “I’ll Be Doggone” ???

Place your vote in the Comments section below.

And then be sure go over to Mary’s place and CAST YOUR VOTE FOR THE CAT SEMI-FINAL BATTLE! 

Remember, ultimately, this is a battle between Dogs and Cats! Mark your calendars for the Championship Round which will happen on September 1st!