What?? It’s May 24th already??! How did that happen? Ay-yi-yi… Well guys, my intentions were certainly to jump back in to the Battle of the Bands groove and be efficient and timely but alas, life is having its way with me and my stamina isn’t quite up to optimum levels yet so I must apologize for the tardy Results post. It’s been so crazy around here that I even had to cancel not one but two physical therapy appointments this week! And I only go two times a week. That’s not good. But I am definitely doing all my exercises here at home so I don’t think I’ll fall behind too bad. I mean what’s one week when you’re looking at 16 – 20 weeks of it, right?
Anyway, thanks for the warm welcome back from all my BOTB pals! I sure have missed you guys and it’s good to back with my ‘people’…
I’m glad that so many of you expressed really liking my comeback battle which featured the classic R&B single “Too Late to Turn Back Now” by the soul-singing group of siblings, Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose. It has proven to be a decent battle and at one point was tied as both contenders were neck and neck with the votes.
For me it was a challenge to make a decision on who was going to get my vote. I think both versions are very strong. Taylor Manning’s upbeat delivery and refreshing Carolina Beach vocals were very appealing. And then Pepe Marquez, with a little assist from Tierra’s Steve Salas, gave us a lighthearted rendition, complete with a fun exchange and a few quips between the two, and then we’re treated to a delightful sax solo. Tough choice because I could truly go back and forth between both covers and enjoy listening to each immensely…and that’s just what I did as I composed this post.
I could go either way and be happy with my choice. I think tonight I’m feeling the Pepe Marquez/Steve Salas version just a wee bit more than Taylor Manning’s. I really liked their amusing dialogue at the beginning and throughout. And then that sax solo, well, that sealed it for me.
–a brief interruption to share something cool that just happened:
It’s a little after 2am as I’m composing this post and my dogs signaled that they wanted to go outside. Time for their final pee before we head to bed. So I let them out, strap on my headlamp and follow them around the yard, picking up any poops that drop. As we are winding it up and walking across the yard, I hear a branch break. I immediately look up into the weeping willow tree and spot movement. My headlamp light is shining into the middle of the treetop and I’m focusing to find out what it is that is moving. I see a long tail and I’m thinking it’s probably a possum (I know, it’s ‘oppossum’ but I just like saying plain ol’ possum). And then I see its head. It’s a SNAKE!! A snake is slithering along; slowly it’s head turns and explores and it’s body winds around the branch, as it’s tail dangles. I stood there fascinated, watching it. I ran in the house real quick to grab my phone and get some video but when I came back out, the snake was no longer visible. And that’s when my obsession took hold and I stood beneath the willow, seeking, shining and searching for a glimpse of the captivating creature. Luca was my protector: he stood there right with me, leaning his body against my legs as if he was acting as my bodyguard. We stood out there in the middle of this night for the longest time, staring up into the tree and slowly moving around it to try to catch another sighting. Literally I think we were out there looking up into that tree for at least 30 minutes! I’m still astonished over the whole thing. I mean I never gave a thought to there ever possibly being a snake cruising around above my head, for God’s sake! That’s a trip!
Here’s a quick 17-second video of the area of the tree where the snake was last seen hanging out. Not much to see (although he’s in there!) but the best part is the ambient sounds of the night…
Anyway, back to the business at hand:
A tally of the votes means crowning Pepe Marquez the winner of this battle. Pepe came in with 7 votes (including mine) and Taylor Manning had a very respectable 4 votes.
Thanks to all of you for participating in my comback battle! I’ll be back on the 15th of next month (June). Until then, keep rockin’…and be sure to look up when your under a tree…