About greyzoned/angelsbark

Michele Truhlik is a writer, blogger and small business entrepreneur. Previously an owner of an advertising agency and a bar, she currently has a dog-sitting business and a jewelry business and is much happier being out of the corporate world. She is also following her calling and is an Animal Chaplain/Pet Shaman and will be officially credentialed and ordained in 2015. She has been rescuing and adopting greyhounds since 1999. She has been owned by 8 greyhounds. Pictured here is #7, Picasso. You can find her blogging at angelsbark.wordpress.com.

Iguana and Bulldog Share a Nap & BOTB Break

How adorable is this??!

 

Iguanas are cool. Other than seeing them in aquariums, I’ve only been around an iguana once. But it was such a cool experience. He seemed so affectionate. I was lightly stroking his head and face and after a few strokes, he tilted his head and closed his eyes, like he was really digging it. It was so sweet! It made me consider getting one. This video has reignited that desire…

On another note, I’m going to be taking a break from Battle of the Bands and from blogging in general for just a short while. This video made me realize that I need to take a little time for myself and get some rest. I’m still considering whether or not I’m going to participate in the Blogging A-Z Challenge in April. I’ll keep you all posted.

And now, I’m signing off for a much needed nap…

 

Battle of the Bands RESULTS: Sweet Home Alabama vs. Southern Man

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It’s Results Time for my most recent battle, pitting Lynryd Skynryd’s Sweet Home Alabama against Neil Young’s Southern Man.

I suspected going in that this really was a No Contest battle and the results went on to prove that true. I assumed that Sweet Home Alabama was going to reign supreme in this contest and that they did! However, I was surprised that the battle didn’t end in a Shut Out. Neil Young did end up getting a few votes and I was very pleased about that, especially because I think his performance of his song was fantastic.

The final tally:

Lynyrd Skynryd’s Sweet Home Alabama:  11 votes (including my own)

Neil Young’s Southern Man:  3 votes

This was a fun battle to put together and I’m very grateful to Stephen McCarthy for passing his great idea onto me. Thanks Stephen!

On another note: I will be missing the next two battles as I’m taking some time off. I’ll be back for the March 15th battle.

To close us out, I’ll leave you with my favorite Lynyrd Skynyrd song, Gimme Back My Bullets:

 

As always, thanks for your participation. See you all soon!

 

 

Battle of the Bands: Sweet Home Alabama vs. Southern Man

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SWEET HOME ALABAMA VS. SOUTHERN MAN

This battle features Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Sweet Home Alabama against Neil Young’s Southern Man.

If my hunch is right, this battle will probably be a blowout, but maybe not. I’m interested to see how it plays out. Regardless of how it ends, this battle was really fun to put together, pitting two iconic songs that both stand the test of time against each other.

Enjoy! And thanks Stephen McCarthy for this fabulous idea and especially for thinking of me when you thought of it. I’m really excited to present it.

There has long been controversy about whether Neil Young and Lynryd Skynyrd’s front man Ronnie Van Zant were friends or foes. After all, Sweet Home Alabama lyrics famously mention Neil Young:

“I heard old Neil talk about her, I heard old Neal put her down

Well, I hope Neil Young will remember

a southern man don’t need him around anyhow”

On its face, it would appear that Lynryd Skynrd is putting Neil Young down in response to his song Southern Man, an anti-racism song which many think broad-stroke paints all Southerners as racists. At least that’s how most people interpret those lyrics. But in reality, were Neil Young and Ronnie Van Zant actually friends?

This question has been pondered for decades and much has been written about it. The conclusion has been drawn that the two actually liked and had deep mutual respect for each other. Most notably evidenced by these photos showing Ronnie Van Zant in concert wearing a t-shirt with Neil Young’s Tonight’s the Night album cover on it and Neil Young wearing Lynryd Skynrd’s Jack Daniels whiskey t-shirt during performance, an obvious nod to one another.

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But you can come to your own conclusion. Here’s a good article that goes deep on the subject and starts with this:

“Thanks to Neil Young, Lynyrd Skynyrd was inspired to write the song “Sweet Home Alabama”.

Without Young’s songs that were so critical of the South’s segregationist and racist attitudes for inspiration, it is doubtful that the band would have produced a song with such a long lasting duration that continues to sell well 30 years after its release.

But the ultimate irony of “Sweet Home Alabama” is that for so many, the song’s implied put down of Neil Young was NOT meant as criticism but as support of Young’s anti-racism.”

I tend to believe that they genuinely liked each other. What do you think?

I’ve found two superb live performances of both songs that I think you’ll really enjoy. (Note: the Neil Young song video says it’s 19 minutes long but the song is really only 9:44 in length. At that point, oddly the audio cuts out and the video continues taping the performance. I don’t know why the video doesn’t just end when the song ends but whatever). Anyway, both performances are very strong and full of passion. The question is: which one do you like better? Which song do you like better?

LYNYRD SKYNRD – Sweet Home Alabama  (Live at Amsouth Ampitheatre in Tennessee 2003)

 

NEIL YOUNG – Southern Man (FarmAid performance)

 

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:

 

 

Battle of the Bands RESULTS: To Sir With Love

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It’s Results time for my latest battle and an interesting battle it was! The song was Lulu’s To Sir With Love. Contenders were 10,000 Maniacs (Natalie Merchant, with a little help from R.E.M.’s Michael Stipe) and Australia’s Tina Arena.

Well, I wish one more vote would’ve been cast because as it stands now we have a Tie! Natalie Merchant received 8 votes and when I cast mine for Tina Arena, she ended up with 8 votes. So this battle ends in an 8 to 8 tie.

I really like Tina Arena’s strong voice and I liked the musical arrangement presented in her version. I really didn’t know anything about Tina Arena before finding her version of To Sir With Love but I’ve learned that she is pretty close to being Australia’s sweetheart.

She is a singer-songwriter, musician, musical theater actress, and record producer. She is one of Australia’s highest selling female artists who, as of July 2014, has sold over 10 million records worldwide.

I’ll close this post with a Tina Arena original. Her album Don’t Ask was the highest selling album of 1995 and this is the lead single from that album, Chains:

 

As always, thanks for participating in my battle. See you on February 1st when I present a very different battle! See you then…