Monday, February 1, 2016

"In the Mood" for BOTB, and the Lost & Found - Valentine's Edition

Welcome to Battle of the Bands! (aka BOTB) and...

My battle features a song that reminds me of my first love, and partner in crime - my Grandfather! I have him to thank for my first introduction to music, and what a genre it was. I'm talking Big Band sound! Our favorite thing was dancing to all of the songs he played. Good stuff like, "Little Brown Jug," "Ja-da, Ja-da, Jing, Jing, Jing," and "Pennsylvania 6-5000." To the man who gave me music, and gave it abundantly - two versions of one of our favorite dance tunes... 'cause we were always, "In the Mood." 

Thank you to the "Lost & Found -Valentine's Edition Blogfest hosts: Arlee Bird, Guilie Castillo Oriard , Elizabeth Seckman, Yolanda Renee, Denise Covey, and Alex J Cavanaugh.  

NOW ~ let's do Battle of the Bands!!!  

Our hosts for Battle of the Bands:

Here's how we battle:

We feature two different recordings of the same song. Listen to both, and then vote for the song version you like the best.  Feel free to leave me a comment, along with your vote. 

Our battles take place twice a month ~ on the 1st and 15th. The results come six days later ~ on the 7th and 21st. That's when I return, add all of the votes, including mine, and announce the winner. Feel free to return and see if your choice won!

If you would like to listen, and vote in other battles, please see the participant list in the right hand margin. If you would like to join this bi-monthly blog-event, visit the blog host, Stephen T. McCarthy. Leave him a message, and your blog address. We would love to have you participate. 

Song Background:

Joseph Copeland "Joe" Garland was an American jazz saxophonist, composer, and arranger, best known for writing "In the Mood".  The original recording of Joe Garland's version was made by Edgar Hayes and his Orchestra in 1938, with Garland participating. In this recording there was a baritone sax duet rather than a tenor sax battle. Garland then brought "In the Mood" to Glenn Miller, who created a shorter arrangement, in order to fit on the one side of a 78 rpm record. (Any flat disc record, made between about 1898 and the late 1950s and playing at a speed around 78 revolutions per minute is called a "78" by collectors.) Thanks to Wiki for the information. Today I bring you two fun versions of the song, "In the Mood". Let me know, in the comments which version you like the best. Thank you!

Today's battle challengers:

1 - Jeff Tyzik - In The Mood - 1981

2 - Shirin -  piano cover