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Second, it is violently opposed.
Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.



Friday, November 29, 2013

‘BATTLE OF THE BANDS’: VOTING CONTEST WINNER (Or, “THE ENVELOPE PLEASE...”)


First of all, I hope each and every one of you had a nice Thanksgiving. Now that we’ve passed through “The Gateway To Christmas”, I will be switching to nothing but Christmas music from now until my bedtime on December 25TH. (God knows I LOVE Christmas!)

If you are a fan of the ‘BATTLE OF THE BANDS’ (‘BOTB’) concept, then you’re probably aware that there was a voting contest associated with it. My ‘BOTB’ installments concluded with the following:

Find  The  True  Meaning  Of  Christmas:  Win  Money!-Money!-Money!  Spectacular,  Super-Colossal  Neighborhood  Christmas  Lights  And  Display  Contest!

Find  The  True  Purpose  For  Voting  On  ‘Battle  Of  The  Bands’  Installments:  Win  Compact  Discs!-Compact Discs!-Compact Discs!  Spectacular,  Super-Colossal  Blogosphere  ‘Battle  Of  The  Bands’  Voting  Contest!

Here’s The Deal: By voting on the ‘Battle Of The Bands’ blog bits here and at the ‘FAR AWAY SERIES’ and ‘TOSSING IT OUT’ blogs, you can win the compact disc of your choice. Every 4 months, FarAwayEyes, Arlee Bird and I will add up how many times you voted on our blogs, and the person who has participated most often (i.e., submitted the most eligible votes) will get to select one compact disc that contains any one of the songs that were included in any of our ‘Battle Of The Bands’ installments (“Super-Colossal” expensive boxed-sets, imports, and ‘out-of-print’ compact discs not included). In the event of a tie, the names will be put in a Stetson and the name drawn from the cowboy hat will win the CD.
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You may not be aware of it, but that first paragraph in red with the line drawn through it is a direct quote from the television special ‘A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS’, my favorite of the animated Christmas classics.

Well, the votes have been counted and we have a winner. There was a total of 22 ‘BOTB’ installments connected to the contest. In other words, the highest number of votes that a person could collect was 22. Some voters got close to, but did not quite reach, that number. The ‘Honorable Mentions’ are Bryan of the blog ‘A BEER FOR THE SHOWER’, who recorded 18 votes; D.G. Hudson of ‘21ST CENTURY JOURNAL’, who recorded 16 votes; and SHEBOYGANBOY SIX, a non-blogger who probably would have had a genuine shot at winning the compact disc had he not refrained from voting on any of the ‘HAIR’ soundtrack songs in ‘BOTB #4’.

I thank all of the aforementioned for their loyal, steady participation in all of our ‘Battle Of The Band’ challenges.

However, four participants, by voting on every single eligible ‘BOTB’ contest, collected the 22 maximum number of votes. Those four were Robin of the blog YOUR DAILY DOSE, LC of the blog DISCCONNECTED, LUCKYMAMA13 of the blog MAKIN’ IT COUNT, and C.W. Martin of the blog TILTING AT WINDMILLS.
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So, as promised, I put those four names on equal sized pieces of paper, folded each paper once, and then dropped them into my brown Stetson cowboy hat:
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Then I had my brother, Nappy, mix up all the name cards, and holding the Stetson up high so I couldn’t see into it, I reached in and pulled out the first piece of paper my fingers made contact with:
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And the winner was:
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Brother Martin, you lucky dog, come claim your reward! You have a free compact disc coming to you, which I will purchase and send once you’ve made your selection. The only stipulation is that whatever CD you choose, it must include one of the songs featured in a ‘Battle Of The Bands’ contest at either FAR AWAY SERIES, TOSSING IT OUT, or here at ‘FERRET-FACED FASCIST FRIENDS’ (but it doesn’t matter whether the song won its battle or lost).
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I have made looking through my ‘BOTB’ blog bits easy by linking all of them at the bottom of each ‘BOTB’ post; you’ll need to do some backtrack searching, however, to reexamine all of the ‘BOTB’ installments at ‘FAR AWAY SERIES’ and ‘TOSSING IT OUT’. Let me know when you’ve decided on a compact disc and I’ll purchase it and get it in the mail to you as soon as possible.

Unfortunately, due to unforeseen complications and confusion, we have decided to discontinue the ‘BOTB’ compact disc voting contest. HOWEVER... FarAwayEyes and I are in the earliest stage of working out a plan for a POSSIBLE future ‘BOTB’ Compact Disc Voting Contest – one that will be simpler and much easier for us to manage. The idea I am currently entertaining would actually give voters who aren’t quite as diligent in participating in all of the ‘Battle Of The Band’ challenges a better chance of winning.

I can’t make any promises about this, but stay tuned for a possible upcoming announcement of a redesigned ‘BOTB’ Compact Disc Voting Contest.

Again, congratulations to C.W. MARTIN for his win, and I hope to see everyone back here on December 1ST, when my ‘Battle Of The Bands’ match-up will feature a well known Christmas song sung by two well known singers. It’s going to be Man Vs. Woman – a gender battle – a contest that I’m eager to post because I have no idea which way this battle is going to go, and I believe it will be a very, very close, competitive match-up.

Thanks again to FarAwayEyes for conceiving this BATTLE OF THE BANDS’ project, and thanks also to EVERYONE who participates in them. I heartily enjoy putting these musical  boxing matches together.

See all y’all again on 12/1/2013.

~ Stephen T. McCarthy

YE OLDE COMMENT POLICY: All comments, pro and con, are welcome. However, ad hominem attacks and disrespectful epithets will not be tolerated (read: "posted"). After all, this isn’t Amazon.com, so I don’t have to put up with that kind of bovine excrement.
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10 comments:

  1. Okay, I'll go with the best album I never owned before... Sgt. Pepper. At this time, I'd like to thank the Academy, my family, my dog Scrappy, and all of you wonderful bloggers without which Battle of the Bands would have remained just a chance for Rock 104 to gather together Doc West's favorite crappy blues bands. Muchas Garcias!

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    1. Consider it done. Make room on a shelf for SGT. PEPPER. I probably won't have an opportunity to acquire it until my next day off (Wednesday), but I'll get 'er done then and mail it the following day.

      ~ D-FensDogg
      'Loyal American Underground'

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  2. Congratulations to Brother Martin! For your pick, may I suggest the timeless album "If I Were a Carpenter" by Bobby Darin? Not only is Stephen a huge fan of this phase of Bobby's musical career, but he can attest to this album's greatness.

    I believe Mr. McCarthy's favorite track off of "If I Were a Carpenter" is "If I Was a Carpenter."

    ;)

    ~4B

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    1. Ha! 4-B, I'm pretty sure that's the ONLY song I know from the album 'If I Were A Carpenter'.

      ~ D-FensDogg
      'Loyal American Underground'

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    2. I guess it would depend....there is an album called "If I Were A Carpenter" that are covers of Carpenters' songs-I bet you'd know all of them!

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  3. I've been trying to get in here for a couple of hours, stupid iPhone. Those are some 'mighty fine' pictures you got there and I'm mighty grateful for them.

    I'm wondering if Chris knows yet. He hasn

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  4. I wasn't done yet, and this thing has the nerve to call itself 'smart.

    What I was wondering us , if Chris knows yet?

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  5. Stephen-

    I am quite relieved I did not win-I was horrified to find I was in the final running, as I am already guilty of committing one of the seven deadly sins as it relates to compact discs (that would be um....CD gluttony).

    If you do come up with another CD prize mechanism, I must petition that I be excluded from eligibility at all costs.

    LC

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    1. Yeah, I figured that probably the very LAST thing you need is another compact disc. (Then you'd have to slide a bunch of those on your shelves down one space... and that alone might take weeks or months.)

      ~ D-FensDogg
      'Loyal American Underground'

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