It's time for the March 1, 2016, Battle of the Bands.
Mr. Stephen T. McCarthy provides us with this information about the bloghop:
The whole thing is really quite simple: You select two different versions of the same song (versions you feel might give each other some competition in the voting) and you post them on the 1st and the 15th of each month. On the 7th and 21st of each month, you add your own personal vote to the mix, total up all the votes and announce the winner on your blog.
Beyond that, just try to have fun with it and let your readers/voters have fun with it.
Citizens of the United States of America, prepare to rise and put your hands over your hearts. My Battle of the Bands song is our national anthem, The Star-Spangled Banner--not the easiest song to sing because it requires a great range.
I didn't watch The Stupor Bowl, but I heard that Lady Gaga sang the anthem beautifully. I watched it on YouTube, and it was true. However, I recall that the late, great Whitney Houston sang the anthem with her usual power. I decided to pit these two ladies against each other.
Here she is, a singer who will forever be missed, Whitney Houston:
Wikipedia states: Her rendition was critically acclaimed and is considered the benchmark for singers. Rolling Stone commented that "her singing stirs such strong patriotism. Unforgettable," and the performance ranked No. 1 on the 25 most memorable music moments in NFL history list. VH1 listed the performance as one of the greatest moments that rocked TV. Following the attacks on 9/11, it was released again by Arista Records, all profits going towards the firefighters and victims of the attacks. This time it peaked at No. 6 in the Hot 100 and was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America.
Some criticized the Super Bowl performance because Houston sang into a dead microphone. Organizers explained that it was standard procedure because of background noise.
And now, from 2016, we have Lady Gaga, whose performance you must watch on YouTube because of NFL copyrights:
Lady Gaga (Stefani Germanotta) stated that her favorite performance of the anthem was Whitney Houston's. For me, Gaga's performance is the most moving and heartfelt. Reportedly, she sang The Star-Spangled Banner live.
Actress Marlee Matlin performs the anthem in American sign language. The song was followed by a Blue Angels flyover (Jacksonville's Naval Air Station is the home of the Blue Angels).
Please vote for your preferred performance of The Star-Spangled Banner in your comment, and tell us why you made the choice. Remember, you're not voting for whether you like our national anthem. You are voting to tell us who gave the better performance. I'll announce the winner on March 7.
Infinities of love,
Please visit the other participants in the Battle of the Bands:
Voice Your Vote @ ‘FAR AWAY SERIES’ by clicking HERE.
@ ‘TOSSING IT OUT’ by clicking HERE.
@ ‘YOUR DAILY DOSE’ by clicking HERE.
@ 'MIKE'S RAMBLINGS' by clicking HERE.
@ 'CURIOUS AS A CATHY' by clicking HERE.
@ 'THE SOUND OF ONE HAND TYPING' by clicking HERE.
@ 'DCRELIEF - BATTLE OF THE BANDS' by clicking HERE.
@ 'THE DOGLADY'S DEN' by clicking HERE.
@ 'CHERDO ON THE FLIPSIDE' by clicking HERE.
@ 'ANGELS BARK' by clicking HERE.
@ 'JINGLE JANGLE JUNGLE' by clicking HERE.
@ 'J.A. SCOTT' by clicking HERE.
@ 'NOVELBREWS' by clicking HERE.
@ 'QUIET LAUGHTER' by clicking HERE.
@ 'REINVINTAGED' by clicking HERE.
@ 'HOLLI'S HOOTS & HOLLERS' by clicking HERE.