Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Battle of the Bands Results - I Got You Babe

The month of February is the shortest month of the year. Ironic then, it has started out so busy. I noticed there were a lot of blog hops taking place at the same time. It was pretty much a Battle Of The Blogs. Bloggers posting and visiting as many bloggers as they could possibly muster. I, however, decided to lay low and work on my music battle posts, mostly because I have been extremely busy myself and I'm seriously trying to work on my short story series.

The result of all this? I have been running late in my blogging and I've noticed a slight decline in visits. But never mind all that, it's time to deliver the results of my battle taking place this month, my latest Battle of the Bands. It's why you came here for, after all. And what a battle it was!

The first round was pretty decisive. Land of the Giants received a majority of the votes and started this battle off strong with a 3-1 majority.
First round picks for Land of the Giants - Arlee, Guilie & Alex
First Round picks for UB40 - Shady

The second round was more of a competition and votes for UB40 started to pick up. But with a strong lead, could UB40 catch up?
Second round picks for Land of the Giants - Nabanita & Daxie
Second round picks for UB40 - Stephanie, Robin & Michele

Starting off the third round, Land of the Giants was still in the lead by one vote. Could they maintain that lead?
Third round picks for Land of the Giants - Chrys
Third round picks for UB40 - Cathy, FAE & Stephen

In round four, UB40 took the lead. But could they hold onto it? They were only leading by one. This could go either way! (I consider that a win in my book) ;)
Fourth round picks for Land of the Giants - Birgit
Fourth round picks for UB40 - Mike, Kim, Cherdo and Jeffrey Scott

With the final score of 7-11, the winner is....

Winners Circle
Congratulations to UB40
As winners, UB40 have returned to perform one of their most well known songs.
Please enjoy, 'Red, Red, Wine'.
Is it just me, or is he actually drinking beer and not wine???

Top Comments

Arlee Bird - Offhand I guess I'd have to name "I Got You Babe" as my favorite Sonny and Cher song. They were a great duo. I used to enjoy not only their music, but their TV show--they had some great acts performing with them.

Shady Del Knight - This must be reggae day on the BOTB circuit because it is the third contest I have encountered with a reggae contestant. Didn't you offer a reggae choice in your precious contest as well? "Baby Don't Go" is my favorite Sonny & Cher single, but I also love "I Got You Babe." In this battle I found the vocals on the version by Land of the Giants to be slightly annoying, although I liked the arrangement. To answer your second question, no, I do not know where Jimmy Hoffa is buried. Do you?

Alex J. Cavanaugh - I can't hear that song without thinking of the movie Groundhog Day...

Nabanita - It has to be 'Land of the giants ' for me..it just does something to me, strange I know! I guess memories of first time having heard it has something to do with it.

Dixie@dcrelief - I'm with Shady - "Baby Don't Go' was a favorite of mine too. This is an interesting battle, Jeffrey. I liked Sonny & Cher.

Robin - As a kid I had a record player (shocking, right?). My mom would buy records at yard sales for me. So, my illustrious collection included the first two Sonny & Cher albums (Look At Us and The Wonderful World of Sonny & Cher). Both got a great deal of play on my player.

Michele Truhlik - I adore Sonny & Cher!! By the way, I'm unfamiliar with both of the bands that you presented here. Thanks for the introduction!

Cathy Kennedy - I loved your text conversation! I see you're a Groundhog Day fan. :D Isn't that such a fun movie? Now, you got me wanting to watch it. Both versions seemed a bit disconjoining to my ear. The one that messed with my brain the least is UB40, so I'm giving them my vote. What a fun battle, Jeffrey!

FAE - I got through exactly one minute of the first version. Since I'm very familiar with the UB40 version and a big reggae fan, after that one minute I knew where my vote was gonna land. Do I gotta say it out loud! BTW, I like UB40 doing this song better than Sony and Cher.

Chrys Fey - I originally thought the first one was weird with the music and the lone woman singing it but that weirdness hooked me. I'm going with Land of Giants.

Stephen T. McCarthy - Hmmm... What did I ever do to you, JEFFY? Did I ever mistreat you? So then why you wanna do me this way?! I know I'm in the minority, but I feel the '80s was nearly a complete wash-out when it came to Pop/Rock music. Ha! Tiny Tim did a cover of 'I GOT YOU, BABE' where he sang BOTH the male and female parts - he dueted with himself. But then, you know, he was Tiny Tim and he could do that stuffs.

Cherdo - Easy one this time! Love UB40! They were on my A-Z list last year, I think. Good job, blogmeister!

Once again, thanks to everyone who stopped by and placed a vote.
Come back again for a new battle March 1st
Who will you vote for?
What song will I choose?
Which artists will battle it out?
Stay tuned.

Don't forget to visit the other participants in the Battle of the Band to see who won their battles.


Are you currently in the BOTB and don't see your name in the list above? Let me know in comments and I'll include it.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Superb Owl 50 Review

R.a.n.t. of month February, 2016
For some reason, there was a major game played this past weekend and yet the organizers of the game do not wish people to mention it by name. So, per their request, I will not be talking about that game. Instead, I shall be discussing a well-to-do strigiform. This Superb-Owl, much like my friend Brandon, enjoys watching TV commercials. This weekend was no exception. 'Horace', the official Jeffrey Scott Blog mascot compiled a list of his favourite commercials he saw on TV yesterday. He calls the list...

Below can be found the 10 most interesting from his list of 50. Per his eccentricity, he agreed to present an award to each of his selections.

The Shocking Beer Tapper Award

The Picture Imperfect Award

The I Love It When A Plan Doesn't Come Together Award

The I Love Ewe Award

The Coolest Razor Award

The This Will Give You Nightmares Award

The Admitting When You Are Wrong Award

The Far Out Space Nuts Award

The First Date Gone Wrong Award

The Most Unexpected Delivery Award

Additional Questions:
Horace, Jeffrey Scott's Superb Owl Mascot, wishes to know if you ever found a commercials enjoyable to watch.
Do you agree with any of Horace's choices?
Are there any he may have missed?

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

I.W.S.G. (6) - Lost in Writing

Last entry, I promised I would complete editing one more chapter in my 'Writer's Block' series. It's a YA series and so the chapters are not extremely long. Truly, a manageable task. So I'm happy to report I accomplished that goal! I even got a few more ideas about the direction I want the series to take. But! I hit a road block as well.

It was nice to accomplish one task, but I realized I have many more goals which need fulfilling. It's like the series, 'Lost'. To any who followed that show as much as I did, each episode delighted and angered you. They promised to answer a question we had about the cast-aways, but in answering the question, a few more popped up. But that was smart for them to do. For me, it's what kept the series interesting. However, in the writing process, it can be annoying, frustrating and maddening. I solve one rewrite problem, only for two more to arise. It's a never ending battle.

And that is just the story itself, never mind the additional tasks I need to start trying to solve. When the story is finished, what do I do with it? Is it a good idea to publish myself on-line (I mean to my blog)? Should I find test readers? These and many others goals I need to work on.

Yes, I know I need to continue my previous goal of finishing the next chapter. Each month I should be working on that. But if I am to move forward, I need to keep working on new goals. Additionally, I need to start identifying additional questions I need answering. So from here on out, each month I'm going to continue to work on one old goal and one new goal. It's what will keep me motivated and as I answer each question or complete each goal, I'll feel less and less lost.

My Goals:
Old Goal: Finish the next chapter in my 'Writer's Block' series.
New Goal: Start compiling a list of what I need to be working on and questions I should be researching in regards to my writing and what to do with it.

My Encouragement:
You are never to old to start. Laura Ingalls Wilder was 44 when she began her writing career as a columnist. It wasn't till she was 64 her "Little House on the Prairie" books began to be published.

Do you ever feel lost working on your writing?
Do you think posting stories online is a good thing?
Is there one question you feel every writer should ask himself?

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The Insecure Writer's Support Group posts the first Wednesday of every month. Please follow along as my fellow writers and I relate why we feel insecure, or read as we help encourage others suffering from insecurity.

Are you an insecure writer? Why not join the group? Find out more information via the group HERE.

The site is founded by Alex J. Cavanaugh - Thanks for all the support!

Monday, February 1, 2016

Battle of the Bands - I Got You Babe

For this week, I received a music suggestion from Charles Winthrop. He's a music lover and has guest blogged before. We had a quick chat last night, and I decided to include the transcribed discussion below. It essentially introduces this weeks battle.

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Jeffrey Scott: Okay, campers, rise and shine, and don't forget your booties 'cause it's cold out there today. Well, actually it's cold out there every day. What is this, Miami Beach?

Charles Winthrop: Hmmm, not hardly. But I see what you did there, quoting from the film.

JS: Busted! But never mind that. It's February 1st, and that means it's time for me to put my Battle of the Bands blog post together. (This week, I was challenged by Charles Winthrop to put together a battle from one of the songs he has been requesting.) Would you like to tell my readers which I have selected?

CW: Certainly. The song featured is the Sonny and Cher classic, 'I Got You Babe'.

JS: It's a great song, though I'm not sure I'd want to listen to it wake me up each and every day, for the rest of my life. That could get frustrating after awhile.

CW: Quite so. It is interesting to note, however, this song was number one almost 50 years ago. It's still very recognizable and has been redone many times.

JS: Which brings us back to the musical challenge. I hope you like the two cover songs I've selected.

CW: Probably not as well as I like the original.

JS: I would be surprised if you did.
*This conversation took place in text message.


The two musical contenders for this Battle of the Bands are found below.
Please listen to both and let me know which you like best.

Land of Giants


Those are the two contenders. Ignoring the actual videos, who do you think performs the song best? I collected the two bands to battle it out, now it's your job to vote on your favourite. Please list your preferred song choice in the comments. Additionally, let me know why you feel the way you do. Voting ends on the 8th when I'll cast my vote and announce the winner in a separate posting.

Additional Questions:
Do you like the original song from Sonny & Cher?What is your favourite Sonny and/or Cher song?
If you are a participant in the BOTB feature, do you take song requests?
If you are not a participant in the BOTB feature, is there a song you'd like me to throw in the mix?

If you enjoyed this Battle of the Bands feature, don't forget to visit the other participants in the Battle of the Band to see what sort of music they are featuring. You will certainly be entertained, so click on their links below.


Are you currently in the BOTB and don't see your name in the list above? Let me know in comments and I'll include it.

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Charles Winthrop is a Washington
state writer & D.J. His interests
include music (both modern and
classical) and is a fine art connoisseur.
His articles have appeared in various
magazines including, 'Art Beautiful',
'Music of the Renaissance', and 'The Walla Walla Whistler'.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Its Won More Grammer Post

I was reading an article written by my one time 'consultant', Professor Sanee. She has a fascination with using humour in counselling and therapy sessions. This particular article caught my eye because she picks apart a 'Weird Al' song. She also discusses her writing (which is pretty much what the article was about). How could I pass this up?

I asked if I could repost and she agreed on the 'proviso' (her word, not mine) I remind everyone her new book, "Giggle, Guffaw & Other Curious Words", is now in book stores. The book researches various word and phrase origins. It also identifies how certain archaic words fell into disuse.

Anyway, her abridged article on grammar is below.

Hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

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The humorist Al Yankovic recently penned a song describing the decline of proper grammar. You will note, the song is replete with both information and humour. In one of the first verses, he points out how the inability to conjugate results in mocking. This is especially true when you post your inability on social networks.

Is it not sad how social media is the catalyst for the inundation of 'grammar fools'? Simple words are suddenly lost from even the most basic nomenclature of written communication. It's enough to make a grown women cry. Particularly when editing students term papers.

Mr. Yankovic then uses the examples of words such as; be, see, are & you. He points out writing such as B, C, R & U is not only lazy and sloppy, but indicative of a lower intellect. If I might point out, the number 2 is also not a word. Unless you are utilizing it to indicate an amount of something.

In a similar vein, misusing a wrong can bring hours of entertainment to any 'Grammar Nazi'. Al points out the words 'its' and 'it's' differ in meaning. While one is possessive, the other is a contraction. A contraction is actually two words. The proper use should be apparent. As I continually tell my students, if you don't know, say it out loud. For example 'The dog wagged it's tail'. If you were to write it this way, you are saying the dog wagged it is tail. Does that makes sense to you?

I also appreciate how the song points to the incessant errant grammar found in almost every e-mail and blog post online. I was reading a blog not long ago and found this gem, "My wish is too B visiting london, Europe and it's surrounding countries this year." What sort of syntax is that? Hold my grammar pen! This sort of spastic writing gives me a migraine.

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Thanks again to Professor Sanee for letting me use a portion of her article. I love her writing style and how it's infused with humour. The rest of the article can found in the European magazine, 'A Writer's Right'. For anyone unfamiliar with the song she is referencing, I've included the video below.

Additional Questions:
What grammar errors drive you nuts?
What grammar errors have you had to work on?
Are you a 'Weird Al' Yankovic fan?
Have you read either of Sanee's books?

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Professor Sanee resides in Italy
and teaches the course 'the
Ethics of Humour' at I.M.A.
She's also author of the book,
"Why Isn't Anyone Laughing?"

Monday, January 25, 2016

Horsing Around

Meet Lando. He's a silly horse.

My friend Kate is the proud owner.

Lando begs for treats by sticking out his tongue.

This was my friend Doe Do's first time visiting a horse.

Lando checks me out while I take his photo.

Kate & Doe Do posing with Lando. He loves the attention.

I promised Kate I would come and take photos of her and Lando.

A girl and her horse. Riding off into the sunset.

Doe Do was eager to visit the horse so Kate invited her along.

Doe Do spends time with Lando while Kate does chores.

The visit is over. Kate and Doe Do say goodbye.

I, of course, had to take an artsy photo while I was there.

The moon rises as we leave. Good night Lando. See you next time.

Additional Questions:
What & how many pets do you own?
How did they get their names?
Is the name random or a namesake?

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Bonus Material

Lando's Namesake

I've been promising Kate for awhile I would come take photos of her and Lando. It was a bit cold out, but we decided a few snow pictures would be neat. In Summer, I'll be back to take a few more photos of her and Lando.

It was also cool to see my other friend get her wish of visiting Lando. Its' something not many people in the city get to do. Doe Do was overjoyed and Kate was happy to introduce the two.

(To Be Continued This Summer)

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Battle of the Bands Results - Can't Fight This Feeling

What a rough few weeks for music lovers. I find it kind of ironic a week before David Bowie died, I featured one of his songs in another BOTB. As such I didn't do so for this battle. But I did ask an additional question regarding Bowie. The answers I received can be found towards the bottom of this results page.

This week I decided to go with an REO Speedwagon song. Apparently, for most of the voters, you either like the 80's or you don't. The same can be said for reggae music. Which was one of the featured songs. But it was also interesting to note, a few who do like reggae music, still didn't pick the song, though a few did. The contenders were: DaVille, performing a reggae version of the song against Smokie who played as close as possible to the REO Speedwagon version. So what does all this mean? Who won the challenge? Let's find out.

In our first round, DaVille received the first, but it was Smokie who took the remainder of the votes.
First round picks for DaVille - Alex
First round picks for Smokie - Stephen, Arlee, Shady, Stephanie and Spacerguy.

The second round was pretty much the same. One vote for DaVille, five more for Smokie.
Second round picks for DaVille - Debbie.
Second round picks for Smokie - Mary, Dixie, Michele, Cherdo and FAE.

The third round saw more votes for DaVille. Was he making a comeback?
Third round votes for DaVille - Kim, John
Third round votes for Smokie - DMS, Robin, Birgit and Cathy

Even with a sweep in the fourth round, DaVille was not going to win. But for the record.
Fourth round votes for DaVille - Janie
Fourth round votes for Smokie - Mike, Chrys, TMB, Madilyn and myself Jeffrey Scott

Winners Circle
Congratulations to Smokie
As winners, I decided to not play any of their rock' n roll to you.
Instead, here is Smokie performing:
'Don't Play Your Rock 'n' Roll To Me

Top Comments

Alex J. Cavanaugh –The song fits both genres of music well. I actually have to give it to Daville for his smooth voice.

Stephen T. McCarthy - Going with an REOJOURNEYSTYXSPEEDWAGON song this round, eh? My buddies and I used to call all three of those bands by that same name, but the truth is, I still do like me some REO SPEEDWAGON, which is more than I can say about the bands JOURNEYSTYX and STYXJOURNEY.

Mary Burris - I love me some REO Speedwagon! Great song choice. And, yes, I do love the 80's. That was such a fun decade. I think if I could go back and do it all over again... hmm okay, maybe not ALL of the 80's, but I certainly had a good time in that era. I'm going to have to give my vote to Smokie, because I was transported back to the 80's during that song (hell, I even broke out the AquaNet and fluffed up my hair for a few minutes!)

Debbie D. - Although I'm not a huge fan of 80s music per se, it's good to keep an open mind. Please don't ever apologize for your music choices, Jeffrey. They are part of who you are. ☺ Da Ville's version was a bit different and therefore more interesting, so I'm voting for him.

Cherdo - Wow, what a great match up! I've gotta give my vote to Smokie and I feel a music download coming on... REO Speedwagon just stopped by my town in September for the Fair (the worst stage set up ever...but within earshot of the chickens, so not all bad).

DMS - I love 80s music and I agree with you that it makes me think of summer. I prefer the original to the other two- but if I had to pick one I would pick Smokie. It might be that I listened to this song a million times, so it is hard to hear someone else cover it.

Robin - You know that I love 80s music. Unlike my pal StMc, I love Journey, Styx, and REO (ha!). I also really like this song. I think that Smokie held pretty true to the original. I was hoping that DaVille would do something a bit different. Turns out, they did and I didn't like it. Ha. Sometimes the joke is on me! So, give my vote to Smokie.

Birgit - I love the REO Speedwagon version very much. I vote for Smokie because this version has more "oomph". DaVille was nothing but a wet blanket to me-too drippy for my taste.

Kim - Give my vote to DaVille. I love Smokie's raspy voice, but it was nearly identical to the original. I liked the reggae-inspired sound of DaVille's cover, and even though it might not be to everyone's liking, I appreciate that he did something different to the song by incorporating a new sound.

Cathy Kennedy - I like REO Speedwagon! This is a nice classic from the 80s, you have no reason to apologize with me. :) Both contenders are nice picks. I think my ear preferred the sound of Smokie the best. His style reminded me of the original. So, please give my vote to contender #1.

John Holton - I'm going with DaVille here. Smokie's is too much like the REO original.

Janie Junebug - I vote for DaVille. I like the more delicate sound of the voice.

Where were you when you learned David Bowie died?

This was one of the additional questions asked this week. Most people commenting agreed a true legend was lost. And it seems most of us didn't even know he was sick. As a sort of tribute, I've decided to share all the comments I received. I even asked my brother-in-law to share his thoughts. I've always known Tony as Bowie's number one fan. At least I don't know anyone else who would be so saddened by the news. In a way, I can understand. I know how I would feel if my favourite musical artists suddenly died. (And we all know who that is, right)?

Shady Del Knight - I was here online, just logged on and read the news. It was déjà vu all over again - "the day the music died."

Spacerguy - I was at my laptop when I read David Bowie was dead. I just can't believe it! Piers Morgan tweeted yesterday: David Bowie dead from cancer at 69. Now Alan Rickman dead from cancer at 69. Two great talents, one bloody awful disease.

Debbie D. - Where were you when you heard David Bowie died? Right here, at home. I read it on the internet. So shocking and sad! RIP ♥

Mary Burris - Online. I was so taken back. I had just watched Lemmy's memorial service the day before and I was still processing that in my mind when I read the news. There were just too many coincidences in both of their deaths, that I actually thought it was a hoax at first

Michele Truhlik -So sad to lose David Bowie this week. I heard about it online. What a body of work he has/had!

FAE -Where was I when I heard that David Bowie Died - In bed reading a text.

Robin - I saw that David Bowie died when I logged onto Facebook yesterday. I didn't even know he was sick, so I was shocked.

Birgit - I was having breakfast, sitting in front of the TV, Monday morning and heard it on the news. I thought they were joking at first-very sad

Cathy Kennedy - I woke up last Monday with a text alert on my phone announcing Bowie's death. It's always sad to hear of a well known celebrity's passing.

Madilyn Quinn - I did Bowie covers, but yeah I was really bummed to hear the news. Sitting on my couch taking a break from my never-ending job hunt. I had to listen to his greatest hits album for the rest of the day *sigh*

Tony M - Got a text when I opened my phone and then immediately turned on the news and I was shocked and numb all at the same time. My first Bowie album was Space Oddity. He made music I can relate and enjoy. RIP The Thin White Duke, Aladdin Sane, The One the Call the Chameleon, Ziggy Stardust, Major Tom, Lazarus, The Man Who Fell to Earth and the Man who Sold the World, DAVID BOWIE

Once again, thanks to everyone who stopped by and placed a vote.
Come back again for a new battle January 1st
Who will you vote for?
What song will I choose?
Which artists will battle it out?
Stay tuned.

Don't forget to visit the other participants in the Battle of the Band to see who won their battles.


Are you currently in the BOTB and don't see your name in the list above? Let me know in comments and I'll include it.