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Darren J. Ray

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Thanks, guys.  

The game depends on people hosting!

New ones particularly encouraged. 


Week Number            Start date                       Host

               1             17/18 Feb 2019             Cindy Hood

  
               2             24/25 Feb 2019             Larry Franz


               3              3/4 Mar 2019                 Al Forsyth


               4             10/11 Mar 2019             bonnie bella


               5             17/18 Mar 2019           Cantina Margarita


               6             24/25 Mar 2019             stkilda4ever


               7            31 Mar / 1 Apr 2019        Larry Franz


               8              7/8 Apr 2019              Cantina Margarita


               9            14/15 Apr 2019              stkilda4ever


             10            21/22 Apr 2019              Cindy Hood


             11            28/29 Apr 2019              Tom Tobben


             12             5/6 May 2019                Darren J. Ray


             13             12/13 May 2019             stkilda4ever


             14            19/20 May 2019             Darren J. Ray


             15            26/27 May 2019             Cindy Hood


             16              2/3 June 2019            Cantina Margarita


             17             9/10 June 2019              Larry Franz


             18            16/17 June 2019             Cindy Hood


             19            23/24 June 2019               Deb#1


             20          30 June / 1 July 2019       Darren J. Ray


             21             7/8 July 2019                 Al Forsyth


             22            14/15 July 2019              Tom Tobben


             23            21/22 July 2019           MID-SEASON BREAK


             24            28/29 July 2019                  GGH


             25              4/5 Aug 2019                Cindy Hood


             26            11/12 Aug 2019              bonnie bella


             27            18/19 Aug 2019              Larry Franz


             28            25/26 Aug 2019


             29             1/2 Sept 2019


             30             8/9 Sept 2019                   Deb#1


             31            15/16 Sept 2019              Al Forsyth


             32            22/23 Sept 2019


             33            29/30 Sept 2019


             34             6/7 Oct 2019                paul g adsett


             35            13/14 Oct 2019               Cindy Hood


             36            20/21 Oct 2019


             37            27/28 Oct 2019             Darren J. Ray


             38             3/4 Nov 2019


             39            10/11 Nov 2019               Al Forsyth


             40            17/18 Nov 2019


             41            24/25 Nov 2019


             42              1/2 Dec 2019               Tom Tobben


             43              8/9 Dec 2019


             44            15/16 Dec 2019             paul g adsett


             45            22/23 Dec 2016

 
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Darren J. Ray

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Reply with quote  #47 
OK, I'll put my hand up for next week's hosting (Week 28). 

Personally, I'm hoping people who don't host often (if ever) might nominate for the remaining weeks this year rather than the usual suspects. 

The main motivation in starting this game in 2010 was to give a voice to as many Blueboarders as possible to participate in a game where opinions are respected and equally valued and all participants can take their turn and 'hold the conch' for a week. 

I realise that viewership of this website has been diminishing in recent years, but I'm still optimistic we can get back to that ideal with those of us who remain. 

I encourage Verden, Cantina, DAN, Lisa and David, etc to consider hosting again and for John E and John B to put their names down, too.


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We're coming up on Labor Day weekend in the US, which might be one reason nobody has volunteered for next week. Plus some people may be away on vacation. 

Assuming I was going to host again this season, I was thinking of songs and hit on four that weren't obviously related. It turns out they are related in a way. So I can host again, even next week, which is now only three days away.

I keep thinking this season might be the last or that it should be. Ten seasons is a nice round number. Maybe we should take a break. Merely my opinion, of course, but I'm not as optimistic as Darren.

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Darren J. Ray

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Larry, if you would like to host next week, let's make it official. 

You're welcome to send me clips to check, and we can get our reliable team onto it instead of at the last minute like a few times recently. 

To be honest, I, too, have been contemplating the future of the Battle as I'd guess many of us have. 

The activity of this entire board is nothing like it used to be when Brian was first back as a solo act. Album releases, especially BWPS, and the C50, increased membership here.

We're all getting older, and things move on. We used to have a fair proportion of young(ish) people on this board. There were some teenagers posting regularly. I was in my thirties when I came here. DAN was in his twenties. We probably all think we were so much younger. 

I'm still a big believer in the game - crikey, I have songs that could fill the next 50 years - but it's really not the same if it's just the few of us propping it up every week. And every second week we seem to be recording all-time lowest scores for something, such is the current participation. 

As with everything associated with the Battle, I don't think it's up to any one individual here to make a decision on whether or not this is the last season. There should probably be a group consensus one way or the other. I can only make a decision on my own participation. 


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I'll do this coming week unless someone pries it from my cold, dead hands, or wants to do it instead.

It will be four of these:

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLnzY8RQcl4WDNSywTsULFL3NSLtPmgcqN

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If you get stuck, I'll take the next available week, Darren.

I agree; it's flat without a rounded audience big enough to make it interesting.

Such a shame as it' such an enjoyable way to listen to music.

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First of all: please give me week 33. 32 is for Bonnie (see above post).

What's happening to BOTB ?
From my view, nothing at all. It's still interesting and inspiring, and it's still a joy to exchange musical (and general !) points of view here. It's a welcome opportunity of keeping fluent in writing reasonable English that does't read like “Dear Sir or Madam ... please feel free to put forward your proposition ... yours faithfully ...“ like I'm doing in my job. It's also a good chance to get some authentic voices from outside that aren't featured by BBC or CNN. I don't want this to stop, like my favourite international ice hockey forum did 10 years ago, featuring Canadian, Finnish, Latvian and Russian hockey fans. My favourite game there was to moderate mutual insulting among arrogant Canucks and hypersensitive Sputniks, even sometimes writing in Cyrillic letters by help of Google ... taking the risk of launching WW 3 by choosing a wrong diplomacy. Glad that never happened. :-)
What I do think is, that the battle has become a bit of perfectionist stuff throughout the years. I feel I really need to invest a portion of time and work if I want to host a week reasonably. I wish we could make it a bit leaner (this call goes to myself, too) and to have more than 1 break during a season. That doesn't mean the whole thing should pause for the breaks - only the competition of 4 songs maybe should do. Why not keep a rhythm like
- 4 weeks of competition in January
- 4 weeks of jokes, music links, and general talk in February
- 4 weeks of competition in March
- 4 weeks of jokes, music links, and general talk in April
and so on ? With playoffs in December, of course.
That would take pressure from the hosts and from the names collectors as well.
My own activity here was decreasing during (northern) summer because for months, the goddamn weather was so extraordinarily fine that they always got me for beach and lake trips and excessive barbecuing. Blame it on the global climate change. Know what I mean ? On sunday evenings, I suddenly get aware of the Battle not having been worked out yet ...
In short: maybe let's make it leaner, and maybe let's reduce schedule pressure. If we feel like it, we can speed it up again whenever we like to.
But let's not bury it because it's great.
And no war please !

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I think that the way we're doing the BOTB's is fine.  But, we do need more/new hosts to join in the fun.  

Also, I have found that during the summer months, there has been very skimpy participation.  I realize that most people vacation during those times, but it hardly seems worth it to plan a contest and then not have hardly anyone participate in it.  

I hate the thought of the Battle of the Bands possibly coming to an end.  I really enjoy it and I always have contests planned out that I could do more contests.  I usually sign up for one or two a season so that everyone else has the chance to sign up.  But, Darren, I can step in if you need me to.  I always have battles waiting in the wings.  

Maybe we should go on the other categories on this site to make a sales pitch for more attendance here.  What about that?

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Thanks to bonnie, Cantina and Cindy for their considered thoughts.  

I intend to address them more fully when I get the chance. 

This is what we have so far...

Week Number            Start date                       Host

               1             17/18 Feb 2019             Cindy Hood

  
               2             24/25 Feb 2019             Larry Franz


               3              3/4 Mar 2019                 Al Forsyth


               4             10/11 Mar 2019             bonnie bella


               5             17/18 Mar 2019           Cantina Margarita


               6             24/25 Mar 2019             stkilda4ever


               7            31 Mar / 1 Apr 2019        Larry Franz


               8              7/8 Apr 2019              Cantina Margarita


               9            14/15 Apr 2019              stkilda4ever


             10            21/22 Apr 2019              Cindy Hood


             11            28/29 Apr 2019              Tom Tobben


             12             5/6 May 2019                Darren J. Ray


             13             12/13 May 2019             stkilda4ever


             14            19/20 May 2019             Darren J. Ray


             15            26/27 May 2019             Cindy Hood


             16              2/3 June 2019            Cantina Margarita


             17             9/10 June 2019              Larry Franz


             18            16/17 June 2019             Cindy Hood


             19            23/24 June 2019               Deb#1


             20          30 June / 1 July 2019       Darren J. Ray


             21             7/8 July 2019                 Al Forsyth


             22            14/15 July 2019              Tom Tobben


             23            21/22 July 2019           MID-SEASON BREAK


             24            28/29 July 2019                  GGH


             25              4/5 Aug 2019                Cindy Hood


             26            11/12 Aug 2019              bonnie bella


             27            18/19 Aug 2019              Larry Franz


             28            25/26 Aug 2019              Darren J. Ray


             29             1/2 Sept 2019                Larry Franz


             30             8/9 Sept 2019                   Deb#1


             31            15/16 Sept 2019              Al Forsyth


             32            22/23 Sept 2019             bonnie bella


             33            29/30 Sept 2019         Cantina Margarita


             34             6/7 Oct 2019                paul g adsett


             35            13/14 Oct 2019               Cindy Hood


             36            20/21 Oct 2019


             37            27/28 Oct 2019             Darren J. Ray


             38             3/4 Nov 2019


             39            10/11 Nov 2019               Al Forsyth


             40            17/18 Nov 2019


             41            24/25 Nov 2019


             42              1/2 Dec 2019               Tom Tobben


             43              8/9 Dec 2019


             44            15/16 Dec 2019             paul g adsett


             45            22/23 Dec 2016

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Due to the small amount of people who participate during the summer months, maybe we should take additional time off during July and August.  We usually have a break for a week towards the end of July, so maybe make it two weeks in July and the last two weeks of August?  I think it might be a good thing - it cuts down on a few more weeks that we don't have to book a host and would give Darren a much needed break, too.

What do the rest of you think?

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A longer break in the Northern Hemisphere summer might be a good idea.

Or we might take a week off in the Southern Hemisphere summer. In particular, Christmas week might be a good one to skip. That would allow a week off before the playoffs. 

Anyway, I regret to inform you that I have a theme and four songs again. Please give me week 36 (October 20/21). It's going to be a week about you. 

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A week about Cindy ?
A week about Darren ?
A week about Terra Australis Incognita ?
A week about everybody but Larry ?
Curious.
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I am up for week 38. Cheers!
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Thanks to Cindy and Larry for their considered thoughts.  

I do intend to address them myself more fully when I get the chance. 

Just four hosting spots left for the year. 

This is what we have so far...


Week Number            Start date                       Host

               1             17/18 Feb 2019             Cindy Hood

  
               2             24/25 Feb 2019             Larry Franz


               3              3/4 Mar 2019                 Al Forsyth


               4             10/11 Mar 2019             bonnie bella


               5             17/18 Mar 2019           Cantina Margarita


               6             24/25 Mar 2019             stkilda4ever


               7            31 Mar / 1 Apr 2019        Larry Franz


               8              7/8 Apr 2019              Cantina Margarita


               9            14/15 Apr 2019              stkilda4ever


             10            21/22 Apr 2019              Cindy Hood


             11            28/29 Apr 2019              Tom Tobben


             12             5/6 May 2019                Darren J. Ray


             13             12/13 May 2019             stkilda4ever


             14            19/20 May 2019             Darren J. Ray


             15            26/27 May 2019             Cindy Hood


             16              2/3 June 2019            Cantina Margarita


             17             9/10 June 2019              Larry Franz


             18            16/17 June 2019             Cindy Hood


             19            23/24 June 2019               Deb#1


             20          30 June / 1 July 2019       Darren J. Ray


             21             7/8 July 2019                 Al Forsyth


             22            14/15 July 2019              Tom Tobben


             23            21/22 July 2019           MID-SEASON BREAK


             24            28/29 July 2019                  GGH


             25              4/5 Aug 2019                Cindy Hood


             26            11/12 Aug 2019              bonnie bella


             27            18/19 Aug 2019              Larry Franz


             28            25/26 Aug 2019              Darren J. Ray


             29             1/2 Sept 2019                Larry Franz


             30             8/9 Sept 2019                   Deb#1


             31            15/16 Sept 2019              Al Forsyth


             32            22/23 Sept 2019             bonnie bella


             33            29/30 Sept 2019         Cantina Margarita


             34             6/7 Oct 2019                paul g adsett


             35            13/14 Oct 2019               Cindy Hood


             36            20/21 Oct 2019              Larry Franz


             37            27/28 Oct 2019             Darren J. Ray


             38             3/4 Nov 2019                    Deb#1


             39            10/11 Nov 2019               Al Forsyth


             40            17/18 Nov 2019


             41            24/25 Nov 2019


             42              1/2 Dec 2019               Tom Tobben


             43              8/9 Dec 2019


             44            15/16 Dec 2019             paul g adsett


             45            22/23 Dec 2016

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A week about Cindy ?
A week about Darren ?
A week about Terra Australis Incognita ?
A week about everybody but Larry ?
Curious.

It will truly be anti-climactic.

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