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Tom Tobben

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Late to the parade this week, sorry about that, Al. Here goes:

Gold -- "Lay Down Burden", Brian Wilson. One of the best songs from his solo career, and made more poignant when Brian dedicated it to his late brother Carl. Also, one of the very best songs from his excellent Imagination album. Easy gold pick for me this week.

Silver -- "You Want It Darker", Leonard Cohen. What a powerful end-of-life requiem from Cohen's last album shortly before his recent death. Compelling staring impending death in the face lyrics, and evoking a variety of religious imagery. Cohen's recent death led me to recently purchase his 2-CD Essential Leonard Cohen compilation, so that I could take a deeper dive into his music beyond his handful of most famous songs. Also, thanks to John E. for being Cohen's steady champion here on the BOTBs over the years, helping us to gain a deeper awareness of Cohen's body of work.

Bronze -- "Stressed Out", Twenty One Pilots. A pleasantly melodic rap song with interesting and readily accessible lyrics. I hadn't previously heard of these guys, so I plan to explore more of their music.

Tin -- "Bleeding Heart", Regina Spektor. A decent enough song, but not as impactful for me as the songs above. In addition, I found too many of the lyrics to be repetitive.

Al, sorry that my battle selections last week threw you a curve a week before your planned battle. But nice recovery this week with good selections of newer music with substantive, "deep" lyrics.

Here's a few more that I thought of, which I don't believe were mentioned this past week:

Johnny Cash found powerful new energy on his American album series, produced by Rick Rubin. Here he is with the apocalyptic, biblically influenced "The Man Comes Around" from his excellent 2002 album American IV: The Man Comes Around. This week's Leonard Cohen song made me think of this one from late in Cash's life:

Going way back to the late 60s, here's "Darkness, Darkness" from the Youngbloods, with the fiddle intro performed by a then little-known Charlie Daniels:

And, finally from our musical hero, a soul baring gem from his That Lucky Old Sun album from 2008, "Midnight's Another Day":

 

Thank you, Al, for an excellent battle this week, featuring newer music and interesting variety of artists.

(Sorry about the mess-up with the typeface fonts. Because of internet problems with this site, I had to write my comments to MS Word then copy/paste them to this site, and then couldn't get the fonts adjusted to proper/consistent formats here.)



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Al Forsyth

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The VOTES are in and tallied.

The Win - Gold goes to the Brian Wilson/Joe Thomas song Lay Down Burden  69 (15 Golds, 3 Silvers - NO Bronze or Tin)
The Silver goes to Leonard Cohen 49 (3 Golds, 10 Silvers, with 2B,Bronze and 3 Tin)
The Bronze is Twenty One Pilots 32.5 (No Golds, 4 Silvers, 6 Bronze +1 share, 7 Tin)
With Regina Spektor holding the Tin 29.5 (NO Gold or Silver 11 Bronze  +1 share, 6 Tin)
Very interesting vote this week~!  Thanks for the participation.  Onward and upward.

Agree, Darren, if Lay Down Burden really has Carl all in mind (lyric below) but I'll always believe it!

So many years spent running away
How many times I wished I could stay
Too much emotion, a hole in my heart
Feeling alone since we've been apart and

If I had the chance I'd never let you go
I just want you to know

Down, lay me down, lay me down
Lay down burden
Down, lay me down, lay me down
Lay down burden

So many things I wanted to do
How many times spent thinking this through
So many nights spent here by the phone
Wonderin' if you felt just as alone and

While some things have all been
Crazy from the start, it's tearing me apart

Down, lay me down, lay me down
Lay down burden
Down, lay me down, lay me down
Lay down burden

Just remember the way I held you
You're always in my heart

Down, lay me down, lay me down
Lay down burden
Down, lay me down, lay me down
Lay down burden


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Lay Down Burden really deserved the Gold this week.  This one is just perfect in every way.  It's a beautiful tribute from Brian to his youngest brother that left all too soon.  The instrumentals are exquisite and just the right sound that fits Carl as the gentle spirit that he was in life.  I had said in my comments when I voted that I love to listen to this as the sun is setting.  I had read that Carl had loved to watch the sunsets and this beautiful song brings that vision to mind.  Carl would love it.



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Al, thanks for posting this clip of "A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall"  I'd heard Patti Smith fluffed the lyrics, but she didn't do too bad.  [smile]
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Al, thanks for posting this clip of "A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall"  I'd heard Patti Smith fluffed the lyrics, but she didn't do too bad.  [smile]
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Bonnie's so nice,

She said it twice

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bonnie bella

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Well, I heard it in two places...

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Darren J. Ray

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Well done, Al.


This was the fourth entry and fourth Gold for ‘Lay Down Burden’.

Its record:

- a Gold in Week 41 of Season I (Deborah O’Neill),
- a Gold in Week 45 of Season I (Cynthia D. Hood),
- a Gold in Week 35 of Season II (Prodigal Son),
- a Gold in Week 42 of Season VII (Al Forsyth)*

* still in contention for this year’s play-offs

With the equal 11th highest points and the highest percentage (38.33) of the year so far, it seems ‘Lay Down Burden’ will finally crack it for the play-offs. 

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