Now on to the results. The song was When It Comes To You. It was written by Mark Knopfler and performed by Dire Straits (but never released as a single), so the one and only time this song charted was when John Anderson covered it. As some of you indicated in the comments, Mark Knopfler played the guitar in the John Anderson version, suggesting to me that he wholeheartedly supported John Anderson taking this song and making it a hit. I am happy to report that this was a pretty close battle for a long time, but then Dire Straits pulled ahead, winning it. The final tally, without my vote:
John Anderson: 10
Dire Straits: 16
As for me, I already gave my vote away when I posted the battle (if you were paying attention). I love love love the John Anderson version on this song. I'd just moved to Savannah, Georgia, and my radio dial kept slipping to the country station. Honestly, it just didn't seem right to live in the south and not soak up the place, and that included the music. Unlike NYC, my previous residence, Savannah was laid-back and oozed that slow, southern style. Let's just say I adapted fairly quickly. So, I am driving down the road and When It Comes To You comes on the radio. Holy cow! If this was country, I was in. All in. I made it a point to go out and buy that CASSETTE TAPE immediately. The CD still hadn't taken root in my house. ha!
So, my vote goes to John Anderson, but it doesn't change a thang. Dire Straits still wins it. Ah well, such is life.
And now for the "real story:" HERE'S TO YOU. Ta da. I wasn't ready yesterday, but caught up enough today to roll it out. A day late, but just as entertaining.
If you don't know what this HERE'S TO YOU stuff is about, let me explain. This used to be a weekly event landing typically on Thursdays. When I read your blogs or you say something in the comments that sparks my imagination (or I hear something and I think of you), chances are good I will click over to YouTube to find footage for you. In the old days you wouldn't have to reach back in your memory bank farther than one week. Now... all bets are off. It could be several weeks ago.
The best (or worst) part is that I am not going to explain why I chose "whatever" footage for each of you. If, you watch your footage and are scratching your head at the end, well that means I didn't do a very good job. However, all is not lost. You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and ask me what I was thinking when I chose that particular piece of footage off of YouTube and connected it to you. And then I will tell you. Then I will start sending up prayers that I haven't offended the crap out of whoever is on the receiving end of that email....lol. Because, honestly, I will tell you right now... I admire all of you enormously so I really hope that doesn't happen.
Also, this is not an exclusive venture by any means. I hope that you will take the time to watch ALL of the footage because I don't pick bad footage:-) I also hope that you might check out the blog of the person I dedicated the footage to because they are pretty darn awesome. If you haven't figured this out yet... I pick the footage based on something that you've written or something that I've gleaned from your personality. Think on that for a while... If you are having trouble watching the entire video (meaning it is being cut off on one side), click on it a couple of times and it will take you straight over to youtube. If you click on the four squares at the bottom corner of the video, it will enlarge it to fill your screen. The escape key will bring it back to normal size. The back arrow will bring you back to my page.
Now, let's get this PARTY STARTED!!!!
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