I blogged about as well as expected last week. My brother and sister-in-law flew down from Ohio to Orlando for the week. Mom and I drove down and met them there. We hadn't seen them since last year (about this time). Even though we did NOT go to Disney, it felt like we never stopped. I'm not used to the stress of being scheduled up so hard, and my migraines crashed in with a vengeance about mid-vacation. (Just for the record, I find it horribly depressing that vacation is so stressful as to be migraine-inducing.) All and still, it was very enjoyable (migraines aside).
I totally missed the Insecure Writer's Support Group posting for Wednesday. I didn't have time to write one or to visit the other participants. So, if you noticed my absence... bless you. I'll be back at it in the New Year!
Battle of the Bands. I'm always a bit surprised by how these things turn out. Usually about mid-way through the battle, I think, "I really should have chosen this instead of that." I think the problem lies in that I tend to choose two versions that I like (the vote is usually difficult for ME), but not so much for you guys. I wonder if I should start picking something I don't like so much to give you more variety with your choice??? My mother's favorite version of O Come, O Come Emmanuel is Mannheim Steamroller. I listened to about two minutes (or less) of that before deciding I didn't like it all that much. I bet Stephen T. McCarthy could have given me an excellent Jazz interpretation of the song had I but asked (I didn't). Maybe I should start???? It's funny (to me) that I've been participating in Battle of the Bands for over a year, and I still don't have it figured out all that well.
Anyway, I tend to post the results (unlike some others who expect you to count up the vote yourself... or remember to come back and read the results in the comments... gasp!). ;) If you voted later in the battle, and read the comments, then it's no surprise that Enya won this battle handily with her haunting version of O Come, O Come Emmanuel. She garnered 17 votes, while The Civil Wars only took 5. However, several said that you (surprisingly) liked the version by The Civil Wars, and one of you actually thanked me for posting it, even though you voted for Enya (Hi Liza!). I really liked both versions, and would listen to them both regularly, given the opportunity. I do think Enya's version was just so beautiful that it gets my vote (too). However, there was no wrong vote here!
Remember when I posted video footage of our first Ladies Trio song? Well... we worked up something for the Christmas season, and we sang it yesterday. It was dicey, though. I woke up with a migraine and my mom woke up with a strained back. Not sure that we made one good person added together. Despite that, the song came off pretty well, I think. This time, I wore pants. No more blinding white legs!!! Mom and I will also sing a duet at our Christmas Eve service. I will try to remember to post that on Christmas day....
Without further ado... Here is the Ladies Trio singing Tiny King.