I am so completely in denial about Christmas being next week. NEXT. WEEK!!! How did that even happen? I know some of you haven't been able to get into the spirit because of the warmer-than-usual temps, but I haven't been able to get into it because I've been working as much as I can, the house has gotten into quite a mess, and my sons are grown and not into it at all anymore. So this year? We are doing nothing. I had planned to get my tiny tree up and create a vignette, but I have now accepted that that probably isn't going to happen, either. We are not exchanging gifts, just enjoying our day off with appetizers, desserts, and movies. With any luck, next year I will be ready, and have the house more ready, for holiday fetes and cheer!
You'll notice there's been a lack of posts after I swore I was going to do better. Try not to give up on me just yet. I just have to get my house and finances in better shape before I can start my remodel, manage my time better before I can start exercising and cooking, and unfortunately, I will need better weather on my days off to be able to complete any of the DIYs I have planned. In the meantime? It's never a bad time to enjoy music...and here is my favorite non-religious holiday song, Blue Christmas.
Although Elvis Presley didn't write this song, he is the one who made it famous. It has (before and) since been covered many times by many different artists from all ends of the musical spectrum, and I've come across several covers over the years that really get me in the mood for the holidays! So this song will be my re-entry into the world of "STMcC Presents BATTLE OF THE BANDS". If you're wondering what that's all about - well, it's a blog hop where you pit two different versions of the same song against one another for a "battle of the bands" on your own blog on the 1st and 15th of each month. You ask your readers to listen to each song, and tell you their favorite version in your comments. Then, you'll come back six days later to tally the votes, add your own, and declare a winner.
For your consideration today are covers from post-grunge Georgia band Collective Soul and Omaha, Nebraska Indie darlings Bright Eyes.
Listen to both versions and then cast your vote for your favorite in the comments - it's that simple! And of course, feel free to tell me why/how you chose your favorite version if you are so inclined. I will be back on the 21st to cast my own vote and declare a winner. If you would like to visit more participants or participate in the next go-round, just head to Stephen's to read the hop rules and let him know. I look forward to seeing you there twice a month!