First Round Matchups: Seasons Region
I must confess, I’m just not a Parrothead.
MMN’s pick: Bing Crosby: “White Christmas”
That Eddie Cochran song has always struck me as goofy, and not in the good kinda way (The Who’s version is much better). On the other hand, the Bananarama song takes itself a bit too seriously… but they have an excuse — it was the 80s.
MMN’s pick: Bananarama: “Cruel Summer”
One of my guilty pleasures is old Eagles songs, but the later solo efforts of its members never did anything for me.
My sister and I used to sing “Seasons in the Sun,” long before I was old enough to have the slightest inkling what the heck it was about. Listening to it now, I must say it still doesn’t make much sense, but it’s my sentimental pick anyway.
MMN’s pick: Terry Jacks: “Seasons in the Sun”
This is a tough one — both songs are great. I have to give the edge to “Winter Wonderland,” though — another sentimental pick that McDoc and I sing to each other every holiday season.
MMN’s pick: Burl Ives: “Winter Wonderland”
MMN’s pick: Ella Fitzgerald/Louis Armstrong: “Summertime”
I’m going with the funk on this one. “In The Summertime” is a classic, but it’s got this irritating way of making me want to hit myself in the face with a pillow — in rhythm.
MMN’s pick: Sly & the Family Stone: “Hot Fun in the Summertime”
The melody of Kenny Chesney’s song keeps going up and landing on the same note over and over. (It’s an E, for those of you playing along at home.) My composition teachers would’ve looked askance.
I dig the vintage keyboard sounds in “Summer in the City,” and as an added bonus, it uses car horn sound effects, similar to George Gershwin’s An American in Paris. MMN approves!
MMN’s pick: The Lovin’ Spoonful: “Summer in the City”
I love U2, but this is far from my favorite song of theirs. I would have to go with Seals & Crofts in any case — the song uses toy piano!
MMN’s pick: Seals & Crofts: “Summer Breeze”
What are your picks, music nerds?
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