With twenty-two votes in, it’s time to tally up and cast my vote. Are you waiting with baited breath? Sitting on the edge of your seat? Anxious to see the outcome? Well, probably not, but this was a fun BATTLE for me with the voting going back and forth.
When Mr. Sheboygan Six offered this tune to me, one of the contenders he suggested was Karla Bonhoff. I love her, and had forgotten all about using her in one of my BATTLES, but then the search was on to find a worthy contender. Mr. Six thought that maybe Charlotte Church would make a good match-up. I listened to her version and thought it beautiful, but felt that you the voters, would lean heavily toward Karla and create a real blow-out. Nobody wants to see that!
As I listened and listened to the numerous versions of this beautiful song, I became more and more confused. Honestly, I don’t think there is a bad one in the lot (I admit that I did not listen to the Pete Seeger version, so maybe…). I avoided the Lilith Fair rendition mainly because it was a concert performance and an unusual group, but when I finally listened, I was blown away by the ending. Many of you called it ‘emotion packed’ and I certainly agree.
In the end I cast my vote for Karla Bonhoff and friends. The overall simplicity and truly melancholy feel to her version is perfect for this lovely, haunting melody with the heartbreaking words. In the end the majority of you agreed with me.
The final tally, including my vote is:
Karla Bonhoff and Friends 14 votes
Lilith Fair Girls 9 votes
I would say this was a pretty fair match-up, wouldn’t you?
Let me know what you think. I promise to get back to you soon, but I will be on the road tomorrow, so please be patient with me. I’ll be back on the first of October with another, what I hope will be, good BATTLE for you. Until that time…Happy Trails!
Here's a favorite of mine and a Thank You for the help I received from my friends on this BATTLE. Enjoy while you wait for me to get back to you!