When time seems to pass slowly, later we often wonder how quick it was after that time has passed. No matter how hard we might try, we cannot cling to the moments other than in memory, which often is unreliable. Did things really happen the way we remember? If indeed we remember at all...
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In some ways, looking back on it all, this year seems to have been an accumulation of many years. The illusion of the expanse of time is a deception in so many ways. When I look back at the plans I had I can only shake my head in a certain dismay for those things that didn't happen as I had hoped they would. And yet the miles and the minutes and hours and days came and passed, slipping elusively from my grasp.
Traveling will do that for me. Though it may seem like I was just sitting the daylong watching the miles pass by from behind the wheel or dozing in the passenger seat while my wife drove, in reality there were the myriad of sights, mini-dramas in passing cars, music on the car stereo, or often the news.
There was plenty of news in this past year. Big changes in the world as well as within many of us. Friendships were broken; perceptions were altered. Like having watched an often baffling magic show, I ponder how did this all happen the way it did.
Now I stand on a precipice of more change. New dreams. Unsure hopes. Waiting and wishing that time could stand still for a year, a week, or even a day. I can wait and wish as much as I like, but I cannot hold back time from its frantic procession toward tomorrow.
Holding Back the Years
This iconic song from 1985 is probably familiar to most of you. It's become a classic of 80's rock/pop music after reaching hit status for the band Simply Red. This is a great song in my opinion--and I'm not alone in that reckoning--and it might even be a favorite of some of you reading this. Below for the purpose of jarring memories for those who might not have heard it in a while or for those of you who might have never heard the song, here is the most known version of the song as performed by Mick Hucknall and Simply Red.
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Frantic Elevators "Holding Back the Years" (1982)
Before Mick Hucknall became Simpy Red's front man, he was the force behind the punk rock band Frantic Elevators. "Holding Back the Years" was the last of four singles released by the band. Hucknall initially began writing this song when he was 17 years old in response to a somewhat tumultuous and painful childhood. Not exactly punk rock, but still that spare instrumental style can be heard in a mournful almost jazzy setting.
Gretchen Parlato "Holding Back the Years" (2011)
Singer/songwriter Gretchen Parlato descends from a family with a strong musical heritage. Her grandfather and father alike played with some music legends of their times and Gretchen has continued to carry the torch as she wins awards and sings with today's jazz giants. Here is her mellow take on the now classic "Holding Back the Years".
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The song versions in this Battle were recorded nearly 30 years apart providing different musical takes on the same song. Which version do you like the best?
Please vote on your favorite by letting us know your choice in the comment section and tell us why you prefer the version you chose. Then after you've finished here, please visit the other blogs listed below who may or may not be participating this time around. And if you've put up your own BOTB contest let us know that as well so we can vote on yours.
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Winner Announced on Monday January 9th
I'm going to give you plenty of time to vote on this one since the current contest falls on a Sunday during holiday season. I'll be offering my thoughts on the sexism charges regarding Donald Trump coming this Friday January 6th as I attempt to continue on with my (unpopular with some) President Trump Acclimation Series. I've been postponing my posts on this series due to the holidays and having company, but now I have no excuses. Hopefully, I won't come up with anymore excuses either unless it's something really really good.
Did you meet all of your goals for this past year? What had you hoped to accomplish that you still did not? What are your goals in the upcoming year?