Day 13 may have cast some unluckiness on our competitors- while I can safely say that all four of these matches went back and forth to the bitter end, none of them rose to the heights seen in recent days by Cash, Cocker, and Santana. But no disrespect to our winners, as we are back to the 20s in voters and all opinions together matter- let’s get to it. Surprise high score of the day goes to the Texan lady trio of the Dixie Chicks- “Travelin’ Soldier” defeats “Jolene” 124.4-115.6 with a 6.22. I only discovered tonight that it was their spoken intro to a performance of “Travelin’ Soldier” when they famously expressed shame over Dubya’s Texas roots and were disowned and ostracized by both Lipton Iced Tea and the American South in the consequent months. The Wiki article also mentions two of my personal music heroes coming to the defense of the Dixie Chicks- when Bruce Springsteen and Merle Haggard both have your back, you gotta be doing something right.
Speaking of the Boss, in the most grueling back and forth battle play-in survivor Rodney Parker’s “Atlantic City” comes out on top of Jeffrey Foucault’s “Lodi”, 115.4-112.9. Hopefully Jeff can take this in stride and not go all “society is terrible” on us like his philosophical namesake. Wow, that’s not even a terrible joke, it’s just me trying to pretend I remember more than 3 things about my Literary Theory class from college. Signifier. Differance. A paper I wrote about the penis frames in Fight Club. Those three.
In a similarly close match, KISS “Rock and Roll Radio”‘s their way past “Give A Little Bit,” 111.2-108.6. Disappointed in everyone’s low scores: Nos. Happy to finally have been involved in a tournament: The Goo Goo Dolls.
Last, after some early stumbling, the match-up that time forgot at least yielded us an above average winner (it was looking ugly this morning.) “I Will Always Love You” defeats “Such Great Heights,” 112.2-96.4.
Excluding the Dixie Chicks, our winners of Day 13 plop into 45th, 47th, and 49th seeds of 52 winners with 12 to still seed. Their coaches better have some really good halftime speeches.