“Sitting on the Dock of the Bay” becomes the second song to average above an 8 (“Hallelujah” having averaged an 8.2). The only upset in this round is in our 4th seed, where Arcade Fire beat out Doobie Brothers. Female vocalists and country continue to do poorly as Brandi Carlie and Chris Stapleton are knocked out, as the prevailing opinion runs contrary to my forever-take about Dylan’s mediocrity. But what is the fun of being a music fan if you can’t stake out a few contrarian opinions? Just don’t say you don’t like the Beatles; we all know you’re just trying to get attention.
Jackie Wilson got the rawest match-up of the tournament so far, and in another division would have easily moved on.
“(Sittin’ on) the Dock of the Bay” (Otis Redding) defeats “Broken Halos” (Chris Stapleton) 167.6 to 99.6 (8 to 4.7 average)
“Shelter from the Storm” (Bob Dylan) defeats “Wherever is Your Heart” (Brandi Carlile) 159.8 to 123.4 (7.6 to 5.9 average)
“Romeo and Juliet” (Dire Straits) defeats “(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher” (Jackie Wilson) 163.5 to 157.6 (7.8 to 7.5 average)
“Wake Up” (Arcade Fire) defeats “Black Water” (Doobie Brothers) 128.6 to 150.9 (7.2 to 6.1 average)
Sorry that this post is going up a bit late — coordinating this music tournament amidst full-blown adult lives is its own kind of nostalgia for the focus and energy Guillermo brought to all those tournaments for all those years.
This division brings some real heart-wrenchers and possibly polarizing match-ups. It’ll be interesting to see how individual scores shake out. The Division F Match-ups are:
“(Sittin’ on) the Dock of the Bay” (Otis Redding) vs. “Broken Halos” (Chris Stapleton)
“Shelter from the Storm” (Bob Dylan) vs. “Wherever is Your Heart” (Brandi Carlile)
“Romeo and Juliet” (Dire Straits) vs. “(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher” (Jackie Wilson)
“Black Water” (Doobie Brothers) vs. “Wake Up” (Arcade Fire)
Listen to the match-ups on the Division F Spotify Playlist. You will have until Thursday at Midnight to vote (but let’s be real, I’ll be tallying on Friday morning and I’m on West Coast time, so don’t fret if you need some wiggle room).
Stories from the vault:
“Sitting on the Dock of the Bay” by Elizabeth: My first interaction with Guillermo was him asking me to help him come up with songs for the 90’s music tournament in Fall 2006. We checked in with each other constantly over a couple days with ideas. Guillermo asked me to go to the pub soon after and when I walked in he was already parked at the jukebox and immediately put on Otis Redding’s “Sitting on the Dock of the Bay.” Otis Redding became a soundtrack we shared for years after.
“Broken Halos” by Dan S.: I didn’t speak with G-Mo about this song, however, I just feel it in my heart that it would be one that would have him slowly fist pumping with his eyes closed.
“Shelter from the Storm”: We sang it once by the campfire, but only once. Twas in another lifetime // One of toil and blood // When blackness was a virtue // The road was full of mud // I came in from the wilderness // A creature void of form // Come in, she said, I’ll give you // Shelter from the storm…
“Wherever is Your Heart” by Brittany T.: In 2018 we put together a map with pins and strings representing all the roadtrips we ever went on. Anyone who knows Guillermo knows how much he loves the sentiment in maps and road trips! The entire time we worked on the project we listened to a live Brandi Carlile concert on YouTube. This was the song that inspired it all.
“Romeo and Juliet” — This was one of Gmo’s nominees to the “Peoples Choice” tournament in 2011
“(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher” by Ben: Another throwback to the early tourney days, this was my best performing offering ultimately making it to a quarter-finals. Let’s see if it’s still got legs. Also, just a very uplifting song.
“Black Water” — “Oh Mississippi, she’s calling my name” / Pub jukebox memories
“Wake Up” by Cristina: Just eternal.