“Tiny Dancer” (Elton John) defeats “Higher Love” (Steve Winwood), 136.3 to 105.4 (8 to 6.2 average)
“Paradise” (John Prine) defeats “Louisiana Woman/Mississippi Man” (Conway Twitty & Loretta Lynn), 120.7 to 105.2 (7.1 to 6.1 average)
“The Joker” (Steve Miller) defeats “Keep Your Head Up” (Ben Howard), 99 to 91 (6.2 to 5.3 average)
“Chicago” (Sufjan Stevens) defeats “Jump” (Van Halen), 106.8 to 103.3 (6.3 to 6.1 average)
Welcome to Division G, which rolls us into the final weekend of Round 1. We’ve got some great songs here, along with some really lovely memories. Get your scores in by midnight on Sunday.
Here’s the playlist and matchups:
“Tiny Dancer” (Elton John) v. “Higher Love” (Steve Winwood)
“Louisiana Woman/Mississippi Man” (Conway Twitty & Loretta Lynn) v. “Paradise” (John Prine)
“The Joker” (Steve Miller) v. “Keep Your Head Up” (Ben Howard)
“Chicago” (Sufjan Stevens) v. “Jump” Van Halen
“Tiny Dancer” was nominated by Rafter because “it seems to belong here.”
“Higher Love” from Karissa: Guillermo went through a phase of obsession with this song, probably fall 06.
He’d blast in in the Astro van on the way to John Henry Beck Park every morning, and I’d hear him belting
it out across the park all day long… the phase lasted a couple weeks, I don’t remember if this one ever made it into a music tourney. Of course, this is a difficult decision, I considered nominating Papa was a rodeo (thanks Aiko!). I also considered Where is my mind – Pixies, this one was a tournament winner from a roadtrip back to Biloxi from Jackson, I actually think G might not have been in the car but it was a memorable trip anyway, we took a wrong turn somewhere and ended up in Louisiana… so we got
daquaris from a drive-through stand and continued our extra long journey, I remember pulling into the pothole ridden dirt parking lot at Hands On listening to this song. It has quite a G feel to it anyway. I also considered What a wonderful world by Israel Kamakawiwo;ole because G used to blast it as a wake up
song for all the balcony dwellers at the Hands On warehouse.\
“Louisiana Woman” from Maegan O.: I was trying to decide between a Patsy Cline song and a LorettaLynn song, but landed on this one. Seemed appropriate given the content- I remember Will uploaded a bunch of Loretta Lynn songs onto my ipod (!) in 2010 when I did my own epic 6-week long roadtrip from Vermont to San Francisco to “see about a boy”. The boy didnt work out very well, but my love of old classic country continues on to this day.
“The Joker” was an automatic nominee – it was one of Guillermo’s nominees to the 2011 People’s Choice Tournament
“Keep Your Head Up” from Morgan T.: We went on a road trip to South Dakota in 2016 and this won the music tournament. This song has always brought me to tears every time I hear it. There was really no better feeling than blasting it through the Badlands with the windows down with my 3 best friends.
“Chicago” from Sara: We were listening to this song a lot in 2005- also driving to cities with our friends with no plans, also making lots of mistakes
“Jump” from Janos: Gmo and I did a road trip tournament together in 05. Africa was heavily favored to win, and eventually did. But not until a TRIPLE overtime victory in the finals against this song.