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A Battle of the Bands For My Mama

A Battle of the Bands For My Mama

Happy May everyone!

I hope that everything is alright. It has been a tough few months all over the world. It has been a roller coaster here in Japan as every day is either high or low. Things change every day. That is why I am taking each moment slowly and just enjoy life day by day.

Mother’s Day will be celebrated next week all over the world. This year, mostly everyone will celebrate this special day in a different way due to the Coronavirus and the lockdowns. But, it doesn’t mean that Mother’s Day is canceled, we just have to celebrate differently. What are you doing for this special day this year?

For me, I celebrate Mother’s Day virtual as I am far away from my mom. Hopefully, if things get better, I can celebrate it with her later this year as I am planning to go back to the US for a week or so to see her. I still send my mothers virtually hugs and kisses to her every Mother’s Day and also every day!

A Battle For My Mama

I have featured a song about Mothers before, which was the 1988 song “Thanks For My Child” by Cheryl ‘Pepsii’ Riley. But, I never had a Battle of the Bands that features any songs about mama. Until now!

The songs I featured were from groups that were super popular in the 90s. Ironically, the two songs were released in the same year, which was 1997. The first song is “Mama” by the world-famous girl group The Spice Girls. The other song is “A Song For My Mama” by the most popular R&B group of the 90s: Boyz II Men.

So, listen to both of the songs and vote for your favorite in the comments below!


“Mama” by The Spice Girls

This is such a bittersweet song from my childhood. I remember when this came out in 1997 at the peak of The Spice Girls’ popularity. “Mama” is all about the love for a mother through the heart of a woman who reflects back on her relationship with her mom. This woman realizes that she is ashamed of the troublesome relationship she had with her mama throughout her teenage years. Now, as a grown woman, she realizes how valuable her mother and her advice. Even though she feels ashamed about her past, the woman reflects on her past as she thinks of the feelings she has for her mother now: “I love you mama, I care for you mama”.

About the premise of the song, member Mel B said this: “We wrote ‘Mama’ when I was going through a bad phase with my mum. The sentiments are really that your mum’s probably the best friend that you’ve got. Whether she’s an overprotective mother or a bit of a landmine, she probably knows you better than yourself in some ways.”[1]

Mel C also had this say about the song; “Mama’s all about how you’re such a cow to your mum when you’re going through that rebellious teenage stage. Then when you get a bit older, you realize that whatever she was doing, she was only doing it for your own good. And you think: ‘God, I was really horrible.”[1]

By the way, the music video features the mothers of the members. Geri and Victoria said it was weird to bring their mom to work, but I think it was a super cute idea. Did you find the Spice Girls’ moms?


“A Song For Mama” by Boyz II Men

“A Song For Mama” was released by Boyz II Men for the movie Soul Food. A beautiful song sang one of the finest bands in the 90s, “A Song For Mama” is a song that reflects on what moms have done for us since we were born until now. It also praises moms for being themselves, always giving us love and support unconditionally. It is a lovely song to celebrate mothers all over the world!

Mama, Mama you know I love you
Mama, Mama you’re the queen of my heart
Your love is like tears from the stars
Mama I just want you to know lovin’ you is like food to my soul


Who Will It Be?

Now it is your turn to vote! Who will be the victor? Tell me in the comments below! I can’t wait to hear what you guys think!

I am also part of the “Battle of the Bands” blog collection. After you vote, please visit the other battles:

Visit TOSSING IT OUT by clicking HERE.
Visit MIKE’S RAMBLINGS’by clicking HERE.
Visit CURIOUS AS A CATHY by clicking HERE.
Visit THE SOUND OF ONE HAND TYPING by clicking HERE
Visit JINGLE JANGLE JUNGLE by clicking HERE.
Visit ANGELS BARK by clicking HERE.
Visit THE DOGLADY’S DEN by clicking HERE.
Visit CHERDO ON THE FLIPSIDE by clicking HERE
Visit STMoC PRESENTS BATTLE OF THE BANDS by clicking HERE.


The Winner for “What Kind of Flowers Do You Want? (Battle of the Bands)

Thank you to all who voted in the Battles of the Bands for beautiful songs about flowers:

The Winner of the Battle is…

“Send Him Forget Me Nots” by Patricia Rushen


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References

[1] Cripps, Rebecca, and Mal Peachey. Real Life – Real Spice: the Official Story. Zone/Chameleon Books, 1997.

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