Creative song mix-ups (NOT mistakes!)

Jan Potts
Jan Potts
@jan-potts
6 years ago
421 posts

Yep--In my toddler years I learned to sing "Frosty the Snowman" from a cracked 45rpm--and would sing it all over the house, crack and all!




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Jan Potts, Lexington, KY
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"Use what talents you possess; the woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best." Henry Van Dyke
Benjamin W Barr Jr
Benjamin W Barr Jr
@benjamin-w-barr-jr
6 years ago
61 posts

Well, my goodness.  I still have a landline (not the rotary phone though).  But before 8-Tracks and even cassette tapes, there were 45 rpms that had these inserts and when a record began to skip a penny or two (maybe even a nickle) would to make the record not stutter.  And there was the Western Flyer, the little red wagon, and red ball jets.

Jan Potts
Jan Potts
@jan-potts
6 years ago
421 posts

Well, for goodness sakes--what did y'all DO with your rotary phones???  Throw them away? surprised

Lovely to have at least one older phone in the house that will still work when the electricity goes out and the cell phones die and can't be recharged! callme

 




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Jan Potts, Lexington, KY
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"Use what talents you possess; the woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best." Henry Van Dyke
k0k0peli
@k0k0peli
6 years ago
21 posts

Sheryl St. Clare:
Ah, the Green Stamp book...How far we have come!

And Blue Chips. Alas, we show our years. References to trading stamps (and stamp collecting!) box tops, decoder rings, coonskin caps, airplane / car kits, hula hoops, rotary-dial phones, 8-track tapes -- what do these mean now? How many survivors remember them? My young grandkids (ages 5 and 7) don't even glaze over when such reach conversation; they just go back to their Android phones.

New song mixups / mashups demand up-to-date material. I don't watch TV so I miss contemporary references. Modern life is continual culture shock with a touch of anomie. Ah well, dulcimer is a constant.

Benjamin W Barr Jr
Benjamin W Barr Jr
@benjamin-w-barr-jr
6 years ago
61 posts

I remember that you guys did that...don't think I ever saw or heard it though...as you say,not in the public domain.

Patty from Virginia
Patty from Virginia
@patty-from-virginia
6 years ago
233 posts

Jan, Carrie Barnes and I wrote up some silly lyrics for Where O Where Are You Tonight, Hee Haw, song. That was

fun. Unfortunately the tune is not public domain but we still had a blast writing up crazy lyrics....at the expense of the Keanes, LOL. Remember that John? winky


updated by @patty-from-virginia: 10/03/15 05:33:47PM
Sheryl St. Clare
Sheryl St. Clare
@sheryl-st-clare
6 years ago
258 posts

Ah, the Green Stamp book...How far we have come!

k0k0peli
@k0k0peli
6 years ago
21 posts

There's a long tradition of writing rude, funny, rebellious, and/or absurd parody lyrics to popular and well-known music. Think of Allen Sherman's HELLO MUDDA, HELLO FADDA, or everything Wobbly poet Joe Hill wrote, or obscene limericks. One VietNam-era protest piece that comes to mind is THE NAPALM SONG to the tune of YELLOW SUBMARINE: "We're all dropping jellied gasoline, jellied gasoline, jellied gasoline." One of my favorites was by the Gold Coast Singers (infamous for PLASTIC JESUS) with their stamps version of GREENSLEEVES:

I found my love in a grocery shop
Selling pickles, and eggplants, and bottle of pop
She asked me to buy her asparagus tips
And I fell for the smile on her ruby-red lips
GREEN STAMPS were all she gave
Green Stamps were all I took
GREEN STAMPS were all I saved
So I pasted them up in my Green Stamp book
La la-la la la, la la la la, la -- la la!

Bob Reinsel
Bob Reinsel
@bob-reinsel
6 years ago
81 posts

I've heard you can since any Emily Dickinson poem to the tune of The Yellow Rose of Texas:

 

THEY say that “time assuages”,—

  Time never did assuage;

An actual suffering strengthens,

  As sinews do, with age.

Time is a test of trouble,  

  But not a remedy.

If such it prove, it prove too

  There was no malady.

 

Now that's a cheerful little ditty. dancecool




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Bob
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The greatest music is made for love, not for money -- Greg Lake

updated by @bob-reinsel: 10/02/15 03:50:08PM
Sam
Sam
@sam
6 years ago
173 posts

Belonged to a poetry site once that did a lot of parody contests. I did one on 'Windmills Of Your Mind' Titled 'Wind From Her Behind' ... I won ...




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The Dulcimer. If you want to preserve it, jam it!
Dusty Turtle
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle
6 years ago
1,458 posts

A few years ago I went to a Christmas show at Slim's (a club in San Francisco owned by Boz Scaggs) that featured El Vez, the Mexican Elvis impersonator.

 

For the first song, the band was playing a cover of the Stones's tune "Sympathy for the Devil," you know with the female backup singers doing the "woo woo," and El Vez coming out doing Mick Jagger gangly dance positions and stuff.  He then approached the microphone and everyone expected "Please allow me to introduce myself, I'm a man of wealth and fame," but instead, El Vez switched into Elvis impersonator mode and sang "Blue Christmas" while the band (including the back-up singers) kept playing "Sympathy for the Devil."

 

You can't find kitsch like that everyday! The band is called the Memphis Mariachis and the back-up singers are called the Lovely Elvettes. The first time I saw them, at a winery in Napa, the Elvettes wore sombreros over their breasts.

 

Here is a less elaborate version of what I'm talking about:

. Notice how El Vez goes back and forth between Elvis and Jagger. And then after flirting with the audience, he does Blue Suede Shoes en español, and the guitarist plays the melody of Rudolf the Red-nosed Reindeer for his solo.

 

 

 




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Dusty T., Northern California
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Ken Hulme
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme
6 years ago
1,836 posts

Jabberwockey was, I think, the first real poem I memorized, 'way back when...

john p
john p
@john-p
6 years ago
173 posts

I'd do you the full lyrics, but I fear the spellchecker already needs extensive therapy :)

Ken Hulme
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme
6 years ago
1,836 posts

That sounds really interesting john-p

john p
john p
@john-p
6 years ago
173 posts

"Jabberwockey" sung to he tune of Annan Waters.

You need to tweak the odd line by using the time honoured folk device of adding an '-o' to the end.

Twas brillig and the slithy toves

Did gyre and gimble in the wabe - o

Lisa Golladay
Lisa Golladay
@lisa-golladay
6 years ago
103 posts

Of all the "Amazing Grace/House of the Rising Sun/I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing/Gilligan's Island/Goodnight Irene" mashups my favorite (so far) is Emily Dickinson's poem "Because I Could Not Stop for Death" sung to the tune of "The Yellow Rose of Texas."

Anything goes in 4-line iambic tetrameter.  Personally, I like "Amazing Grace" to the tune of "Freebird" but I wouldn't inflict it on the general public.

k0k0peli
@k0k0peli
6 years ago
21 posts

My favorite version of that is WALKIN' 'ROUND IN WOMEN'S UNDERWEAR but I can't get my brother-in-law to duet with me on it. ;)

Ken Hulme
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme
6 years ago
1,836 posts

Friend of mine has written Florida-specific lyrics to Winter Wonderland.  "Walkin' in a winter wonderland" has a whole new meaning on a beach in Decemberdancecool

John Keane
John Keane
@john-keane
6 years ago
182 posts

Jan, we did that for Christmas a couple of years ago and it turned out kinds neat. 

k0k0peli
@k0k0peli
6 years ago
21 posts

I find myself inducted into a local Sherlockian society, Holmes' Hounds, at Baker Street West. (My wife's close cousin is the ringleader, alas.) Part if the 'initiation' is to adopt a character from a Doyle story and give a presentation to the society in that persona. I am a Royal Navy officer falsely accused of murder in A STUDY IN SCARLET. My presentation in a couple of months will include mention of my ship (HMS Venus, of course) calling at Naples and my acquiring a Neapolitan mandolin. (That justifies my buying a bowlback mando, right?) I shall sing a mashup of Robt Burns' MY LOVE IS LIKE A RED, RED ROSE and the Grateful Dead's SAINT STEPHEN to the tune of the latter:

My love is like a red, red rose / In and out of the garden she goes / Country garden in the wind and the rain / That’s newly sprung in June

Yada yada.

Jan Potts
Jan Potts
@jan-potts
6 years ago
421 posts

No, not mistakes (like when half the group starts playing "Soldiers' Joy" and the other half start on "Whiskey Before Breakfast")............I'm referring to mix-ups that are done on purpose.  Here are a few examples:

  • Take a hymn or Christmas carol that everyone knows and pair the words with a folk tune.  People will listen more closely to the words and may get a new appreciation for the message.
  • Take a poem or nursery rhyme and pair it will a well-known tune.  For instance, "Jack and Jill Went Up the Hill"  with "Pop Goes the Weasel"
  • Take a simple well-known tune and write some new words for it.  These words might have special meaning for your club, family, church, etc.  I've done this with the "Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah" song.
  • Take a short 4-line hymn or other song and write a new tune for it, following the AABA song structure where the third line is substantially different from lines 1,2, and 4.
  • Many are familiar with a hymn like "Amazing Grace" being sung to a tune like "House of the Rising Sun" or "The Ballad of Gilligan's Isle".  Some people, however, feel this is irreverent.  So mix things up a little more and take the words to "House of the Rising Sun" and sing them to the tune of "The Ballad of Gilligan's Isle" or some other silly song.

Have fun!




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Jan Potts, Lexington, KY
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"Use what talents you possess; the woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best." Henry Van Dyke

updated by @jan-potts: 02/04/16 08:22:57PM