Linda Castellani (castle) Fri 3 Nov 00 12:37
Enter your suggestions here - it can be a topic or a lyric or a title or a whatever! You may even see your idea end up in a Southern Discomfort song!
early and often (sd) Fri 3 Nov 00 12:42
Alrighty! Let's poke some fun... examples and mp3 downloads at http://www.southerndiscomfort.com cd's can be purchased and mailinglists joined there as well. We already have a song about bush and coke. The DWI doesn't seem that funny, hmmmmm I always wanted a song about Click and Clack the Tappet Brothers from Car Talk but thats why Friedy is the writer. The last song I contributed had transvestites and Hooters persons in it.
Linda Castellani (castle) Fri 3 Nov 00 12:56
For a Click and Clack song, the refrain would have to be: "Don't drive like my brother!"
early and often (sd) Fri 3 Nov 00 13:00
should include Studebaker's, too. I keep thinking about a dealership called Click and Clack Dodge/Buick/Isuzu/Porche/Studebaker for some reason.
Gordon Taylor (warfrat) Fri 3 Nov 00 13:37
Must include a ref to Dewey, Cheetum and Howe.
Gail Williams (gail) Fri 3 Nov 00 13:43
Say.. If we come up with a pattern, some kind of meter, we can just do a ton of verses ... the way the epic limeric topics go in the WELL <words.> conference. Later an astute editoral eye could pick out the good parts! Maybe compose words as if to the tune of, and then trust in our song experts to decid to use that tune of a different one.
WhatsamatterU (dwaite) Fri 3 Nov 00 14:47
I've alwys thougth it ironic to hear advertising jingles on PBS... Think we could get a bunch of those together and form a limerick, or should we just stick to Click and Clack for now...
early and often (sd) Fri 3 Nov 00 15:58
Go anywhere you want, I was just throwing that out there like a bad piston rod. As far as the vehicle for the song goes, (help me alan!) We often start with some line that works for a situation and go from there. Like the song that Friedman wrote about the Federal Reserve Bank started out with, "we'll have funds, funds, funds 'til Greenspan takes our T Bills away." And, a Madonna song we've just had a request to revive for a client began with the Evita hit lyric: "Don't lie with me, Dennis Rodman The Baby's not your problem..." I don't know, I've heard that you can sing all of Emily Dickinson to the tune of "The Camptown Races".
Kosher Swan (shmo) Fri 3 Nov 00 17:45
The tune of "Yellow Rose of Texas" works for Emily Dickinson poetry.
Nancy White (choco) Fri 3 Nov 00 18:02
How about a song about the @#^$&*(*&%#__!@* ads and fricken prerecorded phone calls. Robert Redford called me today. Argh!
Alan Friedman (brooklynite) Fri 3 Nov 00 18:16
Choco, we have a song about telemarketers on our new CD. It's to the tune of Dylan's Rainy Day Women. The punch line is "everybody must get phoned." While I write most of the material for our shows, I'm jealous to say I didn't write that one. We got it from the producer at a local TV station who contributes to our cause occasionally. Alan Thornton does a great Dylan in singing it.
Alan Turner (arturner) Fri 3 Nov 00 19:18
No matter who's in office, "Hail to the Chief" can always use some new lyrics.
early and often (sd) Fri 3 Nov 00 22:14
that's right, "Yellow Rose of Texas". "Camptown Races" was Ezra Pound. Okay Nancy, a tape of Robert Redford called you? what happens if he gets your voicemail? It gives a whole different spin to that old, 'My Machine will call Your Machine' thing. Redford was in "the way we were", right? You left a message I heard your voice on my machine. Such a sexy blueyed message though it dragged and slurred... bridge: but did you even dial my number friend? sounds like others wrote your lines. you nagged me like my mother then, 'if I'd vote left, you'd feel fine....' I'll save my memory listen to my tape reel whir. If I don't vote you won't condem me, no..... If I don't vote don't condemn me! your golden tone still purr.......... but that wouldn't really be a good topic because it's too hard to explain. the setup should really be something that people will understand in the first verse without having to be told who is speaking or why. something like that might work better later when more folks have had more annoyance calls from taped celbrity telemarketers but unless redford was in the news for being the first one to do this or something the song above wouldn't really resonate with people. There is an mp3 of our current telemarketer song to download for free at: http://www.southerndiscomfort.com/Bob.mp3
Gail Williams (gail) Fri 3 Nov 00 22:47
Cool. what about folding the election and marketing together somehow... phone banking, glossy mailers, tv ads & all. it's getting late, are there no revelations why do they wait to unleash those sensations uh... lalalalala la la our quest for juicy scandal and dirt shall end in some old flagwaving infomercial A tepid election eve surprise ...election eve surprise (I have no idea where that came from but it doesn't quite fit emily d's camptown races!)
early and often (sd) Sat 4 Nov 00 01:37
I like that, gail. It kinda has a 'one for my baby and one more for the road' vibe. maybe a voter sings that while in the booth choosing candidates. Thats one for my conscience and one for ads that flowed... that dollar i gave when i checkboxed my taxes made their flags wave i watched the mud fly and heard ads that assaulted my ear and eye this one here's a lout incumbent's steeped in scandal throw the bum out they sent junk mail, so I've just ignored the issues I oughta know So, that sss So, thats one for my consience and one for ads that flowed...
whatsamatterU (dwaite) Sat 4 Nov 00 06:05
Wonderfull! how about this for short shelf life... Bush does coke and Gore Can't joke and little Nader's trying Buchannon is running too Vote for who? (mares eat oats)
Katherine Branstetter (kathbran) Sat 4 Nov 00 07:57
Ha! maybe "Ralphie" in place of "little"?
Alan Friedman (brooklynite) Sat 4 Nov 00 08:36
These ideas are great. Keep them coming.
Nancy White (choco) Sat 4 Nov 00 08:57
(To the tune of Tea for Two) Picture you upon the tube Two for ads And ads for two They nauseate And celebrate mundaaaaannnneee thingsss.... Soon you'll post produce the next the digs are deep for pres and veep but why can't I endure to see anootthheere (bridge?) You will have a long campaign For you its ads for me its pain why don't you just help and pass reform! (doo doo doo doot!)
John Payne (satyr) Sat 4 Nov 00 12:14
(flash) has a tongue-twister called ENGLISH IS TOUGH STUFF that would make a pretty good song. It online at <http://www.docflash.com/say_this.txt>
early and often (sd) Sat 4 Nov 00 13:05
geez, you guys are doing well. I love mares eat oats, dave. And Nancy's diacritical method of spelling might be worth stealing for getting songs ready for folks to sing. The way a lyric scans is one of the curious things about putting new lyrics to old tunes. If you sing these things after you write them you find that you might have to accent the wrong syllable or stretch a word over two lines or something peculiar like that. I'd love to do something purely on Campaign Finance Reform. We used to sing on to Red Roses for a Blue Lady: I need some soft money for a hard campaign...
Dave Waite (dwaite) Sat 4 Nov 00 18:53
he he... I'm looking over a 4 grand doner....
Alan Friedman (brooklynite) Sun 5 Nov 00 06:37
Dave, you may be on to something there.
Dave Waite (dwaite) Sun 5 Nov 00 07:29
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Dave Waite (dwaite) Sun 5 Nov 00 07:34
Have you considered any songs about the new have and have nots... Those with computers and those without... I've been trying to come up with a line to start it off with, but I find the issue rather complicated, even with informed people understanding the negative impliciatons of going without in the new information age... hich brings along another question. Have you found some issues that seem to beg for parody too complicated for one song. Have you done any suites of songs to get the parody point accross?
Alan Friedman (brooklynite) Sun 5 Nov 00 08:14
Dave, that's a very good idea for a song, about the technological haves and have-nots. Finding the right vehicle to use for a parody would be essential. Even though we kid about being offensive, I would want to do something that's balanced because I know there are people out there unable to be technologically up to date because of economics. We do have one song (not yet recorded) about cell phone haves and have nots to the Christmas Carol "Do You Hear What I Hear?" It's the "have-nots" complaining about private cell phone conversations in public places and cell phhones ringing at inopportune times, like when the soprano's about to do her big number in an opera. We get pretty good response to that one.
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