Saturday, November 16, 2013

Happy Birthday, Denise.

A lot of birthday songs are designed to be sung to anybody. This one's not.


You've made another trip around the Sun
Though I've sometimes heard you quip
That it's not been the only one
And though that makes me wonder
How they celebrate on Xondor
On Earth we simply sing a happy song
(and eat cake. and maybe ice cream. or tacos)
(ice cream tacos!)

And while forty seems a long, long time to grow
Remember you've at least that far to go...

So Happy Birthday
You've made it another year
Happy Birthday!
Let's have a cup of cheer
And we'll make a joyous sound
'Cause you're great to have around!
Happy Birthday!

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Stayin' Alive (Bee Gees Cover)

OK, this sounded like a good idea at the time, and I think it turned out pretty well with just the acoustic guitar:


The idea here was to focus on the meaning of the lyrics (which are pretty dreary, and completely bulldozed by the disco arrangement of the original).

I have a bit of a different sound in mind for a full band... sort of "Tom Jones backed by Lynard Skynard". Don't laugh... it would be amazing.

Also... I have to credit Jonathan Coulton with the inspiration for covering a song and taking it as far from its roots as possible. His version of "Baby Got Back" is brilliant. I'll be doing re-interpretive covers.

Lyrical Notes:

I made a couple of changes, as usually happens in a live performance, when you're having to remember things on the spur of the moment. For instance I substituted the second pre-chorus for the first. Oops. But I also deliberately left out the first chorus, putting the verses back-to-back with only the pre-chorus between. It sounded better for the genre to me.

But I did also give some thought to removing gender-specificity here, as there are a couple of female performers I'd love to hear do this sort of arrangement.

"I'm a woman's man, no time to talk"
becomes 
"I'm a woman, man; no time to talk"

"Music loud and women warm"
becomes
"Music loud and lovin' warm"

"I'm a dancing man, I just can't lose"
becomes
"I'm a dancing fool, I just can't lose"


Unless, of course, you're a gal who likes her women warm.



Others

I did do some looking around to see if anyone else had genre-shifted this song. Not really... Ozzy Osbourne did a fairly straight (for him) rendition, and some other band did a half-hearted metal attempt that was still beat-for-beat with the original.

And then I found THIS. I like the way these folks think. We could party.