Monday, October 22, 2018

Blue and Yellow Killer

When I previously posted the song "I'm Not Going To Turn Into Jonathan Mann", I had completely forgotten (or overlooked) that I've actually worked with Jonathan before! Now, in case you're wondering how something like that could happen, it's because I didn't work directly with him. I had never so much as talked, chatted, or emailed with him. However, we did collaborate on a song.

Travis Langworthy (aka "SpinTown") wrote the lyrics to a Minecraft music video called "Blue and Yellow Killer". I rapped the lyrics, and completely separately, Jonathan Mann created the music and set the words to it. So here it is, "Blue and Yellow Killer":







The World Beyond (Paris Daydreaming)

First, let me give a thank-you to Ted Kiper for providing the vocals and piano for this song.

This is one of those songs that you would never guess what it's about unless someone simply told you. Then you'd slap your forehead and say, "Oh, of course!"

Sadly, I'm not going to simply tell you what it's about. William wrote the lyrics about something that's very close to his heart, but if it reminds you of something that's close to yours, all the better. Officially, it's about whatever you believe it to be about.




The World Beyond (Paris Daydreaming)

Reaching out in wonder to the world beyond 
With arms too short to satisfy a curiosity so strong 
Day by day the beckoning a silent beacon calls 
From inklings of infinity to dreams beyond these walls 

I wandered beyond the stone today 
Tomorrow the avenue 
And someday I may fly away 
To that place they call the moon 

Many are the windows under lock so little means 
But in an infants hands may lie the keys of destiny 
Marvel at the wonder of the endless world beyond 
And explore the possibilities of mysteries not yet known 

I wandered beyond the stone today 
Tomorrow the avenue 
And someday I may fly away 
To that place they call the moon 

Instinctive the desire 
Insatiable the quest 
Though the mind will journey freely 
It's imprisoned by the flesh 

I wandered beyond the stone today 
Tomorrow the avenue 
And someday I may fly away 
To that place they call the moon 

Someday I may just fly away 
To that place they call the moon
credits



I'm Not Going To Turn Into Jonathan Mann

Jonathan Mann writes a song a day, and has done so since 2009. He currently holds the Guiness world record for doing so. And if you start RIGHT NOW, it will take you a decade after he stops just to catch up. So here's a little tribute.

You can follow Jonathan Mann on Twitter (@songadaymann) or on his website.


I'm Not Going To Turn Into Jonathan Mann

I've written songs by the hundreds 
But it took me a good thirty years 
There's a fella who's done 
what I've done 
Every trip 'round the Sun 
And it drives me to tears! 

Hey Jonathan Mann! 
The Song-a-day man! 
How do you do it? 
Is there some kind of plan? 
My life is so busy 
I've often asked "is he 
a clone or the name of a clan?" 
I wanna be just like Jonathan Mann 

So I put my nose to the grindstone 
To craft me some ditties to sing 
And I guess you could say 
That the stuff that I play 
Has some sway 
But it ain't got that swing 

Hey Jonathan Mann! 
The Song-a-day man! 
How do you do it? 
Is there some kind of plan? 
I've got places to see, 
And I love D&D 
So I budget my time as I can 
It's harder than <> to be Jonathan Mann 

[bridge... Jonathan Mann voiceover] 

I ain't got a song-a-day in me 
I'm sure as hell no Superman 
Though I try as I might 
My output's a fright 
That's alright 
I'll just do what I can 

Hey Jonathan Mann! 
The Song-a-day man! 
How do you do it? 
Is there some kind of plan? 
I've got volumes to read 
And a long Twitter feed 
And I've gotta get through all this spam 
So I'm not gonna turn into Jonathan Mann



Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Weird Instruments 6: The Dord and the Carnyx

Today we have two ancient Celtic horns. First up is the Dord.

The Dord is is a curved tubular horn with a very large mouthpiece, native to Ireland. It hails from the Bronze Age, and examples have been uncovered dating from as early as 1000 BCE. Experts believe it may have been played like a Digeridoo, and you can hear this in the video below:


The second example (the Carnyx) is an awesome fusion of Iron Age engineering and art. It consists of a long straight tube culminating in a dragon's head. Depending on the style it could be played horizontally or upright, and the sound could either come straight out of the mouth like a trumpet or could resonate in the head. Some advanced examples had wings or ears that resonated like bells, adding to the sound.

I ran into references of it in Suetonius' histories of the Roman Empire. When the Celts sacked Rome, prior to entering the city, they played these outside of the city walls first to soften up the resistance. I don't know about you, but if I heard an angry barbarian mob playing these freaky things I'd piss my pants.