Music

“Hot Sweet Wings” and other wonders composed with the help of Songify

Cliff introduced me to the wonder of the Songify app. Here are some tips to making the best of it:

  1. Longer text makes for better songs.
  2. Repetition makes for better songs, don’t be ashamed of repeating yourself.
  3. Speak in a monotone voice, let the app handle the tune.
  4. Speak nonsense. No sense in trying to make sense, it doesn’t make for a better song.
  5. If you insist on trying to make sense, then just pick a single sentence and repeat it several times with slight variations.
  6. Rules are meant to be broken and this app if for silliness, why are you reading this far?

Here are some example songs demonstrating the above:

 

Corey Blanchette’s 365 Song Project

The 365 photos meme was quite popular last year (despite the 366 day leap year). I might have joined, but it’s unlikely I would have finished. Instead, I’ve been pushing my my brother-in-law Corey Blanchette, nicknamed CoreyB or CoreyB603, to do 365 songs in 2009. He launched on January first and since then has done […] » about 200 words

Are Rock Operas Too Weird For Remixing?

I love remixes, mashups, and covers. I love it when bad songs get good covers, I love it more when it’s a bad cover. I’m a fan of Coverville and I get excited every time I find yet another version of Smells Like Teen Spirit (hey, this is just a sampling: lullaby version, Patti Smith, The Bad Plus, another jazz version, and another jazz version, a string version, no, two string versions, a tango, a damn chant version, some lounge thing, and one for the opium lounge).

But I think I have yet to hear a decent cover or remix of a track from a rock opera. Take One Night In Bangkok: sexing it up doesn’t help. You just can’t out rock a rock opera. (Really, look for yourself.) It might help that Chess featured a character loosely based on eccentric chess master Bobby Fischer, but rock operas just might be too weird for remixing.

Though…I’d like to be surprised. Perhaps a folk version?

I can, however, appreciate the irony in a sex-laden video for a song that had criticized moral decay. Video may be NSFW.