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Since we're all composters here (as in setting ideas aside to ferment), I thought I'd share something that I'm guessing we all do- make up ditties in our heads as we're doing other things.

A couple days ago, as I was banging nails upstairs, building a floor in the attic, my mind bifurcated as it always does, between the task at hand and silly ditties that just come to mind.

Here is what was going through my mind: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4VJgmUuoQOU

And here are the lyrics:

Stare, stare, like a bear,
I can see your underwear,
Stare, stare, stare . . .
Like a bear . . .

Stare, stare, like a bear,
I can see your underwear,
Stare, stare, stare . . .
Like a bear . . .

I've been staring like a bear since we parted,
Left the air so thick and blue as you departed,
How you overturned your chair as you departed,
Blew apart your underwear when you farted,

Stare, stare, like a bear,
I can see your underwear,
Stare, stare, like a bear,
I can see your underwear,
Stare, stare, stare . . .
Like a bear . . .
Underwear . . .

chorus (3 female singers)

Stare, stare, like a bear,
I can see your underwear,
Stare, stare, like a bear,
I can see your underwear,

Now, I have done this all my life. I seldom write the ditties down because, well, they're silly. Several summers ago I composted a ditty about little brown frogs in the grass that came to me every time I mowed the lawn.

I've heard other people mention that they do this, or something like it, but to the best of my knowledge I've never heard of such experiences being shared in one place. So I'm curious where YOUR minds wander to when you're doing stuff.

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Hello Greg.

It appears that, perhaps by mistake, you set the music video to "private" and made the lyrics public, rather than the other way around. 

I'll check into it. It's set on "public", so I don't know why it wouldn't be coming through. The link works for me.

Mariza Costa-Cabral said:

Hello Greg.

It appears that, perhaps by mistake, you set the music video to "private" and made the lyrics public, rather than the other way around. 

Fixed. Never had that happen before. But since Gurgle bought YooBoob, they've been dicking around with it.

Hi Greg,

I find the music quite natural for a song and attractive.

Your lyrics I find funny and perhaps a little on the iconoclastic side, but with strong metaphor, imagery and contrast like putting side by side these two lines:

 

"Left the air so thick and blue as you departed,

How you overturned your chair as you departed,"

 

although the repetition of the same word "departed" does not work technically as a rhyme imo, unless the meaning is changed which in this case it probably is. :-)

Don’t take it as a strong criticism point though because here we are talking about ditties, and thinking about techniques can be a spoil sport.

 

I sometimes do as you do, ie thinking of verses and humming a tune at the same time. If I like the tune I keep it for more work, if I don’t I discarded it and leave the music for later.

And the spectrum of verse can contain everything from dirty ditties (with hidden political commentary sometimes) or even pure porn, to the most "idealized" aspects of any situation where verse writing would be considered legitimate.

Have a look here if you want. The comment is socio-political but camouflaged as a dirty ditty. If I write strait what I mean it would spoil all the creative fun imo, plus loose a lot of appeal.

http://rebetiko.sealabs.net/socrates2/viewtopic.php?f=357&t=186

 

Regarding the use of video or pictures, I find yours very personal and tender (thanks for sharing it), but I don’t have the technical means/knowledge to do something similar or to offer a valuable opinion. Sometimes I think that cartoons would work best for putting more emphasis in what one wants to say (at least for me), but that is another very specialized art which I don’t have time to learn. So, I thank heaven that verse (and its inherent rhythm and sonic qualities) can drive melody forward and make it appear in the brain.

All in all I liked quite well what you posted.

Thanks for sharing.

Hilarious! Musically, it reminds me a bit of something Monty Python might have done. The mention of a doppelgänger might be a little over the heads of a non-university audience, but the playful motif and the cutting lyrics works for me.

Satirical music used to be popular in North America, but went out of fashion as the air waves got dumbed down to the point of absurdity. The last bastion of this genre seems to be either the CBC, public radio, and university radio stations.



Socrates Arvanitakis said:

Hi Greg,

I find the music quite natural for a song and attractive.

Your lyrics I find funny and perhaps a little on the iconoclastic side, but with strong metaphor, imagery and contrast like putting side by side these two lines:

 

"Left the air so thick and blue as you departed,

How you overturned your chair as you departed,"

 

although the repetition of the same word "departed" does not work technically as a rhyme imo, unless the meaning is changed which in this case it probably is. :-)

Don’t take it as a strong criticism point though because here we are talking about ditties, and thinking about techniques can be a spoil sport.

 

I sometimes do as you do, ie thinking of verses and humming a tune at the same time. If I like the tune I keep it for more work, if I don’t I discarded it and leave the music for later.

And the spectrum of verse can contain everything from dirty ditties (with hidden political commentary sometimes) or even pure porn, to the most "idealized" aspects of any situation where verse writing would be considered legitimate.

Have a look here if you want. The comment is socio-political but camouflaged as a dirty ditty. If I write strait what I mean it would spoil all the creative fun imo, plus loose a lot of appeal.

http://rebetiko.sealabs.net/socrates2/viewtopic.php?f=357&t=186

 

Regarding the use of video or pictures, I find yours very personal and tender (thanks for sharing it), but I don’t have the technical means/knowledge to do something similar or to offer a valuable opinion. Sometimes I think that cartoons would work best for putting more emphasis in what one wants to say (at least for me), but that is another very specialized art which I don’t have time to learn. So, I thank heaven that verse (and its inherent rhythm and sonic qualities) can drive melody forward and make it appear in the brain.

All in all I liked quite well what you posted.

Thanks for sharing.

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