Thursday, 24 May 2018

A Kayaker's Sea-Shanty: MY BLUE SIT-ON

POST #177
ORIGINAL SONG"My Blue Heaven", W. Donaldson (music), G.A.Whiting (lyrics), 1928. Performed originally by Gene Austin, covered by almost 100 other bands and soloists, from Marlene Dietrich to Norah Jones.
PARODY COMPOSED: Giorgio Coniglio, May 2015, post updated May 2018.

KEYWORDS: classicsong, environment, Carolinas


(to the tune of "My Blue Heaven")

When scupper-holes bail
No fear to capsize!
I’m stable in my new sit-on.

She’s plump but petite,
Just measures nine feet
I’ve christened her My Blue Heaven.

I'’ll need a saddle-seat, a paddle, some repellent (-bug)
A type III vest to keep each vessel-rider snug.

Self-draining kayak,
Swift lift to roof-rack
Where I strap on My Blue Heaven.

A dolly to haul,
Don’t bring alcohol (chmmh!)
Boat-ramp to launch My Blue Heaven.

Could have a fishin’-pole, small ice-chest on a tidal ‘crick’
And she won’t swamp in wake or surf – that’s quite a trick.
Shem Creek, SC
sit-on kayak

Where scupper-holes drain
Skip’s feeling no pain
Secure in his new blue sit-on.

I’ve got my cellphone in a baggy, I’m not gab-repressed
So while I’m damp and floating, I’ll 'yak-yack or text.

When my darling calls
That evening is nigh
I’ll be docking My Blue Heaven.

A neat gift for me
Just turned seventy.
I’m happy with My Blue Heaven,

Just so happy in My Blue Heaven

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Friday, 18 May 2018

Nessun Dorma: JAMES TAYLOR sings about Puccini's opera "TURANDOT"

POST #176
PASTICHE with PARODY-LYRICS, inspired by the author attending a James Taylor concert at the North Charleston Coliseum, May 15, 2018.
ORIGINAL SONG#1(music)"Mexico", James Taylor 1975.
ORIGINAL SONG#2(lyrics): "Nessun Dorma", aria from the 3rd act of "Turandot" composed by Giacomo Puccini, first performed after his death in 1926. Translation of the libretto can be found on the Wikipedia link.
PARODY COMPOSED: Giorgio Coniglio, September 2015, updated 2018.
WORDPLAY LINK: On a different topic, you might enjoy the current blogpost on "EDIFYING NONSENSE", titled "Fun with Impeachment".   

KEYWORDS: goldenoldy, classicsong, opera,  language, palindromes

Singing along with the famous arias brings the crowd out to the opera. You don’t have to know much Italian to understand the libretto here however; ‘ciao’, pronounced like ‘chow’, means ‘so long’. As the mythical princess-character was reinvented by a French author, her name is usually pronounced French-style with the final ‘t’ silent.   


(to the tune of "Mexico")

Way up here, opera season’s in gear
Tickets craved for ‘Nessun Dorma’ this year
To download – credit-card and name – Baby James.

Wow, “Turandot”!
Sounds so moving, I must see that show,
Or “TuranDOTT” – some folks thought Giacomo*
Said that before he said ‘ciao’.

French and German version of a Persian tale
‘Bout a Princess of China who detested all males.
Empathize with hero who’s beheaded if fails.

Wow, TuranDOTT!
Rang the gong, and her three riddles I got.
Kept my head but the next risk is the same,
I’ll die if she finds out my name.

'Nessun dorma' means that no one should sleep,
Not even the Princess who’s a sadistic creep.
Secret hid within me; if divulged, price is steep.

Wow! Turandot!
Might lose my life when the glaring sun shows
Or get a wife; I could still win this game,
If nobody finds out my name.

Vanish, o night! set stars, give me hope.
The folks back home must think I’m smoking some dope.
She’ll get a long kiss, end the silence, name on her lips.

Wow! The princess Turandot - 
Must be quite a beauty, but I don’t really know.
And oh-oh-oh-oh! Turandot
To close I’ll sing, ‘VincerĂ²’.  ** (riff on last line of aria)

Wow! “Turandot”!
A Puccini opera that I don’t really know
Oh, “Turandot
I guess I’ll have to go now.

Talking ‘bout “Turandot”    
Big ol’ op’ra-house playin’ “Turandot”...  fade

Giacomo Puccini, composer, died in 1924 before he had quite completed the opera “Turandot”. The aria “Nessun Dorma” in the third act is the best-known piece of music in this work.
** VincerĂ² (Italian) I will win; repeated x 3 as last words of the famous aria.

SONGLINK:  Click here to view a parody based on Another James Taylor favorite


F* = 5558; C* = 9787; these *chords are used for colour in the brief moment where the theme from the aria asserts itself. (I wish I could sing like Pavarotti!)

Related Palindromes

A reposition? No, it is opera.

Renoted ami made tenor.

Lost sopranos; sonar post, Sol.

Air an aria.


Friday, 13 April 2018

Glen Campbell Croons About the Current Political Debacle: "ROSENSTEIN"

POST #175:
Galveston - Glen Campbell.jpgSatire with Substituted Lyrics 
ORIGINAL SONG:  "Galveston", by Jimmy Webb, popularized by Glen Campbell, 1969.
Enjoy Campbell's great guitar solo here on Youtube. 
SATIRE COMPOSED: Giorgio Coniglio, April 2018.
SONGLINK: Readers interested in this topic might also enjoy post #173 "Brennan's Tweet", and post #158 "First Year on the Range".

WORDPLAY LINK: For those interested in wordplay, and not so much in satirical song, check out the latest post on our sister blog "Edifying Nonsense".


(to the tune of "Galveston"

Rosenstein, Rod Rosenstein
We're amazed your probe's still thriving,
With Trump's Fox News minions striving
(Mueller undermine), to trash you, Rosenstein.

Rosenstein, Rod Rosenstein,
You're in charge, with Jeff recusing,
You're the target for abusing,
Search warrant signed, by you, Rod Rosenstein.

Documents were seized from Cohen, the fixer.
Stormy's hush-funds source we're keen to see,
Do his tapes show complicity,
Or reveal "No collusion"'s a lie?

Rosenstein, Rod Rosenstein,
Trump has ranted 'bout your firing,
With stooges Steve and Devin trying,
To impeach. But please, like Ryan, don't resign,
Rod Rosenstein, Rod Rosenstein.    


Rod Rosenstein, Deputy Attorney General, January 2017 to present.
Donald Trump, President.
Robert Mueller, Special Counsel, appointed by Rosenstein, May 2017, to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 election.
James Comey, FBI Director, 2013-2017. His firing by Trump instigated Mueller's appointment as investigator. His book "A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies and Leadership" is due for release May 1, 2018.
Jeff Sessions, U.S. Attorney General, appointed by Trump in 2016
Michael Cohen, Trump's personal lawyer and fixer, implicated in the payment of hush funds to Daniels and others.
Paul Ryan, House Republican leader and Speaker, 2015-present, who announced his resignation, putatively for family reasons, at the time of the initial furore over the search of Cohen's home and offices. 

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Monday, 26 March 2018

A Tribute to Parodist AL SILVER: "I GET A KICK OUT OF ME"

Also known to this blog as Al+Ag+
Photo kindly provided by Vernon Silver
POST #174
Tribute and Reminiscence: AL SILVER, parodist

ORIGINAL SONG"I Get A Kick Out of You1934, music and lyrics by Cole Porter, performed by Ethel Merman in the Broadway musical "Anything Goes"and many others. 
PARODY-LYRICS COMPOSED: By guest artist  Al Silver, January 2013, copied here with permission granted posthumously by Al's family.
 Al has been a frequent contributor to the AmIRight song-parody website.

It was with dismay that I learned that good friend Al  had passed away in November 2017 due to cancer.
 Al and I became good e-friends while we were both contributors to AmIRight, a website that provides a vehicle for satirists to post parody-lyrics online. Al was a maven of words, turn-of-phrase, irony and satire, as established right at the start with his ingenious submissions. With his extensive knowledge of Broadway show music, he was a master at taking familiar old tunes and imbuing them with a new, and sometimes biting twist. The targets of his attack were prototype villains including hypocrites, racists, science-deniers and duplicitous politicians. Although his pieces were sometimes spurred by dismaying news of our everyday life, they were flawless in their lexical execution and timeless in their relevance. On the site, his cunning skill in linking language to music, and his insights into the historical and current value of satire made his contributions iconic examples of parody, an art for which he displayed a deep devotion. As a part of this dedication, he spent a lot of time reading submissions by other contributors, and commenting assiduously on how the site could be improved through honoring the standards set by our predecessors. Al was, for example, a great admirer of Cole Porter, the Gershwins and Irving Berlin.   
  As a result of our email communications, Al had agreed to let me repost some of his parody lyrics songs on my blogsite. BTW, in our email communications, Al became known to me by the nickname Al+Ag+, so I still think of him that way. 

You can view Al's delightful lyrics shared at posts on this blogsite at:

post #25 Feb 2014  "Somewhere Dwelt the Designer"

post #100 Oct 2015  "Let's Do IT"

post #102 Oct 2015, "Zombies"

post #110 Nov 2015, "Whole Foods"

You can find a list by dates of songs by Al+Ag+ contributed to AmIRight, and links to all his lyrics by clicking here:


(kindly provided by Al's son):

Al, a lifetime New Yorker, was born in Brooklyn and a graduate of Stuyvesant High School and City College. An electrical engineer by profession, he found his true calling as a mostly unpublished writer and humorist, first in children's stories (when raising two kids largely on his own), then cartoons (the crucifixion was a recurring theme) and then song parodies (built around 20th century standards). He died in November 2017 a month after learning he had cancer. His children and grandchildren marked his passing with a singing of his "I Get a Kick Out of Me." ( link to AmIRight version Al was 83.


(to the tune of Cole Porter's "I Get A Kick out of You" - original lyrics shown in italics)

My story is such a joy to describe,
For I’m not the kind to live with a boisterous tribe.
The greatest of pleasures I’m known to embrace
Comes when I’m gaily on my own,
Near the mirror behind my throne,
That’s reflecting to me alone
My fabulous face.

My story is much too sad to be told
But practically everything leaves me totally cold
The only exception I know is the case
When I'm out on a quiet spree
Fighting vainly the old ennui
And I suddenly turn and see
Your fabulous face.

I get no kick from romance.
Yielding to love is one thing I’m above,
So tell me why shouldn’t it be
That I get a kick out of me?

I get no kick from champagne

Mere alcohol doesn't thrill me at all
So tell me why should it be true --
That I get a kick out of you.

Some folks give gambling a chance.

If I could grace ev’ry hand with an ace
I’d still keep my abrasive esprit;
‘Cause I get a kick out of me.

Some get a kick from cocaine
I'm sure that if I took even one sniff
That would bore me terrifically too,
Yet I get a kick out of you.

I get a kick when it’s clear that I

Am my devoted ally.
I get a kick when to me I sigh,
“I’m obviously such a good guy.”

I get a kick every time I see you standing there before me

I get a kick though its clear to me you obviously don't
Adore me.

I get no prick from Love’s lance.
Don’t miss the kisses

Of Mrs. Narcissus; if this is what bliss is, I flee.
Yes, I get a kick out of me.

I get no kick in a plane
Flying too high
With some guy in the sky is my idea of nothing to do.
Yet I get a kick out of you.

Wednesday, 21 March 2018

The Beatles Sing "BRENNAN'S TWEET"

POST #173:
Satire with Substituted Lyrics 
ORIGINAL SONG:  "Let It Be", The Beatles, 1970.
SATIRE COMPOSED: Giorgio Coniglio, March 2018.

WORDPLAY LINK: For those interested in wordplay, and not so much in satirical song, check out the latest post on  our sister blog "Edifying Nonsense".

BACKGROUND INFO: At the height of the concern that President Trump might be tempted to stop the Russia-election-interference investigation by firing Special Counsel Robert Mueller, a tweet by John Brennan on Saturday, March 17, described in very definite terms the former CIA director's view of the current President.


(to the tune of "Let It Be"; the Wikipedia article, as given above shows the details of the tweet. )

When we face a federal crisis 
Former CIA boss' words entreat:
Online words of wisdom, Brennan's tweet.
When FBI's scapegoated
And Executive stance won't retreat,
Posted words of wisdom, Brennan's tweet.

Brennan's tweet, Brennan's tweet,
Brennan's tweet, Brennan's tweet,
Broadcast Twitter wisdom, Brennan's tweet.

And "When we know the full extent
Of your corrupt venality",
That's the introduction: Brennan's tweet.
And with the light that probes
Invoke "disgrace" and "demagoguery".
That's the middle section - Brennan's tweet.

Repeat Chorus:

And he concludes Trump's "rightful place" is
"The dustbin of history"
(Soon we hope - tomorrow): Brennan's tweet.
To wake up from this nightmare,
Special Counsel's probe could set us free.
Echo words of wisdom: Brennan's tweet.

Brennan's tweet, Brennan's tweet,
Brennan's tweet, Brennan's tweet,
Pass torch to Robert Mueller: Brennan's tweet.

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