Thursday, 17 August 2017

Rainy Season in Costa Rica: Handel's "Alajuela Chorus"

Post #147
PARODY LYRICS 

ORIGINAL SONG: The Hallelujah Chorus from "Messiah", composed by George Frideric Handel, with scriptural text by Charles Jennens. The oratorio was first performed as a benefit concert in Dublin in 1742. Under the more cautious title "New Sacred Oratorio" it was performed in London a year later, but with only marginal critical acceptance. Its revival at the Covent Garden Theatre in 1749 under its now-familiar title initiated its iconic role as an inspiring religious work.
PARODY COMPOSED: Giorgio Coniglio, August 2017.

INFO-LINKS: This site shows the monthly rainfall pattern in Alajuela, Costa Rica, and other sites.
And here is a nice interactive map of the rainfall pattern across this country, which is a fascinating place to visit due to its variety of microclimates and preserved natural environments.
For most tourists, the airport of entry is located at Alajuela, a town in the central valley near Costa Rica's capital San Jose. Some tourists will use the second international airport at Liberia in the drier northwest corner of the country.  






















RAINY SEASON in COSTA RICA

to the tune (with some abbreviation) of "The Hallelujah Chorus" from Handel's "Messiah". 


Alajuela, Alajuela, Alajuela, Alajuela, in Costa Rica.
Alajuela, and Liberia; major airhubs; there are downpours,

 in Costa Rica.

For volcán Arenal, outlook: raineth.
La Fortuna, Monteverde, Puerto Viejo, Tortuguero.

For volcáIra, forecast: raineth
For volcán Poás, too, forecast: raineth
Alajuela!
At La Fortuna, Arenal: raineth
Alajuela, Alajuela!

Jacó, Dominical - surf towns  completely drenched 
Jacó, Dominical  -   and San José.
And San José.

And it shall rain from May to November.
And it shall rain from May to November.
And it shall rain from May to November.
So bring raingear, spare shoes and umbre-ellas.

Cartago, from May through November; Alajuela, Alajuela.
And Liberia, from May to November; Alajuela, Alajuela.
Cartago, from May through November; Alajuela, Alajuela.
And Liberia, from May to November; Alajuela, Alajuela.
Cartago, from May through November; Alajuela, Alajuela.

And Golfito; Cartago; Puerto Limón ;
And even rain at Manuel Antonio.
From Panama to Nicaragua;
La Fortuna, and Heredia, Cahuita, Alajuela - 
COSTA RICA!


























Friday, 21 July 2017

Yiddish Nostalgia: "Skittish Doll"

Post #146
PARODY LYRICS
ORIGINAL SONG: "Satin DollMusic written in 1953 by Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn, lyrics composed years later by Johnny Mercer. Recorded by Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., etc. The second verse of the original lyrics contain the words ... "Speaks Latin, my Satin Doll."
So, could it hurt if she spoke Yiddish?  
PARODY COMPOSED: Giorgio Coniglio, July 2017.

Couple dancing at their son's Bar Mitzvah party in 1958.



SKITTISH DOLL      

(to the tune of "Satin Doll") 






















Prospects for Bar Mitzvah celebrations during the 50s.





Update: Chord and Chorus Additions for "Latin Cat's Strut"

Post #146
PARODY LYRICS
ORIGINAL SONG: "Satin Doll". Music written in 1953 by Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn, lyrics composed years later by Johnny Mercer. Recorded by Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, etc. The second verse of the original lyrics contain the words ... "Speaks Latin, my satin doll."  
PARODY COMPOSED: Giorgio Coniglio, July 2017, based on a limerick-medley on the same theme (post #138).


TECHNICAL NOTES: The call 'switcherooney' at the end of the chorus has become an indispensable part of the lyrics of this song which appears to switch keys, but was written to end in the key of C.
For ease of singing, I have transposed it up a half-octave. The present version also shows the embellishment of the chords (9th to 7th) at the end of each verse, and has a few other chord enhancements.
And a whole new version of the chorus (Parody slide #5) has been added.  
























Thursday, 13 July 2017

A Swing-Era Hit: Latin Cat's Strut

Post #145
PARODY LYRICS
ORIGINAL SONG: "Satin Doll". Music written in 1953 by Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn, lyrics composed years later by Johnny Mercer. Recorded by Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, etc. The second verse of the original lyrics contain the words ... "Speaks Latin, my satin doll."  
PARODY COMPOSED: Giorgio Coniglio, July 2017.
WORDPLAY LINKS:  A 3-verse poetry collage in limerick form, originally published at OEDILF.com by Giorgio provided the thematic basis for this song. The individual verses will also be displayed at our sister-blog Giorgio's Weekly Wordplay in February 2018. Transposed to music, without change in lyrics, the limericks are found on the present blog at post #138,  "Using Latin and Greek".  

For other songs about Latin, see post #26 and post #91.  



LATIN CAT'S STRUT      

(to the tune of "Satin Doll"). 










































Friday, 30 June 2017

Wordplay Song for Canada Day: This Land Has Anagrams

Post #144
PARODY LYRICS
ORIGINAL SONG: "This Land Is My Land" 1956, The Travellers, with Canadian lyrics adapted from Woody Guthrie's 1940 American-based protest song.
PARODY COMPOSED: Giorgio Coniglio, June 2017.
WORDPLAY LINKS: The "imaginary Canadian place-names" derived from anagrams are found in 2 collections of Scramble-Town Maps on our sister-blog "Giorgio's Weekly Wordplay"  - "Real and Funky vs Imaginary Names" ... 
   for Atlantic Canada, post #56
   for Western Canada, post #58 
ACKNOWLEDGMENT: Steve McNie, at torontoUKES.com, for guidance in chordcharts. Check out the TU songbook for his charts on "This Land Is My Land" (Canadian version), and his cyclist's parody-song "This Lane is My Lane". 

KEYWORDS: wordplay, Canada, goldenoldy



Background Considerations


"The Rock" is a nickname for Newfoundland.



















A synthesis of these factors leads to this cartographic formulation, which can't help but invoke a parody-song ... 





The Original Song (Canadian version)












THIS LAND HAS ANAGRAMS      

(to the tune of "This Land Is My Land"). 

Alternate title:  "OUTLANDISH NERDPLAY"

Performing suggestion: Get some of the ensemble to call out the 2-letter abbreviations (distinguished by larger-sized font) for the town-names in each version of the "Chorus" .




































FOLLOW-UP NONSENSE

If you enjoyed the wordplay involved in these song lyrics, you can find further examples posted on our sister blog, "Giorgio's Weekly Wordplay", as exemplified here.