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  1. Lazz

    What makes this song great?

    My own attitude towards everything mass media is similarly jaundiced. Which is probably why I overlooked and ignored this post for so long. (Gotta stop doing that.) Thanks for sharing, Murphster. "and the Mick shall inherit the earth"
  2. Lazz

    Music First

    Repostage: YAY!!!!!! Had to convert the little sucker into a jpeg. Lucky you mentioned we don't ban pictures. Yada yada You do the funky toe and whatever way we go The funky funky toe gets found down round the high low They do the funky toe and ev'rybody you know Are people getting to show their funky toe Put down your foot and tell your baby “No, no!” “Just those in the know can funky toe” Go lose your blues, just move, kick off your shoes And do the funky toe - we wriggle ‘em to and fro The funky funky toe (the whole world, that’s what I heard) Was started long ago: a family memento Now ev’rybody can do the funky toe.
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    Music First

    I don't understand what I am doing wrong, Al. Your help will be appreciated. It would be nice if we could insert charts as we ban pictures.
  4. Lazz

    Music First

    My new co-writer threw me an extant tune - a funky latin-rock number. The title comes from a weirdly cute genetic trait shared by his family. The Funky Toe.pdf If I had been presented with the eventual lyric-solution free of any music context, however, I'm sure I would have simply soaked it in petrol and set light to it - but it works quite happily as a mindless meaningless ditty with the philosophical depth of "Do the Mashed Potato" or "Louie Louie". You do the funky toe and whatever way we go The funky funky toe gets found down round the high low They do the funky toe and ev'rybody you know Are people getting to show their funky toe Put down your foot and tell your baby “No, no!” “Just those in the know can funky toe” Go lose your blues, just move, kick off your shoes And do the funky toe - we wriggle ‘em to and fro The funky funky toe (the whole world, that’s what I heard) Was started long ago: a family memento Now ev’rybody can do the funky toe. I always have fun with the challenges of writing music-first from a lead-sheet. Won't win any prizes - but it's a great laugh wrestling with the puzzle.
  5. Lazz

    dag gone

    I enjoyed it also - and I am an old fart! So old, in fact, that the title "dag gone" made me click immediately because I thought it would be about Dag Hammarskjöld, secretary-general of the U.N. until his plane crashed mysteriously en route to negotiate a cease-fire with Congolese rebels. Suggestions are that because of his active support for Congolese independence he was assassinated by a cabal involving the CIA, MI6, a Belgian Mining Company, and a South African paramilitary unit. It remains a compelling mystery from 1961 - the year Dag was most definitively gone. A minefield of useless information.
  6. Lazz

    Collaboration Challenge: Emotional Impact

    Ah, the weight of nuance. Only mothers can do that. Impressive.
  7. Lazz

    I'm losing you

    I identify this quality as a good thing - the engagement of the listener in wondering and figuring out is a positive. The language suggested to me immediately that the subject was a junkie. That was my guess. Needs no back-story. Needs more work.
  8. Lazz

    Favorite Things

    Jacques Tati was a genius. Max Wall was a genius. Benny Hill was clever. Classifying our dear Julie as a caryatid of virtue is like denying Doris Day's expertise at fellatio. Telamon I like - if only because no-one seems certain of the exact number of his progeny. She is the widow of Bill Crump. (No wonder he changed his name to Blake Edwards.) But she is now in her mid-eighties and likely with expectations fit to exclude younger but failed jazz singers. Oscar Hammerstein (who wrote the My Favourite Things lyric) was a genius. Mary Martin was the woman who first made the song famous. But showed no interest in posing for Playboy. (Wrinkles)
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    Favorite Things

    Thanks for help, Kuya. But I still don't really get it. Only because it makes no sense. Julie Andrews was - and probably still is - quite beautiful, as well as being a very good singer and actress. And, because it had been her big break-out image-defining international success, she chafed at the chasteness of her Mary Poppins image, felt somewhat trapped by it - which is why she challenged the perception by articulating a wish to pose nude and shatter that mis-perception for good and all. I was impressed by her principled daring and liked her because of it. Previously, I too had been one of the dismissive sneerers - vocally contemptuous of both Mary Poppins and the Sound of Music - despite having not seen either production. Many years later, lying in a cheap hotel in Times Square, the latter film popped-up on the TV - and I discovered that it was an absolutely brilliant piece of work. And a lesson for me to stop pre-judging shit with no evidence or experience of it. Most significantly, perhaps, she is actually more than a decade older than me, and was already performing on stage in the UK by the time I was born, so the pædophile implication at the heart of JM's little joke is very wide of its target, and the attempted connection between my virginal unblemished self and the stereotype depicted by Jethro Tull falls totally flat. Certainly no reason for anyone to go rolling around on the floor laughing their ass off, surely. Benny Hill ? You must be jesting.
  10. Lazz

    Favorite Things

    I am completely out of the loop here. Could anyone possibly stoop to an explanation, please?
  11. Lazz

    Favorite Things

    And I would LOVE to have seen her as a gorgeous centrefold
  12. Lazz

    Favorite Things

    It was long the wish of post-Poppins Julie Andrews to be a Playboy centrefold - complete with brolly, but sans much else.
  13. Lazz

    Underwater

    what on earth does this mean and why is it important ?
  14. Looks to me they might be useful, depending on where you're at. I suspect their membership and works hover around the country-folk market. They do offer services and info. They are - quite naturally - Toronto-based. They have at least 20 regional groups - over half of them in Ontario. Clearly an Eastern bias, so usefulness for meeting others will depend on where you live. But I notice their statement that "The S.A.C. is not currently accepting applications for new Regional Writers Groups in Canada". Why would they say something like that? I fear it indicates a decline in trade, a dissipation of interest, a slackening and tiredness in their mission. Maybe.
  15. Lazz

    Prophet (Demo)

    Forgive my points of disagreement please. My intentions are good. It is a point of constant frustration that English contains something in excess of 800.000 words - and yet everyday mother-tongue users exercise a working vocabulary of only around 2,000. Nonetheless, in the English-speaking world of planet Lazz, at least. the image and intention of "bread and circuses" still retains currency. Your clausal context for it may definitely be a bit clunky, but you are perfectly correct, it IS a conventional phrase. And we all understand what "flatulent" means where I live, too. Plus - I see little trouble with ambiguity per se - especially in song - it can indeed be a great asset - vide e.g. Bob Dylan. There is no rule which demands that a lyric be "conversational" - that's merely a convention or stylistic guide-line derived from the aesthetic of country music traditions. A much superior guide-line, in my opinion, is to maintain the style identity and coherence of whatever "voice" you choose to express yourself with. I call these vague style-identities "language-modes" - and see them vaguely like differing musical keys. Or like an art-director using a specific palette to create the context of a narrative. Set and setting. The language-mode of a cowboy, for instance, might be unlikely to accommodate a word like "flatulent". But this doesn't seem much like a country song, to me. The problems I see with this piece of writing*** are merely a measure of familiarity, it seems. For a Russian-speaking novice lyricist, what you have done is fucking brilliant and can only get better and better the further you kick it along the road. (And please note the vernacular, conversational language-mode I just deployed.) My advice would be to read more, in English - literature and poetry - the more you consume, the more with which you become familiar, the more you will begin to internalise a "feel" for how artists and master crafts-people do their work with language. You will improve naturally, by inches: next year, looking back, you will begin to notice greater facility and greater success. Working in a foreign language is hard. I recall once writing one third of a song-lyric in French. In this endeavour I recruited the support and guidance of a poet friend from Lyons - a man who enjoyed great appreciative delight in argot (French vernacular slang) - which was the most absolutely appropriate for what I was attempting (un truc très bon). Yet even after the work had been completed to his critical satisfaction, I still found myself in receipt of comment and opinion from grammar-nazis, and even joual-nazis, - perhaps significantly, they were ALL exclusively English-mother-tongue with French-as-a-foreign-language folk - and all taking their sincere exception to my choices with a genuine desire to help. It's not easy. But the great thing is one can only get better. Here's a trick exercise for you: 1. Select three poems in English which, to your ear, are exercises in a comparable language mode. (Maybe even by same author, or on the same subject, if it makes it easier.) 2. Those three choices give you the only words allowed for the exercise. (Changes of tense are fine, as are necessary mutations from adjective to adverb, stuff like that) 3. Write! Using ONLY that vocabulary. You will find - I hope - that you can experience the operation of a new and unexpected coherent "voice". 4. Do it some more. But find other voices - other language modes - other sources. a) three random paragraphs from an academic text book b) three random paragraphs from a legal opinion c) three random paragraphs from a children's story If you are then required, for example, to write the song of a builder - you'll have an idea where to search for materials and tools. Good luck, moy droog ----------------------------------------------------------------------- *** "write" is a verb. not a noun - the "proper" "formal" noun derives from the verb's present participle - "writing". SpanishBuddha's easy fluency in common vernacular useage enables him to play fast and loose with such distinctions, just like regular normal native speakers - at the moment, 'til you get as comfortable with formal syntax as a Joseph Conrad, I would venture to suggest the conscious avoidance of poor habits indiscriminately borrowed from everyday English 2,000 word users. I view it as important and beneficial, for instance, to be able to differentiate adverbs from adjectives, to comprehend the function of the personal pronoun, etcetera, in spite of the care-free example set by US media. Just like songwriting - the more we know formal structure and convention, the better we are able to reconstruct that fabric and turn it to our own ends. Bread and circus fit for purpose.
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