Wednesday 29 November 2023

Dante's Inferno, Canto#6: "DANTE, GO and SEE" (Crayfish Étouffée)

"The Circle of the Gluttons"
W. Blake


ORIGINAL POEM:  Canto#6 of "Inferno" by Dante Alighieri, the first book in the triad, "The Divine Comedy", written in the early 14th century.
ORIGINAL SONG: "Baby, Please Don't Go", Big Joe Williams 1935, popularized by Muddy Waters, used here primarily for music and meter.

PARODY COMPOSED: Giorgio Coniglio, November 2015. To return to the corresponding post on "Daily Illustrated Nonsense" (and to see the lyrics without the chord-chart indications) click HERE

In the Third Circle, Dante sees the fate of gluttons like his friend from Florence named ‘Ciacco’ (the equivalent of ‘Piggy’). No fire used for torture here; the climate sounds like Toronto in March. The poor souls confined here in the freezing mud are tormented by a demonic three-headed dog, Cerberus. I took some liberties with Ciacco’s tale; in the original, he discusses the complex politics of 14th century Florence. The details I provided re Ciacco's gluttonous exploits are imagined. Eschatology is the part of theology concerned with final judgment and the destiny of the soul.  Étouffée is a delicious Louisiana dish of seafood, usually crayfish, in a Cajun roux sauce.

"Cerberus", W. Blake
New Orleans style crayfish etouffée


(to the tune of "Baby Please Don't Go")sh Étouffée)  - see below.

(Click on any chord-chart slide to advance to 'presentation/singalong' mode.)

Sunday 19 November 2023

Uke-Song for Thanksgiving: "TURKEY LEFTOVERS" -- a pair-ody sung by Nat King Cole and Tradition Al


ORIGINAL SONG#1: "The Christmas Song" (Chestnuts...), written by Wells and Tormé  in 1944, and recorded by the Nat King Cole Trio 1946.
ORIGINAL SONG#2: "Good King Wenceslas", John Mason Neale 1853, but often now mistakenly referred to as 'traditional'. Neale's piece, (based on accounts of the Bohemian Wenceslas legend, and a 13th century 'spring- carol tune) was highly criticized in the 1920s as "ponderous moral doggerel"; see the interesting description in the Wikipedia essay on this topic.

PARODY COMPOSED: Giorgio Coniglio, January, 2015, currently updated with new illustrations, and improved fonts. To return to the current post on "Daily Illustrated Nonsense" (and to see the lyrics without the chord-chart indications) click HERE


(to the tune of The Christmas Song - "Chestnuts Roasting")


UKULELE-FRIENDLY FORMAT (and guitar, too!)

There are some difficult jazz chords here, but they sound beautiful, and are worth the effort!

Specifics for ukulele (C-tuning):
Bm7 = 2222;  C#m7 = 4444;  E7 = 1202;  Em7 = 0202;  C#7+5 =2112; F#m = 2120;  Dm6 = 2212;  D#m7 = 3324;  C#M7 = 1113;  CM7 = 0002;
A9= 0102;  DM7 = 2224;  D6 = 2222;  Dm7 = 2213;  C6 = 0000;  Fdim7 = 1212; G#7 = 1323;  Cdim7 = 2323;  AM7 = 1100;  F#7(terminal harmonic) = 6677.

ORIGINAL SONG-LYRICS (double-click to enlarge any slide,
then follow the thumbnails at bottom of the field)

and to see more, proceed to the blog-post for the related parody "The Cynic's Song" (Global Warming Can Be Set Aside)

and to see more, proceed to the post for the related parody "Kooky Presidential Views". 

Thursday 9 November 2023

A Medical Pair-ody: "ADENOMA"

PAIR-ODY-LYRICS, subbed into two songs (pair-ody is a neologism for a parody using a pair of original songs) .

ORIGINAL SONG#1: "Mona Lisa" , Nat King Cole, 1950.
ORIGINAL SONG#2. "Buona Sera", Louis Prima, 1956.

PARODY COMPOSED: Giorgio Coniglio, December, 2014.
To see Giorgio's parody-lyrics displayed more concisely without the chord-indications (and to return to "Daily Illustrated Nonsense"), click HERE.

EXPLANATORY NOTE: Rudolf Virchow, 1821-1902, is regarded as "the father of modern pathology".


(to the tune of "Mona Lisa")

(Click on any chord-chart slide to move to 'song-presentation mode'; then navigate through thumbnails at bottom of page.)

CM7 = 0002; A7+5 =0110; Fm = 1013; F#dim7 = 2323; C#dim7 = 0101; Dm6 = 2212 or 4555

final harmonic: C6 = 12,12,12,12