Sunday 30 June 2024

JUN 30 (2024), the start of a hiatus

 

PLEASE NOTE THAT GIORGIO WILL BE TAKING A MUCH-NEEDED VACATION.

REGULAR NEW POSTINGS ON THIS BLOG (as well as our related blogs "Edifying Nonsense" and "Daily Illustrated Nonsense") WILL LIKELY RESUME AFTER LABOR DAY. 

PLEASE CHECK BACK, THEN FOR NEW MATERIAL (although the old stuff, as detailed in each post's righthand column  remains available for nostalgic review). 

HAVE A GOOD SUMMER !!!  

(Disappointed readers may be partly cheered by an exception; the submitted palindrome thread (on "Edifying Nonsense") has been honored by our contributors, and prepared new posts will be automatically displayed starting on the 25th of each month until the end of the current calendar year.)  

Saturday 29 June 2024

Uke-Song: CANADA DAY 2024, and 'The Travellers' Sing: "SOMETHING TO GROAN ABOUT"



PARODY LYRICS
ORIGINAL SONG: "Something To Sing About" by Oscar Brand, 1963. You can listen to the well-known version by The Travellers on YouTube here.
PARODY COMPOSED: Giorgio Coniglio, June 2018. 
To see the lyrics displayed more concisely without the chord-indications (and to return to "Daily Illustrated Nonsense"), click HERE.  



WORDPLAY LINK: For palindromes, anagrams, verse, and Scrambletown maps, see our wordplay blog, Edifying Nonsense here.


SOMETHING TO GROAN ABOUT

(to the tune of "Something To Sing About")     


I have asked Kim Jong Un, if he please would come visit soon,
Climate up here's 'bout the same as Pyongyang.
There'd be Raptors to watch, as he'd ratchet things up a notch,
And it's close to D.C. He replied, and he sang...

KIM's CHORUS#1: "Your mistake was to shelve war way back .. after 1812
(Conflicts North-South helped my clan get ahead).
An armed border zone keeps two entities on their own.
When Yanks ask 'DMZee?', you demand 'DMZed'." 

Great Leader, don't send missiles  to our Queen Charlotte Isles,
Misty mystical place natives call 'Haida Gwai'.
We hope you and Don work things out, no need to rant and shout.
Diplomacy's tough, but please give it a try.

 KIM'S CHORUS#2: "From the wheat on your Prairies to the cheese from your dairies,
Metal tariffs in place on U.S. border fence.
You should follow our music score, as played in Singapore.
Hide heavy weapons, cozy up to Trump-Pence."

Kim, don't plant any nuke on, our territory called the Yukon.
The soil there's quite poor --  permafrost, rocks and scree.
It's too cold to grow a cuke on; you'll need to keep your tuque on
When you visit with Dennis. Bring extra kimchee.

KIM's CHORUS#1 (reprise): "Your mistake was to shelve .. war way back after 1812,
(Conflicts North-South helped my clan get ahead.)
An armed border zone keeps two entities on their own.
When Yanks ask for 'DMZee', just demand 'DMZed'."  




HOTLINKS TO OTHER CANADIAN-THEMED SONG-POSTINGS
..AND A FEW LIMERICK-BASED SONGS
Shania Twain's "Verse": An anthem for limericists. 
Canada Day 2015 (singable limericks)


UKULELE-FRIENDLY FORMAT (and guitar, too!)
(Click on any chord-chart slide to move to 'song-presentation mode'; then navigate through thumbnails at bottom of page.)


Specifics for C-tuned ukulele:
A = 2100;  D = 2220;  F#m = 2120;  E7 = 1202; E = 4447;  B7 = 2322 















 WORDPLAY LINK: 
For wordplay (palindromes, anagrams, eggcorns, creative cartography, etc.) and silly poetry (polished limericks), see our sister blog "EDIFYING NONSENSEhere



ORIGINAL SONG-LYRICS

















Wednesday 29 May 2024

Nordic Uke-Song: "ÍSLAND (ICELAND) IN THE SUN"


PARODY-LYRICS
ORIGINAL SONG "Island In the Sun", Harry Belafonte 1957. The original song has been covered in versions in German and Swedish, but not as far as I can tell in Icelandic. 
PARODY COMPOSED: Giorgio Coniglio, December 2015.
 To see the lyrics displayed more concisely without the chord-indications (and to return to "Daily Illustrated Nonsense"), click HERE.



This song developed during a family trip to Iceland in June 2015. Our few days there were packed with wonderful sightseeing excursions. The weather was as good as it gets in Iceland (only minimal rain, not interfering with our travels). The highlight of the trip was the recently opened IceCave adventure; after a palpitating ride by giant truck over a huge ice-field, we walked into a system of tunnels in the glacier itself, led by an excellent informative guide.
The Icelandic language, a venerable tongue which has apparently changed little since the first settlers came to the island in the 9th century, seems challenging to learn. Fortunately for us, the friendly locals we encountered, at least in Reykjavik, all spoke English quite well.

Ísland = Iceland , pronounced eess-lant
ðan daginn = good morning, hello, pronounced goh-than die-in.
Eyjafjallajökull (j's pronounced as y)  = Island-Mountain-icecap, the subglacial volcano whose brief eruption caused the Icelandic ash problem in 2010; the volcano has now been considered dormant for 5 years.
    

KEYWORDS: multicultural, goldenoldy 






ÍSLAND (Iceland) IN THE SUN

(to the tune of Belafonte's "Island in The Sun")

This year we flew with Icelandair
Europe-bound and stopped halfway there.
We left TO, our kids from DC,
A meet-up trip for our family. 

Oh, Ísland, land of sun
Nights stay bright for the month of June;
Four full days, awesome sights to praise
Geysers, glaciers, volcanoes
IceCave, Langjökull
And Blue Lagoon.

A neat idea, break our trip
Meet at hotel-suite in Reykjavik.
Restos coped with vegg-necessity
And one kid GF lactose-free.

Didn’t know, but they’re eco-smart
Geo-thermal at system’s heart
Hot water piped everywhere you see
Heat all home and greenhouse for free.

Oh, Ísland, northern light
Eyjafjallajökull
eruption March 2010
Four full days touring awesome sights
Hotel choose, or your sleep you’ll lose
Weekends downtown bars
Never close at night.

Recent attraction, not to skip
Monster truck, glacier Ice-Cave trip
Bundle up, walk though colored ice
View crevasse, bottom-up is nice. 

Oh, Ísland, isle of fun
Nights stay bright for the month of June
Four full days, awesome sights to praise
Glacier overlying
 dormant volcano, 2013
Close with steamy bathing
At Blue Lagoon.

I'll greet old friends - ðan daginn”, soon
When we go back some year in June
Next time stay longer, get my fill - 
Climb, and say, “Eyjafjallajökull”.

Oh, Ísland, isle of sun
Nights stay bright for the month of June;
More full days, awesome sights to praise
Geysers, glaciers, volcanoes
And Blue Lagoon.


tourist-party atop the glacier
 'night'-time hike down volcano
 to a steamy bathing spot








Performing Notes

[D] This year we flew with Ice[G]landAir
[A7] Europe-bound and stopped [D] halfway there.
[Bm] We left TO, our [Em] kids from DC,
[D] Meet-up trip for our [A7] fami[D]ly. 

[D] Oh, Ísland *, isle of sun
[A7] Nights stay bright for the [D] month of June;
[Bm] Four full days, awesome [G] sights to praise
Geysers, [A7] glaciers, volcanoes
And [D] Blue Lagoon.

* pronounce as  'eess-lant'


Thursday 9 May 2024

Uke-Song: "DO-RE-MI (French 'Jeux-De-Mots') ENCORE"

Another SATIRICAL Uke-Song, inspired by the earlier postings of October 2023 ("Ewe-Yew-You") and April 2024 ("Jeux-de-Mots"):
To view the lyrics of "Do-Re-Mi, Encore" without the chord indications, and to return to the intriguing threads of "Daily Edifying Nonsense", click HERE.   


 PARODY-LYRICS LINK: To return to the corresponding post on "Daily Illustrated Nonsense" (and to see the lyrics without the chord-chart indications) click HERE




 

Monday 29 April 2024

Uke-Song: leisure news -- "THREE BEARS IN OUR HOT-TUB", as sung by Frank Sinatra




PARODY-LYRICS

ORIGINAL SONG: "Three Coins in The Fountain", 1954, as performed by Frank Sinatra. The song was written by Jule Styne (melody) and Sammy Cahn (lyrics) for the romantic film "Three Coins in the Fountain". The film has a plot involving Rome's famous Trevi Fountain, with a man named Giorgio as one of the principal characters. The song received an Academy Award in 1955 for Best Original Song. Hear Sinatra croon the tune HERE.

PARODY COMPOSED: Giorgio Coniglio, 2017. To see the lyrics displayed more concisely without the chord-indications (and to return to "Daily Illustrated Nonsense"), click HERE.


INSPIRATION: A newsfeed story related that a California man found his outdoor jacuzzi invaded by a bear who had climbed over his fence; the animal drank a cocktail at tub-side, then left the property and fell asleep in a nearby tree. Similar tales are not uncommon in the Pacific Northwest. The current story of ursine home-invasion romance is considerably more elaborate than any single news report found online. And what could be better than to have Sinatra sing about it?




THREE BEARS IN OUR HOT-TUB

(to the tune of "Three Coins in the Fountain")



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

Dm7 = 2213;  G7s4 = 0213;  E+(aug) = 1003;  Am7 = 0000 or 0030; Fm6 = 1213






 

 






ORIGINAL SONG-LYRICS 
(click on any of the charts to enlarge and enter thumbnail mode)






















Friday 19 April 2024

Uke-Song: "THE UNIQUENESS OF NUCLEAR", thanks again to Tom Lehrer

ORIGINAL SONG:  "The Elements", Tom Lehrer, 1959.
 
PARODY COMPOSED: Giorgio Coniglio, October 2013. This parody-song represents a follow-up to an earlier Lehrer-inspired patter-song (April 2013), reposted here in February of this year. Click HERE to review "NO ELEMENTS".

PARODY-LYRICS LINK: The lyrics for this song constituted one of Giorgio's  earliest submissions to the online parody-lyrics website at AmIRight.com. And, should you prefer, they are also more readily available as displayed (without the chord-indications) on our blogsite "Daily Illustrated Nonsense"; click HERE.

PARODY SONG-LINK: Please note that T.L.'s genius has provided inspiration for a handful of other parody patter-songs; these are summarized at the bottom of this post. 



THE UNIQUENESS of "NUCLEAR"


(to the tune of "The Elements")


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


Lehrer had adapted the melody from "The Major General's Song" from Gilbert and Sullivan's "Pirates of Penzance". There are 3 somewhat different melodies/chord-sequences used in alteration through the GandS song, and in Lehrer's derived take-off.

My suggestion for the first 3 verses of the patter-list portion of this parody are shown here, but adapt them as you like! Incidentally, the Eb7 chord may look formidable to some - just use the barred version of D7 one fret higher, than slide back for the D7 that follows!























You crave more patter-songs in the style of Tom Lehrer???
T.L. inspired a significant platterful of songs related to our interest in grammatically paired words, including binomials and reduplications. And, you should have your foot in the door, having mastered the complexities of singing and playing our above offering "The Uniqueness of Nuclear" So, enjoy trying these as well !!!     
1a. "Alliterative Binomials, part#1"
3.  "A Lesson about Reduplications" (not a patter-song)
5.  "No Elements", 3rd declension Latin nouns
6.  "The Uniqueness of Nuclear", Latin adjectival listing, scheduled for April 2024.




HOTLINKS TO OTHER MEDICAL-THEMED SONG-POSTINGS
Adenoma
Avitaminoses 
As We Nuke It
Flaking Out is What They Do
Mel and His Hernia
Mergerwocky
Off-Patent Drug#19
Prostate Cancer
Reflux Romp
R-I-C-E
The Uniqueness of Nuclear (see below)
The Valgus and the Carbuncle
Under My Own Steam part#1
Under My Own Steam part#2
Where Has Neurosyphylis Gone?



Tuesday 9 April 2024

Uke-Song: "JEUX-DE-MOTS", from the musical (French version) "The Sound of Homonyms"


Another SATIRICAL Uke-Song, inspired by the earlier posting of December 9, 2023


 PARODY-LYRICS LINK: To return to the corresponding post on "Daily Illustrated Nonsense" (and to see the lyrics without the chord-chart indications) click HERE