From last week, I had mentioned something about an a-cappella show at Washington University in St. Louis which was my first experience with that musical style. So, I figure that I might as well share a journal entry from a long time ago!
I guess that based on the long time between posts, there’s a third unplanned thing that I should talk about in this blog post! Ha!
Nope, it’s just that I got really busy with grading, prep work (for a class which turned out as a train wreck, but I digress), and job applications.
But now, let’s return to my three-part sequence. In Part 1, I had given the example of “singing any song to a certain tune” by using U Can’t Touch This as an example, from the comedy routine.
In Part 2, I had mentioned songs from the Jewish worship services that are flexible in the melody used. And at the end of the post, I had suggested that I would be writing about unwriting off.
Music is so much fun, and yesterday’s Monday’s Music Moves Me had the theme of “the blessing of family and friends.” Therefore, I wanted to list a few songs that either my family has sang together, or that have become part of family lore in one way or another.
The first two listed songs: One of them I mentioned a few weeks ago, and the other almost two-and-a-half years ago (the former is also on that list)! The former is one that our whole family likes to sing, particularly the part that was sang at the wedding. The latter is one that particularly causes Mom to crack up whenever Levi and I sing in unison like so:
NOAH: “And I will walk five hundred miles,”
LEVI: “And I will walk five hundred more,”
BOTH: “Just to BE the man who walked a thousand MILES to fall down at your door,”
Here are the actual songs…
Should Levi and I try to moonlight as a singing duo? Maybe not…
A couple other fun songs that have been dinner table songs: “One Night In Bangkok” and “Build Me Up Buttercup.” During the end of high school, at least once, I became the American tourist through Siam, and mentioned, “It’s Iceland, or the Phillipines, or Hastings… or, or THIS PLACE!” And then our favorite line at the very end: “So you better go back to your bars, your temples, your massage parlours…” in my worst New York accent.
The other one, “Build Me Up Buttercup” has been sang at Gramma Lea and Papa’s table, with my siblings, and cousins. There is a family video around somewhere with this, and it reminds me of the good times with that. Although it is not my favorite song, it definitely improves when our family does it a-cappella style, as usual!
One more: when our family is all together, we will count off using the call “Oogie Boogie!” This idea started, if I recall correctly, during my 16th-birthday weekend when we went to Kansas City. It was NOT based off the song, but due to the family mystique of the phrase, the song has entered my consciousness.
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Today is the three-hundred and fifteenth day of M.M.X.I.V. That makes forty-five weeks.
This post used to be a regular part of my blogging, but it has become fewer and farther between. But, I figured that today was a good choice for it, partially because I was somewhat stuck for a choice, and partially because music is fun! So, I now hit the shuffle button, and we’re off!
In some sense, this post is a sequel to my “A-Cappella” post from two Saturdays ago. This one will be very different, as there are some additional considerations. It was indeed inspired by a song: נחמו עמי (Comfort My People), to which a YouTube link follows for the ShireiNU rendition of the song: