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Tuesday’s Tunes: Bwahahaha!

Tuesday's Tunes: Bwahahaha!

      A disclaimer. Some of the songs posted will have naughty language. Some will be terrible in your opinion. Some will be terrible in my opinion. Watch the linked video(s) at your own risk.
      That said, if you have ever wondered what sort of songs are punctuating scenes in my head, come back every Tuesday to find out.

      Okay, so Tuesday’s Tunes is a little late today. Memorial Day being a holiday sort of skewed my week and I totally forgot to finish this draft and schedule it. Oops!
      Thanks for forgiving me. You do, right? RIGHT?!
      *ahem*
      I’ve talked a lot about music that sets a scene or punctuates some action or helps me get out of reality and into THE ZONE. I’ve mentioned songs that reflect certain characters or just fill me with joy or get hits on my blog (Meghan Tonjes, I’m talking about you again). What I haven’t talked about is my proclivity for funny/parody/dirty/comedy songs.
      Yes, I adore Weird Al (and have since I was young, and will until the day I die AND he might have been the catalyst for my preference for funny, curly-haired boys), and I will probably dedicate a whole entry to him one day, but today I’m concentrating on a handful of hilarious musicians and songs that tickle my funny bone, get stuck in my head, and force me write bizarre flash fiction about banana-eating aliens and the cast of “The Guild” in LoTRO-land.
      *ahem* …again.
      Before we get to a few of the catchiest, funniest, raunchiest videos I’ve ever seen (and subjected poor Jack to), let me just make a plea to you… If you are easily offended, if the “F” word makes your ears bleed, if blond girls rapping about cocks hurts your soul, or reference to sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll are not your thing… Please, for the love of God, do not listen to the songs below. They are filthy and wonderful, but definitely not G-rated.
      That said, the songs below are just a tiny sampling of those I enjoy. They are the ones that randomly get stuck in my head and cause me to go bopping around the grocery store singing “Bounce that Dick” or “I’m on a boat, m*therf*cker, don’t you e’rr forget” or “Whether you’re English, French, Japanese, or German. Whether you’re at home or at a movie with Pee Wee Herman. We all take matters into our own hands. With the five finger army we invade our pants”.
      The first video is by a YouTube Superstar called Jenna Marbles. Her vlogs are hilarious, but not usually musical. Still, the song I’ve embedded below is called “Bounce That Dick” and its so totally her and a fantastic foray into the area of parody/comedy music. Listen to it, relish the many different euphemisms for male genitalia, and then check out the rest of her videos.
      The second video is “Alone in the Universe” by Jon Lajoie. He’s a comedian from Canada, but don’t let that blind you to his awesomeness. “Everyday Normal Guy” is witty and most of us can probably identify with some of the lyrics. The subsequent “Everyday Normal Guy 2” and “Everyday Normal Crew” (and then WTF Collective, which seem directly related to me) capture a lot of the initial comedy, but definitely insert more offensive stuff as well. I chose “Alone in the Universe” because I admire the dozen different phrases for masturbation (both dudes and chicks), and because of the video. “Pop Song” is another great one to find if you find him funny at all – its from his album and the video skewers the late-90s boy band trend as beautifully as the song does the music industry.
      And last but not least, The Lonely Island. I wanted to go with something less popular than the ubiquitous (and spectacular) “I’m on a Boat” or “Dick in a Box”, but I chose “I’m on a Boat” because of its earworminess. Which is to say, once I hear it, more than any other song on this list, I find myself singing the lyrics for hours afterwards. Usually without even knowing it. And that is as close to THE ZONE as comedy music gets me, for while I’m mindlessly humming “I’m on a boat and, it’s goin fast and, I got a nautical themed pashmina afghan. I’m the king of the world, on a boat like Leo, If you’re on the shore, then you’re sho’ not me-oh”, I’m also writing or editing like a fiend.
      Now if you like The Lonely Island (SNL alums, for those who didn’t know), definitely check out “Jizz in a Box”, “Throw it on the Ground”, “I Just Had Sex (ft. Akon)” and “3-Way/the Golden Rule (ft. Justin Timberlake & Lady Gaga)”. John Waters and Nikki Minaj feature in “The Creep” which is pretty funny, and “Boombox” features Julian Casablancas, who I don’t know, but who blows glittery like nobody’s business.
      So.
      What do you think of comedy songs? Do they inspire you to better dialogue? I like to think that they do me – wittier turns of phrase and ironic juxtapositioning – but it could just be that I love to laugh.

      Which I do.

      Are there any comedy songs/artists you’d recommend for me to check out?

Love & Rainbows,
P.P.

Tuesday’s Tunes: Ambient Sounds

      A disclaimer. Some of the songs posted will have naughty language. Some will be terrible in your opinion. Some will be terrible in my opinion. Watch the linked video(s) at your own risk.
      That said, if you have ever wondered what sort of songs are punctuating scenes in my head, come back every Tuesday to find out.

      So, in a fit of “holy-crap-what-can-I-blog-about-regularly-for-like-months-on-end” I decided to try a second ‘weekly’ guaranteed post. Thus, the series of “Tuesday’s Tunes” was born. And I prepared several posts ahead of time, talking about the goaty-but-amazing Beth Hart, and the hauntingly beautiful stylings of Meghan Tonjes. There are two others in the pipeline, but they’re not complete yet (oops! Admitting to blogger-secret #3, pre-prepped blog posts is potential cause for expulsion from the l33t blogger groups).
      This leaves me in a bit of a conundrum today because I have nothing prepared and I have been editing in silence lately (because I have been doing it while working my day job). I do not like silence (mostly). In my world, there is always some background noise: other people talking on the phone at work, with their fingers clacking keyboards; soft music, loud music; a television program on low volume so I don’t feel quite so alone… Working from home, which has been both a blessing and a curse that I will post about another day, means I do have the freedom to turn on some music if I want (so long as I can mute it fast enough when a call comes in) or listen to a TV show on Netflix or Hulu. But I am not just trying to survive my work day here, I’m trying to EDIT.
      That mystical, magical word. Did you hear the angelic chorus when you read it?
      No?
      Damn.
      Well anyway – I am finding it hard enough to switch gears fast enough from being mid-sentence tweak in my Scrivener file (and I am going to be writing about Scrivener shortly, too) to twist my chair to the work and take that call. I say ‘um’ a lot more than I ought these days. Because my writer’s mind is still coiled around Incandescence and it does not want to try to remember fixes for stupid, broken-ass programs that should really just be taken out into a field and busted apart with a baseball bat. Damn, it feels good to be a gangsta.

      Adding another step of stopping the music or television or other ambient noise before picking up that bloody phone would only be more detrimental to my performance so I’ve chosen to avoid it lately.
      Which means I don’t have much in the way of a soundtrack at the moment.
      And my music taste, while amazing and eclectic, is also dusty as hell. There are many reasons/excuses for this, but it boils down to being a) too lazy to go out in search of new music when I have music I like already and b) spending money on music is fairly low on my list of priorities (which is not to say I condone pirating music or anything – just that, if I have 20 bucks to spend, there’s a whole list of things that come first…books, movies, video games, gaming stuff…).

      And then, par for the freakin’ course, I was interrupted by four hours of non-stop crappy people calling and lost my train of thought on this post entirely.
      Hmm.
      Anyway – because I’ve been trying to edit (and work), I’ve been listening to ambient noise. The natural sounds of an apartment building. Luckily, its a quiet one. I hear lots of wind, lawn mowers, rain, birds, people talking quietly outside, appliances inside, my keyboard clicking, my computer humming, the sounds of my own thoughts… Its lovely and romantic except – its not. Its hard to get lost (even momentarily) in the world and the words, when there is no music.
      I need music like I need air.
      So yes, there will be more Tuesday’s Tunes posts in the future. Probably loaded with YouTube links and whatnot. But today – as in my apartment – we have only the sound of silence.

Love & Rainbows,
P.P.

Tuesday’s Tunes: Meghan Tonjes

      A disclaimer. Some of the songs posted will have naughty language. Some will be terrible in your opinion. Some will be terrible in my opinion. Watch the linked video(s) at your own risk.
      That said, if you have ever wondered what sort of songs are punctuating scenes in my head, come back every Tuesday to find out.

      This week’s TT post features a songstress who is beautiful inside and out. She’s a YouTube sensation famous for covers of pop songs, but also a talented song-writer and musician. I fell in love with Meghan’s haunting voice the first time I saw video #2 below. Subsequently, I clicked through her catalog and subscribed to her future posts and eventually bought her releases…I’m a big fan of her original stuff.
      “This Year” was one of the first of her original songs I heard and it resonated with me in a dozen different ways. 2011 may have been HER “This Year” but 2012 is mine and this song has sort of become one of my anthems for the year of the Tangerine Tango.
      Check out the rest of her videos – you won’t be sorry.

~P.P.