… but I digress

Just another WordPress.com site

January 4, 2016

Filed under: Found Objects,Uncategorized,Videos — jerzygirl45 @ 2:32 pm
Tags: , , , ,
 

BABY GOT BOOKS June 24, 2015

Filed under: reblog — jerzygirl45 @ 2:10 pm
Tags: , , , , , , ,

  
  

BOOKS

  
  

(Via 9Gag)

  
  

 

Never go on a Saturday!!!! April 28, 2015

Filed under: Uncategorized — jerzygirl45 @ 10:41 am
Tags: , , , , , , ,

 

 

 

 

 

 

50 Shades Parody February 7, 2015

 

Cover Battle – “Shake it Off” November 21, 2014

 

Oh dear Lord –

 

I LIKE A TAYLOR SWIFT SONG.

 

 

Yeah, let that shite sink in, why don’t you.

 

Shake it Off” is one of those perfect little pop songs that will just not leave you alone. It’s got a really catchy hook, and it actually says something. Swift is basically taking all the crap that people say about her (“I go on too many dates; But I can’t make them stay; At least that’s what people say“) and basically saying “whatev”: that no matter what you do people are gonna say what they want to say (“haters gonna hate hate hate hate“) and I’m just gonna do me. That is such an excellent message for young girls, who are her chief fan base, and for people in general. I like that.

 

And I recently saw her on The Graham Norton Show, with John Cleese and cricketer Kevin Pietersen. She was intelligent, well-spoken and very engaging. She was funny, and she held her own – with John Cleese, for goodness sakes!?! And … and … she named her cat Olivia Benson, after the Law & Order: SVU character played by Mariska Hargitay! How cool is that? She’s probably like a really good best friend. Also a bit of an annoying best friend ‘cuz she’s so sweet and so charming, and so good at stuff and ugh, my god. Okay Taylor – I almost kinda like you. Sort of. Gosh darn it!

 

Kelly Clarkson put a gospel-tinged, bluesy-soul spin on the opening lines of the song. It’s unexpected, but it works. I would have liked to hear her do the whole thing that way, but I’m not sure it would have fit. After that first chorus she brings it back to the original pop sound. There’s a quick section, around the 4:00 mark where she and her backup singer trades licks and really throw down. Over all, it’s a nice fun cover.

 

All About That Bass” singer Megan Trainor sounds very light and sweet in her live radio performance. It’s just her and an accompanist playing guitars in the studio.

 

At first look I wasn’t sure about this parody video, by Youtube user Lisbug: the lyrics sung were so snotty and rude, but then I realized what was going on. She perfectly illustrates the message of the song by using some of the negative comments that she herself has received in the past, but then ‘shakes it off’ with the positive encouraging comments she’s also gotten. It’s a shame that people can’t just dislike something and move on; they have no problem saying ugly disgusting things. I would love it if we could all just be a little more human to each other.

 

Another parody video, from MyLifeSuckers, is pretty cute. It’s basically about mommy guilt from not being perfect and getting everything done. Her vocal skills aren’t all that stellar, but that’s not really the point. Everybody’s having fun, so it’s all good.

 

The last parody video I have (’cause there are quite a few out there) is from morning show Live with Kelly and Michael, featuring Michael Strahan and Kelly Ripa. It’s not even a parody, really; it’s pretty much a faithful recreation of Taylor’s official video. Same lyrics, setups and moves. That doesn’t make it any less enjoyable, though.

 

The cut I found from Alex Boye & Changing Lanes is listed as an “African Hipster Version”. It rocks, it swings, and it’s seriously fabulous. It’s even more up-tempo than Taylor’s version. I love this so much.

 

The loveliest and classiest cover is an instrumental violin version from the stylish ladies of Chargaux. They definitely elevate the composition to something more, yet they still keep it relatable and modern.


 

   

   

 

Cover Battle – “Chim Chim Cheree” August 22, 2014

 

Chim Chim Cheree” is a highlight of the Disney film Mary Poppins. It’s mostly sung by Dick Van Dyke, as a chimney sweep (Cockney accent? Not a success.) and the two little children accompanying him. Towards the end Julie Andrews joins in with Dick. (I didn’t mean that to sound dirty, but now that it does I’m gonna roll with it.)

 

In the song there’s a line “When there’s hardly no day , Nor hardly no night, there’s things half in shadow, And half way in light” that sounds, if not quite ominous, then at least a bit haunted or potentially disturbing. The version by Turin Brakes changes the tune from a light cheerful ditty to something darker and more serious. In this video version, we’re confronted with the face of homelessness. We look in the eyes of people we try to avoid and ignore and see that they’re human; just like us. The juxtaposition of the images with this happy, magical song from childhood is striking and takes you aback. I actually enjoyed this reworking. I think it’s quite wonderfully done. Please note: all proceeds from the sale of this song go to shelters in Amarillo, Texas and in the UK.

 

Next I have a version from the movie, Saving Mr. Banks, about the efforts it took to get Mary Poppins to the screen. It’s a lovely little piano piece, with a recitation from Colin Farrell , who plays the father of P.L. Travers, the creator of Mary Poppins.

 

Allan Sherman did a very funny parody lampooning the myriad number of products sold on tv.

 

Duke Ellington does an excellent take on this, adding horns, drum and big orchestration, without overpowering the piece. It’s very jazzy and truly elegant. The music ends around the 2:48 mark, but for some reason the vid continues on for over a minute more. This is the only one I found with just this song on it. There’s another YouTube hit for Ellington’s version but it has 4 other songs as well, and goes on for 15 minutes. So take your pick.

 

The Manheim Steamroller version is strictly instrumental. It starts out very creepy, then adds a sense of whimsy. It sounds like something that you’d hear on the soundtrack for a Tim Burton film. In that context it might be kind of cool, but just listening to it on the fly, it’s a little weird and a bit macabre.

 

In the hands of Esperanza Spalding this song is it’s virtually unrecognizable, though not in a bad way. It’s mostly instrumental with a little vocalization thrown in here and there. It sounds completely magical and she transforms it into high art.

 

Not too sure what to make of the last one here. It’s just a snippet, and it’s performed by comedian David Alan Grier, in the movie Amazon Women on the Moon. There’s even a B.B. King cameo. David’s part ends around the 3:55 mark. I’m not sure what’s going on with this movie but I think I might have to check it out.

 

   

   

 

Cover Battle – “Down With the Sickness” August 8, 2014

 

 

I’m keeping this one short and sweet, ‘cuz I’m tired. 😉

 

I am by no means what you’d call a “metal head” but I do like a good head banger, and “Down With The Sickness” by Disturbed definitely qualifies.

 

I don’t even recall how I came upon the song. It could have been while looking for other cover battle stuff or through a twitter or Facebook link, but anyway, I love this song. I was even thinking that the opening riffs would be a cool/creepy/wtf? ringtone for a cell phone. (I’m weird like that). The guitar riffs are so sharp they almost sound like drums. I’ve never heard anything like that; I love it. You should check out some of Disturbed’s other efforts.

 

The only other version out there is done by the comedy entertainer known as Richard Cheese (dick cheese, get it? Gross and nasty, sure but the throwback feel is sorta cheesy too, so I can see the humor. I’m twisted like that) The style is just so far afield from the original it makes me chuckle. It’s a big band, swing type of sound and makes the song seem like one of the old American standards. He gives it a full orchestra treatment and some very smooth, Michael Buble type vocals. He’s totally into it. It’s hysterical. And well done.

   

   

         

 

Meme Alert July 26, 2014

Filed under: Found Objects,Videos — jerzygirl45 @ 7:39 pm
Tags: , , , , ,

   

BARNEY

   

   

 

Thank you, Mr. Yankovic July 15, 2014

Filed under: Found Objects,Videos — jerzygirl45 @ 5:22 pm
Tags: , , , , , , ,

   

   

 

Cover Battle Addendum July 11, 2014

Filed under: cover battles,Found Objects,Music — jerzygirl45 @ 7:51 pm
Tags: , , , , , ,

 

 

… and speaking of Bob Dylan songs, I even have this little addendum video.

 

   

   

 

 
%d bloggers like this: