Random Record Pick: The Best of Doo Wop Uptempo #vinyl #doowop #rnb #soul #instavinyl #vinylgram #vinyligclub #vinylcollection #vinyljunkie #nowspinning #recordcollection

Random Record Pick: The Best of Doo Wop Uptempo #vinyl #doowop #rnb #soul #instavinyl #vinylgram #vinyligclub #vinylcollection #vinyljunkie #nowspinning #recordcollection
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Get Up & Shout (Version 2)

I’ve gone and rewritten another of my old songs. This time Get Up & Shout form all the way back in 2012. After you’ve had a chance to listen to the new tune, go ahead and click on over to revisit the original.

Pretty big difference, huh?

It’s that Carter Family again

Just like the tune from a couple week’s ago, Trump is Working on a Building, for the updated version of Get Up & Shout I used an old Carter Family melody. This time I went for an old favorite of mine The Cannonball (or Cannonball Blues).

Didn’t really have any reason for using it other than I thought it would be easy for the words from my original tune to be squashed into that melody. Of course that didn’t work out as smoothly as I figured it would.

Made me get up and shout

Lyric work for Get Up & Shout (Version 2)For whatever reason I really got bogged down in what the new version of the song was about. What the meaning behind it would become. With these rewrites I really try not to do that because then as I force old words I’ve rewritten, that were about something completely different (usually that I’ve forgotten), into some kind of new meaning the song gets harder and harder to write. And I get frustrated. So this version had many multiples of rewrites. But I think I finally got it where I want it this morning.

From revival to protest

It’s now a little bit Cannonball Blues and a little bit Woody Guthrie’s Baltimore to Washington and a little bit protest song against Donald Trump. Now, he’s not specifically named, but I think I threw in some key words and phrases that alert you to the Orange One’s presence. So the tune went from being a tent-revival-church-happening-type song in the original recording to something that’s a little more contemporary in subject.

Not sure Get Up & Shout is completely done. Might even need a new title now too. Something like the Donaldbald Blues or the Orange Express Blues or the Trump Hump. But at some point you just have to shrug your shoulders and move on to the next thing. Not sure if this version is an improvement or not on the original, but it’s at least some kind of movement on the original and that’s really all I was going for.

Oily Limp Picks: The Talkin’ Headline Blues #180

The Talkin’ Headline Blues is a weekly series of recordings using unedited headlines from CNN.com written as a song. This week’s topic: Oily Limp Picks.

Oily Limp Picks: The Talkin' Headline Blues #180
An old oily limp picks up a medal that he didn’t earn and claims it as his own.

Unarmed poignant outrage.
Conservatives at shark duel.
Blast upset sexist American Olympics.
Virginity means never dead.

Do you have Olympic Fever?! Boy howdy, everyone in my house sure does. My kids like to root for:

  • Whoever is in the lead of a race.
  • Whoever is about to or has just won.
  • Whoever has the outfit that has the colors that they like the best or is most sparkly.
  • Whoever is giving it their best attempt.

Basically they root for everyone. EVEN THE RUSSIANS. Who taught them like that? Don’t they know they’re only supposed to root for AMERICA and only as long as the Americans win a gold medal. Anything but gold is a FAIL.

Anyway, read some headlines is you need to lower your blood pressure form all those second, third and fourth place finishes. Here they are for this week:

Songwriting, home recording, and vinyl records from Chicago folk singer Andrew Francis.