The Parody Collection
If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, what can we say about parodies?
It’s hard to generalize. To write new lyrics for a particular piece of music is not always to say that you like the original words, or even the music itself. Sometimes you like the original; sometimes the original is like the irritant introduced into an oyster that eventually yields a pearl. But I suppose writing a parody is at the very least a testament to the music’s popularity or staying power, even if the original lyrics are annoying or unintelligible. Not only is there the assumption that enough other people would recognize the original to make it worth the trouble, but it had to be popular enough to make it to the attention of the parody writer in the first place.
The parodies in this section are my own creations (and therefore intellectual property subject to US copyright laws), some of them dating back (yikes!) nearly twenty years. To the best of my knowledge, only one of them has been recorded (successfully, anyway); if you’re interested in recording, please contact me and we can work something out. I have arranged them in three general “albums” based on their subject matter.
…or that is to say, they WILL be arranged. It may take me a while to transfer them all over. Check back now and then….
- In the late 90s and early 00’s, Ireland’s economy was developing into a center of high technology. How do you reconcile that with its long musical tradition?
- Sometimes, getting there isn’t half the fun.
- More job-related stuff, but for a broader set of careers than what I’ve actually had.
- Parodies that can only be classified as “unclassifiable”…or is that an oxymoron?