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We here at Quick Stop Entertainment are true lovers of music, in all its forms. We’re also quite keen on the spirit of competition, and of spurring creativity through said competition.

To that end, we launched a brand new form of creative combat here at the Stop.

In this age of manufactured and painfully earnest talent contests, we’ve decided to instead shine a light on the quirky, quixotic underworld of musicians that don’t get nearly the attention they deserve.

Ah, but I did mention that there was a competition involved…

We invited 28 challengers to pick up the thrown-down gauntlet (You know, some spares as well). 26 Responded in time.

Like a songwriting version of Iron Chef, these 26 competitors are presented with a very specific songwriting challenge. They’ll be given one week to complete their songs - however they see fit, within the parameters set forth - after which time the entries will be uploaded to Quick Stop to be voted on by you, the readers.

In past editions of Song Fu, we’ve used these votes to eliminate Challengers as we’ve progressed from Challenge to Challenge. For this cycle, however, we’ve decided that all of the Challengers will be able to compete in every Challenge, and the Challenger with the most cumulative votes after the 3 Challenges will be the one that takes on the Master in the Final Round. So what was the first Challenge?

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ROUND 1 CHALLENGE

In light of all the doom and gloom of recent months, as financial markets crashed and winter closed in, we’re going to kick things off with a rather straightforward challenge. You can interpret this challenge however you’d like - how you do so will give people a sense of just what your songwriting personality and style is…

Your first challenge is to WRITE A HAPPY SONG.

That’s it. The only other directive is that your song must run no shorter than 1 minute 45 seconds.

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Right now, let’s check out the Round 1 songs from each of our Masters and Challengers (streaming links for all the songs can be found after the bio section). At the bottom of the page, you’ll then be able to place your votes.

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MASTERS OF SONG FU

For this edition of Song Fu, we’re bringing in 2 (well, 3, if you’re being technical) very special Masters who you’ll be going up against. Think of them as the iron chefs of Song Fu, and your ultimate challengers, as you’ll square off against one of them mano-a-mano in the Final Round:

NEIL INNES

songfu-innes.jpgIf you’re a bit puzzled but there’s a little twinge of recognition niggling at your subconscious right now, it’s probably because you already know who Neil Innes is without even realizing it.

It was during the Jurassic period (the late 60s) that Neil was a member of the legendary Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band. Madcap purveyors of esoteric music (Who else would revive music hall standards in the age of rock? They did it, and it worked!), their biggest hit was the deceptively poignant “I’m the Urban Spaceman.”

While firmly ensconced within the Bonzos, Neil first became acquainted (and vice-versa) with Eric Idle, Michael Palin, Terry Gilliam, and Terry Jones while working on DO NOT ADJUST YOUR SET, a children’s show whose viewers tended to skew a bit older than the intended audience. Eric, Mike, and the two Terrys went on to form MONTY PYTHON with Graham Chapman and John Cleese. The Pythons called on Neil’s musical skills numerous times over the years, particularly when producing their best-selling albums. When John Cleese decided to move on to greener pastures prior to PYTHON’s fourth series, Neil stepped into the void as a contributing writer and performer.

Not able to escape the Pythons so easily, Neil was also tapped for MONTY PYTHON & THE HOLY GRAIL, contributing music and a memorable performance as the annoyingly truthful minstrel of Eric Idle’s cowardly Sir Robin. Still not willing to let him get away just yet, Neil was brought in again for their follow-up film, THE LIFE OF BRIAN (wherein he outruns certain death during the colosseum debate scene).

Even while working with the Pythons, Neil continued his solo career, releasing numerous albums on his own as well as with the groups The Grimms and The World. His BBC program, INNES BOOK OF RECORDS, ran for 3 series and featured 90 original tunes. From torch song and ballad to rock and parody, the show featured an exceedingly wide range of styles.

It was during the latter-half of the 70s, however, that Neil produced his most enduring work. While collaborating with Eric Idle on the post-Python TV series RUTLAND WEEKEND TELEVISION, the two devised a brief HARD DAY’S NIGHT parody with Idle portraying a boring filmmaker (so boring the camera ran from him) and Innes providing the Beatles-esque “I Must Be in Love.” During his next hosting gig on SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE, Idle unleashed the short film on the American public. That led to SNL’s Lorne Michaels producing a mockumentary of the mock-band, named The Rutles, for NBC. ALL YOU NEED IS CASH aired on March 22, 1978, starring Eric and Neil as one half of the “Pre-Fab Four” and featuring songs by Innes. In 1996, Innes reunited with Rutles bandmates John Halsey and Ricki Fataar to release THE RUTLES: ARCHEOLOGY, which sported 16 brand new tracks “discovered in the vaults,” a la THE BEATLES ANTHOLOGY.

He recently released a new solo album, WORKS IN PROGRESS, and a brand new reunion album with the Bonzos, POUR L’AMOUR DES CHIENS. Neil continues to write and perform, and is in the process of recording his next solo album.

Official Website: www.innesbookofrecords.com
Twitter: twitter.com/NeilInnes
ROUND 1 SONG:Imitation Song (Ron Nasty’s Last Song)

PAUL & STORM

songfu-02.jpgPaul and Storm are a comedy music duo, and they have been performing as a duo since 2004. Before that, they were one half of a cappella band Da Vinci’s Notebook for about 12 years. A Paul and Storm show is part music concert and part standup/improv comedy–just enough of both to fit neatly in neither category. They like to engage the audience, and are known to award snack cakes and/or other prizes for good (and sometimes bad) behavior. Their show would be PERFECT as a cable special, and would make lots of money for whichever brave channel decides to air them first.

Official Website: www.paulandstorm.com
Twitter: twitter.com/paulandstorm
ROUND 1 SONG:Hippie with a Djembe

GARFUNKEL & OATES

songfu-garfuneloates.jpgRiki “Garfunkel” Lindhome and Kate “Oates” Micucci make up this band, which is a mixture of acoustic folk, comedy and pure sugar. Riki has been seen in The Changeling, My Best Friend’s Girl, Pushing Daisies, Gilmore Girls and Million Dollar Baby. You can catch Kate in Scrubs, When in Rome, Four Kings, How I Met Your Mother, or in her one-woman show “Playing with Micucci” at the Steve Allen Theater.

Official Website: www.garfunkelandoates.com
Twitter: twitter.com/KateMicucci
ROUND 1 SONG:The Happy Song

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In a moment, you’ll discover the details of the first challenge. First, though, here is the list of challengers:

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THE CHALLENGERS

JEFF MacDOUGALL

songfu-jeffmcdougall.jpgJeff’s stint of reigning challenger in MoSF#1 (yet ultimately losing to Master Jonathan Coulton) has won him critical acclaim from around the world. Or is it criticism from around his house? Either way, he’s back for more and hoping to balance bringing the Fu with taking out the trash.

Official Website: www.jeffmacdougall.com
Twitter: twitter.com/jeffmacdougall
ROUND 1 SONG:The Bop Bop Song

EDRIC HALEEN

songfu-edrichaleen.jpgEdric has been writing music (off and on) for the past fifteen years. He wrote and directed a musical, The Pushcart War, based on Jean Merrill’s wonderful novel. He has written and/or arranged a number of songs for various friends - some commissioned, some as surprises. He loves acting in community theatre, and is inspired by the music of Stephen Sondheim, Jason Robert Brown, Adam Guettel, Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty - and yes, Jonathan Coulton, who in addition to writing wonderful songs, also served as a portal to finding out about the Song Fu competition.

Official Website: www.youtube.com/watch?v=2arBC7f-6FY
ROUND 1 SONG:(Happiness)

“BUCKETHAT” BOBBY MATHESON

songfu-buckethatbobby.jpgI’m “BucketHat” Bobby Matheson. I used to make cartoons for the internet, and sometimes still do, but mostly focus on my music right now. Lately, I’ve been getting more into recording other singer/songwriters in my little, make-shift studio than I have been recording myself. I want Masters Of Song Fu to change that. I don’t really know what genre my music would fall under. Influences range from Klezmer to folk, to punk and back, which ends up sounding more like Zydeco than anything else (who’d have guessed?). I’ve been thinking of dropping the “BucketHat” from my stagename, but fear change.

Official Website: www.buckethatbobby.randomsociety.com
Twitter: twitter.com/BucketHatBobby
ROUND 1 SONG:You Gotta Smile

INSANE IAN

songfu-ianbonds.jpgInsane Ian is a comedian and writer from Baltimore, Maryland who specializes in all things nerdy, both in parody and original compositions. From Sci-fi TV shows and films, to video games, to comic books - no nerdy topic escapes his sardonic (and satiric) wit. Among his peers - such as Sudden Death, the great Luke Ski, Jonathan Coulton and, of course, “Weird Al” Yankovic - he is the only artist to have written this bio, and remains at the top of that list. Currently, his song “Guitar Hero” (from his upcoming album n3rds0ngs) was the 11th most requested song on the Dr. Demento radio show in 2008. Usually for a song, I.I. surrounds himself with talented people to make himself look better…and now is no exception, as friend and producer  .hmmessage P { margin:0px; padding:0px } body.hmmessage { font-size: 10pt; font-family:Verdana } Benjamin Stahl helps on instrumental duties.

Official Website: www.insaneian.com
ROUND 1 SONG:Happy

JOE “COVENANT” LAMB

My name is Joe Lamb, I’ve been known online as JoeCovenant, or JoeCov, Or just Cov for the last decade or so. I’m 45 and have been performing for 40 of those years. Up until 2005 I was solely a professional actor/singer, but I am now also a Civil Servant and work for Her Majesty. I’ve been playing guitar since I was 10, but still think Bar Chords are things played in pubs. (I can’t do ‘em!) I’m not too bad on the Bhodran and can pick out a tune on a keyboard when pushed… really hard. I’ve always been frustrated that my ideas outdistance my abilities, so my output is always rather simplistic… But I like to think that, occasionally, synergy does its job well! This contest will be my first use of my new recording equipment… hope it doesn’t throw my limitations to the fore!

Official Website: www.mikeoldfield.net/shadowland.html
ROUND 1 SONG:What Makes You Feel Happy

MICK BORDET

songfu-mickbordet.jpgMick Bordet steadfastly insists on bouncing between and across genres at every opportunity like a hummingbird with ADD, using an eclectic collection of instruments for his sonic palette, from guitar and ukulele to theremin, yobstick and electric harmonium. Mick is a founder member of “The Lunacy Board”, Scotland’s premier progressive avant-garde skiffle duo, and cites influences as diverse as Edgard Varèse, Ivor Cutler, Conlon Nancarrow, and Roy Harper, to name but four. The duo have recently released three debut albums, including one written, recorded, and mixed within a single day. Mick’s latest project is a year-long weekly podcast set in an alternative universe as it diverges from our reality.

Official Website: mickbordet.blogspot.com
ROUND 1 SONG:Happy People

RUSTY’S ROCKING JAMBOREE

“Rusty’s Rocking Jamboree” is a one-man, music and comedy show for family audiences, starring Russ Rogers.  While in college, twenty-some years ago, Russ Rogers was in a band called, “Buc Blaster and His Ukulele Rangers.”  There are several noteworthy alumni of “The Ukulele Rangers,” including Song Fu Master Michael J. Nelson.  Later, Rogers and Andy LaCasse (also a Ukulele Ranger)  partnered to form the almost near famous, children’s music and comedy duo, “Kit and Kaboodle.”  After ten years and three albums (still available on iTunes and CDBaby.com), “Kit and Kaboodle” broke up over musical differences.  LaCasse was musical … an d Rogers was just different.  Now, “Rusty’s Rocking Jamboree” has been entertaining family audiences around Minnesota for the past five years.

Official Website: www.rockingjamboree.com
Twitter: twitter.com/RockingJamboree
ROUND 1 SONG:Happy Walking Song

THE MASKED STRANGER

The Masked Stranger (a.k.a Neal John Mac Rae), is a self proclaimed noise/folk artist from Nova Scotia, Canada. Although his work has gone completely unnoticed on an official level, he has still managed to garner several fans from Australia and amoungst his close friends. The Masked Stranger project started in 2004 when Neal John recorded “The River Song”, a simple panflute tune he furiously augmented and destroyed on his computer. Since then he has created roughly 30 other distinctly more destroyed and demented tracks under the moniker of The Masked Stranger. His music has been described as “a total disregard for musical theory”, “aaaaaaaah!”, “raw and grating”, “annoying”, “Twisting is a word I want to use to describe it… Very natural and earthly”, and “disturbing and yet… strangely enjoyable”. His most well liked and most consistant piece “Rue The Red” was described by Cape Breton goregrind artist Devin Meaney as “a posessed man jigging out on the strings of his creator. Like a puppet, devouring the flesh of god. And this is exactly what it reminds me of, no joke.”. This awkward and soil laiden musician’s journeys into the abrassive and the tribal only threaten to continue.

Official Website: www.myspace.com/themaskedstranger777
ROUND 1 SONG:My Personal Eccentric Happiness

HEATHER HENDERSON

Heather Henderson has been entertaining America since she was seven years old. She got her start as a mini dancing superstar and co-host on Dance Party USA. Her career then made the natural progression towards Sesame Street and most recently a principal role in the Disney film Annapolis. Striving constantly to develop as an artist, The Big H sings with the bad-ass 60’s retro soul group SOULAMITE!, performs with the Revival Burlesque troupe in philadelphia, makes short films, writes funny songs, and is always looking for the next good audition. She hopes to have her own totally crappy and misquoted Wikipedia entry one day.

Official Website: www.HHenderson.com
Twitter: twitter.com/HeatherHenderso
ROUND 1 SONG:Happy Song

BRYCE JENSEN

Bryce Jensen has been writing songs off and on for well over twenty years, but he has rarely shared any of them beyond his friends and family.  His styles range from a capella to heavy metal with a lot of wimpy finger picking stuff in between.  Bryce took part in the recent Holiday Special edition of the Song Fu and found the constraints and deadline to be quite a rush.  He also learned that sharing his work with the world can be very rewarding.  Back for this competition because he is hooked and needs another fix, Bryce is looking forward to whatever crazy challenges lie ahead.

Official Website: www.brycejensen.com
Twitter: twitter.com/psychobman
ROUND 1 SONG:As Happy As Me

JEFF FARDINK

Jeff began playing guitar in 2003. He wrote his first comedy song in early 2004, and later that year, he wrote a song that was actually funny and in key, unlike his earlier works.  He began playing shows after accidentally opening for a local band while passing through a bar. He continues to play because nobody has told him to stop.

Official Website: www.JeffFardink.com
ROUND 1 SONG:Let The Happiness In

TIMOTHY RUSH

On stage I am Timmy Vendetta. I’m 18 and I live with my mom and her wife. I hope to become famous and live vicariously through a hamster.

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Official Website: www.myspace.com/tweed234
ROUND 1 SONG:The Happy Song

CRABBYDAD

Crabbydad is a writer/sound designer/musician who, four years ago, was forced to leave all of his bands and musical compatriots behind in Chicago when his Old Lady got herself a proffesorin’ gig at a giant university in a tiny mid-Michigan town that’s devoid of any sort of culture, musical or otherwise. So he started recording songs with his kids and posting them on his blog for his four or five readers to hear. When he’s not recording songs about spiders and/or poop, he creates comedy, sound effects, and music for a company called Jellyvision, Inc.

Official Website: crabbydad.blogspot.com
ROUND 1 SONG:Happy (H.A.P.P.Y.)

HANK GREEN

Hank Green never wrote a song until his eternal passion for Helen Hunt (both as an actress and a woman) started off a multi-year YouTube project in which he writes a song every other Wednesday. The songs are part of a larger project in which he and his brother discuss their lives, their world, and the community of which they are a part. Their videos have now been watched more than 20 million times. Hank’s first album, SO JOKES, was just released and is available at DFTBA.com.

Official Website: www.nerdfighters.com
ROUND 1 SONG:The Deep Sea Anglerfish

MIKE LOMBARDO

Mike Lombardo is a piano-playing pop-rock singer-songwriter who likes to use hyphens when describing his occupation. He has been known to write songs about just about anything, including rocks and SAW 4. When not banging on a piano, Mike spends most of his time  playing way too many video games and fighting with his roomate. Currently finishing up his degree in Songwriting from Berklee College of Music, he will be touring the country this summer with his band, the Mike Lombardo Trio. Feel free to go to his website and send him lots of money. Or cookies.

Official Website: www.mikelombardomusic.com
Twitter: twitter.com/mikelombardo
ROUND 1 SONG:Caroline

HALLELUJAH APE

“Hallelujah Ape” is the working name for the personal musical projects of Paul Abbott. When he’s not playing bass guitar and shouting in such bands as Three Minute Margin, he’s usually fiddling with a ukulele or trying to write Manfred Mann inspired songs for films that don’t exist. Main influences are The Bonzo’s, The Beatles and Fugazi. He owns many comedy things and likes to rub his face up against them when no-one is looking. He also co-writes the British Foghorn Company blog.

Official Website: www.myspace.com/hallelujahape
Twitter: twitter.com/Pablovich
ROUND 1 SONG:Do What You Want

JALEPENO HABANEROS

In the far off land of Chandler, Arizona, where the rivers flow with sand and cacti, our leader and master, the Lord of Our Lady Gwynyth, guitar and microphone in hand, called for the greatest musicians in the land to assemble a rock and roll group like none other. Unfortunately, they were cut off on the road, and the Jalapeño Habañeros made it there first. With The Rogue Bohemian on saxophone and The Boxcar Bassist on bass and keyboards, the Lord was pleased. Now, they roam the streets of Chandler, playing epic songs and rocking faces, much like Bon Jovi. Unfortunately they are paid in change, and often get thrown into the street, also like Bon Jovi. Their lives have intertwined, and the era of the Jalapeño Habañeros has begun. Be prepared.

Official Website: None
ROUND 1 SONG:The Pompadour Song

HAZEN NESTER

Hazen Nester is a multi-platinum-selling*, award-winning**, and incredibly gifted† songwriter.  His works have been described as “heavenly”, “complex”, and “thought-provoking” by his critics and fans.††  He has, to date, three full albums‡, two EPs‡‡, and is currently working on a new collection of work§. He holds a B.S. degree§§, an MFA║, and a PhD║║ and currently lives in Michigan, where he spends his days writing songs and working in the fulfilling and worthwhile sector of public-access television.  Apart from songwriting, his hobbies include cinema, golf, and the occasional role in various stage and audio productions. :) [* - Lie, ** - Another lie, † - Bold-faced lie, †† - His mom. They're one and the same, really., ‡ - More lies, ‡‡ - Yet another lie, § - Another lie. No, wait, actually that one's true., §§ - In film. How appropriate., ? - Lie. What a surprise there., ?? - Do I really have to put this here?, :) - That's probably the most truthful statement in this entire document.]

Official Website: www.hazennester.com
ROUND 1 SONG:Wide-Eyed Happy

AUDIOMOHEL

Forged in the furnace of irony, molded with the hammer of satire, flattened on the anvil of righteousness, and cooled in the water of awesomeness, AudioMohel was thrust upon the world. Named from the lost audio transcripts of ‘09, AudioMohel serves as a public-service backlash against the anti-circumcision trend sweeping the so-called “enlightened parents” crowd, AudioMohel urges their more devoted and impressionable fans to undergo the snip two or even three times. AudioMohel enjoys experimenting with new breakthrough genres like speed blues and death classical even though most of AudioMohel’s tunes reside firmly in the ethereal realm of vapor-ware. Some of AudioMohel’s members admitted to being a bit intimidated by the professed experience and actual musical talent apparently possessed by the Song Fu Masters, but finally it was decided that if the need arose, sabotage would not be out of the question. To be used as a last resort, naturally, but not out of the question.

Official Website: www.AudioMohel.com
Twitter: twitter.com/AudioMohel
ROUND 1 SONG:Parole Day

MOLLY LEWIS

When she’s not bluffing her way through college courses or looking passably attractive from a distance, Molly Lewis enjoys playing ukulele, microwaving marshmallow Peeps, talking to cats, and Twittering. Early last year, she wrote two original songs, “MyHope” and “Road Trip”. “MyHope” is about the inevitable day when our children will learn how to navigate the interweb and how they will LOL at our old internet presences, namely MySpace; of “Road Trip”, Molly says it’s about “that astronaut lady who went crazy and wore the diapers, you remember that?”  She has not written any songs since.  Hopefully this competition will remedy that. When Molly was in middle school, she took up the guitar. That sank into the swamp. So she took up the mandolin. That sank into the swamp. So she took up the banjo. That burned down, fell over, then sank into the swamp. But the ukulele has stayed. And that’s what you’re going to get, Quick Stop Entertainment: the strongest ukulele in all of Tacoma, Washington.

Official Website: www.sweetafton23.com/primer/
Twitter: twitter.com/Molly23
ROUND 1 SONG:I Pity The (Song) Fu

JARRETT HEATHER

Although he has no formal training, Jarrett is an accomplished pianist who has been composing music for nearly twenty years.  A relative newcomer to the world of online amateur competitive songwriting, he burst onto the scene earlier this year when he filled out an entry form just before the deadline.  While earning his living as a graphic artist and website developer, Jarrett secretly dreams of leaving behind the glamor and prestige of internet publishing so he can focus on composing music for songwriting contests full-time.  With no fanbase, loyal followers, obedient minions or friends, Jarrett will rely on his music-crafting skills alone to win over converts and earn votes.

Official Website: www.spaceparanoids.net
Twitter: twitter.com/SpaceParanoids
ROUND 1 SONG:One Little Happy Thought

JUTZE SCHULT

songfu-jutzeschult.jpgJohannes “Jutze” Schult (from Germany) likes to make songs about weird stories and situations. It’s all about creating a musical scenario that is somewhat original, yet believable by some stretch of imagination. Jutze used to play drums in a heavy metal band, and then founded his own pop band where he played guitar. These days he’s mainly doing solo work for the fun of it.

Official Website: www.jutze.com
ROUND 1 SONG:A Mallful Of Brains

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ROUND 1 VOTING

And now, it’s time for that all important voting. For this round, you can choose your TOP 5 FAVORITE Challenger songs. Be sure to choose carefully. Also, be sure to vote for your favorite song from our reigning Masters of Song Fu - Neil Innes and Paul & Storm. You may only vote for one Master, though, so make it count. VOTING CLOSES AT 11:59pm EST on WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 18th.

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ROUND 1 VOTING - THE CHALLENGERS

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ROUND 1 VOTING - THE MASTERS

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If you triumph, not only will you win remarkable (and potentially off-putting) bragging rights and a clutch of fantastic mystery prizes, you will also become the proud owner of the magnificent, one-of-a-kind MASTER OF SONG FU TROPHY.

Good luck, and bring on the Fu.

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Comments:

65 Responses to “Masters Of Song Fu #3: Round 1 Challenge Voting Begins!”

  1. This is the me that makes me me. « The Artist Formerly Known as sweetafton23 Says:

    [...] straight to the file right on this here blog page, but that would prevent you from going to the Song Fu page and throwing it your damn [...]

  2. Edric Haleen Says:

    (Happiness)

    When we’re young,
    We discover the world.
    . . . . . Puppies.
    . . . . . . . . . . Snow.
    . . . . . Kittens.
    . . . . . . . . . . Leaves.
    . . . . . Teddy bears.
    . . . . . . . . . . The smell of crayons.
    . . . . . Birthdays.
    And with love –
    . . . . . Blankies.
    . . . . . . . . . . Hugs.
    . . . . . Friends.
    . . . . . . . . . . Grandmothers.
    . . . . . Being tucked into bed.
    . . . . . . . . . . Grandfathers.
    We grow.
    . . . . . Ice cream.
    . . . . . . . . . . Running through puddles.
    . . . . . Popcorn.
    . . . . . Cookies.
    . . . . . . . . . . Hunting for rainbows.
    . . . . . Rice Krispie Treats.
    . . . . . . . . . . Cartwheels.
    . . . . . . . . . . Handstands.
    . . . . . . . . . . Climbing trees.
    ***************
    As we grow,
    Our horizons expand.
    . . . . . Laughter.
    . . . . . . . . . . Books.
    . . . . . Learning.
    . . . . . . . . . . Sleep.
    . . . . . Saturdays.
    . . . . . . . . . . A home-cooked meal.
    . . . . . Music.
    And we find –
    . . . . . Backrubs.
    . . . . . . . . . . Hugs.
    . . . . . Friends.
    . . . . . . . . . . Finding your one true love.
    Our way.
    . . . . . Pizza.
    . . . . . . . . . . Getting a paycheck
    . . . . . Brownies.
    . . . . . Coffee.
    . . . . . . . . . . Hitting the snooze bar.
    . . . . . Caffeine!
    . . . . . . . . . . Kisses.
    . . . . . . . . . . Weddings.
    . . . . . . . . . . Holding hands.
    ***************
    We mature,
    And take comfort in time –
    . . . . . Pictures.
    . . . . . . . . . . Stars.
    . . . . . Children.
    . . . . . . . . . . Rain.
    . . . . . Family.
    . . . . . . . . . . And being loved.
    . . . . . Shadows.
    As the years –
    . . . . . Pillows.
    . . . . . . . . . . Hugs.
    . . . . . Friends.
    . . . . . . . . . . Seeing your grandchild’s smile.
    Go by.
    . . . . . Cocoa.
    . . . . . . . . . . Feeling contented.
    . . . . . French roast.
    . . . . . Cookies.
    . . . . . . . . . . Taking vacations.
    . . . . . Apple pie.
    . . . . . . . . . . Roses.
    . . . . . . . . . . Memories.
    . . . . . . . . . . Having time.
    ***************
    In the end,
    We remember the joys –
    . . . . . Flowers.
    . . . . . . . . . . Jokes.
    . . . . . Sunsets.
    . . . . . . . . . . Home.
    . . . . . Compliments.
    . . . . . . . . . . Another day.
    . . . . . Living.
    That endure . . .
    . . . . . Letters.
    . . . . . . . . . . Hugs.
    . . . . . Friends.
    . . . . . . . . . . Knowing you’re loved in return.
    . . . . . Dancing.
    . . . . . . . . . . Feeling supported.
    . . . . . Rainbows.
    . . . . . Smiling.
    . . . . . . . . . . Finding a soulmate.
    . . . . . Baskin Robbins.
    . . . . . . . . . . Peace.
    . . . . . Singing.
    . . . . . . . . . . Trust.
    . . . . . Learning.
    . . . . . . . . . . Hope.
    . . . . . Knowing.
    . . . . . . . . . . Love.
    . . . . . Me.
    . . . . . . . . . . You.
    . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . We . . .

    http://www.wordle.net/gallery/wrdl/520562/(Happiness)

    Good luck, everyone!

  3. Edric Haleen Says:

    Sorry — maybe this link will work better…

    http://www.wordle.net/gallery/wrdl/520562/%28Happiness%29

  4. Covenant Says:

    Wow.. Voting open a day early!
    I’ll get the lyric up asap.
    Good luck everyone… and me!

  5. CHRISTINE Says:

    I WANNA VOTE FOR JOE LAMB ACE SONG

  6. Russ Rogers Says:

    Happy Walkin’ Song
    Music and lyrics by Russ Rogers - 2009

    I don’t want to be ironic
    Smarmy, snarky or sardonic
    I just want to be
    Sincerely
    Happy

    When I am walking
    I fall into a trick step
    It’s a slight of foot,
    It’s a bouncing quick step
    Take me on a ride
    Beyond the sunny side
    Make me find the voice
    To My Happy Walkin’ Song
    I got a Happy Walkin’ Song

    Bup da deedle-deep deet dee da de-dum
    Bum ba do ba dum
    I got a Happy Walkin’ Song

    I don’t believe in lucky
    Or Guardian Angels too
    But I do believe in God
    And I do believe in you

    I’ve got a beat
    I’ve got my feet
    I’ve got the street
    And ain’t Life sweet
    Now wouldn’t it be neat
    If I could compete
    If I could complete
    This Happy Walking Song
    My Happy Walkin’ Song

    Bup da deedle dee, Deet-dee dah de bum
    Bum dah do bah dum
    Happy Walking Song

    Hey Song Fu!
    Yeah! I’m talkin’ to you!
    Hey Song Fu!
    What cha gonna do
    Say watcha gonna do
    When you find that it’s true
    When you find that it’s you
    In my Happy Walking Song
    My Happy Walkin’ Song

    Happy Walkin’ Song
    Happy Walkin’ Song

    http://www.rockingjamboree.com/music-4.html

  7. Heather Henderson Says:

    Paul and Storm!!!!!! Made me laugh out loud.

  8. Elliot Says:

    Crabbydad!!

  9. MikeLombardo Says:

    Good luck all!
    Also, did anyone notice the subtle placement of the phrase Quick Stop in my lyrics? ;p

  10. Johannes Schult » Blog Archive » A Mallful of Brains Says:

    [...] out the first round of Song Fu 3 over at QuickstopEntertainment.com! The task was to write a happy song. I came up with a song about a happy zombie. It’s called [...]

  11. Hazen Nester Says:

    Hey, everyone. If you could download my song “Wide-Eyed Happy” to listen to it, that’d be great.

    The music sounds . . . warbly. And it shouldn’t.

    Thanks.

  12. wrot Says:

    Why did they only code a maximum limit? It would seem to me that it’s unfair to give different voters more power than others.

  13. Hazen Nester Says:

    Okay, the flash player’s working now.

    But if you still want to download “Wide-Eyed Happy” for your iPod and stuff, please do.

  14. Russ Rogers Says:

    OK, we lost some challengers but gained some new Masters! Welcome Garfunkel and Oates!

    Congratulations to everyone who was able to get a song written, recorded and turned in on time. I spent the better part of this morning listening and relistening to these songs. I have to say, it made me happy. Here are my quick impressions of all the songs. Just some sketchy opinions.

    In no particular order:

    Neil Innes - “Imitation Song (Ron Nasty’s Last Song)”: I’m a huge Rutles fan! Just seeing the name “Ron Nasty” in the title made my heart do a little Happy Dance. This was tempered by the words “Last Song.” Say it ain’t so, Neil!

    Molly Lewis - “I Pity The (Song) Fu”: I love this song. Only Molly could write a lyric that mentions kicking Nancy Grace in the Uterus and make it seem so Happy, innocent and charming. But, this should be titled, “The Mr. T Song.” Ah, even the great Rupert Holmes originally titled “The Pina Colada Song”, “Escape.”

    Paul and Storm -”Hippie with a Djembe”: I never thought bad Djembe playing would make me laugh so much.

    Jeff MacDougall - “The Bop Bop Song”: is pure POP! I love the little Partridge Family swipe at the end.

    Edric Haleen - (Happiness)”: Edric’s song reminded me of “Happiness is…”, from “You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown.” Just a list Happy things. It’s so lovely and so sincere that I nearly wept. Beautiful song. The prettiest song in the pack.

    Jutze Schult - “A Mallful Of Brains”: It was like Jonathan Coulton meets The Wiggles. A Happy Song for Zombie Children!

    GARFUNKEL & OATES - “The Happy Song”: I like the rinky-tink piano sound. I don’t know if that’s a function of how the piano was recorded or if the piano naturally has that “church basement” sound to it. But the piano added to the jaunty flavor of this tune.

    Joe “Covenant” Lamb -”What Makes You Feel Happy”: Innocent lyrics that seem very naughty. “Do it time and time again until you’re feeling sore.” The kazoo solo masks the fact that this has one of the more complex and carefully orchestrated group of instruments in the background. Nice job.

    “BucketHat” Bobby Matheson - “You Gotta Smile”: “Happiness is truth denied!” Oh my. This evil, little ditty had me laughing out loud.

    Insane Ian - “Happy”: “Happy, because of my lobotomy!” Like the old saying goes, “I would rather have a bottle in front of me, than a frontal lobotomy!” This is dark and silly. If Ian were really this kind of happy, he couldn’t be this tuneful and clever.

    Heather Henderson - “Happy Song”: If Happiness were based on how many times you can fit the word “happy” into a song, Heather would be ecstatic!

    Hank Green - “The Deep Sea Anglerfish”: Hank wears his influences on his sleeve. This sounds like a TMBG song, and I mean that as a compliment. If anything, this song is too fast. The lyrics come out at auctioneer-type velocities. 1:45 is a mininmum length for the songs, not the perfect length. I would love to hear this at a length of 2:30 at least. I want to savour “The Deep Sea Anglerfish” just a bit more.

    Audiomohel - “Parole Day”: “No more butt rape on the floor!” If loving this song is wrong, well then I’ll see you all in hell.

    Jarrett Heather - “One Little Happy Thought”: This specific little thought (W. ain’t President) has made me happy for weeks. This song made me happy for it’s entire 2:48. Very catchy. Great production. Love the massed choir on the chorus, followed by crickets.

    Mick Bordet - “Happy People”: This simple song was recorded with Ukulele, toy tamborine and a synth patch that sounds like toads playing tiny tin didgeridoo. There’s something ominous here, maybe it’s in the crazed chorus near the end of the song.

    The Masked Stranger - “My Personal Eccentric Happiness”: This sounds like it’s more about being eccentric than being happy. “Joy is in the mind of the perciever.” This comes from such an intentionally outside place that it’s very hard to judge or compare. This isn’t “easy listening” or something I will hum later. But it does make me ponder the nature of art, music, songs, happiness and communication.

    Hallelujah Ape - “Do What You Want”: Banjoes and whistling, that is the recipie for a happy song. “Being Happy is Working Well.” Very philosophical. The vocals reminded me of Danny Elfman, I don’t know why.

    Jeff Fardink - “Let The Happiness In”: That synth patch pierces the brain. But, I really like the horn part near the end.

    Rusty’s Rocking Jamboree - “Happy Walking Song”: This is a forest for the trees thing. I have such a hard time getting past my own limitations that I have trouble appreciating my own “Happy.” There’s a lesson there. I’m just not sure how to learn it. My initial thought was to do a “Spoof” of a happy song, something edgy and ironic. But I intentionally chose to be as straightforward, sincere and direct as I possibly could.

    Timothy Rush - “The Happy Song”: I find the vocal effects really distracting. It makes the lyrics almost unintelligable to me. Beyond the word, “Happiness,” I’m just guessing at what’s there. I like the warm tones of the piano and melody. But the drums hide a lot of that. This seems like a softer song than the press of the drums allow it to be. Maybe I’m just too old and stodgy.

    Crabbydad - “Happy (H.A.P.P.Y.)”: Wow! It’s not an easy song. And the lyrics are intentionally syrupy. But Crabbydad got a kid to sing this and pull it off without sounding trite or sacharine. All in less than a week. She did an AMAZING job! Complex lyrics and rythms and she just sounds relaxed and happy. Really nice arrangement. Impressive.

    Hazen Nester - “Wide-Eyed Happy”: This is dark and ironic. I like the background “ooh, la, la, la” part.

    Mike Lombardo Trio - “Me and Caroline”: This is a poppy candy confection. Toe tapping. Smiley fun. I really liked the bubbling interplay between the piano and bass in the intro. I wanted to hear more of that in the middle of the song. This is one of the best crafted songs in the pack. I had not noted the subtle use of the words “Quick Stop” in the lyrics until Mike pointed it out. I mention “Song Fu” in my song. But I’m about as subtle as a flying mallet.

    Jalapeno Habaneros - “The Pompadour Song”: “Say hello to Mr. Pompadour.” That was pretty sweet. It sounded like a couple of witty guys goofing around with instruments and recording equipment. The feel is very chillax and improvised.

    Thanks to Ken Plume and the folks at Quick Stop for hosting this deep dish slice of happiness.

  15. SpaceParanoids.net » Blog » Master of Song Fu Says:

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  16. HATBOI Says:

    GO MASKED STRANGER, HATBOI IS SUPPORTING YOU!

  17. Hank Green Says:

    OK OK…I could’ve taken it down a few beats per minute :-). There’s something about singing fast that just makes me feel happy.

    Molly Wins…obviously…commuter bus with uterus AND Mr T on a luck dragon? But props also Mike for Caroline…”most likely to actually be a hit single” and Joe for “most likely to make listeners’ parents uncomfortable.”

    Best concept goes to Mallful of Brains…I mean, what could be happier than a zombie in a mall?

    And the best reason to actually be happy, of course, goes to Jarrett. I’d love to cover that, if he doesn’t mind.

  18. Jarrett Heather Says:

    Mind? I’ll give you the source tracks if you like.

    I couldn’t really ask for a greater compliment.

  19. Hank Green Says:

    Annnnnd, for those of you who can’t quite understand all of the worlds to Deep Sea Anglerfish (AKA everyone except me) here’s a (hopefully) enjoyable video…with lyrics:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9t7E4amWDqI

  20. Jack F. Says:

    Wow! There’s some great music here!
    And it’s nice to see and hear Neil again. (I thought I might be the only person that plays Archeology repeatedly. Now I’m tempted to dust off my copy of Rutland Weekend Songbook, if I can find my turntable.)

  21. Russ Rogers Says:

    @Hank Why not post the lyrics to “The Deep Sea Anglerfish” here? You are right, there is something funny and happy about lyrics that whiz by. But my poor decrepit ears and brain just can’t keep up!

    Actually, I would like to see lyrics here from any of the Songwriters who are willing to post them. Sure these comments will become novel length. But who cares! It’s not like we are wasting paper, just a few electrons.

  22. BucketHatBobby Says:

    Good job, russ, on commenting on every song. No-way could I do that with this many competitors, but i agree with pretty much everything you said.

    I am torn. So many great songs this time around. Joe, Jarrett, Molly, Mike and Hank might have to be my top 5, but CrabbyDad wants in that group badly.

    I need to update my MP3 player after this competition.

  23. R. Z. Rogers Says:

    Hank, anyone with previous experience watching your videos had an advantage listening to your song. Very, very lovely, it was.

  24. Ken Kopin Says:

    Well, after taking time to download and rate all the songs, I don’t seem to be able to vote. I’m being shown the voting results, but definitely no one has voted from my account or machine. Help!

  25. crabbydad Says:

    First off, I’m amazed that anyone besides my parents and Miss O (my daughter who sang my song) voted for ol’ crabs. I thank you all for considering our little ditty. Two, I think this is the greatest kind of contest ever — I love hearing how all these people from all over the globe interpret the challenge. This should be happening all the time… everywhere. And for those who want them, here are the lyrics to “Happy (H.A.P.P.Y.)”:

    Cotton candy and gumdrop tree
    Chocolate bunny and honey bee
    No more fighting no poverty
    Happy Happy Happy

    Sky is blue and the tree are green
    All the water is crystal clean
    We don’t even need gasoline
    Happy Happy Happy

    H-a-p-p-y…

    Everybody like everyone
    Flower grow out of every gun
    And the fun it is just begun
    Happy Happy Happy

    Fluffy puppy and butterfly
    Scoop of ice cream on apple pie
    No one worry ‘cuz no one die
    Happy Happy Happy

    H-a-p-p-y…

    That is all now it time to go
    Hope you’re happy now that is goal
    Life not half empty, life half full
    Happy Happy Happy

  26. Wendy Says:

    What can I say…….I loved it!

  27. Mick Bordet Says:

    Some great songs there, folks. 4 whistling solos and 2 kazoo solos - what a happy bunch!

    Jarrett and Joe’s songs stand out for me. I do like Molly’s, but I don’t think it nails ‘happy’ just as well as some of the others.

    I was going for the annoying-but-catchy vote, but dammit Heather, you’ve well and truly beaten me to that one!

    “Happy People” lyrics amd chords are at http://mickbordet.blogspot.com/2009/02/masters-of-song-fu-happy-people.html

  28. MikeLombardo Says:

    Hi All-

    Caroline lyrics are at
    http://www.mikelombardomusic.com/music/caroline/
    for anyone that wants them.

    Rock on.Good luck everyone.

  29. Opinioninahaystack Says:

    most of the people i send the link to say the page doesn’t even give them the option to vote. can this be fixed?

  30. Percephene Says:

    The voting issue happens a lot on this site I’m afraid Opinioninahaystack I can only advise that you recommend your friends refresh it again later. I had this problem earlier today and now its fine.

    Great work everyone, I’m thoroughly enjoying the songs from this round!

    For my thoughts on this round, click my name to visit my blog ;)

  31. Hazen Nester Says:

    Well, since everyone’s posting lyrics . . .

    “Wide-Eyed Happy”
    Words and Music by Hazen Nester

    Ain’t no grey clouds above me
    Got no worries to bug me
    ‘Cause there’s nothing out there to stop me
    From feeling this great feeling that I have
    And there’s no way I can be sad
    Despite of the demons that well up inside of my soul
    And threaten to swallow my sanity whole

    ‘Cause I’m wide-eyed happy, yes I am
    And you can be wide-eyed happy if you follow my plan
    You’ve gotta grab a new smile, put it on your face
    Start popping Xanax ’till your heart starts to race
    Then you won’t feel a thing from that dark, evil place
    Deep inside
    And pretty soon you’ll see
    You’ll be happy like me

    I’m feeling so elated
    My pupils are dialated
    You can’t feel down when you’re medicated
    There is no way I feel I can lose
    In spite of twenty years of sexual abuse
    At the hands of my dad and my mom and the dog and the cat
    Their neighbors and friends, but despite all of that

    I am wide-eyed happy, yes I am
    And you can be wide-eyed happy if you follow my plan
    You’ve gotta grab a new smile, put it on your face
    Start popping Paxil ’till your heart starts to race
    Then you won’t feel a thing from that dark, evil place
    Deep inside
    And pretty soon you’ll see
    You’ll be happy like me

    You know there isn’t anything that you can’t do
    If you just put your mind to it
    Whenever you’re feeling all down and blue
    You’ve gotta start repressing some memories
    So sing a song when you get right to it, yeah

    Don’t you know I’m wide-eyed happy, yes I am
    And you can be wide-eyed happy if you follow my plan
    You’ve gotta slam every beer that you have in your place
    Pop a million Prozac ’till your heart starts to race
    Then you won’t feel a thing from that dark, evil place
    Deep inside
    And pretty soon you’ll see
    You’ll be happy like me

    And if you can’t start to feel the laughter
    Or find the end of the pain that you’re after
    You can smile with the knowledge that pain
    Won’t be in the hereafter

  32. Hallelujah Ape Says:

    It seems like everyone is popping their lyrics up here, so who am I to buck the trend? Re-reading mine it looks like terribly amateur philosphy, but I stick by it.

    We’ve been looking for someone to tell us what is what
    We’ve been buying all this stuff just look at what we’ve got
    But empty spaces must be filled
    (and the) Biggest one’s inside

    Do what you want and do it well
    Go and find someone to tell
    That being happy’s working well
    Do what you want and do it well

    Burn all the books that tell you how to live your life and why
    Ignore the fools who bring you down just go ahead and cry
    That deep inside you’ve worked out well a philosphy to try

    [Double Chorus Repeat]

    Thanks to everyone whos made nice comments on here or elsewhere. What a great competition - am really enjoying the camaraderie!

    Cheers!

    Paul

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  34. Grendel Says:

    Crabbydad rocks!

  35. Covenant Says:

    Hello All…
    Sorry about the delay - Here’s the lyric…

    Turn on your smile, show your laughter as a light
    Cos you know the mood within really makes you feel like
    Shining out a beacon to the broken, calls them all into your sight
    And you can do what makes you feel happy
    ———
    Take time to turn to the things that terminate
    All the thoughts of negativity that leave you in a state
    Of overwhelming deep depression, turn your back and walk away
    And you can do what makes you feel happy
    ——————
    (And You can) do it if you’re rich
    And you can do it if you’re poor
    Do it time and time again until you’re feeling sore
    And even though you do it constantly
    You wanna do it more
    When you do what makes you feel happy
    —————–
    (And You can) do it at the aerodrome
    Or up against a door
    Do it at the Megamall or on your parent’s floor
    And even though you do it constantly
    You wanna do it more
    When you do what makes you feel happy
    ———————–
    (so when the)
    Urges within you start messing with your brain
    And you know if you don’t do it then you might just go insane
    Take the risk and damn the consequence there’s no need to explain
    Why you’re doing what makes you feel happy

    (and you can)
    Do it at the Mickey Dee’s
    Or do it in the park
    Depending who you do it with,
    It’s better after dark
    And if you do it on some wet cement
    You’re bound to leave your mark
    While you’re doing what makes you feel happy.
    ——————–
    (and you can)
    Do it in the underpass
    Or in the rising tide
    If it’s not the first of may
    Then you don’t need to go outside
    But if you want, and if you can,
    And if you do, you can’t deny
    That you are doing what makes you feel happy
    (That. You. Are.) doing what makes you feel happy
    (That. You. Are.) doing what makes you feel happy

    Now… Those *fade out words*…

    (NOTE, this is EXACTLY what is recorded, nothing is left out or edited!)

    Do it in a bed and you can do it in a bath
    Do it for the love of it or do it for a laugh
    You can do it in a train or you can do in the trees
    Do it when a mile high or down upon your knees
    Do it with the TV on or do it on the grass
    If you’re feeling real adventurous then do it in the.

    sorry….. ;’ )

  36. MikeLombardo Says:

    Is voting broken for anyone else?

  37. Jack F Says:

    Molly Lewis has a cute Amber Rubarth kind of thing going on.

  38. Bryce Jensen Says:

    As Happy As Me
    by Bryce Jensen

    I’m happy, yes I’m happier than you
    Oh, compared to me you seem to be the deepest darkest blue
    I’m joyful, yes I’m lost in blissful glee
    And you’re drowning in a pool of tears, at least relatively
    Maybe things would brighten up if you weren’t so damn dull
    Still there’s little chance you’ll break out of your lifetime lull
    At least there’ s no one around for you to bring down like family or a friend
    It’s clear to see you’ll never be
    As happy as me

    I’m hopeful for what wonders lie ahead
    And your whole view of the world is tainted with a dreary dread
    I’m smilin’ no matter what comes my way
    And the slightest hint of bad news fills your whole heart with dismay

    Maybe you should take your frown and simply go away.
    It seems life’s a game that you are ill equipped to play
    Why is it that you bitch and moan, yet you still postpone your certain lonely end
    It’s clear to see you’ll never be
    As happy as me

  39. Riddle Says:

    this was really hard to vote for! so many great entries. i hope that none of the lower scored folks will lose heart, and that all of them will continue writing songs!

  40. Heather Henderson Says:

    My lyrics go like this: I am happy happy happy happy happy happy woo!

  41. Mal Poland Says:

    I vote for H.A.P.P.Y. by Crabbydad.

    Thanks!

  42. BucketHatBobby Says:

    It seems posting lyrics has become a ritual now.
    I suppose I shall jump on the bandwagon.
    __________

    Lost your job and your money’s gone
    Spent the last week sleeping on the lawn
    can’t find your keys, but what’s the use?
    You lost the locks that they belong to.
    Don’t feel down, don’t you fret
    the worst probably hasn’t even happened yet
    haven’t had a friend since last december
    but it’ll be fine if you just remember to

    Smile
    You gotta smile
    ’cause if you smile, then you might fool yourself
    for just a little while.
    Keep your feelings deep inside
    Denial can be a Groovy ride
    ‘Cause happiness is truth denied
    just smile, smile, smile!

    Just sit down and contemplate
    why’s the world so full of hate?
    why’s your life turned out this way?
    Will anything ever be okay?
    No one can answer you
    and if they could what would they do?
    Only one thing that could help
    and you can do it by yourself:

    Smile
    You gotta smile
    ’cause if you smile, then you might fool yourself
    for just a little while.
    Keep your feelings deep inside
    Denial can be a pleasant ride
    ‘Cause happiness is truth denied
    just smile, smile, smile!

    Everyone’s got problems
    But yours are by far the worst.
    Someone’s out to hurt you.
    If you don’t get there first.

    I was once in a spot like you
    I once thought love was untrue
    hated life, yet feared death,
    couldn’t handle all the stress,
    But then i figured out the key
    the secret to liing happily
    Just look up and things will change
    Try it with me,it may sound strange, but

    Smile
    Please smile
    It makes living life
    far more worthwhile
    keep the sadness out of sight
    Concentrate on the brighter side
    If you do, you’ll be glad you tried
    Smile, Smile, smile

  43. SongFuFan Says:

    I come to the comments section to read what people are saying about the entries. Always bums me out when I have to scroll through everyone’s lyrics. Can’t links to the lyrics be included above and not in comments? Or maybe some can follow the lead of others and just post a link to them.

    Love listening to all the music. But the self-promotion in the comments makes me anything but “happy.”

  44. UncaScroogeMcD Says:

    I don’t find it to be “self-promotion” at all. They’re sharing their lyrics for anyone interested - which, as the person running it, I find to be entirely in the spirit of Song Fu, and perfectly welcome.

  45. BucketHatBobby Says:

    If my lyrics were somewhere on the internet, it might be an option, but i don’t put the lyrics on my website, and liked the idea of lyrics on this page. It takes a grand total of 2 seconds to scroll past the lyrics.
    i dunno, I like the idea.

  46. Jutze Says:

    Overall I had two fears: a) long songs b) songs whose only message is “I’m happy.” Thankfully, a) was rarely the case. My favourite song is Jarrett Heather’s entry. Following Russ’s example, here’s a short comment on each song. Please forgive me for sounding overly critical most of the time; I’m always more inclined to critize than to praise.

    The folks from the JoCo forum:
    Jeff MacDougall - JeffM - a happy song, harmless; not annoyingly catchy, which is a bad thing. Possibly the most professional recording in this round along with convincing vocals, just the chorus part could have used extra power (female harmony vocals?); the dynamics are on a somewhat high level throughout the song; sometimes it pays off to calm down a bit and then build up again, for example to emphasize the Bop-part.
    Joe “Covenant” Lamb - Covenant - Sounds like the internet was invented in the early 50s. Surpisingly professional production.
    Mick Bordet - Lunacy - Nice Beatles touch, but the vocals aren’t as convincing. The idea of the song comes across, but in the end it’s a bit flat. The chorus leads nowhere instead of concluding the tune. More experienced playing/recording (on the musician’s side) and possibly some weed/pills (on the audience’s side) might enhance this one.
    Bryce Jensen - psychoBman - somehow I don’t get most of the piano/vocal music out there (e.g., most of Billy Joel’s work), so this tune floated by without leaving any lasting impression. The lyrics built towards a mean edge (I’m happier than you, hah!), but wouldn’t have been that happy if that idea had been pursued further - dilemma.
    Hazen Nester - o8jedi - I like the sound of the voice, but it’s way too timid/inexperienced. The crash cymbals are too loud. The solo guitar has a good sound. The lyrics leave me “oh, he’s happy, whatever, next song.”
    Molly Lewis - Molly23 - sufficiently, but not over-the-top happy; the pace/groove is infectious; I’m not familiar with Mr. T so it’s difficult to derive any deeper wisdom from the song. Personally, I prefer the badness/happiness juxtaposition in the next song:
    Jarrett Heather - SpaceParanoids - the production doesn’t carry the half-time feel the first time around (more electric guitars might be better to sustain the longer notes). But soon enough the chorus kicks in and makes you forget about it. Lots of JoCo-harmonies. Using the middle name and thereby delaying the harmonic conclusion (which accidently is beautiful) makes the refrain stand out (in a good way). The lyrical idea is great and would deserve a better title than just “one little happy thought” (maybe “seven magic words”). All in all, my favourite entry in this round!
    Jutze Schult - Jutze - successfully escapes the happy=boring-trap, but has major short-comings both in the rhythm track (hit the empty mixer box) and the vocal department (should be higher and, well, better); being a zombie is no excuse, is it?

    The remaining challengers:
    Mike Lombardo - Where is the soaring vocal line that turns this nice song into a gripping number? Nice beat, neat whistling, harmonies are a bit on the edge towards dramatic, but still happy enough, I guess.
    Hank Green - upbeat rhythm, excellent vocals, certainly happy; works really well on an emotional level, but my (foreign) mind cannot grasp what’s actually going on. The YouTube video helps a bit; along with Innes the most professional recording I’d say. Good one.
    Insane Ian - The lobotomy is one of the funnier approaches. A bit more dynamic movement could have helped. The vocals are good, but don’t dare to go to passionate extremes. PS: Do you mind me eating your brain?
    Buckethead Bobby - should work better in a band setting - or maybe just one instrumental track and one vocal track; the octave vocals are a bit too loud for my taste; the song as a whole a bit harmless; afterwards I remember kess what was played and more how it was played.
    Edric Haleen - almost early-Genesis-ish, musically not really a happy-joy-fun-number, lyrically possibly the most mature entry; could have backfired if others had pursued a more serious path, too, but as it is, a welcome change at first, a bit monotonous later on.
    Masked Stranger - hah, finally, LO-FI! It’s hard to pay attention, harder to make it through the whole tune, although there are certainly folks who love the rough edges of it.
    Timothy Rush - starts out nicely, but the vocals fade away as the drum loop becomes slightly annoying. The song is a bit more serious as it’s keyboard pop (?) and not just singer/songwriter-stuff; there are producers out there who could turn it into a hit, but in its current form it’s just a rather rough demo.
    Rusty’s Rocking Jamboree - happy’n'harmless, similar in effect to Jeff MacDougall, yet different in style; at times I get the feeling Bob Dylan is having fun undercover.
    Heather Henderson - cool outset, but the happy-parts sound too much like copied and pasted diminishing the overall solid song, which has a quite convincing structure but an unnecessary fade-out.
    Crabbydad - happy’n'harmless, once again; scores high on the mission accomplished scale.
    Hallelujah Ape - solid song; the melody seems to be in a loop, never settling on a final note - that’s a bit irritating.
    Jalapeno Jabaneros - very, very loose; I didn’t make it through the 4 minutes.
    Jeff Fardink - rather loose; the arrangement imitates a power pop rock song, yet the vocals have a karaoke feel to them. The songwriting has its moments, but the implementation leaves to be desired.
    Audiomohel - artificial drums can be somewhat annoying, like here; listening to the song doesn’t fill me with happiness at all. No, wait, I’m through all entries, actually, I am happy… eh, no, wait, there’s still…

    The masters:
    Neil Innes - solid song, but where’s the happiness?
    Garfunkel and Oates - Happy and energetic; self-confident vocal performance; the duo has potential - and my vote in this round.
    Paul and Storm - the song doesn’t appeal to me at all; apparently sampled lead percussion; no real happiness-link; no awesome vocal parts; let’s hope the next task will be to write a catchy song about fart jokes.

  47. Lizziye Says:

    hurahh! i knew molly could do it!

  48. The Masked Stranger Says:

    We live in an age where seconds are more valuable than lyrics now? What a sad existence we shall have, where people would rather save time than read the deepest thoughts of an artist.
    Also, Jutze, aside from the apparent quality of my piece, what did you actually think of it? Or were you sparing me my dignity? XD

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  50. BucketHatBobby Says:

    Jutze!
    Thank you!
    I love the constructive criticism, and I respect every word said. I will definitely take everything you said into consideration.

  51. The Masked Stranger Says:

    A little birdie told me that you said some very kind things about my contribution to this competition, Heather. Thank you very much! (Bobby ratted you out after he tuned in to Ken’s show).

  52. Heather Henderson Says:

    My vocals are sung completely. Not copied or pasted. I am a singer, not a musician. So……the music was copied and pasted!!!!!!!!!! HAHAHAHAAAAA!!!

  53. Heather Henderson Says:

    Hey Masked Stranger, I meant it!

  54. cjsamms Says:

    Not a musician, but a music fan. My favorites (in no particular order):

    Imitation Song
    First thing that popped into my mind was “Imagine.” Upbeat lyrics, melancholy tune. In fact, I thought he was parodying “Imagine.” I could be wrong, but I really liked it.

    Wide-Eyed Happy
    Exact opposite of “Imitation.” Catchy feel good tune and innocent vocals masking some very dark lyrics. Loved it.

    Happy
    Catchy tune, pleasant vocals, fun lyrics. Well, except for the reason you’re so damn happy. LOL

    Happy (H.A.P.P.Y.)
    Don’t know how old the kid is, but pretty impressive considering young kids tend to over-act. She pulls it off without being overly sugary.

    I pity the fu
    Full of jabs at pop culture. I love it — “especially kicking Nancy Grace in the uterus.” And any song that references Mr. T makes me happy.

    One Happy Thought
    Very catchy tune. My favorite part is the phrasing — “George… Walker… Bush ain’t President no more.” And that sorta call & response thing — “(lead) In a month or two… (background) I’ll be living in my car.”

    What Makes You Feel Happy
    Catchy tune — reminds me of those “If you’re happy and you know it”-type children’s songs. With sneaky dirty lyrics. Kind of a middle school feel. I enjoyed it a lot. Probably my favorite.

    My Personal Eccentric Happiness
    Hard to get through the first listen, which probably isn’t good for this challenge format. But if you listen to it a few times, you appreciate the lyrics. The sound starts to grow on you too. Reminds me of when I used to put on my Capt. Beefheart LPs. I loved it, but my friends would start whining about “fingernails on the blackboard” and wanting to hear the Beach Boys.

  55. Hazen Nester Says:

    Thanks for the criticism, Jutze. I do realize how the cymbals are too loud and, hopefully, I can work around that next time (if drums are needed in the future). I can also understand the timid/inexperienced thing about the voice.

    And I like the solo, too. Quite Santana-like in tone.

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  57. The Masked Stranger Says:

    Thank you very much cjsamms, I’m glad you enjoyed it (eventually XD). And yeah, I’m a big Captain Beefheart fan too, amazing music… I really enjoyed the album Strictly Personal.

  58. Hazen Nester Says:

    Thank you for your review, cjsamms. It was very appreciated.

    BTW, if Neil Innes’ song sounded like John Lennon, that’s because it was supposed to. The persona of Ron Nasty is supposed to be the John analogue in The Rutles.

  59. Sondra Sonneborn Says:

    Crabbydad (and Miss O)get my vote.

  60. Covenant Says:

    Awh… getting so many friends saying the voting buttons are not appearing for them ! Oh well!
    Thanks everyone for the kind words. I think this has been a cracking round !

  61. chuck cs Says:

    GREAT job crabbbydad and especially you Lady O

    can I vote Chicago style…often ?

  62. Covenant Says:

    Heather Henderson Says:
    “My vocals are sung completely. Not copied or pasted. ”

    Ooo !! Is Heather getting at someone??? Who copied and pasted their vocals!?!? Own up!!!

  63. Fabi Says:

    I vote for Molly Lewis!!!!

    Wait… how the frig does one vote on here?

  64. Covenant Says:

    Well… You either wait for a few days and vote in round two… or you find a de lorean and…..

    ;’ )

  65. Ridick Says:

    just came to this site by accident,but am glad what i found here , it’s really great to see so much nice music and so many people who are creating such wonderful songs! keep it up,it doesn’t matter who wins because you all are winners just by doing this.

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