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While We Wait For Season 4……

Rick and Morty is a science fiction animation for an adult audience. The whole show is satirical and cynical. It’s described as a dark comedy which makes complete sense. Rick and Morty takes seriously dark and solemn topics and jokes about them. It’s a show that will make you laugh about the universe being meaningless, about not understanding your own mind, and about crippling existential crisis’. It’s not exactly what I would call feel-good family entertainment, but it’s still fantastic. Not to mention, it has a cult following.

It’s a hip show that lets the audience relate to the somewhat less than ideal or even moral characters. The series began in 2012 and has produced three seasons over the years. A new one is greatly anticipated for some time in the future. A message at the end season 3 hinted that it would be a really really long time until Season 4 is released. If it follows the pattern of earlier season releases, there would be about 18 months to wait. Christmas of 2018 is the going guess but there hasn’t been an official release date.

Fans greatly anticipate the next season. Though, fans must wait an undetermined period of time as their anticipation grows. However, the fans can only rewatch the series so many times. That’s where the joy of remixes come in. YouTube has provided a perfect solution to deal with the missing of the series. Let’s get introduced to Rick and Morty Remixes!

Here are some remixes for your viewing pleasure and your Rick and Morty withdrawals.

[Profanity Warning] Let’s start with ‘Get Your Sh*t Together’ by RoyishGoodLooks. This song somewhat encompasses the cynical nature of the show and discusses needed to get your sh*t together as the title suggests. It takes its lyrics from quotes within the episode, “Big Trouble in Little Sanchez”, (Season 2, Episode 7). Adding this to music, they have a rather cheerful song with a rather pessimistic message. They did a good job of matching the lyrics with the added beat. Combined, it’s a song with a wonderful flow to make a toe-tapping tune.

“I’m Mr. Meeseeks” is another song by RoyishGoodLooks. This song focuses specifically on the episode about the Meeseeks. All the audio clips are from “Meeseeks and Destroy” (Season 1, Episode 5). Meeseeks are a creation that only exists to serve. Once they finish their task, they stop existing completely. These characters are a comical and cynical way to look at human existence. This song takes that comedic cynicism and puts an energetic beat to it. The lyrics and the accompanying music go well together. It has a good beat making you want to dance to its gloomy lyrics.

None like Joshua has quite a few Rick and Morty raps. These aren’t just remixes as they have one more added element. Yep, rapping. Instead of these songs taking the lyrics mostly from the show itself, they use their own lyrics and pepper in the audio from the show. This first example is “The Evil Morty Rap”. None Like Joshua raps about Evil Morty, one of the infinite versions of Morty’s that have taken to the dark side. It focuses on the synopsis of “The Ricklantis Mixup” (Season 3, Episode 7). The intro is the final speech from the end of that episode, highlighting aspects of Evil Morty’s rise to power. Some background of this antagonist is skillfully provided in the lyrics. This rap brings in a great summation of the plot by having good rhythm in the rapping and a good balance of the elements. The beat, rap, and sound clips were combined well. None Like Joshua certainly brings in the background of the character and then adds some additional fantastic musical flair.

[profanity warning] None Like Joshua also did a collaboration with GameBoyJones to create another Rick and Morty rap, “The Schwiftiest Rick and Morty Rap!” It’s another fantastic combination of rapping, beats, and sound clips. It has its basis on the song “Get Schwifty” from the episode with the same name (Season 2, Episode 5). The premise of this episode is an alien comes and demands music. Throughout the episode, Rick and Morty write a tune for the Intergalactic Song Competition. Besides the awesome rapping, the lyrics include a lot of clever references from other episodes. They also add in voice clips from the series and edit them into the background. At parts, they have sound clips that echo the rhythm of the beat, and they layer the rapping above them. It sounds fantastic. The timing, placement, and editing of the voice clips are great. It’s a Schwifty rap.

“The Universe Is Yours” by Chetreo takes its concept from “The ABC’s of Beth” (Season 3, Episode 9). This episode provides a look into the emotional bonding between children and their fathers. Both the episode and the song offers tidbits of fatherly advice. It’s sweet in a cynical Rick and Morty kind of way. Chetreo brings that sentiment forth in the remix with lyrics and fantastic audio clips. Well, the emotion and the inevitable satire of it. This remix is a bit slower than some of the other Rick and Morty remixes but It works well to highlight somber topics that the show discusses indirectly. Overall, It’s a terrific calm remix.

“A Really Long Time” is a perfect one to end this article on. Chetreo takes audio from the last episode of season 3 to commemorate the end of the season. Together with music, he adds them in from throughout the episode. He adds in quotes from the end of the episode where Mr. Poopybutthole (yes that is indeed his name) hints at the release of the fourth season. It’s a fun remix to end the season and start the waiting.

Let me know in the comments if you have a favorite Rick and Morty Episode!

“See you for season 4 in like a really long time. I might even have a big white Santa Clause beard” –Mr. Poopybutthole

Word Crimes

“Weird Al” Yankovic’s “Word Crimes” is a parody of “Blurred Lines” by Robin Thicke. “Blurred Lines” came out in 2013 and became a hit. It was a perfect candidate for a parody.

“It was the big song of the summer of 2013 and I felt if I put out my album and didn’t have a “Blurred Lines” parody, it would be a glaring omission. Like, Why didn’t you do “Blurred Lines?!,” Weird Al tells Vulture in an interview.

Weird Al released “Word Crimes” in 2014, as a part of the album Mandatory Fun. It quickly became a hit and was 39th on the Billboard Hot 100, making it one of the top 40 songs at the time.

This parody differs from other “Blurred line” parodies Weird Al explains.

“I’ve done satires on a small handful of occasions — with Nirvana and Billy Ray Cyrus and Lady Gaga. But for this one, that ground had been well-trod. In the YouTube world we live in, a week after Robin Thicke had his hit, there were 10,000 parodies of it. Most of them were takes on him being misogynistic and a little rape-y. I knew that, whatever I did, I couldn’t go down that path.”

Weird Al changed the song from borderline rape-y to a satire about both ‘grammar nazis’ and those that infuriates them. He continued to explain that it was “a sweet thing for me to be able to take that song, which is pretty sexually charged, and turn it into a song about proper grammar usage.”

People can argue that grammar and writing conventions aren’t important, but they really are to convey the proper meaning. It’s one thing to just talk, it’s another to be understood.

Weird Al tells The Enquirer that grammar is important to him, “Maybe it’s a little OCD of me to always want things to be correct. I let people slide more if it’s casual conversation or even social media, but when I get a press release from a record label or see an article in print with a glaring grammatical mistake, the hairs on the back of my neck go up. I don’t know why. It just feels like people should know better.”

The song “Word Crimes” highlights the common grammatical errors that people tend to make. Here’s the music video that also provides visualization for the errors. As well, it adds some of its own such as the misspelling of the word moron by replacing the last O with an A.

There are quite a few grammatical issues that the song brings up as well as some potentially not well-known definitions. Let’s go through them all in the order they appear in the song so you can listen along.

Conjugate Definition

  1. Grammar – Give the different forms of (a verb in an inflected language such as Latin) as they vary according to voice, mood, tense, number, and person.
    ‘Conjugating allows a sentence to vary. Like the moon or politicians’

Nomenclature Definition

  1. The devising or choosing of names for things, especially in a science or other discipline.
    ‘The scientific nomenclature for a narwhale is Monodon monoceros. The Tumblr nomenclature of a narwhale is a sea unicorn’

Noun Definition 

  1. A word (other than a pronoun) used to identify any of a class of people, places, or things (common noun), or to name a particular one of these (proper noun).
    ‘Weird Al, Dylanna Fisher, Keyboard, “Blurred Lines”, Doodle and Teddy bear are all nouns

Preposition Definition

  1. A word governing, and usually preceding, a noun or pronoun and expressing a relation to another word or element in the clause, as in ‘the man on the platform’, ‘she arrived after dinner’, ‘what did you do it for?’.
    Examples include on, in after, during.

When It’s Less or It’s Fewer

Less and fewer both mean that something isn’t as much as another thing, but they have two different applications. Less refers to singular mass nouns or quantity or a mass of things. These are things that can’t be counted. Fewer refers to specific numbers or specific nouns. These are things that are easily counted. In the video, it compares bottles and the liquid in the bottles. There is less liquid in the bottle but fewer bottles.

You have less money but fewer dollars

She has less morality. She has fewer puppies. (not necessarily related)

I have less trust. I also have fewer cookies. (Also not necessarily related)

I Could Care Less

In a typical conversation, I could care less and I couldn’t care less generally mean the same thing – that someone just doesn’t care.

The literal interpretation, however, sets these two as very different. I couldn’t care less means that you already care the least you possibly can. It’s not possible for you to care less. You just don’t give a fudge.

Though with the literal interpretation of I could care less, it means that you do care at least a little. There is some amount even if it’s just teeny-weeny. This phrase literally means that you care.

The Right Pronoun

This could mean the politically correct use of proper pronouns for those that are transitioning or non-binary. In this case, he may be going for more of the grammatical spin of using the right pronoun for writing a point of view for first person, second person, and third person.

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First Person is how we talk when we talk about ourselves, our ideas, our actions. This perspective uses first-person pronouns such as I, me, my, minemyself, we, us, our, and ourselves

“I’m writing this example while listening to Weird Al”

Second-Person Point of View is where someone is talking about someone else. It uses second-person pronouns of you, your, yours, yourself, yourselves.

“You are an amazing writer; writing all the things.”

Third-Person Point of View takes it a step away from the second person and uses third person pronouns such as he, him, his, himself, she, her, hers, herself, it, its, itself, they, them, their, theirs, and themselves. It’s typically seen as the disembodied narrator in novels.

‘Sarah was still looking for that pineapple when the sun came up’

People do talk about themselves in the second or third person which can get kind of weird in normal conversation. However, it’s used for comedic effect or impressions or emphasis. Here’s an example from Ellen DeGeneres.

It’s Versus Its

Its is possessive which means that whatever the subject is, is in possession or ownership of something else. It doesn’t have an apostrophe.

“The cat ate its dinner loudly”

“The monkey freaked everyone out by escaping from its cage”

It’s is a contraction for it is or it has. For this one, you use an apostrophe.

“It’s an amazing keyboard you have there”

“It’s been great having you here with me. Awkward but great. 

Contraction Definition

  1. The process of becoming smaller.
    ‘The girl seemed to contract into herself at the mention of an oral presentation ’
  2. A word or group of words resulting from shortening an original form.
    ‘Would’ve is a contraction of would and have’

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The word contraction means to push or crush things together. In grammatical terms, it means to squeeze two words together to make it shorter by taking away letters and replacing them with an apostrophe. Such as It’s in the previous paragraph. Other examples of contractions include Haven’t (have not), Shouldn’t (should not), Goodbye (God be with ye), and ’tisn’t (it is not). The last one is rather old and not used much but it just sounds cool.

Syntax Definition

  1. The arrangement of words and phrases to create well-formed sentences in a language.
    ‘The syntax of English is rather complicated making it beautiful in a confusing way’

Words That Don’t Have X in Them

This is a kind of commonly misspelled words; words that sound like they should have an X, but they don’t. Neither espresso nor ecstasy has an X in it. Some other commonly misspelled words include schedule, weather, tomorrow, dilemma, and necessary.

Dangling Participles

When a participle dangles, it means that the subjects aren’t connected to the action in a way that makes sense.

“Walking to the kitchen, the garbage can tripped me” is a dangling participle. It seems like the garbage is walking to the kitchen as it’s tripping me. A correct version of the sentence that fixes the dangling participle is “Walking to the kitchen, I trip over the garbage can”. There are other ways to fix a grammatically incorrect sentence including completely rewriting the sentence to not include a participle. “I walked into the kitchen and tripped on the garbage can” or “In the kitchen, I tripped on the garbage can” or “The garbage can is possessed and it tripped me”. There are options.

Oxford Comma Definition

  1. A comma used after the penultimate item in a list of three or more items, before ‘and’ or ‘or’. Also, it’s called the serial comma
    “In your tea, would you like honey, sugar, cane sugar, brown sugar, demerara Sugar, stevia, or agave sugar?”

This is an optional comma, according to the Oxford Dictionary.

“It’s known as the Oxford comma because it was traditionally used by printers, readers, and editors at Oxford University Press.  Not all writers and publishers use it, but it can clarify the meaning of a sentence when the items in a list are not single words”

As long as you are consistent throughout your document and are complying with the style guide put out by the publisher or company or style that you’re writing for, you can choose to have it or not.

Using Letters For Words

This is a kind of text speak as it’s easier to type a single letter rather than a whole word. Using letters for words is really common while texting or on social media. In formal writing such as academics, professional, and romantic letters, it’s best to use the full words.

Use A Spell Checker

The quickest way to check for small errors is to use a spell checker. In Microsoft Word documents you can edit the settings of the spell checker to check for a range of things or to ignore certain mistakes.

If you’re on the internet you can add extensions to your browser to add a spell checker or a grammar checker such as Grammarly or Languagetool. These will automatically check for any errors in your typing.

There are also online grammar checkers that you simply copy and paste your writing into and it’ll check for more than just spelling. Some of them check for passive language, informal terms, hidden verbs, capitalization errors and so on.

However, it never hurts to check your writing one last time through proofreading.

Write Words Using Numbers

This is similar to other kinds of text speech. It’s easier to replace a string of letters with one number. Gr8 instead of Great or 4 instead of for are examples.

Weird Al references Prince in this section as he has several albums that use numbers for words in their titles such as 20Ten (2010), Rave Un2 the Joy Fantastic (1999), The Vault… Old Friends 4 Sale (1999), and Girl 6 (1996).

He isn’t the only artist that does this but Weird Al added it in as a bit of a “nudge”. He tells Vulture that there’s another reason for referencing Prince. “Well, you know, it’s a direct reference to the fact of his song titles that use the numbers and the letters and things like that. But also, it’s a little nudge. At the time, Prince was still with us and for decades, he’s sort of been my scapegoat because he was always the one guy that has historically and famously never let me do any parodies. So, any time I could give him a little nudge.”

Proofreaders

Proofreading is one of the best ways to edit work. Whether you do it or someone else does, it’s a great way to catch any errors that computers just can’t catch. These are things like flow, rhythm, meaning, context, and semantics. There are a lot of resources that can help including CP style guide, Canadian Writer’s Reference, and Purdue Online Writing Lab to name a very limited few.

Cunning Linguist

This is a bit of a double entendre for the word cunnilingus. When sung, it sounds like cunnilingus which is the female form of fellatio. Weird Al explains, “I know a lot of kids listen to my music, but that’s one of the kinds of things where hopefully the parents will get a kick out of it and it’ll go over the kid’s head.”

Homophones 

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Homophones are words that sound similar but have different meanings. It’s important to use the right one to keep the meaning of your writing exact and correct.

“They’re, There, and Their”

“To, Two, and Too”

“New and Knew

Homophones are different from synonyms which are words with the same meaning that don’t sound alike.

“Sadness and Misery”

“Anger and Rage”

“Water and H2O”

Diagram A Sentence

Diagramming a sentence is a way of breaking down the sentence and being able to visually see all the different building blocks that make up the sentence. It’s not used a lot but it is helpful for learning how sentences are put together. If you want to know the steps, head over to Wikihow to diagram your own sentences.

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Who Versus Whom

Who and whom are really similar. Only a letter apart but like son and sun, there is a difference. Who means to ask “what or which person or persons?”. Whom is used instead of who as the object of the verb or preposition, the object is having something done to them.

If you answer the question with he/she/they then it’s who

‘Who is that?’

‘Who is the host of the party?’

If you answer the question with him/her/them then it’s whom

‘He kissed whom?’

‘Whom did you choose?’

Quotation Marks for Emphasis

To be grammatically correct, there are a few ways to use quotation marks and a few ways to not.

Yes. Do use quotation marks.

  • Put them around direct quotes.
    James said, “I love fireworks”
  • Use them to mark the titles of smaller works like articles, songs, poems, chapters. For larger ones, like books, plays, anthologies, and albums, you use italics or underlining.
    “Interviewing Chetreo“, “Torn” by Natalie Imbruglia, “Ten Honest Thoughts on Being Loved by a Skinny Boy” by Rachel Wiley
  • If there’s a term that’s unfamiliar to your audience or is used in a nonstandard way, then use quotations.
    Then the concept of “Otaku” culture is further discussed in the lecture
  • If a nontechnical term is used in a technical sense use quotations.
    The theory examines the way that messages “travel” from the speaker to the audience

No. don’t use quotations marks.

  • Don’t use quotation marks for emphasis, use italics instead.
    I’m for sure, “absolutely” sure. 
  • Don’t put quotation marks around indirect quotes or paraphrasing.
    Yeah, I heard him say that he “wanted to ask her out” 
  • If you’re using cliches or other overused expressions, don’t use quotation marks.
    It’s just “water under the bridge” Janet. 
  • Don’t put quotation marks around yes or no if they’re used alone.
    He said “no”. 
  • If you use the phrase so-called, don’t use quotation marks around the word afterward.
    They’re the so-called “owner” of the restaurant.

Doing Good or Doing Well

These are two often used responses to the question “How are you doing?”

Doing good means that you are actively doing good, or participating in making the world a better place. It’s altruistic but doesn’t really answer the question.

Doing well means that you and your circumstances are good. This is what people mean when they say they’re doing good.

Irony Versus Coincidence 

Irony and coincidence are very often confused with one another.

Irony suggests a binary, an opposite or a contradiction to the outcome. For example, irony would be a fire engine on fire or a vegan chef at a BBQ restaurant.

Coincidence suggests chance or fate or a fluke. Rain on a parade isn’t ironic, it’s just a coincident. Seeing two people on the train that don’t know each other but are wearing the same outfit is an eerie coincident but not ironic.

Figurative Versus Literal

Literal Definition

  1. In a literal manner or sense; exactly.
    ‘She literally punched me’
  2. [informal] Used for emphasis while not being literally true.
    ‘I was laughing so hard, I literally died’

Literally is meant to be used in the exact sense, without exaggeration. It’s what’s actually happening. However, it’s been used more and more in informal settings to be used as an intensifier. It’s becoming synonymous with figurative even to the point of being included in the definition in some dictionaries.

 Figurative Definition
  1. Departing from a literal use of words; metaphorical.
    ‘She was figuratively flying’
  2. Artwork representing forms that are recognizably derived from life
    Their artwork is figurative of something.
    ‘This artwork is figurative of 1920’s romanticism’

Figuratively is meant for the figurative, the metaphorical. It’s about what’s happening in a figurative sense.

Errant Definition 

  1. Straying from the accepted course or standards.
    An errant poet decides to write in full sentences’
  2. Not in the right place; having moved from the correct position or course.
    ‘An errant string hangs from her Bruce Banner sweater’

Writing in Emoji’s

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Emojis are fun and cute. In a casual setting, they help to convey meaning in text messaging when there isn’t any tone or body language or facial expressions. However different emojis could mean different things to different people and different situations. They’re great for casual conversations as long as they add to the meaning and don’t muddle it. Also, don’t use them in an academic essay.


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Tell me in the comments, what word crime annoys you the most?

Interviewing Chetreo

Chetreo is one of the artists showcased in the Rick and Morty article about Rick and Morty themed covers and remixes. “The Universe Is Yours” and “A Really Long Time” are the particular songs from the article.

Chetreo is a Swedish music producer with a passion for both entertainment and music. In the 13 years since Chetreo joined YouTube, he has over 35 million views and 132k subscribers. On his YouTube channel, he explains that “I try to combine my love for video games and movies with my passion for music”.

Combining content from video games, movies, and shows with sound manipulation, he creates fantastic remixes. Chetreo has created remixes of a range of entertainment including Rick and Morty (of course), American Dad, Adventure Time, South Park, Bob’s Burgers, Shaun of the Dead, Lord of the Rings and even Google Translate amo9ng countless others.

Here’s a Q&A from Chetreo with some of the most common questions that fans have asked him.

Below are the questions and answers from the interview between me and Chetreo.

How was your experience creating the Rick and Morty Remixes? Was there an aspect that stood out to you?
It was a fun project. I didn’t expect myself to make one for each and every episode of season 3 but people really seemed to like them and I felt a big sense of accomplishment when I was done.

Why did you start doing remixes of shows and movies?
I’ve always been interested in manipulating sounds. Movies and shows were just a way to get material to work with.

What’s the typical process of creating a remix?
I usually start out with watching the source material a couple of times while playing my guitar. When I have found a melody or rhythm I like, I start building the track around that.

How did you start on YouTube?
My channel is about as old as YouTube itself. YouTube is a huge part of my daily life and I guess I’ve always wanted to contribute with content.

How has YouTube helped you gain a following? What do you notice increases the number of likes and/or subscribers?
Keeping a schedule helps a lot. There are ways to make YouTube’s algorithms favor your videos. But when you’re creating something artistic, like music, it’s hard to force something if you’re not feeling it. People just sharing the video will always be the most effective way though!

Who are your musical influences?
Anything that’s upbeat and energetic is an influence on me. I started out playing music in punk rock bands. So, I guess that’s where it started.

Punk rock bands? How was that?
It was a good way to practice your songwriting and musical skills! I don’t think you’ll find anything online about the bands though.

How do you think YouTube functions as a platform for musicians that do covers, parodies, and remixes?
I think YouTube is a great platform for things like that. The concept of “fair use” needs to become more straightforward and unambiguous though as many people/companies/countries have different interpretations of it!

How do you feel about the internet in the music business?
It’s both great and not so great. On one hand, I have access to this huge audience and can put out as much music as I want. But on the other hand, I’m just a small speck of dust in this new age consumption of music. I kinda miss buying a record and listening to it until you know every bit of sound on the album. I know you’re still able to do that, but it rarely happens with me when I’m spoiled with Spotify, YouTube etc… Copyright concerns are rather prevalent in covers, parodies, and remixes.

What do you think of the concept of fair use?
I think fair use is a greatly misunderstood term both from creators and content owners. Creators underestimate their rights and content owners don’t really see the positive aspects of having their content manipulated by creators. I know my remixes of shows and movies, for example, have made people actually watch the original content. I get comments like that every day.

What are some projects you have in progress right now?
I’m currently doing commissions for record labels and other YouTube channels but I have some collabs planned with other YouTubers in the future.

Which labels have commissioned music from you?
Mostly smaller, Swedish labels and corporations. I’m currently mixing an album for Enstöring Music.

What advice would you give to musicians just starting out on YouTube?
‘Have fun doing what’re you doing’ is probably the most cliché thing I can say but it really is true. I’ve been making remixes since about 2011 and just got a bigger following this year.

Where do you see Youtube in 10 years?
I think it (hopefully) still will be around. The community, however, might be split up on other video streaming services considering the dissatisfaction from the YouTube creators (The Adpocalypse).

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Hopefully, still making music in some way or form! It’s still pretty uncertain as I’m fresh out of college but I hope YouTube plays a big part of what I become.

Here are a few of his other songs, feel free to check out the rest of his YouTube.

Tell me your favorite Chetreo Remix in the comments!

Cranberry’s lead Singer, Dolores O’Riordan died.

“It is with great sadness that I have learned of the death of Dolores O’Riordan, musician, singer and songwriter. Dolores O’Riordan and The Cranberries had an immense influence on rock and pop music in Ireland and internationally. I recall with fondness the late Limerick TD Jim Kemmy’s introduction of her and The Cranberries to me, and the pride he and so many others took in their successes. To all those who follow and support Irish music, Irish musicians and the performing arts her death will be a big loss.”

 Michael Higgins, President of Ireland

 

The world has lost another fantastic musician. The lead singer of the band, Cranberry, died earlier this January. Dolores O’Riordan died at the age of 46 at a London hotel.

Cranberries started in 1989 in Limerick as an Irish rock band. Originally, the band was led by Niall Quinn only to be replaced a year later as O’Riordan became the lead singer. The name then changed to simply The Cranberries shortly after.

Along with guitarist Noel Hogan, bassist Mike Hogan, and drummer Fergal Lawler, they made up the indie rock back that brought classics such as “Linger” (1993), and “Zombie” (1994). During the 1990’s they had risen to global fame with O’Riordan as their new lead singer. Through the 1990’s, Cranberries sold over 15 million albums in the United States alone.

“‘Linger’ was the first song I wrote after joining the Cranberries,” O’Riordan told Rolling Stone in 2017, “We never imagined it’d be such a big hit.”

She wrote the song after being publicly dumped by a guy. O’Riordan explains in an interview with The Guardian.

“I couldn’t wait to see him again. But at the next disco, he walked straight past me and asked my friend to dance. I was devastated. Everyone saw me being dumped, publicly, at the disco. Everything’s so dramatic when you’re 17, so I poured it into the song,” She continues.

Choir cover by Choir! Choir! Choir!

Acoustic cover by Brenda Andrus, Mike Massé, and Jeff Hall

Mariachi cover by Mariachi Entertainment System

Cover by Brendan Ryan

Cover by Estranged

Cover by Ramona Rox

Cover by The Heat & the Homespot

Rest in peace, Dolores.

Carry On My Wayward Sisters

“Once I rose above the noise and confusion
Just to get a glimpse beyond the illusion
I was soaring ever higher, but I flew too high
Though my eyes could see I still was a blind man
Though my mind could think I still was a mad man
I hear the voices when I’m dreamin’, I can hear them say”
Carry On My Wayward” by Kansas

Wayward Sisters is a spin off series of Supernatural. Their first episode was a backdoor pilot on Supernatural’s season 13 episode 10 of the same name. It’s pretty exciting for everyone in the fandom (Trust me, I’m in the fandom). The spin off series lets the Supernatural universe branch off in a different way. The series is telling stories from the perspective  of Supernatural’s women.

In an interview with Sydney Bucksbaum of The Hollywood Reporter, Kim Rhodes, the actor that plays Sheriff Jody mills explains it really well. This spin-off series is not about women taking the spotlight away from men, it’s about sharing the spotlight.

Rhodes explains, “I want a bigger game. I want a bigger playing field. I want more. This isn’t about, ‘Finally it’s the girls’ turn!’ It’s more about expanding the perspective and honoring the fact that we are now able to tell a story from points of view that we haven’t seen before.”

In the same interview, Briana Buckmaster who plays Sheriff Donna Hanscum, agrees, “We’re not trying to say, ‘Our turn or move over.’ We’re trying to say, ‘Here we come.’ Equality in terms of ‘We want to play, too.'”

They agree that this can provide a kind of empowerment to women without taking anything away from the narratives and characters that already exist. It’s a way to add to the universe not replace it.

“I want empowerment for everyone through good storytelling and valid points of view that represent voices that haven’t been represented yet. Within that, if people tie that to political movements and to the explosion of feminine power, I love that and I want that to be done in the spirit of inclusivity and expansion.” Rhodes continues.

To drive the point, the title of Wayward Sisters is a word play on the lyrics of Supernatural’s theme song, “Carry on my Wayward Son”. This title is so perfect for a lot of reasons. The main characters in the shows are sisters and are as wayward as you can get in the Supernatural universe. It is beautiful wordplay on the iconic Kansas song.

Since a spin off is kind of like a cover, this post is meant to look at cover songs of the ever so fantastic and iconic song. Here are some covers of the theme song.

 

A powerful and phenomenal cover by Barone Produções

A fantastic cover and CMV or cosplay music video by Iacovos 

A soft and gorgeous lullaby cover by Tessa Netting

A stunning and simple cover by Styna Lane

A gorgeous violin cover by dcrow4.

An amazing cover by Quietdrive

A gorgeous cover at an open mic night by Daniel Mooney

A spectacular remix cover by Saul Merivot

A wicked metal cover by Within the Ruins

A fantastic acapella cover by Peter Hollens and Stevie T.

An amazing ASL cover by MPextended
This is the first ASL cover that I’ve put up on the blog and you can be sure it won’t be the last.

Because it’s nostalgic, emotional and makes me tear up every time I watch it, here’s the 200th episode also known as the musical episode.

Tell me what you think about the new spin off series and these spin off songs in the comments below!!

Jackie Chan And His Music Career

Jakie chan is a musician.

The purpose of the internet is to find new and amazing things, to connect people with ideas. I use the internet to find awesome covers and dig deeper to uncover them (Pun intended). Scrolling through Facebook, I found that Jackie Chan did a Cantonese cover of “I’ll make a man out of you” from Mulan (1998). I know that several celebrities will do cover songs but typically those are musicians specifically. It was interesting so I looked deeper.

Here’s a bit of a background. Jackie Chan is a martial arts actor known for martial art films and comedies. Born in 1954, he’s been starring in films since the age of eight. His first film was Big and Little Wong Tin Bar (1962) as a child actor. He’s currently known now for films such as Rush Hour (1998) and Shanghai Noon (2000). He’s been extremely successful as he’s made over 200 films. Here is an interview with Jackie Chan hosted by Stephen Colbert. They discuss a bit of his early life as well as his most recent film Foreigner (2017). When he was just seven, he began training at Chinese Opera Institute, a Hong Kong boarding school. With that in mind, it’s no surprise that he’s a skilled performer in more than just acting.

I could go on and on about Jackie Chan forever but that’s not the point of this article. If you want more information about Jackie Chan, you can check out his website.

I had to look into his musical career.  Jackie Chan’s musical career isn’t only cover songs. He also has own original music. Since 1984, he’s released over 20 albums in multiple languages including English, Cantonese, Mandarin, and Japanese. The first being Thank You (1984). If you’d like, check out his full discography. Then he sings for the soundtracks of many of his movies, including  The Spy Next Door (2010), The Myth (2005), New Police Story (2004), The Twins Effect (2003), and Police Story (1985). He sings the closing credits for the most recent film, Foreigner (2017).

Since you’re here for covers, let’s look at those now. He’s done quite a few covers including  Disney songs and love songs. In all of them, his voice and pitch are phenomenal.

Let’s start with Jackie Chan’s Cantonese cover of “I’ll make a man out of you”. This is the cover that started the research into Jackie Chan’s musical career and it’s gorgeous.

Jackie Chan also did a cover of another Disney song but from Aladdin (1992). He brings a whole new feel to the song “A Whole New World”. This is an absolutely gorgeous duet in mandarin; Nana Ou-Yang uses her cello to elevate the cover. The combined vocals between Nana Ou-Yang and Jackie Chan are delightful.

This is one of Jackie Chan’s earlier cover songs.  “Just for Tonight” is a cover which came out 2 years after the original by Gilbert Montagné in 1984. Its an upbeat song with happy vocals, a perfect song to bust a move to. Below are both the English and Cantonese versions.

“Unforgettable” is a smooth slow song originally by Nat King Cole. Jackie chan collaborated on this duet cover with Ani Difranco. The two of them together creates a song that is so sweet and slow. In this romantic song, their voices combinebeautifully.. I couldn’t find a youtube video but you can find it here.

Here’s a video with Jackie Chan on the Ellen Show having some fun. He’s performing “Can’t Help Falling in Love with You” originally by Elvis. I adore the original song. I adore Jackie Chan’s voice and I adore the cover version. The control he has over his pitch is fantastic. The clip below is short but it’s a beautiful example.

Here’s a clip from the Lopez show where Jackie Chan talks a bit about learning English before giving an example. Slower songs like country were easier to learn English from. Country songs are slower as opposed to other music genres such as rap. For the audience, he sings “Always on my Mind” originally by Elvis.

The next two aren’t really covers but instead, they are clips from movies where Jackie Chan and his co-stars sing a cover. It may not technically count but they are still fun and fantastic to watch.

In this scene, Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan sing a section of the “The Closer I Get to You” originally by Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway.

Skiptrace (2016) has a scene with a cover of “Rolling in the Deep” by Adele. Jackie chan covers the song as a duet with Bingbing Fan and then several other members of the cast join in. It’s a fantastic scene with a collection of fantastic vocals.

 

The more you know, the more you can appreciate!
Give me a favorite Jackie Chan moment in the comments below.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas

“Welcome, Christmas, bring your cheer. Cheer to all Whos far and near. Christmas Day is in our grasp, so long as we have hands to clasp.”
-Narrator, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” (1966)

How the Grinch Stole Christmas is a holiday story originally written by Dr. Seuss in 1957. The story follows the meanness of the Grinch and his distaste for the Christmas holiday as tries to steal Christmas but later realizes that Christmas isn’t about the tangible. This is a feel-good story that criticizes the commercialization of Christmas and the prevalence of human cheer. It’s a cute holiday favorite.

There were quite a few adaptations of this story including a video game but the most well-known ones are the 1966 TV short and the 2000 film. Most of us have watched these movies about an Ebenezer Scrooge character trying to steal Christmas away from a bunch of happy Who’s. As we’re nearing Christmas, sharing Christmas cheer with a Christmas classic would provide some Christmas cover fun. Here’s the soundtrack for the 2000 and 1966 version if you’re feeling nostalgic.

The film (2000) and the TV short (1966) adaptations had one song in common “You’re a Mean One Mr. Grinch”. The lyrics were written by Dr. Seuss and then sung by Thurl Ravenscroft (1966) and Jim Carrey (2000).

Here is a handful of phenomenal covers, for your audio pleasure. These range from classical, to punk, to jazz, to instrumental. Enjoy.

Jordan Smith provides a fantastic cover with amazing vocals. Accompanied by a large orchestra, the song sounds amazing. Together it’s a powerful song.

Famous for a century does a hard punk cover. The vocals are deep and smooth. Combined with the hard rock instrumentals, it’s a captivating cover or “You’re a Mean One Mr. Grinch”.

The Moonshiners covered “You’re a Mean One Mr. Grinch” with an awesome jazzy feel. Her vocals are phenomenal with good control over range and pitch. It’s a cover you can definitely dance to.

Alex Heflin provides an acoustic cover which sounds beautiful. He combines several instruments to create a mesmerizing cover perfect for the holidays.

Small Town Titans give a mind-blowing cover of “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch”. They describe it as a “dark, bluesy, sinister version.” And they’re right. The hard rock instrumental and the deep vocals give an amazing new sound to the song.

“I’m glad he took our presents. You can’t hurt Christmas, Mr. Mayor, because it isn’t about the… the gifts or the contest or the fancy lights. That’s what Cindy’s been trying to tell everyone… and me. I don’t need anything more for Christmas than this right here: my family.”
-Cindy Lou Who, How the Grinch Stole Christmas 2000

Let me know what you think about the Grinch in the comments and have a great Holiday Season!

Punk Goes Christmas: Deluxe Edition

Happy holidays from me, and of course from Fearless Records (I’m a bit biased towards punk music). Here is the Punk Goes Christmas: Deluxe Edition. If you’re looking to spice up your holiday with some alternative Christmas songs, then this album is perfect for you.

Here’s a list of punk Christmas covers thanks to the Punk Goes.. series. It’s been out since the November 2015, as a re-release of the 2013 Christmas album. The deluxe edition has everything from the previous Christmas albums and a bit more. This album doesn’t just contain covers, however. They have original songs from New found glory, all time low, real friends, among many others. It’s a perfect way to spike your gatherings.

Fearless Records is bringing the holiday season some punk cheer. Check out the fantastic tracklist, and the YouTube playlist.

  1. “Nothing For Christmas” by New Found Glory
  2. “Fool’s Holiday” by All Time Low
  3. “I Had A Heart” by Real Friends
  4. “12 Days Of A Pop-Punk Christmas” by Jarrod Alonge
  5. “Father Christmas” by Man Overboard (Originally By The Kinks)
  6. “This Christmas” by The Summer Set (Originally By Donny Hathaway)
  7. “There Will Be No Christmas” by Crown The Empire
  8. “Christmas Lights” by Yellowcard (Originally By Coldplay)
  9. “Home Alone Theme” by August Burns Red (Originally By John Williams)
  10. “Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays” by Issues (Originally By ‘N Sync)
  11. “All I Can Give You” by Jason Lancaster
  12. “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” by Being As An Ocean (Originally By Judy Garland)
  13.  “I Don’t Wanna Spend Another Christmas Without You” by The Ready Set
  14. “Sleigh Ride”  by This Wild Life (Originally By Arthur Feidler And The Boston Pops Orchestra)
  15. “This Christmas (I’ll Burn It To The Ground)” by Set It Off
  16. “Do You Hear What I Hear?” by William Beckett (Originally By The Harry Simeone Chorale)

Tell me which ones are your favorites from this album and have an amazing holiday!

A Leo Moracchioli Cover

“I fink you freeky” is originally produced by Die Antwoord and then later covered by Leo Moracchioli. This cover song popped up on my YouTube feed and I thought it is a fantastic combination of a great band and phenomenal cover artist. It is only been out a little more than a week and the music video has already gotten over 33k likes and 515,351 views. 15 of those are probably mine but that’s beside the point.
Anyway, it has some mature themes so you have been warned.

Let us start with the original song to compare.

It’s a fantastic song, to begin with. Die Antwoord have a distinct style. So it’s always interesting to see how cover artists cover the song, to see how similar or dissimilar the cover ends up being.

Then we go into the cover, which is fairly different from the original. Obviously, the first main difference is the style. Die Antwoord is very much a hip-hop, electronica style whereas Leo Moracchioli covers songs with a metal flair. It’s really cool to listen to it. Check it out.

The introduction was really well done as it mirrored the original but it probably could have done without it. It did add a bit to make it similar to the original and to add some intrigue to the music video but it seemed to be a bit extraneous. That’s really minor though as Leo has created a phenomenal cover.

For the main part, the music is fantastic. His use of instrumentals is great. Leo copies the beat to give the same upbeat feeling but with a metal flair. He takes the music and really makes it his own.

The impressive part is Leo’s rapping. Yolandi and Ninja are awesome rappers, he does a really good job of mimicking both of them. Yolandi has been compared to Nicki Minaj as a female rapper. Female rappers should be highlighted in the music world more because they are fantastic. Leo takes the entire song with lyrics from both Ninja and Yolandi into his own vocal style. They translate really really well into the metal cover. He then adds vocal growls throughout the song. The timing of these is really well-chosen. It adds a more metal flavour to the overall song.

The outro of the song is the same in both, where the instrumentals die down and the last few lines are essentially whispered. It’s done extremely well.

The actual music video was fantastic. Its different from the original’s video that has the entire video mainly in dark colours and rather dark themes. Leo’s music video was dark but in a whimsical metal sort of way. There were bright colours glowing under black light. The use of black lights and black light sensitive paint are an amazing touch. It’s quite pretty. Then the editing matches the music fantastically. The transitions match the beat of the song to create an energetic feel. As always, the contacts are great.

Overall, Leo has made another breathtaking cover. Check out some of his other covers on his YouTube channel here.

 

Let me know how you feel about it in the comments below!!

Cover Artists: Leigh And Liam

Leigh and Liam are a fantastic duo for cover songs. Together as Mr. and Mrs. Trask, they make music that shares a common message, that “life is worth living, and love is worth trying.”

I mentioned them before in the blog post, Major and Minor Key covers, with their cover of Love yourself. It’s a gorgeous duet cover done in the minor key.

Leigh was born in Forest, Virginia, and Liam is from Memphis, Tennessee. Currently, they are based out of Nashville. Their influences include Radiohead, Muse, Civil Wars, The Bird & The Bee and Lorde. Beyond these influences, they bring forward their own classical, yet bluesy kind of sound.

They have two main sections or sessions of music; On the Moon Sessions and Living room Sessions.

“On The Moon Sessions are inspired by the whimsical nature of the world around us. These live(ish) videos seek to work with nature and man to highlight love in any environment — whether we be on the moon, under the sea, or in a tree.”

These showcase a few original songs of theirs. Check them out….

“Living Room Sessions are our homage to some of our favorite tunes. Come hang out on the couch with us!”

These are their main playlist of fantastic covers.

 

Tell me what you think below!
If you have any suggestions for cover artists in your area, let me know in the comments.