Wings are Handy Things

Getting three chickens, at the start of last year’s lockdown, prompted my friends to ask if I knew what I was letting myself in for. Clarifying, they followed up with the question, “In about four years, when they stop laying, how are you going to feel about...

The Perfect Musical Partnership

First of all, thanks for your messages and for subscribing to my new youtube music-video: Your Car’s Too Big If you haven’t seen it go now! Here’s the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fzx7kbfSkAU Apparently, some of you found it so catchy you were...

A Little Corner of Parodies 3 (6 writing tips)

Most parody writers freely admit that they do them because it’s simply too difficult to write good original songs. And yes, while parodies are far easier to write than originals, a great parody still takes thought and care. Below I offer you 6 song-writing tips to...

Trouble in Parodies 2

Although it can be a legal grey area (with multiple shades of grey), for the most part it’s actually perfectly legal to parody an artistic work under “fair use” laws. This is because of two landmark court cases that clarified the once murky situation for parody...

A Taste of Parodies 1

Parody is a fun way to get into song-writing. But what is it exactly? And are there pitfalls when making a mockery of someone else’s work? My friend Ruth said she’d heard a busker making a decent job of Brand New Key (The Rollerskate Song) by Melanie. I had to google...
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