Sunday, September 28, 2008
PDQ Bach's "Art of the Ground Round"
(Portrait of PDQ, from wiki)
I'm sure that there are people out there that know of PDQ Bach, but I haven't met any of them. So, I'm hoping to spread the infection a bit. PDQ Bach was one of the many sons of Johann Sebastian Bach, but not one of the talented ones. Composer Peter Schickele has made a career of "discovering PDQ compositions on commission", and he presents a number of these so-called "works" in live concerts. If you like classical music, you probably already know of PDQ, and if you hate classical, you'll love PDQ.
One of my favorite pieces is the "Art of the Ground Round", a parody of the style of music known as "a round". When people sing "Row, Row Your Boat" in turn, that's a "round". The "Art of the Ground Round" completely destroys this style of music. Check out the lyrics below and try to see what happens to them when they're sung in "round" style.
Loving is as easy as falling off a log, a cattle of a cat and a doggle of a dog, dog.
When you're hot you know you're hot, and when you're not you're not. Hot.
Cold, cold loving is hard but hot, hot.
Please, kind sir, that portrait I see, if that's your daughter present her to me.
Look! Her face could launch a thousand ships, thousand ships, thousand ships.
Very well, it can be arranged, if you please, sit you down, make yourself at home,
While she's up dressing she'll be down in a jiffy,
she's up dressing she'll be down in a jiffy, jiffy, jiffy, jiffy.
The next one's not a real round, but it's the one I like the best.
Jane, my Jane. You are my queen.
For your hair is your crown.
And your breath is like down.
With your eyes black as nuns,
And your face like the suns,
You are my queen.
That you remove when you retire.
Wind of a compost heap on fire.
Like nuns they cross themselves each day.
Set over Pittsburgh USA.
For a day.
There's other pieces in the set, but I'll let you discover them by yourself. If you like this music, please support Peter by buying his albums. If you don't like this music, then let's talk "Weird Al"...