October 17, 2008

"Strange Names to Diseases"

A friend (who also happens to own this company) posted a little challenge for musicians the other day. He proposes that, as busy as everyone gets, there's always a little time for a special side project. He calls his challenge "The Side-Project-Generating Game":

Here's how it works:
  1. Go to the Wikipedia random article generator. The first random Wikipedia article you get is the name of your band.
  2. Go to Random Quotations at The last four words of the very last quote of the page is the title of your first album.
  3. Go to flickr's "explore the last seven days". Third picture, no matter what it is, will be your album cover.
  4. Write a song as your side project alter ego! One week. Get it done. Just live in the side project moment.
I knew I'd never have the time to write a song, but I played along with the first part just for fun. Here's what I got:

Band: Advanced Measurement Approach
Debut Album: "strange names to diseases"
(from "They certainly give very strange names to diseases."
Plato (427 BC - 347 BC))
Album cover (one that is, somehow, very appropriate):

This perfect image for my album was borrowed from j6 photo.

Oddly enough, something happened. I got inspired.  I "lived in the side project moment" and wrote a song.

I wrote some lyrics and can hear the tune in my head. It's a big band crooner piece that pays homage to the rama-lama-lama-ka-dingity-dingy-dong nonsensical lyric pieces that we all know and love. I know it's never going to be a platinum (or gold or even rusty steel) seller, but that's OK. I can live with that.

I've decided to share the lyrics here (copyright retained). Please note that my title song, "Strange Names to Diseases", isn't necessarily about social diseases, and is more likely about that other contagious disease they call love. Which, I guess, is a social disease (according to Bon Jovi). Ah, well. Here are the lyrics:

I don't know what she gave me.
I don't know what I got.
I don't know when I got it,
But, baby, it sure feels hot.

Is it the
hubba hubba hootchie mama
slippity sloppity slap
with the
boomin' bangin' bingo boingin'
clippity cloppity clap?

Is it the
zippin' nippin' red hot lippin'
bumpin' jumpin' beanie
or the
scooby dooby labba nooby
walla walla weeny?

Maybe my doctor can tell what
I got from our night of romance.
Now come on a little bit closer,
and see what is making me dance.


I can't get it out of my system
I've got it from dusk until dawn
There's only one thing that feels better
And that's when I'm passing it on


Oooooooooohhhhhhh, yeah!

What's the name of your musical side project?


Matt, Kara, Hunter and Cavan said...

ahahah it really sounds like you are describing some nasty std rather than love! Too funny.

Marian said...

Michael, you're certifiably nuts (in a good way, of course).....also creative and funny.

dogsled_stacie said...

I agree with Kara, I'm starting to itch from reading those lyrics.

Great album name though!!!!

Meandering Michael said...

C'mon! It's totally a love song!

Anonymous said...

love it!!!

Malva said...

Very funny! I guess the cover inspired you. And you were inspired by Randy's Vinyl Tap, Saturday's show was about nonsensical lyrics.

Meandering Michael said...

This posting got out BEFORE I heard Saturday's Vinyl Tap! If it hadn't been a rerun, I might have been vain enough to suggest that Randy had gotten the idea from me! :P