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That four-beat pattern from the Doctor Who episode "The End of Time" is a lot less creepy and ominous if one starts humming/whistling Ravel's Bolero along with it.
 
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"... And can you, can you imagine fifty people a day, I said fifty people a day walking out singin' a bar of "Alice's CEGEP" and walking in. And friends they may think it's a movement.

"And that's what it is, the Alice's CEGEP Anti-Fee-Increase Movement, and all you got to do to join is sing it the next time it comes around on the guitar."
 
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Now it is the month of May-ing
Fa-la-la-la-la la-la la la
When the mer-ry lads are play-ing
Fa-la-la-la-la la-la la la
E-each with his bon-ny la-ass
Fa-la-la-la-la la-la la la
Down up-on the green-y gra-ass
Fa-la-la-la-la la-la la la

And so forth.

(You all know what the "fa-la-la"s are all about, right?)

Edited to add:

If you prefer a non-masculopresumptive version...

Now it is the month of Maying
Fa-la-la-(etc.)
With the merry lasses playing
Each with her bonny lads
Down upon the greeny grass

The non-heteronormative versions are trivial and I will leave them as an exercise for the reader.
 
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The horror is not ABBA crossed with Lovecraft.  Terence Chua's work is pretty well done and lots of fun.

The horror is ABBA crossed with Gregorian chant.  Or, for that matter, Elton John crossed with Gregorian chant, or Elvis with Gregorian chant.

It's not the concept I object to, not at all.  It's the execution.  Cheezy synthesized music.  Weird pronunciations -- they pronounce "Waterloo" to rhyme with "toe", not "too", even though they've got the hint from the next line of the verse.  Lumbering monotonic rhythm.  Chopped-down vocal range so the choir can all keep up.  The reduced range would at least make some sense if they were determined that the entire group had to sing all the notes, but in a few places they're doing multi-part  harmony, so that's not the case.  Just because you're the "Brothers of St. Gregory" doesn't make anything you sing "Gregorian chant".  It's just... painful.
 
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Last Sunday's Vinyl Cafe show featured a charming little song, "Your Personal Penguin", lyrics by Sandra Boynton, performance by former Monkee Davy Jones.  I did a quick search, and found that the song is on-line, along with a video with bits of the recording session.

The song is catchy, and riffs on Hoagy Carmichael's music for "Heart and Soul".

Last night I was having a bit of insomnia, and "Heart and Soul" kept running through my head.  I tried to derail it by thinking of other relaxing music, and immediately got into Pachelbel's "Canon in D".  Because there are some strong similarities in rhythm and tone pattern between the two.

And then I realized that the two pieces of music can almost certainly be combined.

Aargh.
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A few days ago, there was a brief discussion on the rec.music.filk newsgroup of "Madeira-ing" women at filk conventions -- that is, getting them to play the part of the young woman in a performance of Flanders and Swann's "Madeira M'Dear", as schtick.  The consensus was that it's not a good idea to do this unless the woman in question agrees to it and is familiar with the song, or at least has a good idea of what's going to happen or is otherwise expected to be comfortable with the role.

It's unquestionably a clever song, with extremely elegant word play.  But I've been increasingly uncomfortable with it over the years.  It is, after all, a humorous song about a foul codger getting an innocent young girl drunk so he can have sex with her.

And with the recent blow-up about Roman Polanski, with many prominent entertainers spouting justifications for his having done just about exactly that... the song seems a lot less amusing at the moment.

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