Do you ever get fixated on the rhythm of something like a clock or a knocking engine or a washing machine and think to yourself man, I could put music to this? I do that all the time. Evidently so does this guy, but unlike me he’s ambitious and talented and as a result he made the video I never got around to.
If you can hold it together when the fiddle kicks in, you’re stronger than I.
I heard this song as part of a Spotify playlist, and although the tune is really catchy, it’s weirding me out. In fact, it’s made worse by the catchiness of the tune. I’m walking around humming it, and then shaking myself and going “Oh god stop!” Here are some lyrics for you.
All you lonely sons and daughters
stepping to the raging waters
Let them swallow you forever
silencing your beating heart
Your voice echos in the distance
Over come by their persistence
Sleep now child beneath
the heavy current
dragging you along
ooooh oh oh and then you die x2
I would bet money that it’s “step into” but that’s not what the few lyrics sites that have the song are saying. But that’s beside the point. What in the hell is going on here? Am I missing a metaphor or something? On its face it sounds like “You’re lonely, go drown in a raging river in a mass suicide.” Over and over and over again.
And who is this band? I can’t find out a single thing about them. Are they someone else under an alias? Did William Melchert-Dinkel put together a band? Oh boy…I’m in trouble now.
It wasn’t this particular one, but a version of it popped up during a mix I was listening to on Spotify a while back. It’s the Travelin’ McCourys doing a bluegrass cover of that Let Her Go song that Passenger had all over the radio a couple years ago, and it’s pretty great.
We’ve posted a few different computer hardware musical creations here over the years, but nothing on this scale, I don’t think.
Polish engineer Paweł Zadrożniak built the Floppotron, a synchronized array of obsolete computer hardware programmed to play tunes. The current Floppotron 2.0 build sports 64 floppy drives, 8 hard drives, and a pair of flatbed scanners—most of these items have had their covers removed, apparently for improved acoustic performance.
Zadrożniak harnessed the power of the stepper motors in the floppy drives and scanners. By driving those motors at specific speeds, he can force them to generate pitches that sound a lot like string instruments. The hard drives can be gently overloaded to force the read/write heads to whack against metal guard rails—voila, percussion!
Saying it sounds “a lot like string instruments” is awfully generous, but that’s not me saying it isn’t pretty cool and even kinda good.
If you’d like to read more about how it all works and see more videos of it in action, here ya go.
I don’t use it much, but I have to say that the library here in Kitchener is doing a pretty good job of trying to stay relevant and useful in an age where all the world’s collected wisdom can be found just by asking Siri a question. Their latest idea? Lending out musical instruments.
Guitars, pianos and hand drums are all items you can now check out with your library card in Kitchener.
A new instrument lending program was launched Monday at the Kitchener Public Library, thanks to a 150-instrument donation from Sun Life Financial.
It’s all part of the library’s mission to transform from book lender to cultural hub, CEO Mary Chevreau told CBC K-W.
“I see the instruments as just another expansion of our literacy mission,” Chevreau said.
“We also are looking at literacy in a broader, more of a renaissance term of literacy. So we’re looking at digital literacy, of course very seriously here, but also cultural literacy and arts and music.”
Library patrons have said they want the opportunity to create their own content, Chevreau said during Monday’s launch.
“We need to be transitioning and transforming all the time,” Chevreau said.
So far, listed on the instruments page are acoustic bass guitars, regular acoustic guitars, banjos, violins, mandolins, ukuleles, keyboards, bongo drums, doumbeks, cajons and xylophones, which should be more than enough to start a pretty sweet band.
If you want to be the one to start that band, here’s how to check them out.
You must have a library card to borrow an instrument. Visitor and unconfirmed address cards are not eligible.
You may borrow 1 instrument per card at a time.
Instruments can be borrowed for 3 weeks, with up to 2 renewals allowed, and may be placed on hold.
Overdue instruments will be charged $1 per day late. A replacement fee will apply to lost or damaged items.
All musical instruments must be picked up at Central Library, and returned in-person to the Central Library circulation desk.
Pretty sure I hadn’t heard of Luke Nicholson before yesterday when I caught him on an episode of Humble and Fred, but I enjoyed his interview and man, did I ever like this song. If you’re planning a wedding, it might be a good one to work in someplace.
The nice fellow on the radio said that coming up he would have a song that would stick in our heads all day. That song, as you can see above, was The Candy Man by Sammy Davis Jr.
He is correct. That song is going to stick in my and Carin’s heads all day, but not for the reason he thinks. That’s because neither of us will ever be able to hear it again without singing the Bob Rivers version. That link should start playing a beautiful song a few seconds after you click it.
If you need some lyrics, they’re here as well as quoted below since some of the ads on that site, while not appearing to be malicious, are slowing down even my nice computer and I’m not making the rest of you deal with that just to read a song.
“All right my little children, gather round those groovy handicapped are here.
So tell me babe, so what kind of handicap do you have?”
“Well I had a motorcycle but it cost me an arm and a leg.”
“I can see that. Pretty groovy appliance. I bet the ladies dig it, hey babe?”
Who goes in the bathroom
Grabs the biggest stall
A handy metal railing
So they don’t slip in the bowl
The handicapped can
They handicapped can
‘Cause they got a special sticker
Makes them better than you
Makes us better than you
The handicapped park
Anywhere they want
Takin’ up the closest spaces
Zoomin’ in their wheelchair races
Spittle drippin’ down their faces
Yeah yeah yeah
Zippin’ through the crosswalk
On a motorized machine
Winning groovy medals
On their own Olympic team
Oh the handicapped can
The handicapped can
‘Cause they’re pals of Jerry Lewis
And the telethon crew
The handicapped can
‘Cause they are very special people
And they’re just like you
With some assholes too
“We are the handicapped babe, and we are groovy, know what I am saying? People love to take us shopping at Christmastime, ’cause we park so close to the mall.”