Monday, 18 October 2010

New Song: The Soundcheck Song




How many singers does it take to change a lightbulb?

One.
Two.
One two.
One two check.
Mic check one two…

That's right pretty much the whole of my new song is based on that joke (with a little reinforcing of musical stereotypes to fill it out).





The bridge cycles through the circle of fifths and indeed does go to the tonic (A) from the fifth (E). I know that’s the kind of self-referential painting the 4th wall you post modern ironic hipsters dig but it’s not that clever - Leonard Cohen did it first in Hallelujah.

I couldn’t fit the lyrics into the 2nd verse so I just added an extra beat. Yes I am crazy-dangerous.

This recording has something in common with every Star Wars, Indiana Jones & Lord Of The Rings film. Do you know what it is?

It’s one of the few love songs I’ve written. I don’t really do love songs. If you’ve listened to the song I’m sure you’ve figured that out already.

My childhood friend and band mate Mark Nelson used to count in “one two nine cheese sandwich” and even more off putting things.

Thanks to fellow teacher Colin Rosenwould for playing the role of ‘disgruntled keyboard player’ at short notice.

Yes that is Eruption that I’m playing (badly) at the end. What else are soundchecks for?


Here’s the lyrics

The Soundcheck Song


Every drummer needs a soundcheck
Every singer needs one too (1, 2, mic check, 1, 2)
Every drummer needs a soundcheck
Every singer needs one too (1 2 mic check 1 2)
Every drummer, every singer needs a soundcheck
But they don’t need one as bad as I need you.

Every bassist needs a soundcheck
Keyboard players need one too
Every bassist needs a soundcheck
Keyboard players need one too
Every bassist and keyboard player needs a soundcheck
But they don’t need one as bad as I need you.

I need you, bad as this 12 bar blues needs a bridge
I need you as bad as I need to get back to the tonic from the fifth.

Every guitarist needs a soundcheck…(if only to massage their own egos…)
Every guitarist, every bassist, every keyboard player,
Every drummer, every singer needs a soundcheck…
But they don’t need one as bad as I need you.

© Matt Blick 2010

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12 comments:

  1. Wow, this is basically the best thing I've ever heard! And I don't mean that in a post ironic hipster way. I think.

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  2. That is hilarious!! superb Matt.

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  3. Thanks so much guys! This is the most enthusiastic reception I've gotten since The Eglon Song!

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  4. I think it is the comedy angle! :D

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  5. Great job, Matt. This is what we in Maine call a "hoot."

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  6. Loving the album art work for the sound check song. Colin rather over egged his part I thought.

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  7. This recording has something in common with every Star Wars, Indiana Jones & Lord Of The Rings film. Do you know what it is?

    The scream when the Guitarist rightly gets shot!

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  8. Congratulations Mat - it's the legendary Wilhelm Scream you win a years supply of sunlight.

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  9. This sounds super! Sharp and edgy. This is more like the kind of music I try to make. I’m not sure of this Tozier guy we keep hearing about would fully approve of the poetic profoundness of the lyrics …:-)

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  10. Thanks so much Rob! And don't worry about Tozier - as his latest post is all about fart gags and cuss words I don't think he'd have much problem...

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