Tuesday, 20 August 2019

SINGABLE SATIRE: James Taylor Sings 'NESSUN DORMA' from 'TURANDOT'

WORDPLAY POST #181 (Aug 20)

PASTICHE with PARODY-LYRICS, inspired by the author attending a James Taylor concert at the North Charleston Coliseum, May 15, 2018.
ORIGINAL SONG#1(music)"Mexico", James Taylor 1975.
ORIGINAL SONG#2(lyrics): "Nessun Dorma", aria from the 3rd act of "Turandot" composed by Giacomo Puccini, first performed after his death in 1926. Translation of the libretto can be found on the Wikipedia link.
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PARODY COMPOSED: Giorgio Coniglio, September 2015, updated 2018.



Singing along with the famous arias brings the crowd out to the opera. You don’t have to know much Italian to understand the libretto here however; ‘ciao’, pronounced like ‘chow’, means ‘so long’. As the mythical princess-character was reinvented by a French author, her name is usually pronounced French-style with the final ‘t’ silent.   

JAMES TAYLOR SINGS ‘NESSUN DORMA'

(to the tune of "Mexico")

Way up here, opera season’s in gear
Tickets craved for ‘Nessun Dorma’ this year
To download – credit-card and name – Baby James.

Wow, “Turandot”!
Sounds so moving, I must see that show,
Or “TuranDOTT” – some folks thought Giacomo*
Said that before he said ‘ciao’.

French and German version of a Persian tale
‘Bout a Princess of China who detested all males.
Empathize with hero who’s beheaded if fails.

Wow, TuranDOTT!
Rang the gong, and her three riddles I got.
Kept my head but the next risk is the same,
I’ll die if she finds out my name.

'Nessun dorma' means that no one should sleep,
Not even the Princess who’s a sadistic creep.
Secret hid within me; if divulged, price is steep.

Wow! Turandot!
Might lose my life when the glaring sun shows
Or get a wife; I could still win this game,
If nobody finds out my name.

Vanish, o night! set stars, give me hope.
The folks back home must think I’m smoking some dope.
She’ll get a long kiss, end the silence, name on her lips.

Wow! The princess Turandot - 
Must be quite a beauty, but I don’t really know.
And oh-oh-oh-oh! Turandot
To close I’ll sing, ‘VincerĂ²’.  ** (riff on last line of aria)

Wow! “Turandot”!
A Puccini opera that I don’t really know
Oh, “Turandot
I guess I’ll have to go now.

Talking ‘bout “Turandot”    
Big ol’ op’ra-house playin’ “Turandot”...  fade


Giacomo Puccini, composer, died in 1924 before he had quite completed the opera “Turandot”. The aria “Nessun Dorma” in the third act is the best-known piece of music in this work.
** VincerĂ² (Italian) I will win; repeated x 3 as last words of the famous aria.





SONGLINK:  Click here to view on the blog 'SILLY SONGS and SATIRE' song-lyrics for a parody based on Another James Taylor favorite.



Thursday, 15 August 2019

TOURISTS' PALINDROMIC GUIDE: The OLD WORLD #1

WORDPLAY POST #180
This post represents a new direction, based in part on #174, Tourists' Palindromic Guide: The Americas #1.

SATIRE COMPOSED: Giorgio Coniglio, 2018. 
WORDPLAY LINK: Geographically focused concoctions are among the many palindromic treasures honored and displayed on this site. Check out the list of entries for "The Palindrome Suite" in the slide at the bottom of blogpost #179
SONGLINK: For those readers who like poetry set to music: You can find lots of singable limerick-medleys, as well as other types of song on our sister blog "SILLY SONGS and SATIRE", such as this recent postIn addition, some readers will be delighted (others will continue to groan) at our collection of songs based on palindromic phrases -- see the bottom of post #179.













Click here to continue to panels #7 through #12...

Saturday, 10 August 2019

TOURISTS' PALINDROMIC GUIDE: The Americas #1

WORDPLAY post #179

SATIRE COMPOSED: Giorgio Coniglio, 2018. 
WORDPLAY LINK: The panels showing palindromic phrases derived from geography of the Americas were originally displayed on Wordplay posts on this blog during the interval from January through April 2018. Geographically focused concoctions are among the many palindromic treasures honored and displayed on this site. Check out the list of entries for "The Palindrome Suite" in the slide at the bottom of this post. 

SONGLINK: For those readers who like poetry set to music: You can find lots of singable limerick-medleys, as well as other types of song on our sister blog "SILLY SONGS and SATIRE", such as this recent post.

In addition, some readers will be delighted (others will continue to groan) at our collection of songs based on palindromic phrases -- see the bottom of this post.










Want more palindromic fun? Click here to proceed to collages 13 through 24 ...







For hotlinks, check out the blogpost "Hotlinks: More than One Thousand Palindromes", or see below...

Magical Advanced Palindromes (post #9)   
Palindromic Political Blurts by Ed the Derailed Liar (post #11) 
Satan and His Devilish Palindromes (post #12)
Prudery and Denial (post #13)
Romance, Lust and Prurience (post #14)
Canalindromes: A Bidirectional Trip through the Panama Canal (post #15)
A Review: Composing Your Own Palindromes (post #19)
Beyond the Classic Repertoire: GOOFY VARIANTS
post#20 ; post#29 ; post #40
Using Palindromes for  Spelling: True, false and Uncertain (post #42)   
Geographic Palindromes from the New World (post #65) 
Geographic Palindromes from the Old World (post #68) 
The Meaning of Life as Revealed In Palindromes: Definitions and Examples (post #109)
The Culinary World Explored with Palindromes (post #114)







Monday, 5 August 2019

FURTHER UPROOTED VERSE: More Limericks About TREES*

WORDPLAY post #178

SATIRE COMPOSED: Giorgio Coniglio, May 2019. Some of the verses presented here have  been published (a few are still under review) at OEDILF.com, an online humour dictionary that has accumulated over 100,000 carefully edited limericks. Thanks are due to OEDILF contributing-editor MikeAq who kindly provided a verse for the present collection. 
WORDPLAY LINK: An earlier collection of illustrated poems on this theme was published as a wordplay post here. These arboreal posts also pick up on themes discussed in the earlier post "Sappy Verse", that has themes related to the Joyce Kilmer poem.
SONGLINK: For those readers who like poetry set to music: You can find lots of singable limerick-medleys on our sister blog "SILLY SONGS and SATIRE", such as this recent post. There is some intriguing connection between some of these verses about trees and the themes of the singable lyrics blogpost "Delights of the Garden".






You can read more about the camphor laurel infestation in northern Australia here.




Copyright MikeAq, 2019



















Palmettos, native trees growing along the southeastern
and Gulf coastlines of the United States, are also distributed
and planted in the temperate portions of the country further
west; their particular role in South Carolina is discussed in
verses in the post “Limericks About Trees”.
















Fabric artwork kindly provided by Rebecca Hurwitz. Hotlink: beckyhurwitz.net;
And for more poetry and photos about fabric art, see Giorgio's prior post