Thursday, 20 February 2020

SINGABLE SATIRE: JAKE

WORDPLAY POST # 207
ORIGINAL SONG: "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" written by George Harrison, and recorded by the Beatles for their 1968 album "The Beatles". 
JAKES'S RENDITION: Jake Shimabukuro had started playing instrumental ukulele as a band member, but in 2002 broke into a solo career. In 2006, a video of Jake's virtuoso rendition of the Beatles song became one of the first to 'go viral' on that site, and has accumulated 16 million hits. The author of this blog has been privileged to attend three Jake concerts in the last 5 years; recently these have included guitar collaborators and a few vocals, but the emphasis remains on instrumental ukulele. 
PARODY COMPOSED: Giorgio Coniglio, January 2019.

SONGLINKS: The parody-lyrics with accompanying chords for guitar or ukulele players are found on our lyrics blog "SILLY SONGS and SATIREhere. And should you need to be reminded of the lyrics of the original, written as a simple children's song, find them in ukulele-friendly format at the bottom of that post. Giorgio's other satire lyrics substituted to Beatles' songs include "Vonnegut" (Imagine); "Saturday Night" (Yesterday); "Brennan's Tweet" (Let It Be), and Relic Submarines (Yellow Submarine).
 

JAKE (tribute to instrumental ukulele)

(to the tune of "While My Guitar Gently Weeps")



To Jake Shimabukuro I listen enraptured
While his wordless ukulele sings.
I look at his band, the song's spirit they've captured,
Arranged so his ukulele sings.


Hawaiian family that enclosed you
Teach and perform on uke.
Though you don't sing, some force chose you to 
Play virtuoso uke.

You played with teen bands, then began upward spiral,
Developing a novel style.
And "While My Guitar.." went iconically viral
You did instrumental uke all the while.

Your reputation's undisputed --
The world's saluted you.
On concert tours you speak unmuted,
Ukulele-san, that's you.

I listen enraptured to Jake Shimabukuro
While his wordless ukulele sings.
I look at his band, the song's spirit they've captured,
Arranged so his ukulele sings.

Saturday, 15 February 2020

MAGICAL GEOGRAPHICAL PALINDROMES (BEYOND CANALS)

WORDPLAY POST #206


With all this mental energy focusing backwards and forwards on palindromes, it has been hard to avoid the subject of canals. A project close to our hearts was to take the standard palindromes about canals, (e.g. the well-known, A man a plan, a canal, Panama), and extend the adulation to a series of other canal sites. 
 - MAGICAL CANAL VERSES and PALINDROMES: the application of the magical palindrome construct to wordplay of geographic interest, specifically dealing with artificial waterways. Paris, Riga and Toronto (a surrogate for the Trent-Severn waterway) are honored here in both verse and wordplay.
 - UNPLANNED CANALS (More Magical Palindromes): This followup post expanded the involvement to 8 other world sites. For a few of these cities, e.g. Reno (Nevada), the existence of canals is apocryphal, but the relevant administrations were co-opted in the interest of wordplay. 
  The aim of the current blog is to extend these concepts beyond the constraint imposed by canal themes to more general world destinations; however the meticulous reader might notice the persistence of some elements of our canal hangup. And if you need help with the concept of magical palindromes, see the slide at the bottom of the post; it shows simple examples of magical palindromes which are unrelated to the geographical theme.


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A man, a potato - Paris. Sir, a potato - Panama.


A cakery - Napa. A pan - Yreka CA.
18th century; garden folly; Eurocentric; Paris
A 'garden folly' at
Chateau de Bagatelle,
Paris, France


A man, a plan, if final - pagoda. A dog, a plan, if final - Panama.





Dr. of tarts - Oxford. Dr. of 'X' - O, Stratford!


A man, a plan, if final, Pat - Paros. So rapt a plan, if final - Panama.


No 'D'; no 'L' - Boston. Not (sob!) - London.


A man, a plan, if final, Pa - Lagos. So, gal! A plan, if final - Panama.


A rep. of Omaha. A ham of opera.


A man, a plan, if final, Pa - Niagara F. Far again, a plan, if final - Panama.


A girl, a panama. A man, a pal - Riga.


Wonders in Italy - Latin is asset. Tessa's in Italy - Latin is red now.


 A pan, a dog, a pal - LA. Pagoda - Napa.


A man, a pâté , feta, Parma ham. Rap! Ate feta - Panama.


 Zeus pees on a Toyota. A Toyota? No seep - Suez.


 A dog, a paw, a pan, a panama. A man, a pan, a paw, a pagoda.


A man, a plan, if final - Pristina. A nit, sir; plan if final - Panama.


 If I mouse - Canada CA. A cad, an ace - Suomi FI.


A girl, a Pa - Mar-a-lago. O gal, a ram, a pal - Riga. 


No 'D'; no 'L' - onion. No 'I'? - No London.




palindromes; novelty; canals; Paris; Panama



wordplay; palindrome; 'magical palindrome'; novelty




Check out the 'FIRST SET' of examples (#1-5) here
Check out the 'SECOND SET' of examples (#6-10) here.

If you still need a fix of more palindromic fun, go to "Gratingly American: THIRTY-ODD POLITICALLY-TAINTED PALINDROMES". 


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SONGLINK: "A man, a plan, a canal - Panama"
Readers who are particularly interested in musical wordplay might also enjoy a fantastical discussion on the development of this famous palindrome by Leigh Mercer, in this blogpost of our lyrics blog (SILLY SONGS and SATIRE)  ...
"Leigh Mercer's Palindrome Workshop" .


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Monday, 10 February 2020

NURSE-VERSE: Limericks about PATIENTS and their MALADIES

WORDPLAY post #205   
Giorgio Coniglio (pseudonym); medicine
Coaster for a medical school reunion,
University of Toronto.
SATIRE COMPOSED: Giorgio Coniglio and Dr. GH, September 2018 (original posting February 2019). This group of terse verses has also been published at OEDILF.com.  

Click here to review an earlier poetic collection by Giorgio --Limericks about Doctors and Patients (post #148, December 2018).

SONGLINK: For those readers who like poetry set to music: You can find lots of singable limerick-medleys, and other singable oddities on our sister blog "SILLY SONGS and SATIRE", such as this recent post. See the bottom of this page for hotlinks to songs about medical issues.

By the way, to find more limericks, or any other search target on either of these 2 blogs, use the SEARCH-FUNCTION found at the top of the right-hand margin.


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medical humor; limerick; the common cold; corrhyza; anti-viral defence; Giorgio Coniglio



limerick; medical humor; polymyalgia rheumatica; flu-like symptoms; Giorgio Coniglio;


limerick; medical humor; ophthalmology; DCR; dacryocystorhinostomy; Giorgio Coniglio


limerick; medical humor; arrhythmia; cardiology; Giorgio Coniglio


limerick; medical humor; cancer; phobias; Giorgio COniglio


limerick; medical humor; ENT; parotid gland; maloignancy; Frei syndrome


























GIORGIO'S SONGS ABOUT DOCTORS and PATIENTS (on our sister blog "SILLY SONGS and SATIRE")


HOTLINKS TO MEDICAL-THEMED SONG-POSTS
...AND A FEW LIMERICK MEDLEYS
Singable Limerick-Medley #17: Nuclear Cardiology
Singable Limerick-Medley #20: Medical Imaging 



Further verses: anosmia, bee stings, claudicant.

Wednesday, 5 February 2020

"A VERY STABLE GENIUS" -- Theme and Variations (anagrams)

WORDPLAY POST #204
SATIRE COMPOSED: Giorgio Coniglio / Dr. GH, January, 2020. 

BACKGROUND INFORMATION: Last week, an important book describing the administration of the White House under President Donald J. Trump was released for publication. The book, entitled "A Very Stable Genius", is the result of extensive reporting by two Pulitzer-prize winning journalists. 

WORDPLAY LINK: If you enjoy this post, you might also want to take another look at a prior post entitled, "Thirty-odd Politically Tainted Palindromes". 


"A VERY STABLE GENIUS" - theme and variations (anagrams)

1. Every suitable snag.
2. "Yes! A beavering slut."
3. Tune: "Slays verbiage."
4. Satan-believer, guys!
5. Gave tribunal 'yes'es.
6. Average bluesy snit.
7. Ugly stains bereave.
8. Leverage: sub-sanity.
9. Buys entire salvage.
10. Russian bag tee levy.
11. Savagery: Bite nurse!
12. Uneasy? Give re-blast.
13. Visuals abet energy.
14. Age unveils, betrays.
15. "Guilty" never abases.
16. Unity-saver: beagles.
17. Beget silvery sauna.
18. "Suitably, as revenge."
19. Eagles snub variety.
20. Ably stage universe.
21. Elevate Syrian bugs.
22. Geese variably stun.
23. Venerable gay suits.
24. Set Serbian vaguely.
25. Eleven Arab guys sit.
26. Rites began suavely.
27. Sin: a lusty beverage.
28. U.S.A. never gets Libya.
29. Naively urge basest.
30. Rage sent, abusively.
31. Generals' vitae - busy!
32. Beauty slave reigns.
33. Elegy -- bet USA vs Iran.
34. Anger abuses levity.
35. Veritable easy guns.
36. Release a vying bust.
37. Lying: A beaut serves.

A CONTEST FOR READERS...
Please pick the numbers of the phrases you like the most; leave a message of 20 words or less justifying your favorite(s) in the Comments Section (you can choose to do this anonymously if you so desire). The top-rated choices will appear on our blog "DAILY ILLUSTRATED NONSENSE".