Polyphonian Rhapsody

This is going to be one of the¬†weirder¬†things you’ll find here. And that’s saying something.

Here’s the story: over at FAWM they issue a weekly challenge to spur creativity among the Fawmers. Last week’s challenge was to write a song about a city, and this week’s is to write a song using a pentatonic (5 note) scale. I woke up with the deliciously ridiculous idea of a song in which different characters played the roles of different scales. Before I knew it, I was composing an operetta and singing all the parts.

Take a listen to the MP3. If you’re a true music geek, you’ll laugh out loud when the pentatonic scale is told that he’s just feeling blue. If you don’t get it, well…

Pentatonic:
Hey baby don’t get a bee in your bonnet,
but you’re making me feel pentatonic.

Chromatic:
I don’t think that word means what you think it means.
You’re just feeling blue that’s all.
You’re just feeling blue, that’s all.

Pentatonic:
Is this your way of being ironic?
Cause I’m still feeling pentatonic.

Chromatic:
I’ve told you a dozen times:
You’re all one hue–that’s you.
But me, I’m colorful and free.
I’m like the rainbow stretched across the sky.
Never monochromatic, never static,
quite dramatic: I’m chromatic!

Pentatonic:
Hey baby , don’t you sing me a sonnet.
I may be simple, but I’m pentatonic.
When the people want to rock on and on it,
I’m quintessential, I’m just the tonic.

Harmonic:
Why can’t we live in harmony?
Why can’t we let each other be?
Let’s all join our voices into one phonic
living in peace is so harmonic.

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4 Responses to Polyphonian Rhapsody

  1. Thanks for the Monday morning entertainment!
    Margaret

  2. Erin DeYoung says:

    Hillarious. I really did laugh out loud…it was the combo of your witty writing and remarkable falsetto. I’m looking forward to Act 2.

  3. Greg Scheer says:

    Welcome to the hallowed halls of musical nerdom, Erin!

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