one song to the tune of another -
A song is very similar to an old fashioned film camera. The camera represents
the tune while the roll of film inside the camera represents the lyrics. After
you have spent the day taking photographs you can open the camera, or song, and
remove the used film, or lyrics, and replace it with a new one. Of course
sometimes what you thought were a great set of photos come back all grainy and
a whole day’s work gets ruined by something annoying in the background. At the
piano Colin Sell.
Most songs are comprised of two basic elements: the words (or lyrics)
and the tune (or music) - it might help to think of these two components
as being like the engine and body of a car. It is possible to take the engine
(or words) out of a car and replace it with a new engine or indeed a used item
taken from a different car (or song). Or if your car has a rusty body shell (or
tune) you may wish to buy a new one and transfer your old engine (or words)
Surely I am
not suggesting throwing hard earned sov’s at some spanner monkey who
might bodge the job? Quite right - it is all to easy to end up with some
back-street, untrained, cowboy messing things up. At the piano is
Try to think of the song as a cargo ship - the song is
represented by the vessel sailing the oceans transporting the words, or cargo.
Every now and again the ship, or song, comes into port and unloads its cargo,
or words, and takes on a fresh cargo, and thereby one song is sung to the tune
of another. Easy peasy lemon squeasy so far. But let me pre-empt your next
question - yes indeed, what about fog? Surely the captain would have
trouble finding the right berth in a harbour shrouded by fog with the
inevitable consequence he might collide with the dock side. And the last thing
you want is someone blindly bashing quays. At the piano
The construction and flow of a song is very much akin to a
clock - the numbers around the face represent the words while the hands
sweep around like the tune carrying the melody along. This analogy obviously
only works with a traditional timepiece as digital clocks don’t have
hands. So in your minds eye you should have a picture of a clock, perhaps
perched by your bedside. And as you visualise this scene I know exactly what
you are thinking - what about the annoying little tick in the background?
At the piano we have Colin Sell.
Each panellist is allocated a song from which you take the words and
discard the tune.
help to think of it separating an egg - the shell is the song containing
the words, or yolk, and the tune, or white. The yolk can be combined with milk,
sugar, and flour to make custard, a complete change of combination but still
food. While the white is thrown away, although this is waste and can be used to
make light fluffy soufflé - try it with grated fresh parmesan, if
you cannot get fresh parmesan a hard cheddar will do. Two meals that are very
different, even though they come from the same shell.
about salmonella poisoning? Well every egg based meal carries the risk of being
spoiled by a stomach-turning bowl-exploding little germ - there is
Colin Sell at the piano.
This concept is of such basic simplicity I often wonder why I bother
to explain it, but there are those who can be a little slow on the
uptake - so pay attention.
A song is
comprised of two elemental components - the tune and the words. The
obvious and simplest analogy would be a cooking pot or saucepan containing food
in the process of being cooked. The contents are like the words, and these are
contained within the pan much in the same way the tune carries the words. Just
as there are many varieties of tune, so there are an infinite variety of pots
and pans and each type can contain all manner of different foodstuffs, or
words. These can vary from simple fare, such as Baked Beans or soup, through to
quite complex dishes like stews or Coq au Vin, and they can be cooked (or sung)
in two different ways - one involves the boiling water of the classical
style, the other the hot fat of a more contemporary interpretation. However,
beware for the latter has its incipient dangers.
I can sense
you are keen to hear more, so let’s move on to Health and Safety aspects.
As you are no doubt thinking, isn’t there some precaution we can take in
the event of one of these pots catching fire? Quite right - as every
safety conscious cook knows it is vital on these occasions to keep handy a huge
wet blanket. At the piano is Colin
To understand precisely how this works it may help to think of a song in terms
of a criminal trial. The court represents the tune while the people involved in
any given trial represent the lyrics. Just as one trial substitutes for another in
the same court, so one set of lyrics can be substituted for different lyrics in
the same song. Of course when a trial collapses, the accused is often delighted
to have their hearing brought to an immediate end. Something we can all relate to
as we introduce at the piano Colin