Friday, December 10, 2010

Andrew Huang's Cornucopia Of Musical Goodness

It's not often I devote a post to another website; there are other blogs dedicated to the task of cycling and recycling. I must now make an exception for the most amazing -- nay genius -- Songs to Wear Pants To, home to musician Andrew Huang. Andrew takes ideas from his internet fans, fashions then into amazingly funny ditties in his home studio in Toronto and then posts them to his overly pink website... which encourages the next iteration. If you send him money he'll write a tune specially for you; otherwise you take your chances that your request will be the one in one hundred that catches his attention.

In all cases you can listen for free, while downloads are either gratis or a buck. He also has several CD compilations that come cheap for the amount of sheer work that went into them. Andrew is smart, generous and will hopefully never give up this process. Folks, this is what the Internet is all about!

But the work also says something about commodification and how the music business is quite happy -- still -- to sell us the same tunes over and over. Andrew has mastered the form of the pop-rock song and can fit anything that exists to this container. Or maybe not? Maybe there are still things that just don't fit?

In the meantime, laugh until you cry. Here follow some of my favourites, a veritable cornucopia of incredibleness. I stopped at ten because I hear the Top Ten is a common destination for musicians of this calibre.

Beware The Sea Anenemone
"so we all know that sea anenemones are the scourge of the seven seas, and that they kill pretty much everything with reckless abandon. mabye you could write a song about this ever-so-dangerous little tentacled fella’."

Car Noise Waltz of the Egg Slicer
"Could you do a disjointed waltz of any noises you can get out of a car? like, only use a car as your instrument. oh, and you can use an egg slicer too. the kind with all of the wires. no words please!

I Promise You From The Bottem Heart
"i promise you from the bottem heart. i will love you to death, till us part…. I prome you, as a lover and a freind, i will love you"

Reverse Escargot
"can you write a song about snails who eat people?"

Thinking About Thinking About Thinking About Thinking About Thinking About Thinking About Thinking About Thinking About Thinking About Thinking About Thinking About Thinking About Thinking About Thinking About Frogs
"write a song about thinking about thinking about thinking about thinking about thinking about thinking about thinking about thinking about thinking about thinking about thinking about thinking about thinking about thinking about frogs"

This Girl
"If you could help me out with something that would be great. I really like this girl, but I don’t know how to express it. If you could write a song about her with her beautiful light blue eyes, long brown hair, and great athletic body, that would be awesome."

I Am Bjork
"be bjork"

I Am Tuna
"Please write a very, very, very sad song about prime-time network television and how your favorite shows always get cancelled. It should be from the point of view of tuna."

I Am The First Fifty Digits Of Pi
"Please compose and record a song extolling the virtues of your Web site in which the lengths of the words can also be used as a mnemonic for at least the first 50 digits of pi. In other words, the first word has three letters, the second word one letter, the third word four letters, and so on."

My Lack Of Updates
"Write a song about your lack of updates."

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