Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Parody Power!

Once upon a time, a father offered this sage advice to his five-year-old son –

"The key to success is doing for a living whatever makes you happy."

And then he handed that child an accordion.

Well, somehow that success spiel and squeezebox combo created a kid who grew to be a man so strange that “Al” was his middle name…

Because Weird became his first.

Yes, today we are celebrating that Prince of Parody, that Sultan of Spoof, that Monarch of Mockery, and October 23rd Birthday Boy…

Weird Al Yankovic.

This creative genius has been going strong since 1980 with hits like Another One Rides the Bus, Smells Like Nirvana, and Eat It.

He’s won three Grammy Awards and has been nominated for an additional 11.

When asked about his creative influences, he mentions children’s author Shel Silverstien.

When asked about his creative process, he says that he makes charts of songs and then brainstorms the parody possibilities…

But he admits that 99% of his ideas are horrible.

No matter.

Because this is his philosophy –

“You fake something until you're good at it.”

That sounds like a great plan to me!

And dang if it isn’t a proven one –

Because Al has found a way to live out his dad’s advice.

And if you’re wondering how to do that yourself, look no further than Al’s favorite children’s author and creative inspiration…

“Listen to the mustn'ts, child. Listen to the don'ts.

Listen to the shouldn'ts, the impossibles, the won'ts.

Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me...

Anything can happen, child. Anything can be.”

~Shel Silverstein


PROMPT: We’ve parodied before and we are not afraid to do it again! Pick a song and GO! But first, enjoy a little inspiration… Al à la Gaga.