Wish Your Facebook Friend a Happy Birthday with a Song to Make It More Meaningful

On Facebook, you can opt to have your birthday show up as a notification on your Facebook friends’ Home Page on the day it is your birthday. Most people then just usually write something short, and frankly, a little meaningless from how generic it often is.

The person whose birthday it is, then, gets like a ton of notifications of these greetings. They may or may not go through them all, as most are the same old plain “Happy birthday!” variation. But what do you expect of mostly shallow “friendships” that come with most of most people’s Facebook “friends”?

However, some people go through all the comments so they don’t miss something they may want to respond to, or should acknowledge to avoid embarrassment of not having read it when someone took the time to write it… and asks about it later.

What I’m proposing is that if you want to be a little more genuine, and break the person’s routine scroll through all the relatively meaningless wishes a bit, add a little song link, like from YouTube. A lot of songs can be found there.

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If I Knew You Were Coming I’d’ve Baked a Cake

For all the people who came to visit my site. 🙂

What a delightful little ditty! And one with a double contraction at that! I mean, how many double contraction songs do you know of?

But as delightful as Eileen Barton’s version of the song might be, what might be even MORE delightful is this 1969 Sesame Street skit of the song with Ernie and Cookie Monster…

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Monster Moves Music II, on iTunes in July!

Daniel Pemberton, Monster Moves music composer

Daniel Pemberton, Monster Moves music composer

Back in May, I posted about the awesome choral music from the Monster Moves series and how much I loved it all! Thanks to one of my blog readers, Ross, I am most pleased to say there is new music to be shared! Better yet, all the tracks seen on my posts, and possibly more, will be on iTunes in mid-July!

I have included two new videos below, as shared by Daniel Pemberton, their composer, on YouTube. I LOVE this guy’s work! More of which could be seen on his website, but I’ll save that for another post.

The first of these new Monster Moves tracks and videos I am featuring was released just a few days ago as of this posting, on Jun 21 2009. I am most grateful to Ross for letting me know about it so soon because I would not have known otherwise. How can I say that? Because it was filmed in Halifax, where I live with a view into the harbour where it happened, and I NEVER, EVER, had ANY idea it had taken place!!! That’s how badly the Halifax PR scene is sometimes!

I LOVE Monster Moves, and man, does it EVER SUCK knowing this all happened under my nose!!! That, despite being happy to find out there was great new music, and that it featured the great city in which I lived! Thanks to Wayne Dayton in a comment below, the move was of the retired submarine, HMCS Onondaga. The move was from Halifax to Rimouski. The music is grand as the move, as usual. Nothing less could be expected. Here it is below. Enjoy!

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I wonder if a photo I took of a another submarine carried on a barge in April, a barge that could have carried two submarines, had anything to do with Monster Moves. I’ll have to wait and see, I guess.

The second Monster Move track shared is the moving of an ancient 4,100 tonne river queen steamboat, President, on the Mississippi. They moved it 80 miles across land to St Elmo where it seems they will restore it on land after reassembly since they moved it in pieces! Then they have plans turn it into a casino style hotel! Holy smokes!

This time, instead of using choral music, Daniel Pemberton decided to go with a geographically appropriate blues tune.

The guy is good!

Flesch-Kincaid Grade Reading Level: 6.2

I Need 2 Go 2 NY CT 2 C Avenue Q

avenueq1I owe this post to my friend Holly Bartlett, who told me about the 2003 Tony Award Musical of the Year called Avenue Q. The musical’s content that is talked about here, though, has serious potentially offensive content so this is your one and only warning. If you don’t have an edgy sense of humour, please don’t read on. There are plenty of other good things to read about on this blog.

I’ve liked Broadway and musicals for a long time now, but I was and still am quite “old skool” at it, loving the Rodgers & Hammerstein stuff. I have heard of, and love, some more modern stuff like Chicago, Wicked and Jekyll & Hyde. However, I need to pay closer attention to what Broadway is putting out each year if they’ve got stuff which doesn’t get a lot of attention as some of their other shows, but still is great, like Avenue Q.

Avenue Q is a modern Sesame Street parody of similar characters trying to find a purpose in life when things aren’t going so well in adulthood after college. I can’t write a better plot summary than Wikipedia so I won’t try, but I like the description by one of its actors of “Sesame Street done South Park“. The show features a neat visual of real characters and puppets with their masters visible, something I’d like to try and learn one day for fun, and some seriously edgy humour and content.

Below is a medley of some songs in it, played for the Queen of England at the Royal Variety Performance, no less! That’s the one contestants on Britain’s Got Talent were vying to be a part of. So despite Avenue Q‘s potentially offensive content, the Royals proved they could handle it. Good on them!


The actual full musical has swearing in it, all kinds of soft and hard innuendos, even nude puppet sex! Other than songs like It Sucks to Be Me [lyrics] shown as part of a medley above, you also have songs (links are to lyrics) like

With a list of songs with titles like that, and others, better lyrics and even better music, who could resist seeing a show like this?

Ah, but it gets better with the Web and user-generated content. The Sesame Street parody has generated a whole bunch of parody Sesame Street videos of this musical, like the one below which I found just hilarious! The music is the actual music from the musical. Someone just adapted video for it from Sesame Street clips.


There are also versions with everything from Sponge Bob to The Mutant Teenage Ninja Turtles to Disney cartoons! A whole night’s worth of humour from clicking on video responses to each of these videos!

And then there’s If You Were Gay with Bert and Ernie, my favourite characters on Sesame Street who were parodied to be gay in 1997. Avenue Q ran with this to put it into its story with its equivalent characters to Ernie and Bert. So someone then had to have made the parody video with the original music and Sesame Street video clips of Bert and Ernie.


Other songs have parody videos, too!

But in all fairness to Avenue Q, it addresses many tough issues of today like homosexuality, pornography and racism.


If you can’t stomach edgy humour and content, then this show would not be for you. You would not be normal in this, though, because this show is the 21st longest running show in Broadway history at the time of this writing (Jun 11 2009).

As for me, I have never visited New York City, but this might be enough impetus to get me there for a visit and viewing! Before I go, though, I’ve saved the best number, in my humble opinion, for last. Mix Tape isn’t outrageous or anything, aside from a few words, but it is funny. The best part of it is how well it was sung on the recording, shown in the “video” below. There’s actually no “video”, just an image, so read on and listen for all the little things mentioned to listen for.

Julie Atherton, played Kate Monster and sang Mix Tape. She also plays a very different character of Lucy the Slut in the same show (see London performance 2nd from top). But for Mix Tape, Julie had my emotions like a yo-yo on a string with all the nuances she puts into singing the lyrics that also goes up and down emotionally like a roller coaster. Julie acts the song through her singing, basically. All the little gasps, squeaks, sighs, inflections and such not written into the score, and especially how giddily she said he likes me! at the end. Credits to the songwriter/s as well for such a great tune, but I’ve heard so many bad renditions on YouTube, and in singing songs otherwise, that the performer gets huge kudos here. It might possibly the best example of how to perform a song I have ever heard! I mean that for all those nuances, not some booming grand voice sort of best sung description, but that’s the tougher accolades to be getting, in my books. If you were to ask me how I liked that recording, I’d say I love it! pretty much the way Julie squeaks he likes me! at the end of the song! 🙂

Post-scriptum:

It is almost a year later from when I first posted this, now May 31 2010, and how things have changed. Sadly, it’s not been for the good, but I want to make mention as a dedication. I did just get to see Avenue Q a week ago and thoroughly enjoyed it. However, I watched it in memory of my friend Holly who had since passed away. I will always remember her for introducing me to this play, among many other reasons. Then, just a few days ago, Gary Coleman died on May 28. The show just wouldn’t be the same knowing he isn’t in the real world any more. I wonder how they’re handling the situation, but I’m glad I got to see Avenue Q without this circumstance surrounding it as it wouldn’t have felt the same for me.

Flesch-Kincaid Grade Reading Level: 8.3

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Monster Moves Music

PL_MonsterMoves-100TTThe Discovery Channel series Monster Moves is a about moving BIG, and I mean BIG, things. It’s as simple as that. As its motto says, No structure is off limits!

I don’t know much else about this series, not ever having watched a full episode from beginning to end because I don’t watch a lot of television. However, I can tell you the most moving thing I find about the show is its incredible choral compositions. The music on this show is amazing! I’ve included a few YouTube videos below that not only showcases the great music, but the monster moving feats involved. Enjoy!

Jun 24 update: Monster Moves Music II

Flesch-Kincaid Grade Reading Level: 7.1