A few years back, my friend Jeremy and I were joking around and discussing our adoration of Maurissa Tancharoen, a TV writer on Dollhouse and Spartacus and now one of the showrunners on Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., plus an occasional actress in her own right on Dollhouse and Dr. Horrible’s Sing-ALong-Blog. On top of all of that, she’s also (sadly) married to Jed Whedon, brother of Joss. And she’s just super cute and lovely, so Jeremy and I talked about writing a nerd rock song called “I’ll Fight A Whedon For You,” a sentiment which in our circles is pretty much considered the pinnacle of romantic sacrifice.
Well, I finally got around to actually making that song happen. I wrote the lyrics up for a Five By Five Hundred post a few weeks ago (and I’ll include the annotation below, after the jump), and recorded the entire song at home over the last week or so. I play everything on the tune except for bass, which comes to you courtesy of the inimitable Jake WM. (okay I didn’t technically so much play drums as I did edit and re-arrange pre-existing Logic Pro drum loops but it’s pretty much the same thing.
Please feel free to download and share with your friends!
(follow the jump for annotated lyrics)
Continue reading “I’ll Fight A Whedon For You,” My Newest Nerd Rock Single
Many people overlook the nuanced art of rock n roll, both within the songs*, and within the performance itself. Consider then: the set list. A good set list (or track listing**, for that matter) is a thing of beauty, complete with its own narrative arc of musical peaks and valleys that carry the audience through a complete cathartic hour-long rock n roll experience.
But I realize that it’s an art form that not many have mastered. And so this week on Five by Five Hundred, I’ve offered my assistance in a very public format. So you’re welcome, Aspiring Rock Stars. Go forth, and make rock!
*Perhaps another day I shall blog at length about the importance of the narrative arc in song arrangements as well, in which case I’ll be mostly using Weezer’s Blue Album as a perfect example.
**Foo Fighters’ “The Colours & the Shapes” has the best non-concept album track listing ever. I’ll fight you on it.
Boston’s premiere all-male Lady Gaga cover band plays the Midway Cafe in JP! Doors at 8pm! Be there! I can literally walk my equipment over to the club from my house! Wooohoo!
Oh yeah, and here’s the Facebook event. Whoops. Sorry, I got excited.
And remember: just dance, motherfuckers
Not much time to write for FiveByFiveHundred.com today, as we had a big fancy Open House at the Huntington (stupid having to work on holidays* grrrrr). So instead, I’ve re-posted a poem that I wrote about 4 years ago or so, about romance, assholes, and Firefly. Because really, what else is there to talk about?
*All personal moral dilemma with Columbus Day aside.
Truth be told, I’ve always thought The Fourth Green Day has the best job in the world. He gets to reap all of the benefits of being a rock star, without any of the hassle — no publicity, no scandals. Hell, he doesn’t have to write the songs! He just plays the parts on tour (and let’s face it, Green Day doesn’t write particularly difficult tunes). But he still gets the chance to stand on stage and rock out to an adoring crowd, and get paid handsomely to do so.
If you offered me that gig, I’ve take it in a heartbeat.