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Weird Al Wednesday – April 2015

Hello, weirdos!  Welcome to another installment of Weird Al Wednesdays!  This is, perhaps, the most appropriate Wednesday for this blog, as today is April Fool’s Day!  The first time I saw Al in concert was on April Fool’s Day, back when Poodle Hat came out, and it is with that in mind, that I present this month’s song.  The first live song I ever heard Al perform: Your Horoscope Today.

As I said, this is the first song I ever heard Al perform live.  It’s how he opened the concert, and the song had a special place in my heart even prior to that.  Your Horoscope Today is one of the tracks on the Running with Scissors album.  That was the first album I ever owned of Mr. Yankovic’s.  The first track, The Saga Begins, not only introduced this blog segment, but, as I discuss in that post, it introduced me to Weird Al and the glorious world of parody and comedy music.

I’ve never been one to put much stock in zodiac signs or horoscopes.  That’s probably the reason I find this song so entertaining.  The now-expected, then just-learned, ridiculous level of talent and comedic genius Al puts into this song is great.  Just from one of the lines about Taurus, you can tell that Al probably doesn’t put much stock into this sort of thing either: “The stars predict tomorrow you’ll wake up, do a bunch of stuff, and then go back to sleep.”  Isn’t that what most of us do everyday?

Well, I know it’s a short post, but hey, I think it’s pretty good.  Better to end while it’s good, then drag out until you’re using the same thing over and over again.  Hopefully a few television execs read that last sentence.  Anyway, have a April Fool’s Day, play a prank, and as always, stay weird friends!

Weird Al Wednesdays 7-23-14

Hello all!  I am beginning a new regularly scheduled post: Weird Al Wednesdays.  Starting today, I’ll be sharing a different Weird Al song with you every Wednesday and share a little about why I like that particular song, what makes it a good song, and so forth.  Without further adieu, I present this week’s choice: “The Saga Begins.”

I like this song for several reasons.  First of all, it’s about Star Wars, the first real nerd-passion I ever had.  It’s also a great summary of The Phantom Menace that Al wrote from spoilers online before the movie even came out.  You also have to commend Al for choosing the parent song (“American” Pie by Don McLean), especially given the difference in age of the two versions.  I do enjoy when Al goes back to classics like American Pie to pull from.  I speaks to the timeless nature of the original song, and helps ensure a long life for the parody.  This song also has special place in my musical heart for being the first Weird Al song I ever heard.  After my mom called me in to see the video played on TV, I was hooked.  I now own every standard, 12-track studio album he has released.  This includes his most recent release, Mandatory Fun, which I spoke about here.  I hope you enjoyed the song and will continue to follow this recurring post.