Friday, October 29, 2010

Lyrics for "The Time Warp Dance"


The Rocky Horror Picture Show

It's astounding;
Time is fleeting;
Madness takes its toll.
But listen closely...

Not for very much longer.

I've got to keep control.

I remember doing the time-warp
Drinking those moments when
The Blackness would hit me

And the void would be calling...

Let's do the time-warp again.
Let's do the time-warp again.

It's just a jump to the left.

And then a step to the right.

Put your hands on your hips.

You bring your knees in tight.
But it's the pelvic thrust
That really drives you insane.
Let's do the time-warp again.
Let's do the time-warp again.

It's so dreamy, oh fantasy free me.
So you can't see me, no, not at all.
In another dimension, with
voyeuristic intention,
Well secluded, I see all.

With a bit of a mind flip

You're into the time slip

And nothing can ever be the same.

You're spaced out on sensation.

Like you're under sedation.

Let's do the time-warp again.
Let's do the time-warp again.

Well I was walking down the street
just a-having a think
When a snake of a guy gave me an
evil wink.
He shook-a me up, he took me by surprise.
He had a pickup truck, and the
devil's eyes.
He stared at me and I felt a change.
Time meant nothing, never would again.

Let's do the time-warp again.
Let's do the time-warp again.

It's just a jump to the left.

And then a step to the right.

Put your hands on your hips.

You bring your knees in tight.
But it's the pelvic thrust
That really drives you insane.
Let's do the time-warp again.
Let's do the time-warp again.

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Lyrics For "Over At The Frankenstein Place"


The Rocky Horror Picture Show

Janet Weiss

In the velvet darkness
Of the blackest night
Burning bright
There's a guiding star
No matter what or who you are

Brad and Janet
There's a light

Over at the Frankenstein place

Brad and Janet
There's a light

Burning in the fireplace

Brad and Janet
There's a light, light
In the darkness of everybody's life

Riff Raff
The darkness must go
Down the river of night's dreaming
Flow morphia slow
Let the sun and light come streaming
Into my life, into my life

Brad and Janet
There's a light

Over at the Frankenstein place

Brad and Janet
There's a light

Burning in the fireplace
There's a light, a light

Brad and Janet
In the darkness of everybody's life

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Lyrics for "Jack's Lament"


The Nightmare before Christmas

There are few who'd deny, at what I do I am the best
For my talents are renowned far and wide
When it comes to surprises in the moonlit night
I excel without ever even trying
With the slightest little effort of my ghostlike charms
I have seen grown men give out a shriek
With the wave of my hand, and a well-placed moan
I have swept the very bravest off their feet
Yet year after year, it's the same routine
And I grow so weary of the sound of screams
And I, Jack, the Pumpkin King
Have grown so tired of the same old thing
Oh, somewhere deep inside of these bones
An emptiness began to grow
There's something out there, far from my home
A longing that I've never known
I'm the master of fright, and a demon of light
And I'll scare you right out of your pants
To a guy in Kentucky, I'm Mister Unlucky
And I'm known throughout England and France
And since I am dead, I can take off my head
To recite Shakespearean quotations
No animal nor man can scream like I can
With the fury of my recitations
But who here would ever understand
That the Pumpkin King with the skeleton grin
Would tire of his crown, if they only understood
He'd give it all up if he only could
Oh, there's an empty place in my bones
That calls out for something unknown
The fame and praise come year after year
Does nothing for these empty tears

Lyrics for "This Is Halloween"


The Nightmare Before Christmas

Boys and girls of every age
Wouldn't you like to see something strange?

Come with us and you will see
This, our town of Halloween

This is Halloween, this is Halloween
Pumpkins scream in the dead of night

This is Halloween, everybody make a scene
Trick or treat till the neighbors gonna die of fright
It's our town, everybody screm
In this town of Halloween

I am the one hiding under your bed
Teeth ground sharp and eyes glowing red

I am the one hiding under yours stairs
Fingers like snakes and spiders in my hair

This is Halloween, this is Halloween

Halloween! Halloween! Halloween! Halloween!
In this town we call home
Everyone hail to the pumpkin song

In this town, don't we love it now?
Everybody's waiting for the next surprise

Round that corner, man hiding in the trash cam
Something's waiting no to pounce, and how you'll...

Scream! This is Halloween
Red 'n' black, slimy green

Aren't you scared?

Well, that's just fine
Say it once, say it twice
Take a chance and roll the dice
Ride with the moon in the dead of night

Everybody scream, everbody scream

In our town of Halloween!

I am the clown with the tear-away face
Here in a flash and gone without a trace

I am the "who" when you call, "Who's there?"
I am the wind blowing through your hair

I am the shadow on the moon at night
Filling your dreams to the brim with fright

This is Halloween, this is Halloween
Halloween! Halloween! Halloween! Halloween!
Halloween! Halloween!

Tender lumplings everywhere
Life's no fun without a good scare

That's our job, but we're not mean
In our town of Halloween

In this town

Don't we love it now?

Skeleton Jack might catch you in the back
And scream like a banshee
Make you jump out of your skin
This is Halloween, everyone scream
Wont' ya please make way for a very special guy

Our man jack is King of the Pumpkin patch
Everyone hail to the Pumpkin King

This is Halloween, this is Halloween
Halloween! Halloween! Halloween! Halloween!

In this town we call home
Everyone hail to the pumpkin song

La la-la la, Halloween! Halloween! [Repeat]

Sunday, August 8, 2010

The Clarinet

Some Clarinets in the Clarinet Family. 

This is a photo of Benny Goodman taken in 1935. 

Benny Goodman ( Benjamin David Goodman ) was an American jazz musician, clarinet player and bandleader, born in 1909 May 8 and died in 1986 June 13.

Take note of how it is played with the left hand above the right hand as in all wind instruments.

Saturday, August 7, 2010


Take a look at how you hold the oboe and where the fingers go.In all wind instruments the left hand is higher than the right hand. So the oboe is no exception.

This oboe player would have to know fingering patterns to get the various sounds . This picture below has the fingering patterns written in one chart. It is always useful to have a fingering chart on hand to look any fingering you have forgotten, especially the notes you play infrequently.


Friday, July 23, 2010

A Musical Joke

A C, an E-flat, and a G go into a bar. The bartender says: "Sorry, but we don't serve minors." So, the E-flat leaves, and the C and the G have an open fifth between them.

After a few drinks, the fifth is diminished and the G is out flat. An F comes in and tries to augment the situation, but is not sharp enough.

A D comes into the bar and heads straight for the bathroom saying, "Excuse me. I'll just be a second."

An A comes into the bar, but the bartender is not convinced that this relative of C is not a minor. Then the bartender notices a B-flat hiding at the end of the bar and exclaims: "Get out now! You're the seventh minor I've found in this bar tonight."

The E-flat, not easily deflated, comes back to the bar the next night in a 3-piece suit with nicely shined shoes. The bartender (who used to have a nice corporate job until his company downsized) says: "You're looking sharp tonight, come on in! This could be a major development."

This proves to be the case, as the E-flat takes off the suit, and everything else, and stands there au natural.

Eventually, the C sobers up, and realizes in horror that he's under a rest.

The C is brought to trial, is found guilty of contributing to the diminution of a minor, and is sentenced to 10 years of DS without Coda at an upscale correctional facility.

On appeal, however, the C is found innocent of any wrongdoing, even accidental, and that all accusations to the contrary are bassless.

The bartender decides, however, that since he's only had ten or so patrons, the sop rano out in the bathroom, and everything has become alto much treble, he needs a rest—and closes the bar

If you don't understand this joke then you need This

Friday, July 16, 2010


Take a look at how you hold the bassoon and where your hands should go. In all wind instruments the left hand is higher than the right hand. So the bassoon is no exception.

Bassoon players are sought after for many musical groups as there are not so many players. Hence there is potential to go a long way!! Are you game?

Monday, July 12, 2010

Brass Instruments

Here are some pictures of brass instruments to help you visualise them.



French Horn

Philip Farkas was born to non musical parents on March 5, 1914 and died December 21, 1992. He was the principal horn player in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra for many years and left in 1960 to join the music faculty at Indiana University Bloomington. He wrote The Art of French Horn Playing which is a great book for horn players.

Here is one persons review.

"The methods and suggestions in this book are pinpoint accurate. Among the Horn world, I would have to say this is the most popular and recommended book. The book varies to all subjects of music and gives great pointers. If you have any trouble playing the Horn, this book has something for you."

People have reported that the french horn is more difficult than most brass to play because it requires good pitch recognition and has a more difficult mouthpiece.  Also, some people believe that it is easier to master the french horn if you have played another instrument especially another brass instrument. Other people believe that if you are prepared to put in the effort and practise then it does not matter if the freanch horn is your first or second ( or.... instrument ) as your determination will help you succeed, especially if you pick up a book like "Art Of  French Horn Playing" to help you.

Also as not so many people play the french horn as instruments like the trumpet, violin, flute, clarinet and guitar, then it will be easier to progress into orchestras, bands etc. These other instrumentalists will most likely have to audition and even if you are a very good player can miss out due to the large numbers who play.

Tenor Trombone

Bass Trombone

Orchestral Tuba

Military Band Tuba

The Orchestra

Here is a link to information on the Orchestra

Military Band

A military band is a group of people that perform musical duties for military functions, usually for the armed forces. They also play at military funeral ceremonies. A typical military band consists mostly of wind and percussion instrument. The conductor of a band commonly bears the title of Bandmaster or Director of Music.

Music played by a military band is ceremonial and marching music including the national anthems and patriotic songs of not only their own nation but others as well. Military bands play music whilst still and moving.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

The Trumpet

There are different types of trumpet. The most common trumpet is the trumpet in B flat. Most composers will produce music for this instrument. However ther are other trumpets in variable keys.

There is a trumpet in:
~ low F - a contralto trumpet used for some Russian music
~ low C - a bass trumpet with a deep sound like a horn and built for the orchestral music in Wagner's series of operas, The Ring of the Nibelungs
~ in D - also known as the Bach Trumpet often made with a straight tube
~ in high D - used in some works by Stravinsky and Ravel
~ in high F - another instrument used for the rapid trumpet music of Bach.

The Last Post

Maybe you are interested in other trumpet music or even the fingering chart.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

The Hallelujah Chorus

The Lyrics

|: Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
Hallelujah! Hallelujah! :|

|: For the Lord God Omnipotent reigneth.
Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! :|

For the Lord God omnipotent reigneth.
|: Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! :|

The kingdom of this world
Is become the kingdom of our Lord,
And of His Christ, and of His Christ;
And He shall reign for ever and ever,
For ever and ever, forever and ever,

King of kings, and Lord of lords,
|: King of kings, and Lord of lords, :|
And Lord of lords,
And He shall reign,
And He shall reign forever and ever,
King of kings, forever and ever,
And Lord of lords,
Hallelujah! Hallelujah!

And He shall reign forever and ever,
|: King of kings! and Lord of lords! :|
And He shall reign forever and ever,
King of kings! and Lord of lords!
Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!

Many choirs sing the Messiah including the Hallelujah Chorus all over the world.

People have also arranged it into their own style eg Mervyn Warren, who was a member of the all male sextet Take 6, arranged and produced an updated gospel version. It is performed by a choir of all-star gospel, contemporary Christian, Rhythm and Blues and jazz singers, along with several actors and conducted by Quincy Jones.

Personal Review:
This version of the Hallelujah Chorus conducted by Quincy Jones is a great improvement to the original Hallelujah Chorus because of its gospal singing and upbeat rhythem. I prefer this version more than the original because of the rhythmic difference and the change of instruments eg. Piano, Trumpet, Drum Kit.

What Someone Else Thought of this version
"The best masterpiece, however is the Hallelujah Chorus. It must be played loud, in the house, in the car, in the office, or anywhere else. It is the most inspiring music I have ever heard. Somewhere, Handel is smiling and marvelling at what has come from the wonder which he penned two centuries ago.

Everyone should own this disc!"

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Metalcore Bands

If you play in a
metal band then the music is likely to be loud. Therefore you need to protect your ears with some ear plugs. If you continue to play without ear protection then it is possible to end up with Tinnitus which is simply ringing in the ear. And this ringing could be constantly.

If you play in a metal band then you need inspiration. This could be by  Listening to Other Metal Bands and wearing the band t-shirts.

For example Australian Metalcore Bands such as:
~ I Killed the Prom Queen

I Killed The Prom Queen (initally called Child Left Burning ) was formed in 2000 and are from Adelaide, South Australia. They were one of the first Australian metalcore bands to reach a wider audience. They are vegans and are against animal cruelty.

~ Parkway Drive

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Parkway Drive was formed in 2002 and are from Byron Bay, New South Wales.

~ Switchblade

This band played during the years 2001 - 2011 and were from Sydney, Australia.

~ The Red Shore

The Red Shore was formed in 2004 and are from Melbourne, Victoria.

~ Daysend

Daysend was fromed in 2002 and are from Sydney, Australia.

~ Carpathian

~ The Valley

The Hampshire Recorder Sinfonia

The photo represents members of The Hampshire Recorder Sinfonia, one of a handful of recorder orchestras in the United Kingdom. The group consists of a range of ages from school aged to retired who love to play music together. They meet weekly and perform at concerts. Look at the range of recorders played.

Take a Look Here to view the recorder types this orchestra uses plus the range of notes each recorder plays in relation to a piano keyboard.

Does this stimulate you to take up one or more recorder types? Many people play more than one.Why not pick up a Recorder Here or Here! Up to An Additional 15% OFF! Exp. 8/1/11

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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Bass String Instruments

~ at left
~ is the bass member of the viol family

Double Bass
~ at right
~ is the bass member of the violin or string family

Spot the difference


These are a group of bowed, string instruments developed in the Renaissance period ( 14th to 16th centuries ) and then superceded by the violin or string family. However the instruments are revived today for performance of early music.

Viols came in four different sizes, just like the modern string family and were called treble, alto tenor and bass. A group of viols was called a consort or chest which usually consisted of six instruments. A wealthy family often had a chest of viols.

They resembled that of a later violin but had flat back, ridges called frets, and C-shaped soundholes. Notice this difference in the above pictures of the violone and double bass.

They usually had six strings but some had five strings eg french viols.

The bow had a large outward curve and was held above the hand as opposed to the violin where the bow was held below the hand. Fingers controlled the tension of the horse-hair.

All viols were played downwards with the smaller ones resting on the knees and the larger ones resting between the legs. They produced a thin tone.

In the 18th century, the violin took over from the VIOL as people preferred the louder sounds that it produced.

If you are interested in making sounds on the DOUBLE BASS then you need an INSTRUMENT and SHEET MUSIC

Monday, May 17, 2010

Cello Sounds

There were a number of cellists through the ages who have created great sounds on the cello. 

Here are just a few:

Jean-Pierre Duport (1741-1818), Pablo Casals (1876-1973), Pierre Fournier (1906-1986) ,Jacqueline du Pré (1945-1987), Julian
Lloyd Webber (1951) picture to right

Cello sounds can be heard in a variety of settings which gives the player interesting music to play. You can find cellists playing

~ in the orchestra: there are a variety of different orchestras - a symphony orchestra has 8 - 12 players

~ as a soloist: in concerto with orchestral backing or on own

~ in chamber music: traditional string quartets and other ensembles like trios, quintets 

~ popular and jazz music: this is less common than classical music

~ bluegrass and folk music

If you have not got a cello you may want to learn to create some great sounds or know someone who does. Then you need a CELLO

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Sound-Colours of a Violin

Violins vary in quality and a violinist varies the wrist movement as he or she presses on the strings and on the way the strings are stopped. Hence the tone or sound-colour varies depending on instrument and player.

If a player wants a warm tone then vibrato is used ie the wavering of fingers on the strings. If a player wants a loud, harsh sound, he plays with the bottom of the bow, called a heel. A hollow sound can be obtained by drawing the bow very near the bridge. A softer tone can be produced by placing a mute ( small piece of wood or metal that lessons string vibrations)on the bridge. An effect called pizzicato is produced by plucking the strings with the fingers instead of using the bow.

If you have a violin you are most likely using these techniques. But why not grab some MUSIC to really enjoy yourself.

If you have not got a violin you may want to learn or know someone who does.

Then you need a VIOLIN


Have fun with the sound-colours of a violin.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Two Fabulous Music Stores

Let's Go Shopping at:

1. Sonatina's Music Store
2. The Store

You can play your instrument in Small Groups, such as a band or chamber group or a larger group,such as an orchestra; all of which provide great outlet for musicians.

Small Group examples:

1. Metalcore Bands eg Parkway Drive - seen below

2. In Chamber Groups eg

a. A wind quintet which consists of 1 flute, 1 clarinet, 1 oboe, 1 bassoon and 1 french horn.

3. A string quartet which consists of 2 violins, 1 viola, 1 cello.

2.The Store

The Store has one of the most amazing collections of licensed logo band merchandise available online. At the Store you will find men's and women's t-shirts and hoodies, posters and fabric posters, infant and toddler apparel, hats and caps, backpacks and wallets, patches and magnets, stickers and buttons, wristbands and belts, jewelry and key chains, towels and blankets, guitar picks and shoelaces.

They fill all USA orders within 1 business day with USPS Priority Mail.

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Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Sheet Music - For Your Ears

Learning and playing an instrument is an great fun. Whether you want to relax at home with a tune or two or join a musical group such as an orchestra, band, chamber group, you may need some music to keep inspired.

I would like to introduce you to Sheet Music Plus, my preferred sheet music store. Sheet Music Plus offers the largest selection of sheet music and music books and is a reliable company with very good prices. You may enjoy browsing their selection for new music to play.

Shipping costs are calculated at the checkout for you and are calculated in US dollars. They vary according to the delivery option you choose.

Sheet Music Plus has a 100% satisfaction guarantee and staff available to help by phone or email if you have any questions.

Maybe you are interested in a particular song eg Yesterday