Another Agf Song Contest- Get The Folk Out!

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  1. tvvoodoo

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    I'm bored. Let's make some music. Something different, and cool. Less Rock 'n Roll, more Earthy.

    This time I'm going to ask you to exit your comfort zones. Entrants are about to Get the Folk Out!

    Entrants will compose and post a guitar-based folksy song in a style of music unfamiliar to them and their personal ethnicity experience. Could be English Skiffle, German Polka, a Ballade Francais, a Mexican Corrido, or West Indies Reggae, a Celtic Reel, whatever. If you happen to be from say, Finland... a surf tune is most welcome. If you happen to live in Mississippi, a blues composition is not really a good idea.

    Bonus points if you write and sing lyrics in a language/verbal dialect/accent foreign to you. Recognize this is where you can really have fun. Don't be caught being too darn deep. Music is about ENTERTAINMENT.
    These do not have to be complicated, or heavily-layered compositions. Let's keep them over 2 minutes, under five. Instrumentals are fine, but I suggest some simple vocals (no matter how silly or serious) will help as evidenced in the last contest. Enter as many as you like, as long as the general ethnicity is different in each one you submit. Form/overall storytelling and entertainment value will be way more important than grammar/pronunciation and production values.

    I suggest you pick a style then youtube to see what you can develop from those ideas. There are multiple drum tracks in many styles you can consider borrowing from on the web, but may require some editing.

    Going to give you plenty of time. Deadline for submissions is May 1.
    There will be prizes. I have no idea what yet. This is less about winning, more about discovering your inner composing monster. It lies inside of you, dare to stimulate it, allow it to awaken. Develop and stretch your musical muscles, and share with us all the joy of creation.
     
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  2. needhelp

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    Not sure what you are getting at: Joan Baez or a genre that one is unfamiliar with.
     
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    Bump for sunday discussion, thought. I am writing my own right now.
     

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    We are looking for an international flavour out of your comfort zone.
    I am working on a spanish/latin thing right now.

    it will be ok if you adapt a traditional folk song chords/form for your use,
    it's kind of what I am doing, kinda/sorta
     
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    This part made me stop and think a minute.

    The contest is about composing a song in an ethnicity one is unfamiliar with . . .

    . . . and there are bonus points for writing the lyrics in a foreign language.

    However, if one acquainted enough with a foreign language, it's cultural context and unique in-group references, the subtle inflections of meaning, the proper use of homonyms, metaphor, and analogy upon which much of lyric writing depends . . . then can it not be reasonably assumed that they are in fact familiar with that culture/ethnicity? This seems to violate the unfamiliarity rule.

    Hey, it's your contest and your rules. If we want them bonus points I guess we've got to really earn them. More power to the guy who can pull this off. :)

    Now that I think about it, I may have an idea, though I need a ruling by @tvvoodoo on whether it qualifies.

    Question: Are imaginary/fictional cultures valid?

    If so, I may try to compose and sing an Elvish song based upon Middle Earth and Tolkien's invented language.
     
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    Maybe Folk of any choice. Just don't hear much (good) folk music these days.
     
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    But yes your contest your rules.
     
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    Toomany, I love your idea, sure I can dig that, but it should have a "flavour" that you would expect of say,
    orc culture, or hobbit culture. It should not sound like a rock song.
    Say like the battle of evermore for example. Drawing on Celtic stylings in a very large way.

    Google translate is very fun. I don't care if your song rhymes. nobody does. What does it feel like? Is there a story? and do you actually speak Elvish? You are truly a Renaissance man
     
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    Here's the thing, at first I was going to ask each of you to look back in your family tree and draw from your own heritage.
    Me, I am about half Romanian, and a quarter Austrian, and a quarter Russian, by my grandparents.
    I was thinking of doing an Edelweiss type ballad, or maybe some gypsy jazz, but then I got a funny idea and went full latino.
    maybe I'll do something eastern European, what was a that folk band with five guitars, were kind of big in the 90's,
    very gypsy sounding? Name of the band escapes me now. Oh shit.... Gipsy Kings! Damn... that was pretty cool stuff,
    a real mashup... of styles, flamenco, eastern euro, all kinds of cool stuff - I have a double disc of this stuff somewhere.



    Can any of us this play this well? I wonder. That's why it's a challenge. It's outside our I IV V boxes. Man i love zydeco too. Hmmmm
     
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    I think he wants to do that Vulcan song Spock did on Star trek.
     
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    I have finished writing (are these ever done?) and been practicing my Mexican/Spanish Balada
    for performance/recording. Tentative title: Un Gusto Por el Dolor

    I have been learning quite a lot of spanish and laughing so hard for the past hour me duele el estómago
     
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    Can I write an song in Oriental style with Spanish lyrics?
     
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    YES! - World music, out of your comfort zone, challenge yourself!
     
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    Cultural appropriation, here we come.

    :)

    Let's just all pledge not to show this thread to any college snowflake crybullies.
     
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    LOL! it's not appropriation, it's APPRECIATION

    patchouli-scented folk festival hippie chicks await your musical stylings

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    Coming to assault your ear canals soon, (Title translates to A Taste for Pain)

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    tell me there isn't a Well Hung strap in there somewhere.....
     
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    Great idea! This is an interesting twist.. Obviously I'm disqualified from Irish trad and folk styles but well that just leaves the whole damn rest of the world. I reckon I could tackle some African blues.
     
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    I think you were joking, but Finns understand surf music very well; Google rautalanka.
     
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    Whoa ... I had absolutely no idea! Learn something new every day. That was kind of mind-blowing. That there is a shining example of worldly music making.
     
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    Folkie bump. Damn I wish I had a mando

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