Oh I am a spaceman, a song by Reuben

This afternoon Reuben (5) told me that he wanted to write a song called “Oh I am a spaceman”. Who was I to say no?

We had such fun coming up with this song and then recording this demo on my phone. The lyric ideas were mostly Reuben’s and I wish that I had recorded the writing process because I can still hear his laughter as I read through the lyrics.

We demoed this song about six times. We chose this version not because it was the most pitch-perfect but because of Reuben’s enthusiastic drumming, his joining in with the singing, and his lovely laughter.

 

OH I AM A SPACEMAN

by Reuben J M Saunders (5) and Gareth J M Saunders (42)

Oh I am a spaceman
Standing on the moon
Looking down at planet Earth
I’m glad I’ve brought my spoon

Cos back there in the spaceship
Is my best friend Bert
He’s guarding the fridge from aliens
He’s protecting my yoghurt

My favourite flavour’s strawberry
And Bert’s favourite is lime
But when I bounced back to HQ
I discovered he’d eaten mine

So I opened up the space hatch
And pulled with all my might
Bert’s floating out in space now
He’s a yoghurt-y satellite

Oh I am a spaceman
Standing on the moon
Looking down at planet Earth
I’m now sad I brought my spoon

Written on a Sunday afternoon (4 May 2014) by Reuben J M Saunders (aged 5) and Gareth J M Saunders (aged 42). Lyrical ideas from Reuben, musical ideas from Gareth.

Recorded on a Google Nexus 4 using J4T Multitracker for Android.

Day 30: Your favourite song at this time last year #30dsc

30 day song challenge day 30: Your favourite song at this time last year

Cavalera Conspiracy—Must Kill

I have to say that I really like this song, not for the lyrics which are a bit…well, kill-y, but for the music which just grooves.

To be honest, the whole album Inflikted is amazing. This is how Encyclopaedia Metallum reviewed it

Consistently good is probably the best way to sum up “Inflikted”, which establishes Cavalera Conspiracy as a potentially serious player in the modern Metal scene.

Whether they’re pounding out thudding Groove work with a tasteful and measured amount of tribal percussive additives in “Terrorize” and “Dark Ark”, or galloping and riffing into a modern variant on textbook Thrash in “Hearts Of Darkness”, things flow smoothly.

This isn’t quite something that will wow everybody, being more like a good album with a few great elements rather than all out amazing, but it could win over a few older fans of death and thrash, along with roping in all of the newer generation who are more accustomed to an overtly polished production.

In other words, not quite an essential purchase, but definitely something worth looking into if one is inclined towards fast and heavy music with fancy guitar work and raunchy shouts.

I have to disagree with the final paragraph though: this is most definitely an essential purchase.

Day 29: A song from your childhood #30dsc

30 day song challenge day 29: A song from your childhood

Sailor—Girls Girls Girls

We used to have this British Relay Wireless (BRW) television that had, if I remember correctly, four channels (BBC 1, BBC 2, STV and Border TV) but if you then pressed a button it would switch from TV to Radio and offered four channels there too (I can’t remember which ones, although BBC Radio 2 was probably one of them.

British Relay was a cable TV company, so the TV was plugged into the wall using a very particular socket with loads of pins. I remember being both excited and disappointed when we had to move to a conventional TV aerial because the signal wasn’t as good as cable and we dropped one of the ITV channels (STV, which meant no more Glen Michael’s Cartoon Cavalcade on a Sunday afternoon).

Sailor’s “Girls Girls Girls” is the first song I remember playing on the radio. It came out in early 1976, before Jane was even born!

Is it just me or does the song in places sound like The Muppet Show theme tune?

Day 28: A song that makes you feel guilty #30dsc

30 day song challenge day 28: A song that makes you feel guilty

Ferry Aid—Let It Be

A song that makes you feel guilty? I pondered. There isn’t one. How can a… and then I remembered this song.

Ferry Aid were a British-American ensemble group, brought together to record the song “Let It Be” in 1987. The single was released following the Zeebrugge Disaster, which had occurred on 6 March 1987 involving the capsizing of the MS Herald of Free Enterprise ferry, which killed 193 passengers and crew.

My dad bought me this single when it came out, and I remember sitting in my room, with my back to the door, with some school friends. Someone picked up this single and started teasing me for owning it.

Those immature days when anything less heavy than Slayer was a shameful offence.

So I joined in, so to be a part of the group, to be accepted. “Oh, my Dad bought it for me, I don’t know why I don’t even like it. What a…”

And then I turned around and standing in the doorway was my Dad. He’d heard everything that I’d said. He looked hurt, quietly closed the door and walked away.

I can’t remember what I did. Whether I chased after him or not. But the truth is I really did like the song. It’s by The Beatles, to whom I’d been introduced by my Dad. It features cracking guitar solos by Mark Knopfler and the late, great Gary Moore.

The thing is though, because it was a Beatles song and they hail from Liverpool, and have a ferry for all these years I’ve always been convinced that this was a song to raise money for a Mersey ferry disaster!

Day 27: A song that you wish you could play #30dsc

30 day song challenge day 27: A song that you wish you could play

Slayer—Seasons in the Abyss

There really is no reason why I shouldn’t be able to play this song, taken from Slayer’s 1990 album of the same name: Seasons in the Abyss. I’ve got the TAB music for it and I can play along to the intro.

That said, this song has one of the best intros to any metal song. In the history of metal. Ever.

Fact!

(There’s a really great cover of the song by palendre, an older-looking, white-haired guy on YouTube.)

Day 25: A song that makes you laugh #30dsc

30 day song challenge day 25: A song that makes you laugh

Tenacious D—Tribute

Needless to say,
the beast was stunned.
Whip-crack went his whippet tail,
And the beast was done.
He asked us:
“(snort) BE you angels?”
And we said,
“Nay.
We are but men
Rock!!
Ahhh, ahhh, ahhh-ah-ah-ah-ah-ahn,
Ohhh, whoah, ah-whoah-oh!

This is not The Greatest Song in the World, No
This is just a tribute.