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Pearl Sutton
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I have been having a problem lately, I hope to find someone who would enjoy solving it. I am not a musician. I do, however like to sing while I work (off key, off time, and out of tune, generally.) I have been looking for songs that say what I want to be singing about, in a way I want to sing, and am not finding them. I’d love to have someone make me one!

My head likes bouncy music to work to, not calm and peaceful mellow music. Stuff that sings easy, even if you can't sing well, that sticks in your head and bubbles out. My mind wants things that are not geared for kids, that relate to what I do, that aren’t negative and toxic to my soul. I found an AWESOME band yesterday, Formidable Vegetable, out of Australia, electric swing permaculture music! And I’ll DEFINITELY buy all their work. They sing about permaculture basics, learning to observe, that there are patterns to the world, that composting and worms are great. Yes! But I don't need to be taught that. I  don't need to sing it every day. I KNOW this stuff already. I don't need it ingrained in me, it already is, deep in my soul. I need to be happy with where I am, and rejoicing in the things I do every day. I need a song I can sing at the chickens, and when I’m on the tractor.

I made up some very rough lyrics of what I’d like to sing about:

Sun is up, cool breeze from the west
Chickens scratch, eating all the bugs
Goats peer over the fence, hoping for treats
Dogs and kids run and chase each other
I love living on the land!

And I’m
.....Digging up the garlic
.....Cutting herbs for dinner
.....Throwing scraps to chickens
.....Making goat cheese
.....Planting more flowers
.....Knitting blue mittens
.....Dancing in the breeze
Work’s not work when it’s fun! Yeah!
Work’s not work when it’s fun!

Butterflies and bees dance my flowers
Birds eat their share of the fruit
Running out of space in the root cellar
Abundance for all is my goal, and I’m doing it!
I love living on the land!

What’s ripe for dinner tonight?
I saw a pretty new bird today!
Relaxing in the shade in my hammock
Laughing at the baby goats
I love living on the land!

And I’m
.....Digging up the garlic
.....Cutting herbs for dinner
.....Throwing scraps to chickens
.....Making goat cheese
.....Planting more flowers
.....Knitting blue mittens
.....Dancing in the breeze
Work’s not work when it’s fun! Yeah!
Work’s not work when it’s fun!
....
Yeah I know, I’m not a lyricist either That kind of idea

The kind of tune I’d love something like that set to would have the bouncy, energetic, singable quality of songs like:
Crocodile Rock - Elton John
Rock and Roll Never Forgets - Bob Seger
Kodachrome - Paul Simon
And I tried to pick a Jimmy Buffett song to list, but could only narrow it down to six or so  Desperation Samba, One Particular Harbor, A Pirate Looks At Forty, Brown Eyed Girl, Piece of Work, Knees of My Heart, School Boy Heart, Cinco De Mayo In Memphis... But without his lyrics about bars, etc, I just don't relate to them.

Anyone think this would be fun to play with?
Come dance with me! I want to bounce while I work!
 
Dale Hodgins
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Almost any of this could be done to the tune of Push It, by Salt and Pepa. Or there's the No Doubt song Hella Good. Tupac did one called California.

I've seen people bouncing to all of these.
 
Pearl Sutton
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Good morning Dale!
I thought of you yesterday, Formidable Vegetable has a song called "No Such Thing As Waste"  As a fairly serious dumpster diver I always enjoy reading your stories, I have those too, I don't make it my primary job these days, but I do more than the average human considers normal So this is for you to bounce to while you work!

 
Inge Leonora-den Ouden
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I do like music, nice songs to sing ... but I love the singing of the wild birds even more!
 
Wyatt Bottorff
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To me this is a very appropriate gardening song:
 
Alex Abbott
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Wyatt Bottorff wrote:To me this is a very appropriate gardening song:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HE3FtfNAJjY


Wyatt,

Very appropriate gardening song! Pleasing melody to say the least!

Today as I was raking grass for the compost pile, these two gems came across my playlist:
Billy strings/don julin - sharecroppers son 


And yonder mountain string band- boatman's dance: 


I'm kinda partial to fast bluegrass
 
Daniel Schneider
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Hej!

Here are a couple I've always loved:


 
Pearl Sutton
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Thanks everyone! I like some of those a lot! Couple I'll definitely be singing! Keep them coming

Still hope to get one written that fits exactly what I want...
 
Hope Willis
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I can't write music either but I take songs I love the tunes of and rewrite the words. I have a song to calm the bees courtesy of Simon and Garfunkle, garden songs that come from a wide range of artists and genres and songs for the ducks that come from Come on Get Happy and Girls Girls Girls. I even rewrote Feeling' Groovy, S & G again, for the mushrooms. Your lyrics are great, maybe just alter them a bit for a song you love.

Although if you are looking for a great garden song band you could try Ma Muse. Some of their stuff is more bouncy than others.
 
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There's a band.. Gaelic Storm, that I listen to a lot when I'm working.  Their song, Darcy's Ass (its about a donkey) gives you a good idea of what most of their music sounds like.

Generally both Irish jigs and sea shanties are designed for people to move to. I have a lot of both on my Pandora line up.
 
Pearl Sutton
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I lost track of this thread, I accidentally unsubscribed to it  

I, too, adapt a lot of songs to what I want, rewrite lyrics all the time. Have a lovely rewrite of "Royals" for my chickens ("and all the birds are like berk berk, bug bug, pooping in the back yard, did dig, fluff fluff, rolling in the dirt ... we don't care, we drive the tractor in our dreams!!") But it's a problem with my brain (there's damage from seizures etc, it's not Asperger's but something on the autism/Asperger's spectrum) that every time I sing a song like that, I hear the original in my head too. So if I start with something like (no insult to Dale) Salt and Peppa's Push (which I listened to, good bouncy song, horrifying thing to want in my head) I'll hear it every time I sing. I hate the song Royals, someone played it for me, and it got in my head. I wrote the chickens a song, and now I hear Royals every time I sing at the birds. And I hate that song. I don't want it in my head. I want good things in my head these days.

This is why I am still hoping someone can write me a tune that has no associations with it, so my head can start fresh. I know there are people out there who can do it easily, if I wanted to deal with an ex of mine, he could. I, alas, cannot. I can only mutilate other people's songs.

I have listened to all the things people said, and have more of it that I have associated off of them that I'm still digging through. And I appreciate it all Some excellent stuff in there!
 
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