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When Monsters Want to Dance


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Joanna

 Genre: Children's Music

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Description
This is a children's song that I've had in an unfinished state for a very long time. It didn't need too much work to finish it, so I grabbed a little time on a Sunday night to do so.

The vocals are all me. The spoken 'monster' bits in the bridge use a vocal effect, but the rest are just me singing. It's all a little chaotic, which is how I wanted it. Chaos is fun when you're singing about monsters. I'm hoping the kids will join in and sing along with me.
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Lyrics
When monsters smash your toes
You have to bite their nose
Don't think you have no chance
When monsters want to dance

Not all monsters are clumsy
Some dance quite divine
But if they trip and stumble
Take that as a sign!

When monsters smash your toes
You have to bite their nose
Don't think you have no chance
When monsters want to dance

If you can't find a monster
Who's graceful as can be
You need to go a'searching
For a dancing fantasy!

When monsters smash your toes
You have to bite their nose
Don't think you have no chance
When monsters want to dance

The oafs are in your closet
The bumbling under your bed
The klutzes hide in shadows
Have the graceful ones all fled?

When monsters smash your toes
You have to bite their nose
Don't think you have no chance
When monsters want to dance

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Hits: 5235
Comments: 35
Fans: 11
Plays: 458
Downloads: 171
Votes: 11
Uploaded: Nov 13, 2006 - 07:51:52 AM
Last Updated: Nov 13, 2006 - 07:51:52 AM Last Played: Sep 04, 2017 - 04:39:15 PM
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Comments
FEEL said 3995 days ago (November 13th, 2006)
I'm "carred'
I could see how this could scare a young one a bit but you managed some satire to relive this stress. I loved the tuba... is that a tuba? Great story book feel. Thanks for sharing.
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Joanna said 3993 days ago (November 15th, 2006)
Thank you TF
Yup, that's a tuba! As a friend pointed out, being a little bit scared is fun when you're a kid. I'm just hoping no one is a lot scared. It's all in fun, of course.
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drakonis said 3995 days ago (November 13th, 2006)
very fun, Shel!
For some reason, this reminds me of something Shel Silverstein would write (definitely a compliment.) Very quirky/smirky fun poem, and equally quirky and delightful/appropriate music! Although, I had to listen a couple of times before I realized that that was not the JoannaBrass, but a RealBrass thingie :-) One critique... I LOVED the orchestration and the singing, it all fit so nicely, except, the cymbal crash was loud, and across the same frequency range and centered over the voice, so when things got loud, your words got temporarily drowned out. This is where mixing skill way beyond mine might be helpful... but you might try panning the cymbal more to one side (or double it and pan each copy to the far left and right, to move it out of the way of your voice). Also, you may want to use the equalizer on it to drop the volume of the high midrange a ways (I think.) That way your voice will still shine through the crescendo there. Very very fun, I like the klumsy feel of this very carefully put-together piece!
ttfn,
Drakonis
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Joanna said 3993 days ago (November 15th, 2006)
Thank you, Drak
Unfortunately, I can't do much with the cymbal because the loop was an orchestra kit (it included all the percussion in that section). Because I wanted those wonderful, pounding drums to be upfront because they seemed so monsterish, the cymbals are tagging along. I figured it was okay because the very first time I sing the chorus, I sing it solo with just the tuba, so that way one can hear the words.
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said 3994 days ago (November 14th, 2006)
:)
I lub monsters.
Joanna said 3993 days ago (November 15th, 2006)
Thank you, Mungo
I lub you for lubbing monsters
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Stun Nutz said 3994 days ago (November 14th, 2006)
RRRRArrhahrhahgahghghgah
This was really great Joanna! Orchestrated gradiosity (loved it!), clever lyrics, funny voices... you make some great tunes. Still a big fan, yours truly!
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Joanna said 3993 days ago (November 15th, 2006)
Thank you, Stun
Children's songs are the most fun to write. First dancing aliens and now dancing monsters. Who knows what'll be dancing next?
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Stun Nutz said 3993 days ago (November 16th, 2006)
By the way...
I still have our second collab on the "to do" list!
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Joanna said 3988 days ago (November 20th, 2006)
kid song collab
I'm looking forward to it. I tend to take so long to do things that patience is not a problem.
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futzpucker said 3993 days ago (November 15th, 2006)
Direct hit on what you were going for
Very, very effective orchestration, Joanna, and the flow of the song is just right.

Plus, it's approximately *way* fun.

This is a complete success.
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Joanna said 3993 days ago (November 15th, 2006)
Thank you, Futz
I had so much fun in chat talking to all of you guys. It was so great to see the kids in all of us come out and dance with the monsters. Thank you so much for your kind words.
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caroline said 3993 days ago (November 15th, 2006)
hahahaha
i'm bumbling under my bed!! i know i heard a fabulous english accent in there too!!! ty joanna - fabbie do! xoxoxox
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Joanna said 3988 days ago (November 20th, 2006)
Thank you, Caroline
Oh no! If you're bumbling under your bed then you must be... a... a... MONSTER! Well, at least we know you're a pink and fluffy monster with an English accent (I had to represent, y'know).
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mandimonkee said 3993 days ago (November 15th, 2006)
haha
Oh, as the mother of a young one I love this. I get sick of the same old "bananaphone" over and over.
My daughter would enjoy, will have to play for her. She has a demented sense of humor just like I do. Nice work.
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Joanna said 3988 days ago (November 20th, 2006)
Thank you, Mandi
I hope your daughter enjoyed the song. That's always the true test of a kid's song -- the kids!
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bug67 said 3992 days ago (November 16th, 2006)
Brilliant!
I could actually envision the monsters dancing! The instrument selection is spot on for this also.
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Joanna said 3988 days ago (November 20th, 2006)
Thank you, bug
Sugar plums are out and monsters are in for things than dance in your head. Thanks for the kind words!
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Ed Hannifin said 3991 days ago (November 17th, 2006)
Hey! I thought I left a comment!
Aaargh.

Joanna, you already heard a lot out of me on Chat, but I just love this... still...

I've had a week of it at work, so I haven't walked my son in to hear it, but I haven't forgotten...

I still love the tuba, and I love the Monster Tabernacle Joanna Choir... all those voices... all with great diction....

Ed
Joanna said 3988 days ago (November 20th, 2006)
Thank you, Ed
I appreciate your dropping again and for telling The Peep! I love "Monster Tabernacle Choir" and wish I'd used that in the liner notes.
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thepeep said 3991 days ago (November 17th, 2006)
Very good...
I like the part when you say, "When monsters smash your toes, You have to bite their nose, Don't think you have no chance, When monsters want to dance". I like the idea that it's about monsters.

Sincerely,

thepeep
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Joanna said 3988 days ago (November 20th, 2006)
Thank you, Peep
I appreciate you coming in to listen. I had that chorus in my head for too long. It was only embarrassing when I was singing it at the grocery store.
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jiguma said 3988 days ago (November 20th, 2006)
Powerful stuff!
Amazing stuff Joanna! "Proper music"! Unbelievably good sounds you have here - so real and so full. Excellent singing and writing (and talking). Bloody scary to me : )
As ziti would say: "deepest bow"!
Neil
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Joanna said 3988 days ago (November 20th, 2006)
Thank you, Neil
I'm so glad you enjoyed it! I have to thank some jampack loops for the 'proper music'. Sometimes those loops just beg for a song to be written around them. And sometimes it's just due to dancing monsters.
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Sumo Sisters said 3988 days ago (November 20th, 2006)
Fun and high quality
I truely love this song! Your vocal performance is stunning. I even imagined of dancing in forest. Why dont you make video and throw it in public??
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Joanna said 3988 days ago (November 20th, 2006)
Thank you, Sumo Sisters
I still love your band's name. And I thank you for dropping by for a listen. I wish I had time now to animate a video but perhaps some time in the future I can. Domo!
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G-Spot said 3986 days ago (November 22nd, 2006)
FANTASTIC!!!
I love this so much. I'm adding it to my playlist, and I don't have any kids. It's for me...
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j2morrow said 3986 days ago (November 22nd, 2006)
I'm ready to dance.
Very enjoyable. I like the dark edge that still remains playful.
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Enrique Gil said 3965 days ago (December 14th, 2006)
That was great!
Too bad my kids are not little any more. But I can imagine Dad (or Mom) singing this song to take away the scare out of the closet's monster!
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TobinMueller said 3957 days ago (December 21st, 2006)
Max would be proud
A delight.
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Estella said 3232 days ago (December 15th, 2008)
Hi Joanna
Came here from your forum post...

This is just the cutest thing. I love the instrumentation. It's fun for all ages, really.

I substitute for elementary school children some times...would it be alright with you if I play this for them? Might even play them the robot video ha ha...
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Joanna said 3232 days ago (December 15th, 2008)
Estelle
I'd be honored! Thank you for your interest
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Estella said 3232 days ago (December 15th, 2008)
Thanks!
if i end up doing that, i'll let you know how it goes!

*Estella
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Joanna said 1090 days ago (October 27th, 2014)
It's Dance With a Monster Monday
I'm just randomly choosing a song so something will be lit up when I check my page. Yes, I'm that pathetic.
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Joanna said 720 days ago (November 1st, 2015)
Halloween
I hope everyone had a great Halloween and gave out lots of candy to the little monsters-in-training.
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