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As you may know, I direct the Children's Choirs at our Presbyterian church. I wrote and directed a musical for the kids last spring, called "Scenes From A Hymnbook." We would put on a mini-drama which illustrated some aspect of the background of the song, and then we would perform the hymn.

One of the songs was Martin Luther's "A Mighty Fortress Is Our God." Luther (1483-1546) translated the New Testament from Latin into German, while hiding from the authorities at the Wartburg Castle. Luther reported being oppressed by Satan and his demons while completing this work.

So I thought, "Let's have a scene where the devil tries to discourage Luther from his translating work." So I came up with this little ditty. I think it sounds a little bit like the theme song from "Little Shop Of Horrors."

The voice is mine. The backup singers are me, too, using GB's Vocal Transformer. I used to use Digital Performer for such transformations, and the GB way is WAY easier. I recorded this track as a rehearsal aide for my kids who would perform it.

It's far from perfect -- the drum part does not have any variations, sometimes the main vocal is subject to clipping, the ending is abrupt, and on and on you could go. But I think strictly from a "fun" factor, this is a cute little ditty.

When I was in the process of casting this scene, I asked my kids (ages 8-9-10), "Who wants to play Martin Luther?" One or two out of about twenty raised their hands. Then I asked, "Who wants to be the Devil?" EVERYBODY raised their hands! So I had to add some "mini-devil" backup singers to accomodate the demand to play devils.
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Lyrics
Hey, Martin Luther, give me a look
Get your nose out of that book
Hey, Martin here’s a rule of thumb
All that Bible reading’s making you dumb

Martin Luther (Hey Martin, listen up Martin)
Martin Luther (Hey Martin, listen up Martin)
Don’t you know it’s a crime how you waste your time
(Don’t you waste your time now) Hey Hey Martin
(Don’t you know it’s a crime now) Hey Hey Martin

Hey Martin Luther put down your pen
On the loser scale, you’re a “10”
Hey, Martin Luther, what do you think
Bible Translation is a waste of ink

Martin Luther (Hey Martin, listen up Martin)
Martin Luther (Hey Martin, listen up Martin)
Don’t you know it’s a crime how you waste your time
(Don’t you waste your time now) Hey Hey Martin
(Don’t you know it’s a crime now) Hey Hey Martin

Bible Translation won’t do any good
The people don’t want to read it
And even when they do, it’s misunderstood
So take my advice and heed it! The people don’t need it!

Martin Luther (Hey Martin, listen up Martin)
Martin Luther (Hey Martin, listen up Martin)
Don’t you know it’s a crime how you waste your time
(Don’t you waste your time now) Hey Hey Martin
(Don’t you know it’s a crime now) Hey Hey Martin
Martin Luther!
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Uploaded: Aug 14, 2005 - 05:38:58 AM
Last Updated: Aug 13, 2005 - 10:22:24 PM Last Played: Jan 11, 2019 - 04:47:50 PM
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eMac 1.25ghz

Yamaha P-120 digital piano, as controller
Software:
Soft-Synth piano is from SonicBoomBox. So is the electric bass. The drum pattern is a loop from SonicBoomBox.

I could have used Synthogy Ivory, but the SonicBoomBox piano works without any workarounds, which I have to use with Synthogy.
Comments
White Hawks said 5121 days ago (August 14th, 2005)
wow this is very nice!
i like it very much! thanks for sharing.

- Hawks
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TobinMueller said 5121 days ago (August 14th, 2005)
Jerry Lee Lewis meets The Reformation Singers
A very refreshing Sunday morning tune. I could see this tune
in a children's show about famous people, especially at a
Catholic school! Very cool to hear you sing, after all those
fabulous jazz piano tracks. The vocals distort in my
speakers, especially on the right. Nice to hear piano rock,
never enough of that. I'm sure your kids had a blast!
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drakonis said 5121 days ago (August 14th, 2005)
heeeheeeheee
Nothing but smirks here! Yes, the drums are so-so, but your
piano playing is wonderfully bouncy as usual, your tweaked
backup vocals work quite well, despite some distortion from
winding them up so high, and overall, the lyrics carry this
through. Singing too now? Watch out Tom Lehrer!
ttfn,
Drakonis
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thoddi said 5121 days ago (August 14th, 2005)
Fun tune
Guess the kids loved singing and being part of the performance with this great tune. So most of them wanted to be little devils... Nice class this one I guess, he he;)

Play on, Thoddi
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tomlawler said 5120 days ago (August 15th, 2005)
Hey Martin Luther
wow! we listened to the song b4 we read the description!
Wow! the description put it into perspective. I sensed the
irony of the lyrics toward the end-"The people don%u2019t want to
read it
And even when they do, it%u2019s misunderstood
So take my advice and heed it! The people don%u2019t need it..."
lotsa fun.
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composerclark said 4963 days ago (January 19th, 2006)
Clever
This is a blast! You sound like you're a lot of fun; the kids must love you!
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Name: John Stebbe
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I am a public elementary school music teacher in Indianapolis. I also direct the children's choirs at our church. I love to play piano. I play solo piano jobs around town, and also lead a jazz trio (piano, bass, drums). I was born in 1959. ... [see more]

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