Thursday, August 13, 2020

Would you like cheese with that Stylophone?


My friend and fellow Stylophone enthusiast Simon Beck has recorded three silly songs featuring the new "back to analog" Stylophone slated for official release later this year.  He calls his Soundcloud playlist "The Cheesefest Trilogy." Click the linked titles to hear what the new Stylophone sounds like in its natural habitat. The arrangements and performances are really well made and quite smile-inducing. Thanks for sharing, Simon!

1- "Funiculì, Funiculà"  1:46 

Luigi Denza and Peppino Turco wrote this Neapolitan song in 1880 to commemorate the opening of the inclined railway system on Mt. Vesuvius. I understand that working as a funicular train conductor has its ups and downs.

2 - "The Girl from Ipanema"  3:04

This Grammy-winning bossa nova hit written by Antônio Carlos Jobim with Portuguese lyrics by Vinícius de Moraes and English lyrics by Norman Gimbel is about... well, you know. It's right there in the title.

3- "English Country Garden"  1:57

I like this bouncy rendition of the classic folk tune also known as "Country Gardens" that was first published in the 1720s.  Apparently it's a favorite among the Morris dancing crowd. To me, it's the tune of the 1963 Allan Sherman/Jacqueline Ward comedy record, "Here's to the Crabgrass."