As a contest for lyrics that will likely be learn in print (no less than within the newspaper model), the Invitational places the next premium on rhyme and recognizable meter than it might if it have been an all-video contest; and the songs’ traces can’t be repetitive as a result of that makes tedious studying.
For those who’re new to Model Invitational music contests, PLEEZ learn this 2021 Model Conversational column that spells out what works finest for Invite functions. (However do not forget that the dates talked about have been for Week 1440, final summer time!) The column additionally contains quite a few hyperlinks to songs from earlier contests.
If this isn’t addressed within the Week 1440 column: I’m fairly expansive on what constitutes “information.” It doesn’t should play off a particular information merchandise, however the subject ought to concern somebody or one thing that’s at present talked about within the information. So whilst you would possibly pen a love music to Benedict Cumberbatch, particularly if it mentions his present motion pictures, it’d be more durable to justify a love music to your cat.
For the nuts ’n’ bolts of submitting an entry, right here’s what I write on this week’s entry type, which restates and expands a bit on the instructions within the Invite itself:
“In this week’s Model Invitational contest, Week 1490, write a satiric music about something within the information as of late, set to a well-recognized tune (or if you happen to’re making a video, be happy to make use of an authentic tune). Do point out which music (if any) you might be parodying, even when it’s apparent to you. And if there’s a recording of the unique on YouTube or elsewhere on the Web that matches your parody, please embody the URL so the Empress can hear and, if you happen to get ink, share it with readers.
“For those who make a video of both a parody or your authentic tune, please embody the lyrics right here but in addition a YouTube hyperlink to your video that the Empress may share with Invite followers. (Lyrics ON the video are better of all, however not required.) Necessary! For those who’ve made a video, you should definitely point out that in your entry together with the hyperlink (e.g., “video of me singing the music”). You need to make certain I do know that the hyperlink goes to a efficiency of YOUR music and never only a recording of the unique.
“Within the print model of the Invite — together with the 4 prime winners — the songs being parodied should be very broadly recognized in order that readers will be capable to know the melodies as they learn the lyrics. On-line, nevertheless, we will do parodies of much less iconic songs, since we will hyperlink to a clip of the unique. Please don’t embed hyperlinks in textual content; simply copy and paste the URL above or under your music; in any other case the Empress finally ends up with garble.
“Your music might not have been already printed elsewhere, besides for some on-line sharing or posting for a small viewers; if you happen to’re unsure in case your music qualifies, go forward and submit it together with a observe, and the Empress will make a ruling. (For those who ship an electronic mail to firstname.lastname@example.org whose topic line mentions this, she’ll see your query a lot earlier.)
“You get an additional week! Entry deadline is midnight is one second earlier than midnight on Monday, June 13, wherever you might be. (Nonetheless, if some horrible factor occurs and you must do it the following day, go forward; you gained’t be locked out. However don’t make a daily observe of it.)”
I LURRRRRVE THE PARODIES.
LOL in a day’s work*: The outcomes of Week 1486
*Non-inking headline submitted by each Jesse Frankovich and Chris Doyle
I’m glad I made a decision to provide one other go to our 2002 contest asking for indications of incompetence in a specific discipline: Week 1486 drew a deluge of some 2,000 entries, of which I run 54 in this week’s outcomes on-line, and match about 40 in print (nearly all have been very brief). Many of the inking entries featured humorous quotes, although for some, simply the idea did the trick (e.g., Kevin Dopart’s Incompetent rabbi: wears a yarmulke with a propeller).
It’s the primary Clowning Achievement trophy, however the fifth Invite first-place win, for Rob Cohen, who nailed the quote included within the cartoon atop this web page. Like a lot of as we speak’s entries, it bested a couple of different humorous entries with the identical basic concept. In second place, rookie Karen Lambert continues her swift ascent into Invite-fixturehood; actually, she additionally positioned second simply two weeks in the past for one thing you would say each on the hairstylist and when bringing your automotive to the gasoline station: “Very humorous, ha ha – no, I wasn’t beneath the affect after I did this.” This time, her incompetent comedian asks, “There aren’t any of these oversensitive individuals within the viewers tonight, are there?” Corridor of Famer Frank Osen conjures a future Cake Wrecks case with “Completely happy Birthday Brian With a Y!” And since Bob didn’t need to draw an image of a music, Diana Oertel will get her incompetent astronaut (“Are we there but?”) became a full-color art work.
What Doug Dug: Ace Copy Editor Doug Norwood agreed with me on this week’s prime winners, and likewise singled out Jean Sorensen’s mind surgeon “(whispers to self) “You bought this!”; Tim Livengood’s dairy farmer (“I like these cows that bought just one — they take so much much less time to take advantage of”); and Coleman Glenn’s wine taster (“I’m detecting notes of … grape? Yeah, undoubtedly grapy”).
Bonus: Annabeth’s Bets: “Slot,” or copy desk supervisor, Annabeth Carlson gave the print Invite one other learn on Thursday, and she or he had completely different favorites, although she stated she preferred the entire checklist a lot that it was exhausting to decide on. She lastly cited Kate Sammons’s accountant, who removed the corporate’s crimson ink with one simple trick; Howard Walderman’s physician’s receptionist, who calls on individuals by their maladies, like “Mr. Hernia”; Invoice Bouyer’s Fox Information anchor (“I can’t learn this. It’s too ridiculous”); and, from First Offender Aaron Olszewski, the cat coach (“They suppose their job is feasible”).
Why they name him Loser of the Yr, and different ideas on the Scorching Flushies:
Sure, the thermometer pushed previous 90 levels final Saturday within the yard Loser Steve Leifer in Potomac, Md., however a well-spaced crowd of some 70 Losers and varied hangers-on had the standard boffo time on the twenty sixth (!) Flushies, the Loser Neighborhood’s annual awards potluck/singalong/basic revelry. A number of of the tables have been moved off the patio into shadier spots, and some of us took Steve up on his invitation to wallow within the pool.
The singalong consisted of a set consisting totally of Model Invitational-themed parodies (plus Jonathan Jensen’s traditional authentic “Love Me, I’m a Loser”). It was beamed reside to the Model Invitational Devotees Fb group, however alas, I haven’t been capable of finding a recording, aside from Duncan Stevens’s “Keeper of the Stats” (“Grasp of the Home”), a tribute to Ur-Loser Elden Carnahan, who’s been sustaining an indispensable database and meticulous tables — masking the entire period of Loserdom since Week 1 in 1993 — at NRARS.org. Elden wasn’t capable of attend on Saturday, having simply had individuals poking round in his mind and nonetheless grooving on the following meds, however he — and also you — can benefit from the parody right here on the Devs web page (Duncan’s superb lyrics are within the remark thread).
This yr’s Loser of the Yr, Frank Mann, proved particularly apt for the title. To begin with, it doesn’t essentially go to the yr’s highest-scoring loser; it’s for the highest-scoring Loser who hasn’t gained the title earlier than. So whereas Frank did rating a formidable 50 blots of ink from March to March 2021-22, his totals have been surpassed by former LOTY Jesse Frankovich. And former LOTY Duncan Stevens. And (ditto) Chris Doyle. And Mark Raffman. And Kevin Dopart. And Tom Witte. And Jonathan Jensen. And Beverley Sharp. And Jeff Contompasis. However nonetheless! Fairly good firm! And Frank had plenty of hilarious ink in plenty of completely different contests, and positively was worthy of the Loser of the Yr plaque he took dwelling.
Then, this very afternoon, Frank, who’s a lawyer for a federal company, despatched me this observe:
“Okay. That is tremendous embarrassing. In making an attempt to hold my LOTY plaque. It slipped via the crack behind a 7 foot cupboard that DEA thoughtfully bolted to the wall. In different phrases, it’s now a beautiful time capsule that gained’t be unearthed for an additional 15 years — if then. Don’t ask me concerning the varied steps I went to to try to retrieve it, however secure to say, it’s gone till the following renovation or huge earthquake. Is there any option to pay somebody to make a reproduction? If not, I’ll simply go on fortunately as Loser (and Clod) of the yr.”
Sure, that’s proper. Frank works for the Drug Enforcement Administration. Which appears not to have the ability to pull one thing out from behind a cupboard.
We’re getting Frank one other plaque.
See It Now! Loser Jonathan Jensen’s musical to open in Baltimore
Transfer over, “Fiorello”: The Royal Consort and I are undoubtedly going — and we’d like to be a part of a Loser contingent — as much as Baltimore in mid-July to see “Do It Now!,” a musical concerning the metropolis’s legendarily colourful Seventies-’80s mayor William Donald Schaefer, with each music and lyrics by Loser Jonathan Jensen. The present has been within the works eternally — there was an article about it within the Baltimore Solar in 2012 — and eventually, after a lot remodeling, makes its debut on the Fells Level Nook Theater July 16-31, as a part of the Baltimore Playwrights Pageant (tickets and information right here). We’re going as much as Niagara Falls, Ontario, for the Loserfest trip journey July 25-29, so we’ll need to go on one of many first two weekends. We’ll arrange an occasion itemizing on the Devotees web page to coordinate. (In the meantime, Loserfest Pope Kyle Hendrickson can match a pair extra individuals into the Niagara festivities; verify right here for the Fungenda and plenty of different information. He’s set a Might 31 tough deadline.)
So have enjoyable writing a music (or, for a lot of of you, taking per week off from coming into), however do not forget that Week 1489, the competition to rearrange the phrases in a film title to make a brand new film, continues to be working; deadline Might 30.