Thursday, January 04, 2007

The Mongoose That Played Sitar

Ulric plays an original composition on the guitar that is heavily inspired by "The Devil Went Down to Georgia."* In the song, a mongoose** travels throughout India carrying a sitar. He encounters different animals (a tiger, a jackal, etc.) who want to eat him. The mongoose challenges each animal to a sitar-playing contest. If the other animal wins the contest, that animal gets to eat the mongoose, but if the mongoose wins, he gets to continue on his journey. Fortunately, the mongoose is a virtuoso sitar-player and escapes each time with his life. As far as I know, there is no golden sitar for the grand prize. Ulric prefers to keep the story realistic, after all.

Addendum: Ulric says, "The Mongoose also pulls out other instruments (fiddle, Ud, ukulele, Japanese stringed instrument, etc), but those are kind of random."

By the way, here is a clip of Stephen Colbert and Paul Dinello playing "The Devil Went Down to Georgia" with bassoons. (Fuse#8 and Goddess of Clarity should be pleased.) The sound quality is low, and I recommend you use headphones in order to appreciate the nuances of Colbert's and Dinello's bassoon performances. Urgh.

*This is a McSweeny's link. Cheers to Nonny!
**The plural of mongoose is "mongooses," not mongeese, in case you were curious. I was.


fusenumber8 said...

As you correctly assumed, I am indeed pleased. Very pleased. I'm currently watching Season One of "Harvey Birdman: Attorney At Law", and Mr. Colbert's vocal nuances are a very big draw.

Nonnyhatesbeta said...

That McSweeney's is one of my all time favorites-John Moe is disturbed in the best way.

Where in the world did you find a picture of a mongoose with a sitar?

Alkelda the Gleeful said...

Fuse: I'm glad that "Harvey Birdman" is good. I tried watching "Strangers With Candy." I gave up quickly and went to Comedy Central to watch Colbert Report clips. I wouldn't mind seeing more Paul Dinello, though.

Nonny: I used clip art from Microsoft Publisher. I'm not all that adept yet with Photoshop, so I cheat by making compositions in Publisher and then tweaking with Photoshop.

goddess of clarity said...

Yeah! Very happy at my desk (co-workers have become accustomed to giggles at lunchtime). My remember when I'm safely back at home to search for more Stella on YouTube.

Thank you!

limpy99 said...

Thank goodness reality prevailed and there were no golden sitars. That would've ruined the whole thing.