Thursday, 20 February 2020

Lyrics for Singable Satire: "JAKE"


ORIGINAL SONG: "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" written by George Harrison, and recorded by the Beatles for their 1968 album "The Beatles". 
JAKES'S RENDITION: Jake Shimabukuro had started playing instrumental ukulele as a band member, but in 2002 broke into a solo career. In 2006, a video of Jake's virtuoso rendition of the Beatles song became one of the first to 'go viral' on that site, and has accumulated 16 million hits. The author of this blog has been privileged to attend three Jake concerts in the last 5 years; recently these have included guitar collaborators and a few vocals, but the emphasis remains on instrumental ukulele. 
PARODY COMPOSED: Giorgio Coniglio, January 2019.

SONGLINKS: The parody-lyrics with accompanying chords for guitar or ukulele players are found on our lyrics blog "SILLY SONGS and SATIREhere. And should you need to be reminded of the lyrics of the original, written as a simple children's song, find them in ukulele-friendly format at the bottom of that post. Giorgio's other satire lyrics substituted to Beatles' songs include "Vonnegut" (Imagine); "Saturday Night" (Yesterday); "Brennan's Tweet" (Let It Be), and "Relic Submarines" (Yellow Submarine).

JAKE (tribute to instrumental ukulele)

(to the tune of "While My Guitar Gently Weeps")

To Jake Shimabukuro I listen enraptured
While his wordless ukulele sings.
I look at his band, the song's spirit they've captured,
Arranged so his ukulele sings.

Hawaiian family that enclosed you
Teach and perform on uke.
Though you don't sing, some force chose you to 
Play virtuoso uke.

You played with teen bands, then began upward spiral,
Developing a novel style.
And "While My Guitar.." went iconically viral
You did instrumental uke all the while.

Your reputation's undisputed --
The world's saluted you.
On concert tours you speak unmuted,
Ukulele-san, that's you.

I listen enraptured to Jake Shimabukuro
While his wordless ukulele sings.
I look at his band, the song's spirit they've captured,
Arranged so his ukulele sings.

Saturday, 15 February 2020



With all this mental energy focusing backwards and forwards on palindromes, it has been hard to avoid the subject of canals. A project close to our hearts was to take the standard palindromes about canals, (e.g. the well-known, A man a plan, a canal, Panama), and extend the adulation to a series of other canal sites. 
 - MAGICAL CANAL VERSES and PALINDROMES: the application of the magical palindrome construct to wordplay of geographic interest, specifically dealing with artificial waterways. Paris, Riga and Toronto (a surrogate for the Trent-Severn waterway) are honored here in both verse and wordplay.
 - UNPLANNED CANALS (More Magical Palindromes): This followup post expanded the involvement to 8 other world sites. For a few of these cities, e.g. Reno (Nevada), the existence of canals is apocryphal, but the relevant municipal administrations were co-opted as partners in the interest of wordplay. 
  The aim of the current blogpost is to extend these concepts beyond the constraint imposed by canal themes to more general world destinations; however the meticulous reader might notice the persistence of some elements of our canal hangup. And if you need help with the concept of magical palindromes, see the slide at the bottom of the post; it shows simple examples of magical palindromes which are unrelated to the geographical theme.

A man, a potato - Paris. Sir, a potato - Panama.

A cakery - Napa. A pan - Yreka CA.
18th century; garden folly; Eurocentric; Paris
A 'garden folly' at
Chateau de Bagatelle,
Paris, France

A man, a plan, if final - pagoda. A dog, a plan, if final - Panama.

Dr. of tarts - Oxford. Dr. of 'X' - O, Stratford!

A man, a plan, if final, Pat - Paros. So rapt a plan, if final - Panama.

No 'D'; no 'L' - Boston. Not (sob!) - London.

A man, a plan, if final, Pa - Lagos. So, gal! A plan, if final - Panama.

A rep. of Omaha. A ham of opera.

A man, a plan, if final, Pa - Niagara F. Far again, a plan, if final - Panama.

A girl, a panama. A man, a pal - Riga.

Wonders in Italy - Latin is asset. Tessa's in Italy - Latin is red now.

 A pan, a dog, a pal - LA. Pagoda - Napa.

A man, a pâté , feta, Parma ham. Rap! Ate feta - Panama.

 Zeus pees on a Toyota. A Toyota? No seep - Suez.

 A dog, a paw, a pan, a panama. A man, a pan, a paw, a pagoda.

A man, a plan, if final - Pristina. A nit, sir; plan if final - Panama.

 If I mouse - Canada CA. A cad, an ace - Suomi FI.

A girl, a Pa - Mar-a-lago. O gal, a ram, a pal - Riga. 

No 'D'; no 'L' - onion. No 'I'? - No London.

palindromes; novelty; canals; Paris; Panama

wordplay; palindrome; 'magical palindrome'; novelty

Check out the 'FIRST SET' of examples (#1-5) here
Check out the 'SECOND SET' of examples (#6-10) here.

If you still need a fix of more palindromic fun, go to "Gratingly American: THIRTY-ODD POLITICALLY-TAINTED PALINDROMES". 


SONGLINK: "A man, a plan, a canal - Panama"
Readers who are particularly interested in musical wordplay might also enjoy a fantastical discussion on the development of this famous palindrome by Leigh Mercer, in this blogpost of our lyrics blog (SILLY SONGS and SATIRE)  ...
"Leigh Mercer's Palindrome Workshop" .

Monday, 10 February 2020


WORDPLAY post #205   
Giorgio Coniglio (pseudonym); medicine
Coaster for a medical school reunion,
University of Toronto.

SATIRE COMPOSED: Giorgio Coniglio and Dr. GH, September 2018 (original posting February 2019). This group of terse verses has also been published at  

Click here to review an earlier poetic collection by Giorgio --Limericks about Doctors and Patients (post #148, December 2018).

SONGLINK: For those readers who like poetry set to music: You can find lots of singable limerick-medleys, and other singable oddities on our sister blog "SILLY SONGS and SATIRE", such as this recent post. See the bottom of this page for hotlinks to songs about medical issues.


Singable Limerick-Medley #17: Nuclear Cardiology
Singable Limerick-Medley #20: Medical Imaging 

Further verses: anosmia, bee stings, claudicant.

Wednesday, 5 February 2020

A VERY STABLE GENIUS: Theme and Variations (97 anagrams)



SATIRE COMPOSED: Giorgio Coniglio, January, 2020. 

BACKGROUND INFORMATION: Last week, an important book describing the administration of the White House under President Donald J. Trump was released for publication. The book, entitled "A Very Stable Genius", is the result of extensive reporting by two Pulitzer-prize winning journalists. The phrase used for the title derives from a description by the President himself of his own mental abilities.

ANAGRAMS:   Phrases composed by rearrangement of the 17 letters of the original.
In this case, the 17 letters of each new phrase must include:

     E E E
     A A 
     S S
     V R Y T B L G N I U. 
  The meaning of the resultant new phrases are, not surprisingly, sometimes in keeping with the tone suggested by the original title, but are often directly in opposition, and may even fly off and explore new tangents. They are best imagined, in this case, as further utterances by the book’s protagonist, as asides by the authors, or as comments by startled readers. 
 The editors have concocted innumerable possibilities, and selected almost 100 of the most intriguing anagrams for your enjoyment. Our experience suggests that the phrase “A VERY STABLE GENIUS” is a unique mother-lode for such wordplay; there are thousands of results, but most defy logical interpretation. If you discover additional examples that appeal to you, please indicate them in the ‘COMMENTS’ section.

"A VERY STABLE GENIUS" - theme and variations (anagrams)

1. Every suitable snag.
2. "E.g., saintly US beaver."
3. Basal reinvest. YUGE!
4. Believe, as gutsy NRA.
5. Average bluesy snit.
6. Gave tribunal 'YES'es.
7. Ugly stains bereave.
8. Leverage: sub-sanity.
9. Salvages by retinue.
10. Best value? A syringe.
11. I've lusty Arab genes.
12. Uneasy? Give re-blast.
13. Sanitary bug-sleeve.
14. Age unveils, betrays.
15. Lease averts buying.
16. Basely negate virus. 
17. Beget silvery sauna.
18. Senegal: sub-variety.
19. Slavery’s bet? Guinea.
20. Ably stage universe.
21. U.S.A. never gets Libya.
22. Geese variably stun.
23. Venerable gay suits.
24. Avenge lusty Serbia.
25. Vintage ruble essay.
26. Rites began suavely.
27. UN is salty beverage.
28. Elevate Syrian bugs.
29. Naively urge basest.
30. Rage sent, abusively.
31. Generals' vitae - busy!
32. Revise, snugly abate.
33. Elegy -- bet USA vs Iran.
34. Reveal beauty signs.
35. Anger abuses levity.
36. Veritable easy guns.
37. Barely vegan suites.
38. Blurt, "Envisage Ayes."
39. A 'believery' stang us.
40. Sublet gayer navies.
41. Bras? Negatively sue.
42. A buyer ingests veal.
43. Save by agile unrest.
44. Release a vying bust.
45. Ably energise USA-TV.
46. "Reality," a Venus begs.
47. Bi-nasal every guest!
48. Liberty? A vagueness.
49. Resign, beauty slave!
50. Abrasively use gent.
51. Albeit gravy ensues.
52. Sunlit savagery-bee. 
53. Televise sugary ban.
54. Evaluate by Signers!
55. Leaves tangy bruise.
56. "Re 'By genitals': suave!"
57. Glassy bait? Revenue.
58. Vile un-greasy beast.
59. Virtue: beg analyses.
60. A bevy salutes reign.
61. Viral absentee guys.
62. Survey elegant bias.
63. Base given US realty. 
64. Serve lye, as anti-bug.
65. By a versatile genus.
66. "Guilty" never abases.
67. Eagerly bus natives.
68. Lesbian/gay vet ruse.
69. I gave tuneless bray.
70. Sustain every bagel.
71. I vaunt largesse. "'Bye!"
72. Salute any big verse.
73. Eye subtler vaginas.
74. Bring ye asset value.
75. Svelte binary usage. 
76. Severity as a bungle.
77. Virus beats an elegy.
78. Bite easy lung-saver.
79. Gala; i.e. seventy rubs.
80. I evenly teargas bus.
81. “Senile gab”: Suave try.
82. A VA bulges serenity.
83. Buy entire Las Vegas.
84. Evil be gusty arenas.
85. I say, “Veterans, bugle.”
86. I.e., seat guns bravely.
87. Taser even a Lib, guys.
88. Suitably, as revenge.
89. See Tulsa: Angry vibe.
90. Airbag-style venues.
91. Viably sane gesture.
92. Russian bag tee levy.
93. Nasty elusive bra, e.g.
94. Eleven Arab guys sit.
95. Easy bungle. Vast ire.
96. I bulge a nervy asset.
97. Lying: A beaut serves.

Update: G.C., self-isolating
  on his return to Canada, June 2020


FOLLOW-UP: Subsequent to this material being published here, more anagrams were generated by various mysterious processes, possibly involving aliens. You might want to review those anagrams for further enlightenment.  

WORDPLAY LINK: If you enjoyed this post, you might also want to take another look at a prior nidus of nonsense entitled, "Thirty-odd Politically Tainted Palindromes". 

Please pick the numbers of the phrases you like the most; leave a message of 20 words or less justifying your favorite(s) in the Comments Section (you can choose to do this anonymously if you so desire). The top-rated choices will appear on our blog "DAILY ILLUSTRATED NONSENSE".