Saturday 20 July 2019

Lyrics for Singable Satire: "JAMES TAYLOR SINGS NESSUN DORMA"; spoof from the opera 'TURANDOT'

inspired by the author attending a James Taylor concert at the North Charleston Coliseum, May 15, 2018.
ORIGINAL SONG#1(music)"Mexico", James Taylor 1975.
ORIGINAL SONG#2(lyrics): "Nessun Dorma", aria from the 3rd act of "Turandot" composed by Giacomo Puccini, first performed after his death in 1926. Translation of the libretto can be found on the Wikipedia link.
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PARODY COMPOSED: Dr. G.H. and Giorgio Coniglio, 2015, updated 2018.

Singing along with the famous arias brings the crowd out to the opera. You don’t have to know much Italian to understand the libretto here however; ‘ciao’, pronounced like ‘chow’, means ‘so long’. As the mythical princess-character was reinvented by a French author, her name is usually pronounced French-style with the final ‘t’ silent.   


(to the tune of "Mexico")

Way up here, opera season’s in gear
Tickets craved for ‘Nessun Dorma’ this year
To download – credit-card and name – Baby James.

Wow, “Turandot”!
Sounds so moving, I must see that show,
Or “TuranDOTT” – some folks thought Giacomo*
Said that before he said ‘ciao’.

French and German version of a Persian tale
‘Bout a Princess of China who detested all males.
Empathize with hero who’s beheaded if fails.

Wow, TuranDOTT!
Rang the gong, and her three riddles I got.
Kept my head but the next risk is the same,
I’ll die if she finds out my name.

'Nessun dorma' means that no one should sleep,
Not even the Princess who’s a sadistic creep.
Secret hid within me; if divulged, price is steep.

Wow! Turandot!
Might lose my life when the glaring sun shows
Or get a wife; I could still win this game,
If nobody finds out my name.

Vanish, o night! set stars, give me hope.
The folks back home must think I’m smoking some dope.
She’ll get a long kiss, end the silence, name on her lips.

Wow! The princess Turandot - 
Must be quite a beauty, but I don’t really know.
And oh-oh-oh-oh! Turandot
To close I’ll sing, ‘VincerĂ²’.  ** (riff on last line of aria)

Wow! “Turandot”!
A Puccini opera that I don’t really know
Oh, “Turandot
I guess I’ll have to go now.

Talking ‘bout “Turandot”    
Big ol’ op’ra-house playin’ “Turandot”...  fade

Giacomo Puccini, composer, died in 1924 before he had quite completed the opera “Turandot”. The aria “Nessun Dorma” in the third act is the best-known piece of music in this work.
** VincerĂ² (Italian) I will win; repeated x 3 as last words of the famous aria.

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Friday 5 July 2019

More Immersible Bird-Verse: WATERFOWL #2 (D to H)


PARODY COMPOSED: Giorgio Coniglio (registered pseudonym) and Dr. GH, June 2019, a continuation of a recent post on the same topic
And, parts #3, #4 and #5 are pending ...

  (above): A reflection on wading birds...

 The Omnificent English Dictionary ILimerick Form is an online humor dictionary that has accumulated over 100,000 carefully edited poems, including two hundred or so by Giorgio. The present collection of verses, recently submitted to OEDILF and still under review, represents a bird-brained continuation of earlier work on the same subject. 

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Verses about Waterfowl, June '19
Verses about Waterfowl (part #2), July '19, as above
Verses about Waterfowl (part #3), Apr '20
Verses about Waterfowl (part #4 - Loons), Aug '20.
Verses about Waterfowl (part #5), Dec '20. 

PHOTOS: Unless otherwise noted (by pale blue acknowledgment plaques), embedded photographs were taken with and transferred from Giorgio's cellphone. Following submission of the poems to OEDILF, the slides collages we present here were formatted using Powerpoint software on a vintage 2000-era PC computer. No photographic subjects were reimbursed for participating in this undertaking, and OEDILF has no involvement in the pictorial portion of this presentation. 

Brown pelicans, revisited
Double-crested cormorants
Feral ducks 
Flightless seabirds
Great blue herons
Great egrets
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