The Top 3 Canon-Condensing Songs

What do I mean by canon-condensing?  I mean a song that condenses all of canon (or canon up till that point of the making of the song), or the titles, or some specific aspect of each book.  There are a few of these out there, and I’d like to take a moment to point out my three favorites.  [The preceding paragraph and a very short list just bulleting for future reference what the three songs are, are the only original components of this rather short list.  I’m just gonna quickly run through what I liked about them, and also do some lyric-dumping.]

All of that, including the stuff in brackets was written years ago at this point. And this whole article was leading up to giving the number one slot to someone I do not discuss any more. And doing a top 2 list is kinda lame, even more lame than a top 3 list. So instead, I’m just gonna say a couple things. The two songs left in the list are “Hogwarts Lullaby” by The Veelas and “Cliff Notes Harry Potter” by Alas Earwax! (also known somewhat confusingly as “Harry Potter Cliff Notes”) and here are some words so I don’t have to deal with ending a sentence with a parenthetical statement after a proper noun that ends with punctuation.

Both songs are very different – one being, well, a lullaby, and the other being a rap from that blessed time in history when a nerdy white boy doing a rap was almost novel. But they also both try to summarize a series comprised of thousands of pages in just a few scant minutes. And this is a cool trick I wish was tackled more. While Alas Earwax!’s song is very explicit in its goals, with the original demo version starting with Mr. Earwax announcing his intentions like Vanilla Ice, The Veelas are a little more subtle. “Hogwarts Lullaby” is styled as a simple bedtime song, but each verse is about beasties that will stay away – in order of book. Starting with trolls, and then basilisks and spiders, and so on. Instead of trying to cram millions of words of plot into a song (which was part of the comedic point of “Cliff Notes Harry Potter”), The Veelas focus on a single theme running throughout the series, and follow it from beginning to end.

While I would also welcome more facetious attempts at summarizing the whole series, I also would really like to see more songs tackle one specific facet of the magical world, and chart its evolution. The Harry Potter series is, if nothing else, a journey, and it’d be cool to see more songs reflect that.

Wrock Snob out.

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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. KateKintail
    Aug 19, 2016 @ 20:16:49

    My first thought regarding your last point (picking a topic and exploring that) was Ode To Those Who Died in “Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows” By The Butterbeer Experience. It definitely does a good job of summing up that part of canon in just one song, even if it makes me tear up.

    Great to see you posting again, BTW!

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