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.


Whatever The Hell This Is, Part 1

So, if for some reason you get your wizard rock news from this site instead of, say, any other site, ever, you may not have noticed that the Wizrocklopedia is back.  Well, I have some surprising and shocking news for you: the Wizrocklopedia is back!  Hooray!  And it now has a massively updated wizard rock band list, as well as an updated list of bands by location.  It was the news that over 100 bands were being added to the list that made me realize that for all I like to pretend to be connected with many areas of wizard rock, and champion and listen and know about the little bands, there are probably at least 300 wizard rock bands I’ve never heard of.  So, I decided to go through the entire ‘Pedia list, and, live on Twitter, throw out quick rec’s for any bands I find that did something interesting, or had something noteworthy about them, and I had never heard of before (or I believe most people would have never heard of before).

I foolishly thought I’d be able to get this done in about 5 hours.  About three hours in, I hadn’t even gotten halfway through the A’s.  So, expect this to be a new weekly segment for some time, where I collect and expand upon my last session of tweets.  Most live listening/tweeting sessions will probably be held on the weekend.  Also, I will still be keeping to my three updates (at the most) a week schedule, so this will be replacing whatever I don’t feel like doing that week.

Without further ado, let’s get on with it, shall we?


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