Song Fight as ethical dilemma

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Song Fight as ethical dilemma

Post by AJOwens » Sun Oct 28, 2012 6:02 am

I submitted a song yesterday, and then asked Spud to pull it (which I stil hope he does). Here's why.

The song is covertly political -- it would be overtly political if I provided more context in the lyrics -- and in it, I used a muscial tag from a very well-known TV show of some decades back. I didn't just quote it; I used a short clip recorded from the actual show. It seemed harmless enough at time, and quirkily amusing (or so I hoped).

During the mixdown, I sat for a long time in an unaccustomed chair in a revamped workspace, and I developed what I am self-diagnosing as bursitis. The song was still rough, but I submitted it anyway, and then proceeded to rest my leg, and to self-medicate for swelling.

Some time later, I made the mistake of listening to my submission. It was then I realized that the quoted clip might inappropriately give the impression of political endorsement by a third party. This seemed inconsiderate to the third party, if nothing else. Between that and the general roughness (pitchy vocals, sloppy arrangement), I thought it best to withdraw the submission.

There, that's off my chest. If the swelling abates in time, I'll turn the ending into a musical quote, omitting the direct recording, and submit it as a late entry. With luck, I'll be able to improve the more substantial flaws as well.

In connection with the bursitis, I'd just lke to add that getting old sucks.
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Re: Song Fight as ethical dilemma

Post by Caravan Ray » Mon Oct 29, 2012 2:10 am

I don't quite understand. Is the 3rd party you are referring to the decades old TV show?

eg. you don't want "What choo talkin' about Willis!" to sound like an endorsement for say, Tony Abbott - when you think there may be a chance that Arnold would agree with a lot of other people that Tony Abbott is a misogynist wanker?
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Re: Song Fight as ethical dilemma

Post by AJOwens » Mon Oct 29, 2012 6:46 am

Caravan Ray wrote:I don't quite understand. Is the 3rd party you are referring to the decades old TV show?
At the risk of spoiling the surprise, it's eponymous.
Caravan Ray wrote:eg. you don't want "What choo talkin' about Willis!" to sound like an endorsement for say, Tony Abbott - when you think there may be a chance that Arnold would agree with a lot of other people that Tony Abbott is a misogynist wanker?
Well, I could guess. But who knows what goes through people's heads when they vote?
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Re: Song Fight as ethical dilemma

Post by fluffy » Fri Nov 09, 2012 6:39 pm

If all the pre-election political songs were to be pulled, every Song Fight in September thru November 2004 and 2008 would have been small.
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