MERRY BONKSONGS CONTEST:
As you can tell, I can't sing, or play instruments. I can play bass guitar but bass guitar + MIDI everything else sounds even awfuller, so you get MIDI everything + me singing. This is bad.
The problem is, I like the songs. So I'm holding a CONTEST of sorts, where I am challenging people to PLAY MY SONGS because you'll play them better than I can.
PDF SHEET MUSIC has been added as a bonus to my Merry Bonksongs EP for the purposes of the contest. To get it, simply download the EP. If you already bought it, you don't have to buy it again. That's how name your price stuff works. Just say you don't want to pay for it. It's ok. I won't judge you.
Q: Why does the sheet music for "Spring Fever" say "Downtown Conquest" on it?
A: From the liner notes of "Merry Bonktunes": "The filename for this one is "Downtown Conquest" and I can never decide which name I like better." The program I'm working with, Finale NotePad, doesn't allow you to change the name of your piece after you create the file (at least, to my knowledge). When I created the piece, "Downtown Conquest" was the working title, and that has been phased out.
Q: Why does the sheet music for "She's a Housewife Now" say "Romeo & Julietville" and also doesn't match the arrangement and structure of the song?
A: From "Merry Bonktunes": "It's a common theme that songs I write for girls turn into songs I write about girls and vice versa. This is an extended version of a song I wrote for an ex." I used Audacity to basically chop and screw "Romeo & Julietville" after I wrote it, resulting in "She's a Housewife Now." The rearrangement isn't very complicated and no new music was written for it.
Q: Why isn't the music articulated correctly? Shouldn't the accelerando in "Heartbeat (RAW and Beating)" be marked?
A: Finale NotePad is difficult to work with and I'm lazy. That's the short answer. You can hear the accelerando just fine. Go with your gut. Instrumental versions of all songs (with the exception of "Do the White Kid") can be found on Merry Bonktunes if you want to get a better listen.
Q: Why isn't the time change and/or key change in "Danielle", "Taken/Friend", or "Heartbeat (RAW and Beating)" noted correctly? You just threw in random triplets and sharps/flats.
A: Again, Finale NotePad is a pain to work with, and like the titles of the piece, once you pick a time and a key, you're stuck with it. (You can change the key, but you can only change the key of the whole piece at once, which won't do me any favors.)
Q: Why aren't the vocal melodies there?
A: Take a wild guess (hint: it starts with an "I'm lazy" and ends with a "Finale NotePad is difficult to work with."
Q: How am I supposed to read these drum beats?
A: With your ears.
Q: Wait, so basically, you just threw random, poorly transcribed, pseudomanuscripts at me and called it sheet music?
A: Yeah. Wanna fight me, punk?
Q: Yes. Yes, that's exactly what I want to do. You promised me sheet music. Not... this...
A: That's not a question.
Good luck x 2!
I'm looking into getting a dropbox of sorts to accept submissions. Stay tuned!
released January 30, 2014
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