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mr_mordenus
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Registered: 06/04/07
Posts: 384
Location: Plasticville,
 
Crankenhurst Challenge
Thursday, September 18 2014 @ 08:25 AM CDT

I had this idea for a challenge some time ago, and has never really left the back room of my mind completely. Since MJ has had a pretty long stretch of no challenges or festivals as of late, maybe now's the time for the Crankenhurst Challenge!

A bit of history... 'Crankenhurst' was the name of a song my high school buddy Jef Leeson and I wrote back in, what... 1978 or so, and recorded in early 1979 with the added talents of guitarist Al Jensen and drummer Pete Jardine, both superb musicians. The four of us would form The Brothers Bruce, a musical comedy group that recorded a lot of truly silly stuff, all launched by that original tune 'Crankenhurst'. Why? Because it was silly! To wit...

I was standin' all alone, at the train station in Crankenhurst
I had just finished my lunch, roast beef and liverwurst
Well, I looked out my window
And I'll tell you what I saw first
(In Crankenhurst)


The original tune, by the way, is lo-o-o-ong gone, but Jef Leeson -yes, that Jef Leeson, now The Guy over at Print Through Records posted a few pics of us doing our thing back in the day, and this is us actually performing 'Crankenhurst'. Yours truly, far left, Pete on drums, Jef (looking like he's having EXACTLY the right attitude for this) to the right, and Al sizzling up great lead guitar on a tune that never deserved it.

Yeah... other musicians were out there exploring the vibrant, unpredictable edge of the music scene at the time, and this was us. Crankenhurst. But we were laughing, and that was mostly the point. The song itself was built on the timeless 12-bar blues pattern of A-A-D-A-E-D-A, which one could do anything with.

Which brings us to the present day, and......

The Crankenhurst Challenge.

Anyone who wants to join in the challenge will volunteer in this forum, and a list will begin of all the MacJammers in the order that they join. I've posted a recorded first verse on my artist page - the second MacJammer on the list will download it, write and record a second verse and then POST BOTH as a song on their artist page. The third MacJammer will then download the completed verse 1 and 2, create a third, and then add it to the song and POST ALL THREE as a completed song. The next MJer up does the same - downloads what's been already done, cooks up something to follow and posts the entire completed work (up to that point) on their artist page. And that's essentially it. The idea is that it's like a song being played by completely different musicians who improvise their own take on the song, both musically and lyrically, all within the same song as it goes along!

Da Rules!

1) Each MJer must sign up in this forum (I'll update the list as it goes) so we know who's up next, so to speak.

2) Anyone may 'get back in line' as many times as they wish. After all, the third MJer may put together something that really inspires the person who did the sixth verse, and want to continue the story.

3) The verse should be put together in 4-4 time, using the A-A-D-A-E-D-A chord sequence to preserve a sense of continuity throughout the project. The (hopefully) very different musical styles each MJer will bring to their 'moment on the stage' will make interpreting that continuity very intriguing. Absolutely no limits on style, genre, where you go with the lyrics, how you interpret the lyrics, 'story', music, etc etc.

3a) Exception: If you write a bridge, the 'time and chord' limitations can be ignored.
3b) Exception: If you really need to ignore the 'time and chord' limitations to do something cool.... invoke the Rule Of Cool, baby!

4) No limits as to how many times someone may 'take a turn'. The unpredictability of where this song goes is half the fun, right? Theoretically, it might never end.

5) There will be no closing date.

6) MJers can run solo, collab with other MJers who participated... whatever. Once this leaves the gate, who knows where it will go.

So.... anyone up for this?

'Crankenhurst' Info

Key: A
Tempo: 130 bpm
Time: 4/4

First Verse (performed by Mr Mordenus)


"I was standin' all alone, at the train station in Crankenhurst
I had just finished my lunch, roast beef and liverwurst
Well, I looked out my window
And I'll tell you what I saw first
(In Crankenhurst)"


Second Verse (performed by J.A. Stewart)

"There was James Dean in his Spyder and old Brando on his Triumph-T,
I saw Elvis in his Caddy with Marilyn upon his knee;
Well they pulled into the station, came inside and sat right next to me...
How could this be?"


Third Verse (performed by Bud)

There was a nip to the air with a clear blue sky
Snow in the gutter but i never asked why
The driveway was so shiny and black
My buddy said come on climb in the back
Well i went around the car and my feet went from under
Smashed my shoulder on the tarmac
And it frankenhurts!


Fourth Verse (performed by SmokeyVW)

I said, "Sorry Elvis,
Should I take you to the hospital?"
He said, "Thank ya, thank ya very much,
But our schedule is very full."
Then he said, "Anyone ever mention
That you look like Martin Mull?"


Fifth Verse (performed by michaeljayklein)

Well, Sinatra left the limo with a bottle of Jack in his hand
And he shooby-doobed and ring-a-dinged his way up to the barbeque stand
They say, "How'd you like your burger today?"
He said, "I'll do it myself and say I did it my way!"


Sixth Verse (performed by The_Applesauce_Project)

Well, the party started jumping to the sounds of rock and roll
We were dancing and singing and really getting out of control
Even though there was no time to rehearse
It was time for me to sing this verse
In Crankenhurst


Seventh Verse (performed by J.A. Stewart)

Guitar Instrumental

Eighth and Ninth Verses (performed by Davisamerica (Jack) Lyrics, Davisamerica2 (Terry) Vocals on eighth verse, Moviz (Maurice) Vocals on ninth verse, Awigze (Andy) Sax and backing vocals, Outtaorbit (Patrick) Conch Shell, Backing band: I. R. "Ernest" Loopenstien Band

Took a bus to see my baby
In Amarillo
Drank some beer at the half way stop
Smoked a cigarillo
Took a nap
When I awoke
Things got weirdo

Appears I am on a train
But what is stranger
Jimmy Hoffa trading jokes with Tonto
And the Lone Ranger
Patsy Clien's kissing Papa Smurf
Google Earth can't find Crankenhurst


Tenth Verse (performed by SmokeyVW)

Casio Keyboard Instrumental

Eleventh Verse (performed by Warren Smith)

A trippy thing has been happening to me
I keep having this reoccurring fantasy
Elvis is in the back of a big black hearse
Which I’m driving down the main drag in Crankenhurst
As a million people line the streets
You can hear them bleat
As they wildly give me a wave
As I go on the way of my solo soft parade






MacJammers On Deck:

1- Verse 1, Mr Mordenus

2- Verse 1-2, J. A. Stewart

3-Verse 1-3, Bud

4-Verse 1-4, SmokeyVW

5-Verse 1-5, michaeljayklein

6-Verse 1-6, TheApplesauceProject

7-Instrumental Verse1-7, J.A. Stewart

8,9-Verse 1-8,9 Davisamerica, Davisamerica2, Moviz, Awigze, Outtaorbit

10 -Instrumental Verse 1-10, SmokeyVW

11-Verse 11, Warren Smith

12-?

13-?

etc, etc...
J.A.Stewart
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Registered: 11/13/04
Posts: 4559
Location: Somewhere In Time, USA
 
Re:Crankenhurst Challenge
Thursday, September 18 2014 @ 10:33 AM CDT

BPM? and perhaps you could post your verse to get this train on track. Wink

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mr_mordenus
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Registered: 06/04/07
Posts: 384
Location: Plasticville,
 
Re:Crankenhurst Challenge
Thursday, September 18 2014 @ 11:27 AM CDT

Quote by: J.A.Stewart
BPM? and perhaps you could post your verse to get this train on track. Wink



Updated the info. And if you'll excuse me, I'm going to go try on some black suits, fedoras and sunglasses..... Smile
mr_mordenus
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Registered: 06/04/07
Posts: 384
Location: Plasticville,
 
Re:Crankenhurst Challenge
Thursday, September 18 2014 @ 12:55 PM CDT

Verse 1 is up! (I can always mow the lawn next week!)

Crankenhurst, Verse 1

We're off!
J.A.Stewart
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Re:Crankenhurst Challenge
Thursday, September 18 2014 @ 03:27 PM CDT

Okay, Rik... I'll play. But I won't have time until later tonight. I'm currently serving as caregiver for milady, who is recovering from surgery and depending on me for dinner — and just about everything else. Wink

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mr_mordenus
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Registered: 06/04/07
Posts: 384
Location: Plasticville,
 
Re:Crankenhurst Challenge
Thursday, September 18 2014 @ 04:58 PM CDT

Quote by: J.A.Stewart
Okay, Rik... I'll play. But I won't have time until later tonight. I'm currently serving as caregiver for milady, who is recovering from surgery and depending on me for dinner — and just about everything else. Wink



Absolutely, do tend to your best beloved. No hurries, no worries.
bud
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Registered: 06/17/05
Posts: 3826
Location: Brooklyn, NY USA
 
Re:Crankenhurst Challenge
Thursday, September 18 2014 @ 10:58 PM CDT

You've got me in on this too.
I haven't done anything close to an actual song with changes and lyrics for so long - this should be fun.

It's better to regret something you have done, than something you haven't done.
SmokeyVW
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Re:Crankenhurst Challenge
Friday, September 19 2014 @ 08:44 PM CDT

hat ---> ring
michaeljayklein
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Registered: 02/13/09
Posts: 2292
Location: Birmingham, Alabama USA
 
Re:Crankenhurst Challenge
Saturday, September 20 2014 @ 02:03 AM CDT

Hi Rik--I'd like to give this a shot too, thanks!

A sandwich walks into a bar. The barman says "Sorry we don't serve food in here."
 
mr_mordenus
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Location: Plasticville,
 
Re:Crankenhurst Challenge
Saturday, September 20 2014 @ 05:11 AM CDT

Quote by: bud
You've got me in on this too.
I haven't done anything close to an actual song with changes and lyrics for so long - this should be fun.



Fun is not only the unintended by-product, it's the reason for the journey! A MacJams challenge without you joining in would be a panoptic travesty of musical celebration. (Hopefully, the craziness of this project will bring some healing laughter to that shoulder of yours.)

Quote by: SmokeyVW
hat ---> ring



The ring looks forward to the arrival of your hat, Bill! The party is off and running!

Quote by: michaeljayklein
Hi Rik--I'd like to give this a shot too, thanks!



The legendary MJK, jetting in from Alabama to join the festivities; welcome aboard!