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I’d Better Say Summin’

By Spearcarrier @rainbowprophet

I work 4 art jobs, which is the biggest reason why I have no time for anything else. Ever. And on my rare free day, my husband drags me off to boring (and I mean boring) fighter practices for the SCA where I get to sit and listen to the same old conversations that happen in order every meeting.

  • 1. Wear your cup.
  • 2. Childbirth.
  • 4. The school system and what idiots teachers are.
  • 5. What a genius the kids are. (And swing back to childbirth from here….)

No one talks about history, craft making, music, or anything of the kind even though they’re at a SCA meeting. Or the President. Syria…. ANYTHING. The fighters will talk about technique a little, but invariably their conversations *always* boil down to:

  • 1. Wear your cup.
  • 2. Oh what a lovely piece of armor you’re wearing
  • 3. Did you see how badass I was out there in the grass with my stick?

Wait! There’s a song in this somewhere….

So yes. Four art jobs: ebook covers, ebook formatting, comic flatting, child book illustrations… and my own comics. The last (and most important to me) gets ignored sometimes for weeks at a time because of the Big Four… and our crazy need to buy gas so my husband won’t have to go AWOL. And food of course.  Not eating is a sure way to get fat, and I’m fat enough as it is.

Anyway, I should make another musical update. I accidentally found a few places where I can procure cover rights. I’ve added them to the links list in case someone ever stumbles across this site and actually reads it. This made me happy. I’m more inclined to write my own stuff (Metronome for example) and handle public domain old stuff,  but knowing that rare inspiration to do a cover can be legally handled without the drama is pretty nice. I am still held back by lack of music or people to play with (Seriously, I suppose the pine trees could play the flute…) but if certain apps would stop being exclusive to Apple and become computer programs that would be solved and the literal symphonies I hear in my head could be slightly translated.

I’d like to know how I can place rights on my own written stuff – being as there appears to be a problem right now of companies copyrighting material that is in the public domain. I’m given to understand that’s illegal but at the end of the day the entertainment courts seem to side more with those who have the most money. So yes there are things out there that were public domain until they got scooped up: historical stuff, things the people deserve back in their hands even if they never knew they had them. As one person trying to push a fight against this said, these people are the real pirates. I couldn’t agree more.

I also stumbled across a legal forum where you could ask questions for free. So I asked about the parody situation with I Want You Gone. The first person to answer assumed I wanted to make a video and told me to find a lawyer. Guess who I *wouldn’t* call if I had to find a lawyer. The second and third persons to answer tried their best despite the fact that “my narrative was hard to follow”. (Sure wish I knew why people have a hard time following my narratives. I try to be linear and concise, dammit. Although in this case I asked a confused question first, then I followed with a linear explanation.) Those two I’d call if I had money for a lawyer. =^-^= Although they both also told me to find a lawyer.

Hell if I had money to find a lawyer, I would have called one when this parody mess first began.

All I want is to make a parody according to the parody provisions and the fair use act. The lyrics were written with the five requirements in mind. I could use the karaoke arrangement War found, but don’t want to due to legal issues. In the end the entire situation would be arranged and performed by myself.

Sure I’d like to make a music video to it someday but the short term plans are to make this mp3 for War, who deploys in just two months, and let her have it. I also want to post it here. Yes, I do mention how buying me a soda would help support the rare music here. So far donations have amounted to $0 and 0.. hey wow I just realized computer keyboards don’t have cent signs. -_- I automatically went to type it like I would have on a typewriter and the offending thing wasn’t there!! Nuuuuuuu

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