Song of the Week

I forgot to post this yesterday, so I’ll do it today. Brilliant thinking, no?

This week’s song of the week is Koyaanisqatsi by Philip Glass. It is a terrible song, but hilarious because of it. Throughout the entire first movement is the chord progression vi, V, IV, I vii vi V, which is terribly redundant after the millionth time. And this movement goes on forever. But that’s not all. I’m going to list the lyrics below. Read them and weep for my ears.




Yes, indeed, folks, those are the only lyrics. One word. Repeated over and over again at a lower register than anyone should naturally be able to sing, unless they’re a gorilla with the ability of speech. What a wonderful picture, eh? So… for the sake of your ears, do NOT, I repeat (for no apparent reason) NOT listen to this song unless you want to really really much. I’m not sure that last sentence had very good grammar, or this sentence either, for that matter, but anything goes in a warning.

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  1. Sigh… The soundtrack of Year 7 Music.

  2. Gwendolyn Copperstone

     /  November 14, 2011

    Sounds bad. When I was in choir a few years ago, my conductor made us sing “snow forms” by R Murray Schafer. Worst. Song. Ever. It doesn’t harmonize at all, even when it splits into eight (yes, you read that right, EIGHT!) parts. And all the words are different words for the different times of snow in the Inuit language. Example, al-kel-ro-ak. I didn’t spell that right, because I can’t remember how it was spelled. And to make the experience worse, the sheet music we were given was in a weird notation that was a bunch of white lines that went up and down with the notes and thickened with the volume we were supposed to sing. Worst. Song. Ever!! Do not listen to it unless your life depends upon it. And think twice even then, death may be the better option. And death is definitely the better option if you have to sing it.


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