"I'd like to see you write a ballad about 'Tokyo Zombie'. Consider that a challenge."
~ Brizdaz (Darren)12 May 2013 00:56
|Whilst I love Tokyo Zombie, you can also view this post as a tribute to|
everything crazy in Japan. Have you ever heard of arse-swords?
Challenge accepted Daz! Actually, I've wanted to write a tribute to the wonderful idea that is Tokyo Zombie for quite a while. It's no secret that I've been obsessed by the artwork of the original graphic novel for a long time, even going so far as recently pimping my Skylark Ukulele with a picture inspired by a poster created by Yusaku Hanakuma.
|Pimped Skylark Ukulele|
My tribute is a plodding dirge that I call "The Ballad of Tokyo Zombie".
In case you want to sing along... here are the lyrics...
|If you're wondering what has been taking up all of my time recently...|
Check this little cutie out!
I wrote this song yesterday whilst puppy-sitting. It came to me as I lay in the sunshine with my Tokyo ukulele in hand. The recording contains a bass, guitar, Tokyo uke, organ and get this... an oboe! Oh yeah, and I sing too! Enjoy!
If you think that the tune seems a little bit melancholic, that may be because I have been under a bit of a cloud this week since learning about Ray Manzarek's death. Ray sadly passed away earlier this week in Germany at the age of 74. He had been a long-time sufferer of cancer.
|This is exactly the sort of ukulele that Ray Manzarek would have played.|
You may remember two years ago to the month a post I did reported a strange occurrence where this giant beetle had mysteriously appeared in my daughter's bedroom? I'd never seen one before, or since.
You may also remember earlier this year that I discovered Ray Manzarek and in particular his outstanding album "Golden Scarab". I instantly fell in love with it. Regular readers of this blog will know that things all went to beetle after that... My descent into scarab madness is well documented in the many posts hidden away on this blog. I thought I might be over it...
|Here's J-Uke holding the "Scarab" I found earlier this week.|
Whilst out tending to the new puppy one evening this week I happened to spot another huge beetle! I tried to post a picture of it on Google+ with one word... "Scarab?" I later discovered that for some unknown reason the post never made it up, and spookier still, Ray died at about the same time as I was trying to post it. :-O
Everywhere I look at the moment I am seeing scarabs...
|In the shadow of Ray Manzarek. RIP brother.|