Mind on Fire First of May Celebration Project.

All right, folks, come hither and hearken unto my latest hare-brained scheme:

Have any of you heard the Jonathan Coulton classic, First of May? If you haven’t, here it is (warning: there’s literally some fucking language in there). If you have, I know you’re all like “MST LISSEN NAO”, so here it is. See how we at Mind on Fire take good care of you?

What I’d like to do is assemble a community cover of the song, which I would then post on May 1st for all the world to hear. It’s a fun, accessible, NSFW song that celebrates spring and all the things we enjoy here in MoF-land. I wish I could claim that I thought this up all on my own, but that credit goes to Bill Shunn. He even did it for a better cause.

Anyhow, if you’re interested, here are the prerequisites. You must:

  • Be able to sing (or chant or shout or read the words in a sultry or Woody Allen voice or approximate singing) anywhere from one to four lines, and the full chorus (my idea is to create a composite of everyone singing the chorus together).
  • Be able to record an mp3 of yourself singing the above.
  • Be willing to provide a square photo/avatar and a web home that I can link to.

If you want to join in the virtual chorus, please comment below or send me a message via email (mindonfire, preceded by john@) or twitter (johnremy). The First of May is coming up soon, so you have until the evening of Tuesday, April 21st to let me know, so that I can send instructions and give you time to record and for me to collect and edit the final audio. Feel free to invite your friends and neighbors and tweeps!

Pitch: For all you exmos and/or SF lovers, I’d like to pitch Bill’s Shunncast. He’s releasing the audio of his entertaining and poignant Accidental Terrorist memoir, which helped Jana and I survive, with humor intact, our transition out of the Church. It explains why Bill, who was serving a mission in Canada, is still–sadly–not permitted into the country some two decades later. Also: stalked by stake presidents, and testicles in a jar.

14 Comments

  1. “Be able to record an mp3 of yourself singing the above.”
    that’s the part I’ll have to work out… otherwise… YAY!!!

  2. Alana

    Sure, I’m in. Also, love the song – this was my first time hearing it, need to listen to more JoCo. 🙂

  3. Being somewhat of a Luddite regarding electronic equipment, I don’t think I could record myself. But I nearly fell out of my chair hearing the song, and I’m very much looking forward to hearing the MoF choir.

  4. John

    Y’all rock! I have a couple of volunteers via email as well, so we have at least the bare minimum to make this happen. I’m going to sit tight for a couple of days to see if anyone else signs up, then I’ll send out an email with further instructions. 🙂

  5. John

    Chandelle, thanks for the support. 🙂

    G, I’ll bet your Mac has a program called GarageBand on it. I may be able to help you figure out the recording business.

  6. Sounds awesome! I’m in.

    Re: Recording yourself: most computers are equipped with a microphone. Download the mp3 here, plug in headphones to listen to it, play it on your mp3 player of choice while reading/singing the lyrics here. That should give you the best quality recording. If you’ve an external mic you can hook up, so much the better. On a Mac, of course, GarageBand is pretty foolproof. On a PC, you may need to do a little Googling to find a free app that will do what you want it to. If there’s demand for an answer for PC user-luddites, I’ll do some Googling and post a solution 🙂

  7. Denine

    Wow, I’d never heard of Jonathan Coulton before. This was LOL funny, so I wiki’d him. Looks like I’m in for a treat discovering more of his stuff. Thank you for sharing this, it rocks 🙂

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