After the first episode of Moe’s Island Jamboree, and its unadorned theme song which was more of a spur of the moment attempt just to get the episode out, I attempted to make a proper theme tune. And by proper, I mean a quickly tossed off and one-take piece of simplicity. I figured that something with too much shine on it wouldn’t befit a show of the quality that Moe Gorman would be involved in.
Here’s a quick tip to any aspiring writers or creators – one that I have learned to excel at: Create characters who are punching above their weight. If they’re a bit simple or base or low on talent or ability, it makes it easier on you, the writer, when coming up with their output. Create a genius and you kind of have to make them sound like a genius. Whereas, someone who writes terrible songs makes it easier to create their terrible songs. And people will often believe there is a profundity behind the creations – but in reality, you’re just writing terrible songs.
Anyway, here is the theme song I came up with. Since abandoning it, I have not listened to it again until today, and I must say – I’m not very fond of it.
As I do with many things, I asked Dave Stewart to take a listen and to offer his opinion. He gallantly said it perhaps didn’t suit the mood of the project, and asked (or I asked him, I forget) if he could have a go at the music. A few moments later, he sends me back a file, and I instantly recognize that this is the theme. I added vocals, and this is the ear-wormy result:
Dave and I are sort of the Lennon/McCartney of our friendship. A bit of a friendly rivalry, perhaps, but we often will make each other’s output better when asked to contribute. And together, we’ve made a few, imo, pretty good things.
So, thanks Dave, for being so awesome at making stuff I do so much better. That tune is sickingly catchy, and a perfect addition to Moe’s Island Jamboree!!
One of the more fruitful creative wells I’ve supped from (ugh, metaphor) is my weekly lunch-time drive around the city with my pal of pals, Dave Stewart. While driving, we gab and complain and make jokes and come up with ideas that run the gamut from asinine to amazing. Many of my favourite sketches that I’ve written over the years have emerged from these lunch-time free-for-alls.
The last time (I think it was the last time) we had one of these drives, before the pandemic boom hit, I was just about to drop him off at work. We had been talking, I believe, about things I could do in my new role as Writer-In-Residence at The Guild. I had been mentioning my desire to create some sort of video series that could incorporate talents, or lack-of-talents as the case may be, of fellow Islanders. As he was leaving the car, he says something like “what about a talent show with you as host – like a Rob’s Video Island Jamboree”. Something like that.
The idea immediately appealed to me, and after a few hours of thought, and a few title changes, it transformed into “Moe’s Island Jamboree”.
The idea would be that my character from years ago, Moe Gorman, would host an online entertainment show. Moe would host and sing a song or recite a poem or whatever, and then introduce that episode’s special guest.
Moe is a guy who fancies himself a poet/songwriter who specializes in works about people who piss him off
Upon approval from Alanna Jankov at The Guild, the call went out, to friends mostly, asking people to send in videos of themselves being entertaining in some way.
Not long after, we got our first contribution, from MaryAnne FitzPatrick, who decided this was a perfect opportunity to jump out of her comfort zone and commited to singing a song – something she loved to do in a past life but hadn’t done much singing recently. That first episode of Moe’s Island Jamboree is below. I’m happy to report that MaryAnne has continued with her Singing While Cooking videos on Facebook, and am thrilled that she seems to have rediscovered her love of singing!
This is the first episode in the series, and its rawness can be exemplified in many elements within, not in the least the unadorned theme song. I (or I should say Moe) wrote the poem about Malcolm McKearney a month or so before this was shot. I didn’t have it memorized, didn’t have the desire to memorize it, and so I came up with the clunky editing style you see here. I would go on to utilize this “line at a time” editing style in many of Moe’s videos.
More on more of Moe’s Island Jamboree episodes, and other things, in future posts.