The NPR Song

 
       
 
Aug 03, 2017, 01:38 PM

This one might go over the heads of folks who don’t live in the US or those who go red in the face when exposed to the “mainstream media.”

One of the pleasures of listening to National Public Radio (NPR) is the glorious assortment of presenters from all kinds of ethnic backgrounds and with names that range from the sonorous to the fuity. Anyone here who doesn’t derive a sensual pleasure from the taste of the words Yuki Naguchi or Sylvia Poggoli on their tongue should probably quit songwriting right now :)

The song is at my website here: http://mysteriousbeings.com/portfolio/the-npr-song/

Or if you prefer SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/gavin-sinclair-5/the-npr-song

Any comments or suggestions extremely welcome. I might polish this up a bit and send it to NPR for their listening pleasure. I have a very tenuous contact there, who might be able to get it into their hands.

I almost posted this at Lyrics Library, thinking it would be kind of funny to post something there posing as a lyric, but consisting almost entirely of people’s names. But, it does have a tune, so I stuck it here instead. For what it’s worth, the lyrics are below.


THE NPR SONG

Sometimes, when I’m feeling blue
And there don’t seem to be much point
In being alive, I’ll go for a drive
To allay my disappoint-ment
With the terrible way the world today
Is treating us folks who are in it
There’s a trick I know with the radio
That’ll cheer me up in just a minute

I turn the dial to NPR
And in a little while I’ve filled up my car
With music and nothing’s the same
Oh NPR don’t need no guitar
Or piano, they have something better by far
They have their names

Ofeibia Quist-Arcton
Neda Ulaby
Play their part in imparting
The notes to my melody
Lakshmi Singh doesn’t have to
It’s right there in her name
And holy moley, Silvia Poggoli
I’m awfully glad you came

Mandalit Delbarco
Karen Grigsby-Bates
Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson
Renee Montagne
Lulu Garcia-Navarro
Ailsa Chang
Danielle Kurtzleben
Nancy Pearl

Turn the dial to NPR
And in a little while you’ll fill up your car
With music and nothing’s going to be the same
Oh NPR don’t need no guitar
Or piano, they have something better by far
They have their wonderful names

Yuki Naguchi
Mara Liasson
Dina Temple Raston
Laura Sydell
Eleanor Beardsley
Nina Totenberg
But let’s not forget the boys
So classy, yet so sexy

Lock up your daughters from Daniel Pinkwater
And David Folkenflik
Domenico Montenaro
Hansi Lo Wang
Jason Beaubien, Cory Flintoff
Neil Greenfieldboyce
Daniel Zwerdling, Jim Zaroli
And Ari Shapiro, of course

Turn the dial to NPR
And in a little while you’ll fill up your car
With music and nothing’s going to be the same
Oh NPR don’t need no guitar
Or piano, they have something better by far
They have their adorable names

(Spoken)

I don’t even have time to mention the delectable Audie Cornish.
Or Ina Jaffe
And lurking somewhere in the studios is a Bonny Wolf.
Bubica Benbecula
OK, I made that one up
And we can’t forget Robert Seigal. That’s a name carved from finest mahogany. You could make a desk out of it.

Oh NPR don’t need no guitar
Or piano, they have something better by far
Their charming, disarming
Never alarming,
Quaintly exotic,
Mildly erotic,
Or is that just me and
Maybe I should stop it?
...Names.

Maria Hinojosa

[ Edited: 07 August 2017 07:24 PM by Gavin Sinclair]
 
     
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Gavin Sinclair Joined Dec 02, 2014
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Aug 03, 2017, 01:49 PM

HA HA..clever song. Painful to read due to the insane name pronunciations but listening to it was a blast. I’m sure they would love it at NPR. Might even play it! Very well done.
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Aug 04, 2017, 02:20 PM

Thanks Tony. Just a bit of fun. These names really are fun to say. It would be hard to make up better ones. Neda Ulaby is my favorite. Ulaby is just such a great sound.

Is there something wrong with me? Wait, don’t answer that.

 
     
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Aug 04, 2017, 05:19 PM

Fue Tuitelelelapaga…. Friend from 6th grade. Hard one to forget! :)

 
     
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Aug 05, 2017, 12:47 AM

That’s a whole song with just one name.

 
     
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Aug 05, 2017, 09:07 AM

Just yesterday I was thinking, “Funny. You don’t look like a Lakshmi Singh.

Does anybody remember Snick Peprikosh? She had a different name, then changed it. Enunciated very precisely so I recognized that it was the same voice.

There will always be another song to be written. Someone will write it. Why not you? http://www.garyeandrews.com

 
     
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Aug 05, 2017, 09:33 AM

I had to look that one up, Gary. Snigdha Prakash. My Google search for that name told me there is a whole subculture of people with a fetish for NPR names. I might have tapped into something here. Also, and perhaps more importantly, I might be able to find a support group.

Seems like somebody else did a song with NPR names back in 2012. It’s very different, though. A parody of a Billy Joel song and the singer doesn’t seem to take the same pleasure in saying the names. He just shouts them quickfire. What a Philistine!

 
     
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Aug 05, 2017, 12:58 PM

I think there is a recipe, Chicken Paprikash, and that’s how she pronounced it, more Pep than Pap. (National dish of Hungary.) Yes! Damned Philistines! Words and names should be savored, much like the chicken.

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Aug 05, 2017, 03:15 PM

Philistines - that’s actually a pretty good word. Maybe a little tinny. Not as woody as Renee Montagne, for example.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-gwXJsWHupg

 
     
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Aug 15, 2017, 09:06 AM

On Martin G’s advice I bought Isotope Ozone Elements mastering software (on sale for $29 from $129) and used it to remaster this song. I think it’s an improvement. Any comments on the mix/master. Are the vocals the right volume for the song?
https://soundcloud.com/gavin-sinclair-5/the-npr-song

Jenny sent it to the folks at NPR and they have been playing it in their offices. I want to have the best version I can for the unlikely event they play it on air.

 
     
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