When I first started writing songs, I started searching out songwriting websites. Everywhere I looked, I kept reading about something called "prosidy". I had no idea what that meant. It seemed like a made-up word to me.
FINALLY, I figured out what prosidy meant. In a nutshell, it meant that words in a song, when sung, should be pronounced correctly. You don't want to put the emphasis on the wrong syllable.
For example, "something" should not be pronounced, "some-THING".
Of course, prosidy is all well and good, but I could find scores of examples in which prosidy was ignored, and yet the song became a hit.
I thought of this today, as I was driving back from buying booze and cigarettes (just kidding!). I heard the song, "Dreams", by Fleetwood Mac on the car radio.
It's a nice song. I never really was a Fleetwood Mac fan, but in retrospect, they did have some good songs.
Anyhoo, Stevie Nicks was singing:
When the rain wash-SHEZ you clean
Maybe it's the French pronunciation. Wash-SHEZ.
But, regardless of whether Stevie pronounces her words strangely, this song was a hit, and it's a good song.
Take a listen, and tell me if you agree that prosidy was ignored:
FLEETWOOD MAC - DREAMS
Of course, when I think of Fleetwood Mac, I think of Lindsey Buckingham, and when I think of Lindsey Buckingham, I think of the movie, "National Lampoon's Vacation".
So, to go off on a completely unrelated tangent, here is Lindsey's video of "Holiday Road" (from the movie, "National Lampoon's Vacation"):
LINDSEY BUCKINGHAM - HOLIDAY ROAD
So, that got me thinking, of course. And since I'd already gone off on a wildly divergent tangent, I searched out some video of the movie itself.
Here is the trailer:
TRAILER FOR "NATIONAL LAMPOON'S VACATION"
Not to belabor the subject, but I love this clip of Clark dancing with the sandwich. It's just so dorky.
THE "SANDWICH" CLIP
And then, later, Clark goes nuts. This is, I believe, just before Clark decides to kidnap John Candy and take him on the rollercoaster.
I love this movie. I haven't seen it in ages, but don't you agree that it's a classic?
CLARK GOES CRAZY
So, if you follow the dots, this whole post makes perfect sense.
I started out talking about prosidy, then I found the video clip of Fleetwood Mac, which led to a clip of Lindsey Buckingham, which naturally led to clips from one of my favorite movies.
It all seems perfectly reasonable to me.
I never said it would be easy to follow any of my posts.
That's why they're so interesting.
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