Kazoo; More than a Novelty

A Kazoo is a musical instrument resembling a flute, recorder or other wind instruments but quite shorter. The kazoo is a percussion instrument that’s structured differently than typical wind instruments. It’s designed to create a buzzing or timbral quality to the musician’s voice and a resonating membrane. To use a kazoo ones blows, or speaks through the membrane to produce the buzzing quality. For more diversity, the musician can completely or partially cover the membrane.

Audience Survey About How You Listen To Music

There are so many streaming services for music out there! YouTube Music, Spotify, Apple Music, Deezer, Tidal. There’s so many to choose from, it’s hard to know where to start. Switching Styles is looking for that start with a survey about our audience’s preferences for online streaming music services.

Holidays are Many.

The holidays are a time of joy and family and giving, regardless of the celebrations. nine out of ten Americans celebrate Christmas in 2013. In America, 75% of the population believes in the virgin birth of Jesus. Only half see Christmas as a religious holiday while 1/3 views it as a cultural holiday instead.  

Bday Parodies; Happy Birthday, “Weird Al” Yankovic!

October 23rd, 1959, the parody legend was born. 61 years ago Weird Al, was brought into this world. Since then he’s survived 61 rotations around the sun in this crazy world of ours. Give a round of applause for him and to his 61 more years of parody music mastery.

IT Remade Beyond the Movies; Pennywise Cover Songs

It’s been a year since the release of It: Chapter two completing the remake of the It Franchise. Within the It franchise, Pennywise makes a reappearance every 27 years. Granted Switching Styles is bringing you some remakes of our own choice merely a year later.

Introduction to Afternoon Delight

Of all of the afternoon delight musicians, they all have their delightful stage names;  Angel Delight (Tenor), Turkish Delight (Lead), Shepherd’s Delight (Baritone),  Sonny Delight (Bass). All together, their voices create beautiful and hilarious harmonies. 

With inspiration (and covers) from artists such as Justin Timberlake, Shaggy, R Kelly, Britney Spears, Color Me Badd, Christina Aguilera, they’ve made quite a name for themselves as a combination of modern and vintage sophistication.

Revisiting the Nightmare Revisited Album

The album Nightmare Revisited, is a collection of covers from the soundtrack which started with the additions to film’s 2006 re-release in Disney Digital 3-D. Included in the  13th- anniversary edition DVD was a bonus disc with covers of five of the film’s songs by Fall Out Boy, Panic! at the Disco, Marilyn Manson, Fiona Apple, and She Wants Revenge. 

331ERock Meets Switching Styles

Behind the youtube channel, is Eric Calderone, a metal guitarist. He describes himself as a “Tattoo gettin’ comic book readin’ guitar strummin’ point and clickin’ tv watchin’ movie buffin’ wifey lovin’ average guy.”

Covering IT’s Soundtrack

Andy Muschietti did do justice to the work of Stephen King and Tommy Lee Wallace by recreating the story of Pennywise. This goes hand in hand with the musical soundtrack originally by Richard Bellis. Benjamin Wallfisch was responsible for the original motion picture soundtrack of both chapter 1 and chapter 2 of the It remakes. Though it’s not the only horror movie score he’s brought to life. Other horror films that include his compositions include Shrooms (2007), Red Riding Hood (2011), Dracula (2013), Lights Out (2016), A Cure for Wellness (2016),  Annabelle: Creation (2017), The Darkest Minds (2018)  and Hellboy (2019). 

What did you say?; Misheard Lyrics

This is actually a fairly common occurrence. There’s a phenomenon called mondegreens, It means, “a word or phrase resulting from a mishearing of another word or phrase, especially in a song or poem”.

The phrase came from an American writer by the name of Slyvia Wright, and written about San Francisco Chronicle columnist Jon Carroll. Mondegreen is inspired by a misheard line in a poem. She misheard “he laid him on the green” as “Lady Mondegreen” from the Scottish ballad “The Bonny Earl o Moray”.