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Lesson 11- Ain’t Nothing Wrong With A Little Bit Of Fun


There is a strange question I started being asked after my one-man band act; “Are you a musician or a comedian?”


“I’m a musician.” I would say.


“Well why are you funny, then?”


For those that never saw my one-man band, I should paint a picture: in my show, I played several instruments at once, I tap danced and (arguably) told humorous anecdotes. It was, in fairness more of a one-man show than a one-man band. Perhaps I did this to disguise what I thought were my own musical inadequacies. And why not? People liked it and I think it’s fair to say that if you ever saw Mayor McCa play, you’d remember it.


Some memorable song titles include, “Hooray For Beer, Hey Man, You Gotta Nice Job and I Love The Summer Cause I Love The Women”. All of these songs are funny but there is a genuineness to all of them. “A Love Song For Queen Victoria” is an ode to a Queen I know very little about but I love because in Canada, we get a day off on her birthday.


I’ve always thought that an honest song is a good song. If the lyric comes from a place of honesty, then people see and relate to it. For example, when Bob Marley sings, “every little thing is going to be alright” or John Lennon sings, “imagine all the people living life in peace” we believe it, because it’s honest. If an insincere person sang it, we wouldn’t buy it. Well I don’t, anyway.


For some reason, people refuse to take a humorous songs seriously. Most of my favourite songwriters are really funny but for some reason, some listeners feel that quality and humour are separated.


Let’s choose a pretty serious songwriter as an example: Bob Dylan. Have you ever heard any of his Talking Blues songs? They’re absolutely hilarious and poignant. He wrote these around the same time as he wrote some of his most serious, topical songs. I don’t think one detracts from the other.


My favourite songwriter is Randy Newman who really knows how to make a point and make one laugh at the same time. This sometimes makes difficult subjects easier and more palatable to consider. Just listen to, ‘Political Science’ to catch my drift.


The Beatles were known for their charm and sense of humour on and off stage but it doesn’t detract from their songs’ excellence.

I could go on about bands like Ween or songwriters like Nilsson. I could even remind you that one of Canada’s greatest indie-rock heroes are actually The Barenaked Ladies, who in 1991, when people still bought music, outsold Michael Jackson with an indie cassette! Yet, it’s unfashionable to mention this fact because many do not consider them, ‘a serious band’.


To be clear, I am not in any way trying to compare myself to any of the above mentioned artists. I just mention this because often the same people who enjoyed my amusing show would kindly suggest that if I was less funny, perhaps I’d be taken more seriously. The funny thing is; I think they were probably right.


By the time I was getting ready to record my fourth studio album, I decided to address these concerns of humour with a serious music industry head on with a song I called, ‘A Liddabidda Fun’.


“A man in the paper

Said that I stink

Because I am not serious

He said to thee,

In the opinion of me,

“Music is serious business”


But there ain’t nothing wrong

With a little bit of fun

Ain’t nothing wrong

With a little bit of fun

It’s funner than counting

Back from three, two, one

Ain’t nothing wrong

With a little bit of fun


If you’re stuck outside

And you cannot find your key

Just sing this little tune,

“Tweedle-deedle, deedle

Deedle dee dee”

A squirrel will help you out

Yes, he will sure help you

He’ll climb through the window

And open the door

And that is how you’re

Going to get through


Ain’t nothing wrong

With a little bit of fun

Ain’t nothing wrong

With a little bit of fun

It’s funner than counting

Back from three, two, one

Ain’t nothing wrong

With a little bit of fun


If you eat an apple

And you eat the core too

Be very, very careful

Cos here is what

Apple cores will do

A tree will grow

Inside your tummy

And even though

That may sound yummy

The leaves in your throat

Will make you choke

And that’s no fun

For the girls and the blokes


Ain’t nothing wrong

With a little bit of fun

Ain’t nothing wrong

With a little bit of fun

It’s funner than counting

Back from three, two, one

Ain’t nothing wrong

With a little bit of fun”


The final recording include a verse in French, a belly solo and a fart verse.


To answer to the question am I a musician or a comedian, I'll quote Bob Dylan; "I like to think of myself as a song and dance man".



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