Shakespeare, Rattle and Roll

I thought I would try something different with today’s Daily Create assignment, and go with a step-by-step breakdown of everything that goes into these entries. It probably won’t mean much, in the long run, but at least I tried.

TDC Home Page

For starters, looking into the Daily Create homepage, I notice that today’s theme is “Shakespearean Actors’ Day,” meaning that I should perform my favorite song lyrics as if the Bard, himself, wrote them. Again, since TDC tasks work the same way as the super-suit from The Greatest American Hero – all bets are off without the manual – I had to improvise in order to find my way out. Then, I remembered one song that suited the situation nicely: a little-known Queen tune from the mid-1970s, called “Bohemian Rhapsody.”

Leave it to the likes of Freddie Mercury, Brian May, Roger Taylor and John Deacon to construct a song that feels like it would’ve made a decent headliner in the days of the original Globe Theatre, alongside Shakespeare’s actual catalogue of plays and sonnets. Anyway, for this project to work, I focused on the infamous a capella opening from the song, whose lyrics originally went like this:

Is this the real life?
Is this just fantasy?
Caught in a landslide
No escape from reality;
Open your eyes
Look up to the skies and see

I’m just a poor boy, I need no sympathy
Because I’m easy come, easy go
Little high, little low
Anyway the wind blows, doesn’t really matter to me,
to me

I then managed to find a website that specialized in translating English to Shakespearean, as well as a parody site with the same intended goal, which I fittingly used to rewrite the lyrics. For the results of this experiment, you need listen no further than the submission proper, at the conclusion of this entry, or look no further than this image.

Excerpt From a Shakespearean Rhapsody

It seemed that things were already in my favor going into this task, considering how well my last attempt at Shakespearean acting went, but this time, I had to do a monologue, in the same vein as Hamlet‘s “To be, or not to be” speech. Thankfully, the recording process, which I did using Audacity, went off without a hitch, as these things have a tendency to do.

It's a Thing That Goes Recording

The speaking tone I went with was that of an arrogant king, not unlike Macbeth, or Richard III. I even set a dramatic tone with the lines I spoke, to better match the theme of the original song, about a young boy who witnessed his mother murdering another man, and doesn’t want anything to do with her anymore, regardless of whether she apologizes for her crime or not. Given how Shakespeare had a thing for tragedies in his prime, I really do believe that it doesn’t get any more tragic than that.

Playback to the Future

After the recording process was completed, I briefly took the time to edit the audio footage, primarily to cut the clicking sounds at the start, and end, of the recording. Once I was satisfied with the final product, I saved it as an Audacity file, and exported the audio as its own MP3 file, which is the same kind SoundCloud carries. From there, it was smooth sailing, as I uploaded everything onto my SoundCloud account, as well as the Daily Create’s Twitter feed, finishing off my first assignment for this semester’s second half.

The original lyrics for “Bohemian Rhapsody” were taken from elyrics.net.

October 19th, 2015 by
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