Episode 126 – Thanks for Inspiration and the Laughs

Thanks for the Inspiration is a type of show that appears from time to time in the regular schedule for this podcast.

As writers, we often absorb elements from the world, the places, and the people around us. We observe, we ask questions, we speculative, we listen, we watch, we feel, and we write so much of that down which gets re-integrated, like some sort of sausage creation, into the stories and words and worlds we share with our readers.

Thanks for the Inspiration episodes are an attempt to acknowledge and say thanks to the people, places, and things that have helped to either feed the muse, or perhaps just to feed the very soul and makeup of the writer behind that writing.

In this bonus episode of the podcast, Mark thanks the creative spirits who have produced musical parodies about Covid-19 and the current global situation. Because laughter is important.

Yes, these are dark times, but laughter is important.
It connects people. And laughter has been shown to actually stimulate positive activity in a person’s immune system.

I know we’re all scared, we’re uncertain, we aren’t sure what’s coming, for us, and for those we know and love. Things seem to be spinning out of control. But we can always control where we focus and how we respond.

I choose love, compassion, and humor.

And I choose to thank all of these amazing creative people who took the time to spread their own passion, through humor, to help others find smiles and laughs in these trying times.

Mark introduces the following musical parodies in this order:

  • Covid-19 – The Taylor’s – Parody of “Come On, Eileen” by Dexys Midnight Runners.
  • My Corona – Parody of “My Sharona by The Knack
  • Quarantine – Parody of “Let It Be” by The Beatles
  • Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious (with new lyrics!) Parody of “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” by Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke from the movie Mary Poppins
  • One Week of COVID 19 – Parody of “One Week” by Barenaked Ladies
  • My Corona Home – Parody of “Kokomo” by The Beach Boys from the movie Cocktail
  • Coronavirus Rhapsody – Parody of “Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen

Mark then closes out the show with a thanks to all of the first responders and medical and health professionals on the front lines as well as essential services personnel who continue to risk their own safety and welfare for the good of society.

And he again thanks the creative folks who wrote, performed, and shared these songs (and so many others not included here) to help inspire smiles and laughter in others during these trying times.

A Parody of old K-Tel compilation album television commercials

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3 thoughts on “Episode 126 – Thanks for Inspiration and the Laughs”

  1. Thank you so much for the wonderful episode, Mark.
    I thoroughly enjoyed the musical parodies you shared with us. They made me smile and laugh, something that will all need more of these days.
    Here’s another one a friend shared with me that I think you’ll enjoy:

    Hope you’re staying safe and healthy.

    1. Thank you, Caro. Glad you got a smile and a laugh out of these great songs.

      And, LOL, Caro. OMG, that’s another great one. Thank you for sharing it.

      Hmm, makes me wish I had requested that people share links to more great videos/music parodies in the recording.

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