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Below are 20 journal entries, after skipping by the 20 most recent ones recorded in Ron O'Dell's LiveJournal:

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Thursday, January 26th, 2012
7:14 pm
Some of my old Animaniacs parody songs that I still remember
Decided to present these old Animaniacs-related song parodies I wrote back in the day and still remember — one of The Brady Bunch theme, one of The Beverly Hillbillies theme, and one of American Pie which I had written upon the airing of the final episode.

Pulled some shirts and the 1995 A! calendar out of storage so I could wear or take pictures of them to add visuals as the songs play. Everything else seen in the video actually is on permanent display in our house!

If only I could sing better...
Monday, January 23rd, 2012
8:39 pm
Where the Little Dog really has gone...
I noticed that nobody on YouTube had presented this timeless song in its full, original form, complete with German accent and all four verses.

So I decided to do it myself after arranging it for small ensemble. In the full song Der Deitcher's Dog, from 1864, the question of "Where oh Where Has My Little Dog Gone?" actually gets answered.

Monday, January 16th, 2012
11:51 pm
That Confounded Rag
I wrote a new rag for the first time since 2008. This "video" just shows part of the first page so there's something to look at while the music plays.
11:08 pm
A genuine "in Soviet Russia" joke
A couple weeks ago, we went to dinner with a friend and her family, who had defected from the Soviet Union in the 1980s. When her mother saw a strawberry on one of the plates, she commented about how it was out of season, and that it reminded her of a joke they had in Soviet Russia:

When can you buy strawberries in Russia?
From May to June.
When can you buy strawberries in America?
From 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012
6:40 pm
Dos Equis "Most Interesting Man in the World" parody with Slappy Squirrel
Just a little idea I had...

Open on a shot of Slappy's half-crazed grin. Zoom out on the opening line.

She has won Academy Awards for her personality alone.

Having zoomed out, we see that she is wielding a large wooden mallet at Motion Picture Academy members who fearfully are holding out Oscars.

Cut to some appropriate Slappy scene of abuse to match the following line.

To her, a bit part is one in which the actor is blown to bits.

Slappy blows up the hapless abuse victim and laughs.

She is... the crankiest of creatures in the whole wide world.

Cut to looking up at Slappy's tree house window. She is leaning out the window, on an anvil that is perched on the sill. The word ACME is written on it twice.

I don't always drop anvils, but when I do, I prefer Dos Acme.

She raises the anvil above her head. The camera movement clearly indicates that the operator is alarmed.

Stay still, ya shmutz!

She releases the anvil. The camera falls over as the operator makes a run for it, but we hear his failure, with accompanying shooting stars onto the screen.
Saturday, December 24th, 2011
5:44 pm
Froynlaven Theme Song, for Paul Rugg
A little thing I did... still need to sing it, but here you can sing along 'cause I put the lyrics on the video.

Monday, October 24th, 2011
10:13 pm
Halloween music of 100 years ago?
This weekend I recorded myself playing The Skeleton Rag, a song from 1911 by Percy Wenrich (of Put On Your Old Grey Bonnet, On Moonlight Bay etc. fame) with words by Edward Madden. I added the lyrics to the video. I'm playing it in F though the song sheet music is in E-flat. I also mistakenly played a couple extra measures in the chorus. Oops!


I also messed with "Soft Kitty" from The Big Bang Theory. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WqiTIGTx01I
Monday, September 19th, 2011
12:28 pm
So long, "Pinky's Friend"
Many of you former a.t.a regulars will remember writer/producer Earl Kress, who participated regularly on the newsgroup -- probably more than any other person at Warner Bros. Animation.

He passed away this morning from cancer.

Wednesday, August 24th, 2011
1:20 am
Ruegger joins PPPGALF
Amusingly, Tom Ruegger picks apart a WB Tiny Toons promotional art image in true PPPGALF fashion.

Of course, I couldn't help but join in...
Tuesday, August 16th, 2011
12:31 am
Martin's Tiny Toons arrangement on a Steinway
Martin Spitznagel recently recorded his arrangement of the Tiny Toons theme on a Steinway concert grand piano: http://www.spitzfire.com/music/mp3/Spitznagel_TinyToons.mp3
Thursday, August 11th, 2011
10:40 pm
Paul Rugg's interview of me, plus deleted scenes!
Paul has posted the interview here:


And here are the deleted scenes as recorded from my video camera which was running for audio backup purposes:


Not embedding them here since embedding doesn't seem to work too well on LJ anymore.
Thursday, August 4th, 2011
11:25 pm
Interview with Paul, sneak peek
Here's a sneak peek of just a few short bits from Paul's interview of me as recorded by my nearby camcorder, and some before-and-after video -- especially before as we tried to figure out how to get Skype to record both of us in split-screen. We're both Skype newbies.


Before the recording, Paul got a big laugh out of how I answered the Skype call with a sort of Brooklyn accent pretending I was in the middle of an argument. "...I'm not gonna argue wit you any more; just put the rabbit in your pants! (to mic) Hello? Who's callin'? We're not buyin' anyting!"
6:05 pm
Waiting for Freako
Paul Rugg will be calling me in about half an hour. Then we'll do a recorded thingy on Skype for his blog.
Thursday, July 21st, 2011
7:31 pm
Freakazoid theme as Trololo
Paul Rugg's latest "Froynlaven Challenge" is to perform the Freakazoid theme as "The Trololo Guy" referring to the famous video of Eduard Khil singing a lyricless song on Soviet television in 1976. Bonus points for anything involving water, Paul said.


So I did two things involving water!

Of course, if you don't know the Freakazoid theme or the Trololo video, this will make no sense. If you do know them, you'll probably notice some of the crossovers I put into the action and the music. Open the description of the video for a complete list of the subtleties I put into it.

Alas, I'm a bad singer...
Monday, June 27th, 2011
10:29 pm
Wedding photos!
Before-and-after photos are viewable here (I think even non-Facebook users should be able to view them).
Saturday, June 25th, 2011
3:54 pm
There goes the neighborhood!
penelopecat and I got married this morning.
Friday, June 3rd, 2011
9:47 pm
Three weeks!
Only three weeks now until penelopecat and I get married here in Carson City, June 25th. Anyone who feels like making the trip out here is welcome -- just let us know! It's just a courthouse deal (and a "reception" at a restaurant afterward), though she did buy a dress. I'll have to get some shoe polish then, I guess...!
Friday, May 20th, 2011
6:35 pm
James Ellsworth O'Dell Sr. 1936-2011
My dad passed away today. As you recall, he thought he was going to die three years ago and had called me to say his final goodbye, but he recovered from that and a few more scares since. But about a week ago, he was put on a ventilator because his lungs were filling with fluid, and over the past few days, his kidneys began failing as well.

We finally did say our final goodbyes to him, though he could not speak. The nurse would just hold a phone to his ear. I didn't want to make him feel any more distressed, and since we'd already had that talk, I just talked about normal stuff to him -- how Linda and I got our marriage license last week, how I'd recently rebuilt the clutch of my motorcycle, etc. I wanted him to know that I was well and content.

I also told him how people around the world had been enjoying some of the interview clips I shot with him in March 2009 just before I moved out of California. I had not gotten around to posting all nine clips, though. There were four left to post. I posted one three days ago after talking to him for the last time, and the final three tonight.

They're put into a playlist so all of them can be watched together.

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011
11:06 pm
Keeperian lyrical assistance
takineko wanted to draw a scene from Horse Feathers with Yakko Warner in place of Groucho Marx, but needed parody lyrics to the already silly song that Groucho sings. She asked me, and I obliged.

The result can be seen here: http://takineko.deviantart.com/art/Even-Yakko-Says-I-Love-You-206546125
Saturday, April 23rd, 2011
12:54 pm
Tom Ruegger's show idea that almost made it
If you remember a few years ago, I mentioned that Tom had sent me sneak peeks of a pitch he was working on.

He has just posted some of the art from that concept for all to see (only two of which were among those he sent me), and the story of how it was green-lit and ready for production right up until one new executive joined WB and axed it. Sounds familiar, doesn't it?


My thought on this was that WB cartoon purists would not like the mixture of classic Looney Tunes with the Hanna-Barbera characters, knowing how picky those purists are.

Anyway, that new executive instead has produced the new Looney Tunes Show in its place, which also is generally disliked by WB cartoon purists -- for its models and so far the clips being not particularly funny (and Daffy is now a moron -- what gives?).

Which do you suppose would have been the better show?

Hopefully he'll post the other art that was part of this packet he sent to me back then.
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