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This song is about a cool discovery that a good friend of mine, Dr. Doug Welch, and his scientific colleagues, made in the last year. The piece was written as a humourous birthday gift for him in November of 2008.

Although I like a lot of it, I know only a little about what's really going on in the music I hear my children listen to. Despite this I found I was drawn to a pastiche of this modern style plus a mish-mash of that plus all kinds of other influences that together were intended to form a kind of ridiculous and over-produced soup of sound.

I played with some of the wailing and backing vocal loops from Voices Jam Pack, wondered about what would happen if I brought out of retirement the sprechgesang (speaking/singing) style of Fred Schneider of the B-52s, and added a dead boring lead voice with an almost as boring backup to rap about Doug's scientific findings.

So this is meant to be silly and fun. I hope you get at least a grin from it!

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For those interested, here is a little about the discovery:
Massively exploding stars, called Supernovae, are a rare event. The biggest and brightest happened long before modern scientific instruments, meaning that the bright burst of light from the explosion passed the earth hundreds of years in the past. The scientific team discovered that light from some of these supernovae is actually reflecting off dust and gas more distant than where the explosions occurred, and that reflected light is reaching the earth now. The significance is that the light can be analysed and astronomers can learn more about what was happening in the star around the time of the explosion. So in a way these echoes of light are like fossils of plants or animals, providing clues about something that is now long dead.

If you have the right equipment at home you can loop for these light echoes yourself as outlined in this article from Sky and Telescope that talks about Dr. Welch's article on the topic in the June 2008 edition:

http://www.skyandtelescope.com/skytel/beyondthepage/17810174.html

Here are some other references:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aKR5wxgwTIs

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-MWSq_IcdnI

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2008/03/080320-supernova.html

http://www.astronomy.com/asy/default.aspx?c=a&id=3837

http://www.astronomy.com/asy/default.aspx?c=a&id=7009
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Fossils in the Milky Way
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Now I have read a piece
That ain't 'bout no Jehovah
But tells us 'bout the gas
That reflects supernovas.

Some guy named Doctor W
which is too hard to rhyme
wrote 'bout the light echoes
that take us back in time.

Chorus:
Fossils in the Milky Way,
Fossils in the Milky Way,
Fossils in the Milky Way,
Fossils in the Milky Way!

Stop! Hammer time!

Some starts are no more shining
their life is stuff of dreams
at first they grew in brightness
then blew to smithereens.

So gear up for the hunt y'all
and dust off that ol' scope
get-a CCD that's chillin'
diff'rence pictures then just hope.

it's like only 20 degrees fool!

So mail your results to W
if you see some gas with bends
and if he thinks you've found an echo
then you're his next best friend!

Chorus and repeat to fade

c Doug Somers 2007

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Uploaded: Feb 20, 2009 - 11:34:15 PM
Last Updated: Feb 20, 2009 - 11:34:15 PM Last Played: Feb 23, 2017 - 10:47:53 AM
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Comments
futzpucker said 3199 days ago (February 20th, 2009)
You crazed...
Seek help, dood. I'm just sayin'...

So cool to see this rather twisted side of you, Doug. What a cool thing to do for your friend.
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Doug Somers said 3198 days ago (February 22nd, 2009)
Twisted - sure, I can go with that!
It's fun to do stuff like this. When I was younger (so much younger than today) I used to co-write all kinds of parody songs, many with Doug W. to whom this song is dedicated.

Thanks for listening dood!

Doug
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magnatone said 3199 days ago (February 21st, 2009)
Milky Way
Doug - who KNEW there was THIS Doug in there??? This is so creative, brilliant and twisted, i don't even know what to say except - I'm going to be enjoying this all day! WHO KNEW???
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Doug Somers said 3198 days ago (February 22nd, 2009)
Yep, it's in there
There are so many ways to express and so little time. I do like to just have silly fun from time to time. There's another piece I will probably re-record and post here too some day. But for now, this is enough levity. :o)

Thanks Karen, glad you enjoyed it.
Be well,
Doug
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lengold said 3199 days ago (February 21st, 2009)
Sounds like
Zappa is in the house.
Cheers
Len


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Doug Somers said 3198 days ago (February 22nd, 2009)
Watch out where the huskies go and don't you eat....
A little like Zappa dragged forward a few decades? It does have a kind of gonzo style, no?

Thanks Len,
Doug
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Skean said 3199 days ago (February 21st, 2009)
Hahaha
This made my day… Cool done, I guess you had a blast doing this bro.
Enjoyed with a big smile on my face...Cheers
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Doug Somers said 3198 days ago (February 22nd, 2009)
Only fair
since your music has made my day many a time.

Yes, this was a blast. I even recall working on it on my laptop as my wife was driving the car, and it was a fun way to compose.

So glad you liked it Kent. Cheers bro!
Doug
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Bowman said 3199 days ago (February 21st, 2009)
Star Shine Rap
Who would have guessed they was a wild and crazy guy locked up waiting to get out inside Doug. Really good satire lots of fun and subject at least I find intersting brought to us in a cool way.
Way to go!
Charlie


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Doug Somers said 3198 days ago (February 22nd, 2009)
Good Morning Charlie
Yes, there is a crazy guy in here who likes to do all kinds of wild stuff musically. That's what is so great being here at MJ since there is such an inspiration from the absolutely incredible creativity that people here offer. I like to push the edges sometimes too to give back :0) Glad you could join in the fun!

Grazie mille,

Doug
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davisamerica said 3198 days ago (February 22nd, 2009)
Doug
whot have you done ???!!! Well ... you have made a very trippy track ... made me laugh .. totally surprised me .... what a great track. surprises from you always ... no wonder I look for your new post ..."amazing indeed"
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Doug Somers said 3198 days ago (February 22nd, 2009)
Help - the composer's run amok!
Variety is kind of cool - I know from your work you certainly buy into that. If it surprised you and made you laugh then GREAT! I can retire a happy but loony guy.

Cheers,
Doug
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Diviner said 3197 days ago (February 23rd, 2009)
Lol
This is so funny, love the extra hip hop samples and vocal ab libs thrown in there for good measure. Well enjoyed, well done Doug, its very clever.
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Doug Somers said 3190 days ago (March 2nd, 2009)
Hey D man
So glad you liked it. It was a lot of fun to assemble and play with. I was really surprised how many vocal ad libs are in JP Voices and how many of them will probably sound ancient in 5 years as pop music moves on to a new sound.

Thanks as ever for your kind remarks!
Be well,
Doug
Check out my latest song called Coming Home - Based on a Theme by David Kneupper
DWL said 3196 days ago (February 24th, 2009)
:-) :-)
Loved it and educational too!

Cheers

Dick
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Doug Somers said 3190 days ago (March 2nd, 2009)
Sounds like another happy listener
I do aim to please and to leave a little learning in my wake... :o)

Cheers Dick, and thanks for the smiles!

Doug
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dirigent said 3185 days ago (March 7th, 2009)
Supa cool
Supa cool variations, love the lyrics!!
Made me smile - excellent sound, a wonderful track!
Bravo Doug, amazing stuff!!
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Doug Somers said 3174 days ago (March 17th, 2009)
If you smiled
than I am a happy person. It was fun to put together and all the more fun to share! Thanks Andreas,

Be well,
Doug
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hooverfry said 3176 days ago (March 16th, 2009)
fun
liked it a lot, creative, original, cool thanks
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Doug Somers said 3174 days ago (March 17th, 2009)
Thanks for your kind remarks
I don't think you will hear this kind of mash up anywhere else - and maybe that's good think :o)

Like your work too, and welcome to MJ!

Doug
Check out my latest song called Coming Home - Based on a Theme by David Kneupper
mr_mordenus said 454 days ago (August 27th, 2016)
No Sleep For Me Tonight
...after the NMO 16, I just had to follow your link over here... you loony guy, how did I ever miss this craziness? This is the slickest array of stuff that has no business fitting together this well and sounding like it was all meant to be, from the cosmic big bang of musical insanity.

Entirely too much fun.
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