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Santa’s Leaving & Rudolph’s Got The Blues

I wrote this as a bonus track to my 2014 LP “At It Again.”  It was an impromptu one shot of me on vocals and acoustic guitar.  I overdubbed the Saxophone and harmonica parts, and added the bells at the end.

I always wanted to do a Christmas song, and felt this captured my feelings at the time.  Let me know what you think.

You can download the full song and my other originals at http://www.soundcloud.com for free.  Just search for “Rick Pipito”.  Also check out my full band arrangements there under “Everyone Loves Mahoney.”

Lyrics and music (C) 2014 Rick Pipito
Recorded at sCrypt publishing studios December 2014

New Music

While my new novel is entering editing stages, and we’re trying to reorganize a plethora of ongoing projects, enjoy this new single.

I’ve decided its time to jump back in the studio.  Here’s the first track from my upcoming LP “At It Again.”  I’ll be doing a mixture of old originals redone, New originals, and a few covers.  All for free listening of course.  Here’s the first tune “Tears 2014” written and performed by me.  http://soundcloud.com/rick-pipito/tears-2014

Avengers Week Post #6: Music And Ironman

Ironman loves rocking out to great music, so it is only fitting that he have some songs to honor his heroism.  Below is a list of songs I have found that mention or are themed after him.  If there are any others, please comment below.

Ironman (by Black Sabbath): Although this wasn’t written about the character, fans around the world constantly mention this song in referring to Ironman.  Then suddenly, it was featured in the first Ironman movie.  Now it is a staple.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9LjbMVXj0F8

Prelude 970519 (by Pete Townshend): The album itself is called “Iron Man.”  Kind of a wierd one, but I love Townshend’s stuff, so here it is.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F9P6X_eeGEE

Who’s The One (By Winger): Wow, this band takes me back.  There is only one line in here that mentions him, but the name is capitalized in the print version, meaning it is talking about an Ironman.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1jPsU4DkjSs

Ironman (by Ghostface Killa): This is the title of his debut solo album, and while it may seem at first that this has nothing to do with the character, the rapper voiced a villain in the Ironman animated series.  This album was done in tribute to Tony Stark and his alter ego.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2iTkwxh5xcY

Theme Song From Ironman short (in The Marvel SuperHeroes):  This animated hour consisted of many different characters, and Ironman got his own few episodes.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S-Lx9eEox2A

Ironman Theme Song (From Marvel Action Hour): This was a great cartoon in the 1990s.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=go3PEcZKLI4

Ironman Armored Adventures Theme Song:  A CGI animated series in the 2000’s.  It was a fresh take on the character and portrayed him as a teenager.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bxzDTt0RT7U

Ironman Anime Theme Song: Even Japan did their Ironman story in animation, and it is probably one of my favorite Ironman incarnations.  Check out the series if you get a chance.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vzOmdkqYO9w

The Invincible Ironman Theme Song:  I have no idea how Lionsgate films didn’t have them take this down, but the entire animated movie is up on youtube.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S-GCB5pLhfk

There you have it folks.  There were a few other mentions I found during searches, but they didn’t seem relevant enough to include.  Ironman (Tony Stark) is played by Robert Downey Jr in The Avengers movie.

Music and Green Lantern

Green Lantern is one of the central characters os of the DC Comics universe, and what better way to show appreciation than to mention him in song.  Below are a list of songs about more than just one Green Lantern.  If you know of any others, please mention them in the comments below.

In Brightest Day by Gary Mitchell: This song has a feel like it should be the end credits to a movie or a live action TV series.  Catchy tune.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vo0BaloOd2E

Green Lantern Remix by Blue Harvest:  If you can find this one, which I can not find a link, please post it here.  This song is all about the Green Lanterns, and specifically mentions Alan Scott, Hal Jordan, Guy Gardner, Kyle Rayner and John Stewart.

Green Lantern by Evenrude: Another song I had trouble finding a link to.  The lyrics are sort of confusing.  It’s obviously about a girl, but other than the title and the chorus, there really isn’t much else GL related.

Green Lantern Hal Jordan by J-Sin Starr: Beginning with the classic cartoon intro, it goes into a laid back verse and rocking chorus.  http://www.myspace.com/jsinstarr/music/songs/green-lantern-hal-jordan-6101454

Green Lantern The Animated Series Theme Song: This is Bruce Timm’s latest crack at DC animation, and so far so good.  I’ve found it enjoyable, and my son loves it.  Here is the theme song http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fFloX26ATf0

Green Lantern First Flight Theme Song: This was the first Green Lantern Animated movie done a few years back.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ZsVJD1etBc

Green Lantern Emerald Knights Theme Song: Similar in orchestral arrangement, this is the second animated movie based on the character.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MXzAIrLSzio

Green Lantern Movie Theme: For the Live action movie starring Ryan Reynolds.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rYZGDw2oqLk

Green Lantern by The Mutton Birds:  This New Zealand band created a song that I could see in a credits to TV show.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8xWYIidveeM

Sector 2814 by The Roy Clark Method: This song is about Hal Jordan’s fall after the Reign of the Supermen story.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cJJ03fipI-Q

Ring Capacity by Ring Capacity:  This band definitely consists of a bunch of nerds, but the song and video are pretty sweet.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c8LNPeVPMIo

DJ Green Lantern: From Rochester New York, this hip hop DJ named himself after wearing a green hoodie and the insignia.

Green Lantern 1967 intro: There were only one or two of these made for the Aquaman/Superman hour in the late 60s.  Green Lantern got his own proper intro.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lAqngSSlsto

So there you have it folks, a few given ones, but perhaps a few you’ve never heard either.  Hope you enjoy!


Music And The Avengers

Last time we talked about the Justice League and the influence they have had on the music industry.  This installment brings the Avengers to the limelight.  The Avengers debuted in the early 1960s and have been fighting to protect Earth, other dimensions, and universes ever since.  With their first big screen movie coming up this spring, I’m sure we’ll get more musical inspirations.  Until then, here is the current list I’ve found through a bit of research.  If you can think of any others please mention them below (even if they are original creations by you or someone you know).  Keep in mind that this list is only about the Avengers as a team, and doesn’t single out any particular hero in general.  Enjoy!

Comic Book Heroes: by the Tearjerkers, this song fits in with the time that it was released.  It mentions more than jus the Avengers, but they are mentioned nonetheless.  Take a listen:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E07JLJcCLbA

Avengers United They Stand Theme Song: In the 1990s, there was an animated Avengers show that only lasted 13 episodes.  I enjoyed it quite a bit, but almost forgot this theme song.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VLD1yq7eVoY

Okay Go: This was the song used in the boss fights of the arcade game Captain America And The Avengers.  Man I miss this game.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BaJDwv56ii0

Level intro song for Captain America And The Avengers Arcade Game:  Another from that game:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ui_BOcddxkk

Ultimate Avengers animated movie: This is the title intro song for this Ultimates  animation:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Nt4A0ATt3Y

Avengers in Galactic Storm: This was an arcade game, that I was unaware ever existed.  It’s a bit dated, and this is the best I could do as far as the soundtrack.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MGtF0eYr-uI

Music and The Justice League

Article by Rick Pipito:

I’m getting my name out there as a writer, but long before I began scribbling stories onto pages, I was into music.  Now, I play multiple instruments and love a good band jam every once in a while.  That is why I decided to share this topic.  I will continue to do so for other comic book organizations and characters, but this one hits close to home for me and it is because I’m one of the artists involved.

DC Comics’ The Justice League has been around since the early 1960s, and their ever changing roster has done a great job of protecting the citizens of Earth, other planets, and even other dimensions.  Rightfully so, they have been an inspiration to musicians from around the world.  Here are some of the tributes paid by bands, artists and musicians.  If you have any others to add, please comment, because I may be leaving some out.

Theme from the Superfriends: This was my first cartoon growing up.  From the late 70s until the mid 80s, the theme song was catchy.  years later I realize how campy the show was, but it is a guilty pleasure.  The theme song still echoes in my mind as if it were yesterday.   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6jHj6Y-r57Q 

Justice League of America Theme song from 1960s: before the superfriends, there was an action hour.  This was the theme song from that cartoon. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eWKxunwvU0Q

Justice League Unlimited: After the Batman and Superman animated series in the late nineties, the new milennium brought us a new incarnation of the League in animation.  Justice League lasted for 2 seasons, but continued on in this series.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uvjMnVi3XZI

Way Out Junk: Stories About The Justice League: I did a search and found this vinyl.  I’ve heard a few samples, and it is typical cheesy era music, but it’s amusing nonetheless.  Here is a link to info on it, and there are download links attached to the article http://wayoutjunk.blogspot.com/2007/01/songs-and-stories-about-justice-league.html

J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League (Just Undeniably Some of The Illest Composers Ever): This Grammy winning group of producers and composers has gone on to produce many popular artists.  Although none of the music seems to be inspired by the Justice League, their name was done in tribute.  This is just the wiki page on their history, but you can do a search if interested in hearing some of their tracks. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J.U.S.T.I.C.E._League

Just Us (Justice): This is why it hits so close to home.  This song is one that I wrote along with John Caputo a few years ago.  I also did alternate lyrics that we never recorded and titled it “Not Us (Injustice)” about the Injustice League.  Listen to the link and if you like what you hear, there is much more of my non comic book related music at the album links on the right side of the page.  (I’m pictured in the upper left hand corner and am performing vocals, saxophone and harmonica on the tracks) http://coolanimaled.com/track/just-us

Arthur Curry: This song by Ookla The Mok, mentions more than just one hero.  It calls on the whole league.  It’s definitely a strange listen, but had to be mentioned in the list. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vLeLbPezMfc

Melt The Guns: The group XTC is speaking to all the members of the Justice League Of America.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eBGc5h1yWHQ

Like I said, please add to this list with anything you can think of (even if you are an artist like myself who has similar songs).