• Track Name

    Hobbit Day_scratch final

  • Album

    Troubadoors Greatest Hits

  • Artist

    Brina Palencia

In honor of The Hobbit coming out in theaters tomorrow, I wanted to give you all some insight into how we wrote and recorded the song “Hobbit Day.” Above you can hear the scratch track that Chris Sabat and I did to help the actors learn the song and their parts.

The process was a little different for this particular song. The vocals and lyrics of the other songs in The Troubadoors were written by myself, and Chris Sabat helped me with arranging the instrumentation. However, I wanted some extra input for this song, since Tolkien was never my strong suit. Sure, I loved the LOTR movies, but I wanted someone who was more of an expert than myself and someone who was good with lyrics. Ricco Fajardo (Alem) had done such a great job with his audition song in ep 1, and he was well versed in the Tolkien universe, so I brought him on board. I asked him to send me some ideas to help get me started, and he sent me this shirtless video.

Obviously, I loved his second, darker option. I believe it’s a reflection of the blackness in my soul that I tend to prefer sadder sounding songs. We decided to meet up in a practice room on the SMU campus, where Ricco was going to grad school. Within an hour, we solidified the melody and completed the lyrics together. It was surprising how easily it flowed. I wish Ricco and I could’ve collaborated more throughout the series, but scheduling never allowed for it. While we were coming up with song, I was coming up with harmonies in my head the entire time, especially for the the ending. It wasn’t long after that I laid down a scratch at Okratron5000. Sabat came up with the idea of using a children’s piano, and we ran with that. I had no idea who was going to be singing what part yet. Since Haley hadn’t finished writing the script, we didn’t know who would be dressing as what character.  For those of you who are interested, here’s a list of things that were changed or added, and a few fun facts

OR if you’re already sick of reading, scroll to the bottom to watch the music video:

  • I changed the lyric “‘Cause I know you got my back” to “‘Cause I know you got my bracelet,” due to encouragement from Sabat. He thought it would be a funny joke to sound like we were about to sing “ass” then do something completely different. I don’t think anyone ever got the joke, but “bracelet” ended up being a better choice anyway given the importance of the friendship bracelets in the episode.
  • The idea to use Elvish came from Ricco. When he first called me he was so excited about the idea, he couldn’t form a sentence. After a lot of confusion, I think I figured out what he meant. I found random Elvish words on the internet and just strung them together. I don’t even remember what they mean. I think it was something like, “Friendship, sunshine, rainbows.” I’m still not sure if that was Ricco’s original intention, but it worked either way!
  • Jane’s part at the end of the song came about when Chris suggested there be some sort of descant at the end. As soon as he said it, I had the vision of Jane finally coming out of the house during the song and join in the singing. Originally, the script had her coming out when the song was over. When I presented the idea of Jane coming out during the song to Haley, she was down, so I made the descant Jane’s acceptance of their friendship.
  • The person who played guitar on all of the other songs we had recorded before Hobbit Day was Ricco. Unfortunately, Ricco broke his hand, and wasn’t able to play. The only other guitarist in the group was Jonathan Brooks (Felix), who had just moved to LA and was very difficult to schedule. We ended up having to outsource to Mike McFarland, who rocked it out after recording a VO session at Okratron5000.
  • By the time we finished the scratch track, it was close to 2am. I believe Sabat and I spent a good 4-5 hours working out the full arrangement and recording it. Even then, we weren’t finished, but we were close enough for a scratch.
  • When we filmed the music video, Ricco had to sing along to my voice on the reference track because I changed what sections he was singing once we finally solidified everyone else’s part. We didn’t get a chance to record him on his new parts until a month later.
  • There was a new harmony added on the second verse on the the line “Even Gollum can’t be despaired” because the part I had written for Jonathan ended up being too high. I asked him to come up with his own thing to compliment the 2 parts that were already written, and I sang his original part.

Eventually, we ended up with this awesomeness.

Lyrics Halloween

Here are the lyrics for “Halloween,” plus 2 of the incidental songs which are available for purchase on Amazon.

HALLOWEEN

Halloween is the most

Wonderful time of year

Bringing everyone close

By filling our minds with fear

Hear the beautiful sound

Of people screaming

As vengeful clowns

Make still their beating

Hearts!

Such a lovely time of year!

 

Halloween is the most

Wonderful time of year

Filled with monsters and ghosts

And all things morose and weird

Feel your blood pressure rise

As you hear the howling

Of wind in the night

And know it’s calling your name!

Such a blessed time of year!

 

So we sing falala, falala, falalalalalala

Joyfully falala, falala, falalalalalala

Bells will ring falala, falala, falalalalalala

Happily falala, falala, falalalalalala

 

So we sing falala, falala, falalalalalala

Joyfully falala, falala, falalalalalala

Bells will ring falala, falala, falalalalalala

Happily falala, falala, falalalalalala

 

So we sing falala, falala, falalalalalala

Joyfully falala, falala, falalalalalala

Bells will ring falala, falala, falalalalalala

Happily falala, falala, falalalalalala

 

SPOILER ALERT

If you got no business you should head back to the street

With the clowns

Who are ticked

Will I know?

In a bit.

In a bit, that’s not long.

Yeah, and neither is this song – WHAT? – SO?  2 3 4

So, I’m returning with the

Flow Cuz I know

How this episode will go.

How you know this type of crap?  Cuz I was paid to make this track

By a squeaky voiced Honduran 

Who’s obsessed with shows that you’re in. – NO– STOP!  2 3 4

Let’s keep our focus on the

rap.

This is rap?

Well we white guys call it that.

When we steal a famous beat

And then instead of sing, we chat.

About what?

THAT and this.

This and THAT? 

You could say that.

(Wow) You’re sounding good there, Chris.

Any less would be remiss

Soundtrack!  Soundtrack!

That’s what this is

Soundtrack

It’s what it be.  

Soundtrack. 

I’m BSD!

Soundtrack.

Is it over?

Soundtrack.

Pretty soon.

Soundtrack!

(wait) Yeah let’s keep on filling time

this song could last all afternoon!

Soundtrack!  Soundtrack!

That’s what this is

Soundtrack

It’s what this be.  

Soundtrack. 

So sing with me.

Soundtrack.

Is it over?

Soundtrack.

Pretty dumb.

Soundtrack!

We could burn another minute if we hit ‘em with the drums like this:

Instrumental

 1 2 3  I guess we need another verse.

It’s what I thought.

Could this get worse?

Probably not.

So I guess I’ll just say something that’s a spoiler in this spot.

Like what?

Like the end.

That’s cruel.

Yes it issss.

Listen every single person by the ending will have kissed.

And the clowns? You sure-

-you want to know the spoiler that I’m bringing? Go ahead.

The clowns will leave because of nerdy Kayla’s singing.

Soundtrack!

That’s what this is

Soundtrack

It’s what this be.  

Soundtrack. 

So sing with me.

Soundtrack.

Is it over?

Soundtrack.

Pretty soon.

Soundtrack!

So how bout we back out to a close up of a mouth.  Fade out.  Fade out.

ARE YOU DRUNK YET?

Are you carousing yet?
Are you sozzled yet?
Are you soaked yet?
Are you fuddled yet?
Are you tiddly yet?
Are you bibulous?
Are you narcoticized?
Are you hopped-up?
I’m a little mellow.
I’m a little stiff.
I’m a little sloshed.
I’m kinda pie-eyed.
I’m sorta plastered.
I’m rather sottish.
I’m even pixelated.
I think I might drive, NO!
Are you carousing yet?
Are you sozzled yet?
Are you soaked yet?  

Are you fuddled yet? 

Lyrics, Eps 4, 6-8

COMIC BOOK DAY
Nerds today come in all designs
Not like in the days of Auld Lang Syne
We’re hittin’ mainstream with our comicons
Even CNN knows we got it goin’ on
It’s a sanctuary where you can be you
Cosplay fairies, play Black Ops 2
Comics, manga, sci fi, or fantasy
We got so many genres it’ll make you squee
Horror, gaming, we got it all
Now wrap it all up in a pop culture ball
Throwin’ it across the United States
Makin’ a rainbow, erasin’ the hate
How does it feel to know you saved our childhood?
You gave us a light and showed us how to fight for good

Everybody needs a little super in their lives
You could be our champion and come with us tonight

Slam! Bam! Pow! I got your onomatopoeia!
What you gonna do now, cry out to Mother Maria?
Well, guess what, bro? I don’t need your idols
I got heroes dressed in manga styles
Japanese, Chinese, or Korean
Mexican, American, or European
Comes in all styles, reflecting the culture,
Makin’ children smile and forget the vultures
Who hurt them so. When bullies attack,
Deep down they know, the hero’s always got their back

Everybody needs a little super in their lives
You could be our champion and come with us tonight

All my life, I was called an outsider
A weirdo girl who read Kamen Rider
But at conventions I dominate
I don’t have to put up with all of the hate
That people spew at what they don’t understand
If only they knew, I studied Jitsu in Japan
Watch out, jerks, ‘cause I got skills
My high kicks will give you chills
But I only use my powers for good
Hiding in the shadows like Batman would
But it’s alright I got a safe place
To be myself and show my real face
Takin’ off the mask is what I desire
‘Cause what you do sets my soul on fire.

Everybody needs a little super in their lives
You could be our champion and come with us tonight

Everybody needs a little super in their lives
You could be our champion and come with us tonight

NATIVE AMERICAN DAY
Take away these barriers of mine
I want to feel this moment in time

I want to be confident

I want to find my own voice

I want to find love

I want to be more than friends

I want to open my heart

I want to feel empowered
Where no one could suppress me

I want to see boobies, boobies, boobies, boobies again.
I want to see boobies again

NATIONAL BOSSES DAY
Do you think it’s cute
The way you touch me there?
Do you think it’s cool
Your wife is unaware
Of the filthy kind of man you are?

Sittin’ in a cube, eatin’ my bagel
Tryin’ to read the news, but I’m not able
All I see is you, creepin’ up on me
Said that I refuse, but you still want me
Don’t you come any closer
I’ve already told you no, sir!

Do you think it’s cute
The way you touch me there?
Do you think it’s cool
Your wife is unaware
Of the disrespectful man you are?

Try to use your power for intimidation
Now has come the hour for compensation
Remember all the days you used and abused me?
Time for you to pay for being so douchey
Don’t you come any closer
Already told you no, sir!

You’re tryin’ so hard to pretend that you’re somethin’
Your ego’s so large they can see from Tokyo
You’d think you were a god from the way you were talkin’
But you ain’t nothin’ more than a devil with no horns
Don’t you come any closer
I’ve already told you no, sir!

Oh, do you think it’s cute
The way you touch me there?
Do you think it’s cool
Your wife is unaware
Of the filthy kind of man
The disrespectful kind of man
The pathetic kind of man you are?


MOTHER-IN-LAW
A mother-in-law, A mother-in-law
A mother-in-law can be embarrassing
She’ll tell all your friends and co-workers, when
She was young she gave a blow job to Steven Tyler
And that Obama is not a citizen

But that’s why
A mother-in-law can be
So nice
To put in your blog. Use her broken life
And confusion about politics to increase your readership

A mother-in-law, A mother-in-law
A mother-in-law can be hard to love
She’ll put you through hell
And try to tell
You everything that you’re doing wrong
But if you’re lucky, she’ll baby-sit your kids

And that’s why
A mother-in-law can be
So nice
She’ll watch all your kids while you socialize
And remember what it’s like to be an adult again

You see a mother-in-law
Doesn’t have to be all bad
Though she judges us all
There are times she can be ra-a-a-a-a-a-a-d

A mother-in-law, A mother-in-law
A mother-in-law can be sweet as Pocky
She’ll share recipes
Help you in emergencies
When you’re sick she’ll even bring you homemade dinner
And when you’re finished
She’ll let you keep the Tupperware

And that’s why
A mother-in-law can be
So nice
When you need her the most
She’ll be there for you
Cause at the end of the day you’re a part of the family
Part of the family
Part of the family
Part of the family

Lyrics, Eps 1-3

For all those interested in entering the Sing-Off, here are the lyrics to Labor Day, Patriot Day, and Hobbit Day. More to come. Forgive any typos. I’m typing this on my iPhone while I take the bullet train from Tokyo to Kyoto. I know, my life is hard.

LABOR DAY
Shout Hooray!
For Labor Day!
Let’s celebrate the way we take advantage of workers overseas!
They work hard and don’t complain about conditions that spread horrifying disease!
But the sacrifice is worth it!
It’s the only way I afford my graphic tees!
Shout hooray!
For Labor Day!

PATRIOT DAY
Oh, America!
You lift me up!
I’m in love with you, America!

Your like a hot chick in a thong
On a summer’s day
So carefree and can’t go wrong
‘Cause you got legs for days
Your bouncin’ up and down
Playin’ volleyball
With a team of other chicks
Jealous of your boob job
Oh, America
I’m in love with you, America!

'Cause nothin' gets me hotter than freedom
And no one else has got it more than you
You’re the head cheerleader of all the nations
And there’s no one else that I want more than you

Oh, America!
You lift me up!
I’m in love with you, America!

HOBBIT DAY
I put on my cloak
Pack my bags with bacon and cheese
Pipe weed to smoke
I need some adventure, please

Deep down I know
I was meant for more than this
So off I’ll go
To find my purpose

Other Hobbits think I’m odd
Easy livin’ is what they love, but
I want dungeons, dwarves, and dragons
Down with that trouble free life

Adventure, excitement
So many things to do,
But like Frodo needs Sam
We can’t beet Sauron without you
Moria, Isengard
Look a those talkin’ trees,
But it don’t mean shit for Pippin’
‘Less he’s chillin’ with Merry

Ethel Gwaith, Allatah, Ninnioch, Linnod

When goblins come
and orcs are all around
I come undone
Until I hear the sound
Of your voice
Screaming, “You shall not pass!”
I’m invincible
Cause I know you got my bracelet
When we’re together
Nothin’ makes me scared
Even Gollum can’t be despaired ‘cause
We got a freakin’ fabulous friendship
With you I don’t need to think twice.

Adventure, excitement
So many things to do,
But like Frodo needs Sam
We can’t beet Sauron without you
Moria, Isengard
Look a those talkin’ trees,
But it don’t mean shit for Pippin’
‘Less he’s chillin’ with Merry

Ethel Gwaith, Allatah, Ninnioch, Linnod

If you’ll be like Bilbo
When the danger looms
Then I’ll be your Frodo
Take burden all the way to Mount Doom

(Split into 3 sections. You can pick any of them for competition purposes)
Section 1

Adventure, excitement
So many things to do,
But like Frodo needs Sam
We can’t beet Sauron without you
Moria, Isengard
Look a those talkin’ trees,
But it don’t mean shit for Pippin’
‘Less he’s chillin’ with Merry

Section 2

When goblins come
and orcs are all around
I come undone
Until I hear the sound
Of your voice
Screaming, “You shall not pass!”
I’m invincible
Cause I know you got my back

Section 3

Other Hobbits think I’m odd
Easy livin’ is what they love, but
I want dungeons, dwarves, and dragons
Down with that trouble free life
When we’re together
Nothin’ makes me scared
Even Gollum can’t be despaired ‘cause
We got a freakin’ fabulous friendship
With you I don’t need to think twice.

Jane’s Part

I’ll take this fellowship
That you have offered me
I’ll wear this bracelet
And swear my loyalty

World AIDS Day

Today is World AIDS Day. In our original talks about what holidays to do for The Troubadoors, this was one of the contenders. We wanted to do an episode where the gang decided to raise awareness about the rise in STDs in the elderly population due to the invention of Viagra. Felix would sing a song titled “F*** But Verify” at a nursing home that encouraged everyone to get tested for STDs. Sadly, scheduling did not allow us to do it.

As hilarious as the episode sounds, we really did want to spread a message about getting tested. Wearing condoms is not enough. So The Troubadoors would like to encourage you to f***, but verify!

SEASON ONE ALBUM TO BE RELEASED DECEMBER 3RD!!

Those of you who have checked out the info for our Sing-Off may have noticed mention of a Season One album. Get ready! It will be released December 3rd, the same day the Sing-Off opens! It will feature 5 previously unreleased tracks, including

Kayla’s audition song

2 new arrangements of the theme song

2 incidental songs from the Halloween episode, performed by the incredible Christopher Sabat!!

It will blow your mind with it’s magnificent vocals and stirring beats!  And remember, you can use any song from the album for the Sing-Off competition, so that include the new tracks. 

Available December 3rd on iTunes and Amazon

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