Parodies
Bev & Jerry Praver

A parody is a song that is based on another song. The best parodies use tunes from songs that are well known, at least to the audience at hand, and new words that are closely related to the original song in some easily observed way. They may reuse many of the words from the original song , include a pun on one or more key words of the original song or use new words that sound similar to the words of the original song. Merely reusing a tune and creating new lyrics does not constitute a good parody unless the new lyrics relate to the original song. Examples of good parodies include anything by Stan Freberg, Weird Al Yankovic or the Capitol Steps.

Bev and Jerry have written many parodies and we will do some at this workshop. We encourage you to bring a parody that you know and, even better, one that you wrote. We will go around the room giving everyone who wants to an opportunity to participate.

Bev and Jerry Praver have been playing folk music since 1962. In 1981 they began performing in schools and during the next 25 years they presented nearly 10,000 assembly and classroom programs throughout California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas. They have also done more than 300 programs at the National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center in Baker City, Oregon and presented Elderhostel programs. Their parodies have often appeared in Sing Out! magazine and one of them was recorded by Pete Seeger.