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Our client, Sheila Marra (see photo below), came to us with a great idea
and some lyrics for a novelty/rap
song called "Mama Rap" to promote the great cause of parenthood in a
lighthearted and yet meaningful way. We loved the idea and turned it into
great, fun track, using original lyrics plus the music of "Drunken Sailor",
a great old folk tune made famous by Burl Ives.
L. to R.: Sheila Marra, Janet Marie, Pepper MaShay and
Karen Soroca in the studio to record "Mama Rap".
"Mama Rap" celebrates...and bemoans...parenthood, by highlighting the
good and the bad in a catchy, fun way. In the song, Mama is lecturing to the P.T.A. (Parents and Teachers Association) to the delight of the audience.
She even coaches the parents on a tough love session and makes them repeat
Parents, Rapped: I donít wanna put up
with all your crap
your room Ė itís a fire trap
donít wanna hear that nasty rap
Early in the morning.
Pepper MaShay handles the lead vocals. The parents are played by
(who is also our engineer), Ted Andreadis (the Chairman of the PTA and the "Yo
Mama" voice) and yours truly, Janet Marie and
Karen Soroca. The musette, a
type of French accordion, is played by David P. Jackson.