Posts Tagged ‘Copy Editor’s Lament (The Layoff Song)’

New song: “Deadline.”

July 26, 2010

Click here for my latest song, “Deadline.” It’s a song about anticipation, about wanting something RIGHTNOW.  As was the case with “Copy Editor’s Lament (The Layoff Song),”I was inspired by my experiences as a newspaper editor — this time, I was thinking of the times I’ve spent waiting for a story to be turned in. Musically, I was going for a later-period George Harrison sound.

UPDATE: If you like what you hear, you can buy the song at here and at iTunes right here.

(For fellow music-production nerds, I used Cakewalk’s Sonar, with plugs by IK Multimedia among others. I recorded background vocals with a TNC (Chinese import) ribbon mic into a TNC preamp, and the lead vocal was recorded with a Audio Technica 4047 into a Groove Tubes Brick preamp. I used my Line 6 Variax electric guitar along with a $30 Craigslist find, a 60’s-era Teisco for the slide guitar parts).

Here are the lyrics:

Here I sit, I’m waiting again
I can’t quit until you hit “send”
Taking your time to polish all your phrases
Never you mind if I make some changes

(chorus:) I will live a life sublime
Told in tales of endless rhyme
If only you reply in time
For my deadline

All the pieces will fall into place
All my questions will vanish into space
Biding my time till night turns into day
Walking the line until you come my way


All of my passion, all of my pain
Would find compassion
If not for your disdain


A year in the life

January 4, 2010

This month marks the one-year anniversary for this odd little blog. I hope you’ve enjoyed stopping by half as much as I’ve enjoyed writing and linking.

If you’re new around here, MusicForMedia exists to explore the creation and use of music, especially in multimedia platforms like video and interactive web applications. And because I’m a Beatles freak, I find time to work in some Fab Four content pretty regularly. (And last year’s developments in Beatledom made that quite easy!).

We started small last January, with a bare handful of readers those first few days. But I’m happy to say that a few more people started dropping by. By year’s end more we had more than 75,000 visits.

The most popular post, by far, was my piece on the anniversary of the Beatles’ Abbey Road album, which itself attracted more than 35,000 views. The post included the memories of Beatles’ Grammy-winning sound engineer, Geoff Emerick. I used the piece to argue that Abbey Road was the finest pop/rock album ever made.

Drawing a combined 10,000 views were two posts about the release of the remastered versions of the Beatles catalog.

Also popular was my initial post about my song, “Copy Editor’s Lament (The Layoff Song).” The power-pop ditty laments the state of print journalism today through the eyes of a laid-off copy editor. (You can see the recent video here.) Also, my reviews of music products by Cakewalk, IK Multimedia and other companies drew significant traffic.

So what lies ahead in the new year?

Well I’ll keep my eyes peeled for the latest news on music and its uses. I’ll continue to review products that can help you create or manipulate music and audio. I’ll share occasional tales about my own music-making adventures. And, of course, I will continue to write about the Beatles, as there’s no shame in revisiting the world’s best popular music now and again.

What would you like to read about in 2010?

Who is this Christopher Ave character?

December 9, 2009

Are you new around here?

I thought I’d take a moment to introduce myself to anyone who recently stumbled on this blog, to reveal who is behind this oddball mix of multimedia tips, music musings and Beatles trivia.

I’m Christopher Ave. Nice to meet you.

I’m a musician who creates original tunes for clients and for pleasure through my side business, Music for Media Productions. I have delivered tracks for videos, multimedia projects and radio commercials. I produce a podcast for Wealth Magazine, and I’m recording and producing some music for other artists. A couple of my own “pop” tunes are available on iTunes, Amazon, Lala and elsewhere. I periodically perform around the St. Louis area, where I live. And I play guitar in a worship band at my church, The Journey.

If you’re a journalist, you may have heard one of my songs, “Copy Editor’s Lament (The Layoff Song),” my commentary on the news industry and on copy editors in particular. And yes, there’s a video:

I’m also an incurable Beatles fan who has had the pleasure to have written about the group. I especially enjoyed the few times I’ve gotten to speak with the band’s balance engineer, Geoff Emerick, a supremely decent fellow, and I’ve talked to several authors who have studied and written about the group extensively.

On the journalism front, I direct political and government coverage for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and its website,, including supervision of our bureaus in Washington and the state capitals of Missouri and Illinois. I have been a fulltime professional journalist since 1987 and have worked for newspapers in New Jersey, Illinois, Texas, Florida and Missouri. I’ve also written about music technology over the past several years, including reviewing some products that help musicians record their masterpieces.

So what’s this blog all about? What I’m trying to do here is write about the creation and use of music, especially in multimedia platforms. If you design web pages, record music, create television advertisements or just listen closely to music, I hope you’ll find something interesting around here. If you have any questions, suggestions or complaints, hit me up right here!

Music a crucial part of cancer recovery

December 3, 2009

By Erik M. Lunsford,

I wanted to point you to an excellent story by my friend and colleague Michele Munz,  who wrote on and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch today about how therapists help young cancer patients by teaching them to write and record an original song. You’ll find this in the story:

Studies show that music therapy can reduce stress, anxiety and pain. While the research is lacking on whether such therapy improves medical outcomes, doctors can see the power among their patients.

“Emotional and spiritual healing contributes to physical healing,” said Dr. Karen Gauvain, pediatric oncologist at Cardinal Glennon. “Music therapy is creative way for our patients to express their thoughts and feelings and allow for healing of the whole person.”

Also, don’t miss the audio slideshow by photographer Erik M. Lunsford that accompanies the story.

Just a post script: Michele was the star choreographer, dancer and “evil boss” in my recent music video for “Copy Editor’s Lament (The Layoff Song.)”

Copy Editor’s Lament (The Layoff Song) VIDEO!

November 20, 2009

Here, finally, is the video to correspond with my song “Copy Editor’s Lament (The Layoff Song).”

As you might or might not recall, I wrote and recorded the song to celebrate copy editors but also as a commentary on the travails of the news industry – newspapers in particular. The video was shot by Elie Gardner, photojournalist extraordinaire; several of my friends — most of them journalists — volunteered as cast members. Michele Munz, a talented writer at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, did the choreography and played the role of “boss.”


UPDATED: Copy Editor’s Lament lyrics… finally

October 12, 2009

Hi all. I’m sorry it’s taken me so long to do this, but here are the lyrics to my little ditty “Copy Editor’s Lament (The Layoff Song)”.

Also, a bit of news about the tune:

You can now own the song via iTunes or Amazon, and soon you’ll be able to watch the music video! Yes, photographer/videographer extraordinaire Elie Gardner has shot the video, and it’s now in the editing phase. I will be sure to link to it from this blog when it’s up on YouTube, so make sure you keep checking!

And now… the lyrics:


copyright 2009 Christopher Ave

I’m a human safety net I

double-check the facts and vet

assertions before they are set in type

I can provide punctuation

appropriate for publication

make the capitalization right

I was there to fix your grammar

when you thought it wouldn’t matter

Cut all your extraneous blather down

AP Stylebook is my bible

Helped me stop a suit for libel

But nothing insures my survival now

And I don’t know what I’ll do

After I am through

killing my last adjective


I only have this one lament

That I couldn’t save it

I don’t know just what they all meant

But I couldn’t stave it off

Just found out I’ve been laid off

It’s my copy editor’s lament

For once I can’t conjure the word

I know impact is not a verb but

This is all just too absurd

to believe

So good luck to society

With only websites and TV

Nothing there to help me really see

and I don’t know what I’ll do

Now that I am through

killing my last adjective

I only have this one lament

That I couldn’t save it

I don’t know just what they all meant

But I couldn’t stave it off

Just found out I’ve been laid off

It’s my copy editor’s lament

(repeat chorus)

Copy Editor’s Lament – the reactions

March 12, 2009

That song I posted Friday — “Copy Editor’s Lament (The Layoff Song)” —  seems to have touched a chord (pun intended) with copy editors and others in the journalism world. It’s been bouncing around the Net’s echo chamber, Tweeted and, at 7:30 p.m. Central Time tomorrow, it will be used as background music on a public radio report on the West Coast.

I’m grateful for all the fuss, of course, but I want to point out that the attention — as well as the song itself — originated with the pain most of us in the news business have been feeling, especially those who have lost their jobs.

So I’m not celebrating much.

I am, however, confident that together those of us who report the news will find creative new ways of getting it to readers, viewers and listeners. And, as this blog’s very mission indicates, I believe that music can and ought to be a part of that.