Seven In One Blow, from The Brave Little Tailor (Day 99)

We’re coming up on a big day – tomorrow Project 194 goes into triple digits, and I’m pumped!

Of course, making new music always gets me pumped, too, and today I thought I’d share a little of what I’m working on with my friends at Enchantment Theatre Company. For the next couple weeks, we’re in rehearsal for their new production of The Brave Little Tailor, which will tour Philadelphia area schools this spring as part of their Enchantment Everywhere initiative.


Whoa-ho-ho!
Seven in one blow!
You got to know,
Seven in one blow!
This ain’t no joke!
Seven in one stroke!

You know, with one bodacious thwack
I put an army on its back
And put a stop to their attack!
One, two, three, four, five, six, seven!

Little TailorIn case you were wondering, those are the R&B stylings of Carl Clemons-Hopkins on vocals. The Brave Little Tailor is a tale by the Brothers Grimm, but our adaptation is irreverent and, dare I say it, on the funky side. There’ll be a chance to see it for free on Sunday May 10 at the Free Library.

“Enchantment” is a favorite word of mine, one that suggests the magical spell that words and music can cast. The root word “chant” is from the Latin “cantare,” “to sing,” and songs and spells come from a similar source, don’t they? One thing that they have in common is that they can make things happen. In the story of The Brave Little Tailor, the phrase “seven in one blow” is a sort of spell. The little Tailor embroiders those words on a sash after he kills seven flies, but others who read it get a much more significant message about his bravery. The story of the Brave Little Tailor tells you that sometimes you have to “fake it till you make it,” and not to be shy about proclaiming your accomplishments, even though some might pooh-pooh them if they knew all the details. That’s a potent spell to cast on Day 99 of Project 194! Here’s a bonus: Rocky and Bullwinkle’s “Fractured Fairy Tale” version of the story.

If you missed them, these are the songs already posted on Project 194; the links on the right are songs chosen at random from previous posts. Want to contribute to my interactive composition, “Hear My Song?” Read more here. Want to receive daily songs delivered direct to your inbox? Sign up here!

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