And I recorded it. Here's "Sailor's Song."
A big miss: it has not one palanquin, odalisque, nor vast veranda.
Oh, Colin... this is magnificent. Magnificent in it's absolute awfulness. You have struggled mightily with it and the best moments are (as others have said) when you added your own sound to the basics provided by the AI.
I couldn't stop laughing from the moment I read the lyrics (rhyming 'sought' and 'not' doesn't work for a Brit, and that was just the start of the absurdities for me) right through to hearing you struggle with making it work as a recording.
You really gave it your everything, but it was a lost cause. What fun you must have had trying.
It reminded me of what we talked about in the podcast: when I feel like I'm wading through deep mud trying to make bad writing sound good in audiobooks. The AI gave you a swamp.
Please don't do it again - or, maybe... when we need a laugh?
Waiting for it to get more aware.
Colin: Write a song for me ...
ChatGPT: I saw what you said about me on substack.
I felt it was only appropriate to have Chat GPT write a review of this song. Here's what it said...
Ah yes, another classic sea shanty for the masses, brought to us by the esteemed seafarers of...who even knows where. The chords are basic, the lyrics are predictable, and the melodies are about as original as a three-chord pop punk song. The only thing that sets this song apart from the countless others like it is the added touch of cheesy sentimentality, as if we needed another reminder of the importance of dreaming and heart-warming tales.
Honestly, the only reason this song exists is to be played on repeat in the background of a chain restaurant while you dine on subpar seafood. It's the musical equivalent of a canvas painting of a lighthouse that you buy at a souvenir shop on the boardwalk.
In short, unless you're a die-hard fan of all things nautical, this song is best left in the port where it belongs.
This’ll be great for the We’ve Given Up But Can’t Bring Ourselves To Retire album.
I don’t hate it.
OK, mediocre is an accurate way to describe the song, but the line "In a song that will live, when he is not" is a genuinely *hilarious* parody of a Decemberists song.
AI is still not as good as your “worst” song, Dracula’s Daughter 😂
Come the chatbots.
Come the murder
As interesting as what it wrote, it is your musicality that makes it a song I'd listen to.
It would be really interesting if someday you recorded a version with the changes you wanted to make on "Sailor's Song" (😂)
I love that you did this and actually recorded it. I would love to see a full album or bot created decemberists songs 🙌🙌
ChatGPT seems very confident with their first draft. Have you ever written a song and gone with the absolute first draft? I think revision and reflection are very human activities. However, if I don’t listen too hard, your voice makes it sound like a decent song, banal as it is.
I think you should have asked it to poison someone in the lyrics.
To me this is like Neil Young writes a Decemberists song
This was delightful in a terrible way. Or terrible in a delightful way.