Lab Tracks

Lab Track: Title of the Song

I just discovered this tune by Da Vinci’s Notebook last weekend. It’s amazing. It’s hilarious. It charts out and defines the framework of every R&B love song ever — and that’s science!

Interesting side note: Two of the four singers in this group are none other than skeptical-community darlings Paul and Storm. Who knew?

Keep listening to the end. The modulation is the best part.

Title of the Song
by Da Vinci’s Notebook

Declaration of my feelings for you
Elaboration on those feelings
Description of how long these feelings have existed
Belief that no one else could feel the same as I
Reminiscence of the pleasant times we shared
And our relationship’s perfection
Recounting of the steps that led to our love’s dissolution
Mostly involving my unfaithfulness and lies
Penitent admission of wrongdoing
Discovery of the depth of my affection
Regret over the lateness of my epiphany

Title of the song
Naïve expression of love
Reluctance to accept that you are gone
Request to turn back time
And rectify my wrongs
Repetition of the title of the song

Enumeration of my various transgressive actions
Of insufficient motivation

Realization that these actions led to your departure
And my resultant lack of sleep and appetite
Renunciation of my past insensitive behavior
Promise of my reformation
Reassurance that you still are foremost in my thoughts now
Need for instructions how to gain your trust again
Request for reconciliation
Listing of the numerous tasks that I’d perform
Of physical and emotional compensation


Acknowledgment that I acted foolishly
Increasingly desperate pleas for your return
Sorrow for my infidelity
Vain hope that my sins are forgivable
Appeal for one more opportunity
Drop to my knees to elicit crowd response
Prayers to my chosen deity
Modulation and I hold a high note


Ashley Hamer

Ashley Hamer (aka Smashley) is a saxophonist and writer living in Chicago, where she performs regularly with the funk band FuzZz and jazz ensemble Big Band Boom. She also does standup comedy, sort of, sometimes. Her tenor saxophone's name is Ladybird.

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  1. wha..?! Paul & Storm were half of DaVinci’s Notebook?! MIND BLOWN! how had I not known that before now? this takes me back to my high school days, scouring Napster for a capella stuff.

  2. Heh, good stuff. That modulation was indeed the best part. Every time I hear one of those I wonder if they did it to put that high note in the singer’s range.

  3. Awesome! I love a cappella music – I almost makes me wish I was back in high school and part of the medrigal group again. I’m going to have to add Da Vinci’s Notebook to my monthly allotment of iTunes purchases.

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