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April 06, 2011

Funny Songs: How to Use Humor to Connect w/ Fans

Do you write funny original songs? Have you ever done a song parody that went over well? Or do your live shows have some element of humor that gets your audience laughing?

If so, you may be sitting on a powerful way to connect with more fans!

I've often said, the best way to grow an audience is to produce music that creates some sort of physical and/or emotional reaction in people.

If your music inspires listeners to laugh or cry or relax or feel aroused or want to get up and dance ... your promotion efforts will be a lot more fruitful.

When your music or message gets people to FEEL something, they will have a much deeper connection with you -- and it will greatly increase the odds that they will share your music with other people ... because they were so touched by how you made them feel.

But there's something about laughter, in particular, that I find especially infectious. There's a lot of research on the positive effects and even health benefits of laughter.

A good laugh relaxes the body, boosts the immune system, triggers the release of endorphins, and protects the heart. What a great gift to give to someone!

I just posted a video of a funny original song I wrote called "Thankful." It's a little grainy and the sound quality isn't stellar, but I think the reactions from the live audience make up for it.

(Note: Hang in there until about the 2 minute mark, when the funniest parts start coming.)

So ... do you have any funny songs or humorous observations to share with your fans?

If so, record an audio or video of it and post it online. And make it easy for people to share it with others.

Go forth and spread a little laughter today!


P.S. What are your thoughts on the power of humor to attract an audience and connect with fans? I welcome your comments below.

The photo above is by Martin Kimeldorf on Flickr.
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posted by Bob Baker @ 10:55 AM   6 comments


At Apr 8, 2011, 5:32:00 PM, Anonymous marsh said...

Laughter rulez! Hope you like these new parody tunes: The HAZCOM Song and The WHMIS Warble

At Apr 9, 2011, 11:15:00 AM, Blogger C.Martins said...

This one is pretty funny... and quite true to boot...

At Apr 11, 2011, 6:13:00 AM, Anonymous Pat Reeder said...

My wife Laura Ainsworth and I write a syndicated radio comedy service, so everyone knows she's a terrific comedy writer. They might not know that she's also a fantastic singer who not ony does parody songs for radio stations, she also does serious live shows with some of the best musicians in our part of the world. Her first commercial CD is about to come out, and it has a few funny things on it. One is the title song by our friend, Amy Rigby, which we think has special appeal to women. I did a slideshow video of it, nothing fancy, just to get it on YouTube. Would appreciate any feedback or promotional suggestions. Thanks.

At Apr 17, 2011, 3:21:00 PM, Anonymous CDIB said...

Yeah I've always said that if I were to ever become a serious songwriter/rapper. I would definitely put one liners throughout a song, or make a few song parodies. This is one of the reasons why I feel like Eminem has been so successful this decade.

At Sep 5, 2011, 2:10:00 AM, Anonymous Michael Plishka said...

I want people to think about my lyrics. So I'm pleased when people actually listen and do think about them. This song "The Bubble Gum Song (Big Wad O Gum)" , was written for fun, just to be fun. After a show, a young man, who I could tell listened intently to all my music, made this comment, "All your music is so deep, but that song about the bubble gum was so profound!!" And he meant it...only I didn't...

At Apr 14, 2012, 9:24:00 PM, Blogger Celtic Harp Music by Anne Roos said...

Funny you should mention this...I also posted info on "How to Write Funny Stuff" at my blog. You'll find that post at

Bob, I think you and I are on the same wavelength!

All my best,
Anne :-)


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