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Muselist No. 79: Anniversary #

Muselist LogoMusic has always come hand-in-hand with putting together each issue of the National Pasquinade, inspiring the content and creation. Hell, “muse” is even part of the word!

What follows here are some tunes to inspire myself and the other writers and artists during the creation of the upcoming Anniversary #. Maybe they’ll also inspire you to create and submit your own comic masterpiece. Submissions can be emailed to us at submissions@nationalpasquinade.com. This is a special issue and a special theme with some rules (nothing too difficult, I assure you), so please read through our Submissions page, and devour a recent issue or two, before submitting, so that you have some idea of what we’re looking for.

If you’d like to listen on Spotify, I’ve created a playlist just for you (note that all of the songs listed below may not be available on Spotify).

  • “Yearbook” (Splitsville)
  • “1999” (Prince)
  • “Anniversary” (The Cure)
  • “Birthday” (The Beatles)
  • “Once I Was” (Mike Viola and the Candy Butchers)
  • “Anniversary Song” (Django Reinhardt)
  • “Champagne Corolla” (Justin Townes Earle)
  • “Anniversary” (The Pogues)
  • “Mickey’s Son and Daughter” (Bonzo Dog Band)
  • “Celebration of the Lizard” (The Doors)
  • “Anniversary Song” (Cowboy Junkies)
  • “Celebration” (Kool and the Gang)
  • “Anniversary” (Tony! Toni! Tone!)
  • “Champagne Supernova (Oasis)

Additionally, Wayne Tuttle submitted a Muselist for this issue before realizing that it was supposed to follow the issue theme. No worries, though. I wanted to include it here anyway, since this issue is kind of a mixed bag of “former” themes. Here’s a link to the Spotify playlist for this one.

  • “The Intro and the Outro” (Bonzo Dog Band)
  • “Cleetus Awreetus-Awrightus” (Frank Zappa)
  • “Ali Baba’s Camel” (Bonzo Dog Band)
  • “Chateau Lafitte ’59 Boogie” (Foghat)
  • “Will Not Be Your Fool” (David Bromberg)
  • “Blind Eye” (Wishbone Ash)
  • “Tell Mama” (Savoy Brown)
  • “Walkin’ One and Only” (Dan Hicks and His Hot Licks)
  • “She’s Not Yours She’s His” (The Mod-est Lads)
  • “Happy Cake Monkey Bread” (Nick Safari and His Swingin’ Menagerie)
  • “Sputnik Spy From Outer Space” (The Mod-est Lads)
  • “Black Dog” (Dread Zeppelin)*
  • “It’s Only Love” (Blodwyn Pig)
  • “Soul Fixin’ Man” (Luther Allison)
  • “Hot Rod Lincoln” (Bill Kirchen)

*Not available on Spotify


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Humor Writing Prompt #13: NatPasq 20th Anniversary, Part 8 of 10

Humor Writing Prompts

“Take away that pudding—it has no theme.”

—Sir Winston Churchill

Last month, National Pasquinade began prompting you with themes from the last twenty years of the magazine. The challenge each week is to write a funny piece, based on the themes below, that could have appeared in the magazine during the issue’s time frame.

Time Frame: Winter 2010/2011 through Summer 2012. Oprah and Harry Potter went away and Charlie Sheen drank tiger blood. And NatPasq continued to churn out theme issues. Create a funny story, parody, or article based on one of the following themes:

  • Closed For Renovations
  • Wafer Thin
  • Drunk and Stupid
  • Rejected Monsters
  • Flawed
  • 99%
  • The Fast and the Spurious

Share your results, or a link to your results if they’re longer, in the comments, if you feel so compelled. If you’re especially satisfied with your results, why not submit your finished piece to National Pasquinade for its 20th Anniversary Issue? The deadline for submissions is November 15, 2017, if you pay attention to deadlines.Happy writing.

Humor Writing Prompt #12: NatPasq 20th Anniversary, Part 7 of 10

Humor Writing Prompts

“Take away that pudding—it has no theme.”

—Sir Winston Churchill

Last month, National Pasquinade began prompting you with themes from the last twenty years of the magazine. The challenge each week is to write a funny piece, based on the themes below, that could have appeared in the magazine during the issue’s time frame.

Time Frame: Spring 2009 through Fall 2010. Somebody’s got a new iPhone. Not you, of course, but somebody’s got one. Think of all the time you have to create some funny material for a humor magazine that nobody has heard of. Create a funny story, parody, or article based on one of the following themes:

  • Home and Garden
  • Hi-Def Digital
  • Zombies, Zombies, Zombies
  • Collector’s
  • Wing and a Prayer
  • All Fun and Games
  • Thirteen

Share your results, or a link to your results if they’re longer, in the comments, if you feel so compelled. If you’re especially satisfied with your results, why not submit your finished piece to National Pasquinade for its 20th Anniversary Issue? The deadline for submissions is November 15, 2017, if you pay attention to deadlines.Happy writing.

Humor Writing Prompt #11: NatPasq 20th Anniversary, Part 6 of 10

Humor Writing Prompts

“Take away that pudding—it has no theme.”

—Sir Winston Churchill

Last month, National Pasquinade began prompting you with themes from the last twenty years of the magazine. The challenge each week is to write a funny piece, based on the themes below, that could have appeared in the magazine during the issue’s time frame.

Time Frame: Spring 2007 through Winter 2008/2009. America started eight years of pissing off racists by electing its first black president. If you can see Russia from your house, you can certainly bring the funny without even trying. Create a funny story, parody, or article based on one of the following themes:

  • Sanitized For Our Convenience
  • Kid Friendly
  • Scratch ‘N’ Sniff
  • Increasingly Forgetful
  • Extra Juicy
  • Shark Jump
  • Unusually Hairy

Share your results, or a link to your results if they’re longer, in the comments, if you feel so compelled. If you’re especially satisfied with your results, why not submit your finished piece to National Pasquinade for its 20th Anniversary Issue? The deadline for submissions is November 15, 2017, if you pay attention to deadlines.Happy writing.