Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Is “Joe Nashville” your real name?
A: Was “Mark Twain” Samuel Clemens’ real name? J
Q: What is “edu-oke” or “eduoke”?
A: Education-based karaoke. It combines the words “education” and “karaoke.” I write new lyrics as parodies of songs by incorporating issues in education, and singing with karaoke tracks.
Q: Are you trying to “make it” in the music business as an artist/songwriter?
Q: What is your background in education?
A: I am a teacher with advanced degrees who has taught in a variety of settings, and I’ve also conducted original research.
Q: Why are you anonymous? Are you a coward?
A: There are many “fights” over education, and the power structure contains several moneyed interests. I am at a place in my career where it would be unwise to do this without being anonymous. If that makes me a “coward,” so be it.
Q: Who were your influences for eduoke?
A: Weird Al Yankovic I suppose. Educationally, there are many influences, including Elliot Eisner, Jerome Bruner, Paulo Freire, Diane Ravitch, Mercedes Schneider, Robert Sternberg, Wayne Au, John Bransford, Harold Benjamin/J. Abner Peddiwell’s “The Saber-Tooth Curriculum,” and many others. I’m particularly fond of Jennifer Berkshire’s writing at EduShyster.com.
Q: Is it legal to change lyrics like this?
A: Parody is permitted by the doctrine of “fair use” within the U.S. copyright law.
Q: Do you sell CDs/have these songs available for download?
A: No. Doing so would require at least a mechanical license. You’re welcome to enjoy these songs through YouTube. Also, this is just for fun (to blow off steam), and I have no desire to make money from it.
Q: Do you perform live or would you be willing to?
A: I have no plans to do so, but I may be willing to consider it if there’s a way to maintain my anonymity (a costume perhaps? lol).
Q: Would it be okay to use your lyrics when I’m singing karaoke?
A: Sure! Have fun. J
Q: How do you select songs to parody for eduoke?
A: Usually, I’ll have a lyrical idea to go with the melody of a popular song. I keep a list of several ideas that I’ve had, and certain ones seem to develop from it. But it also depends on whether karaoke tracks are available for a particular song.
Q: Who are the original artists of the songs you’ve parodied?
A: I’d strongly recommend purchasing the music from the original artists in order to fully enjoy my parodies. I’ll update this list as I add more songs.
“Broke Down South of Dallas” by Junior Brown
“Take This Job and Shove It” by Johnny Paycheck
“Working Man’s Ph.D.” by Aaron Tippin
“Why Don’t We Get Drunk” by Jimmy Buffett
“I Can’t Drive 55” by Sammy Hagar
“There’s Only One Way To Rock” by Sammy Hagar
“Livin’ On a Prayer” by Bon Jovi
"That Don't Impress Me Much" by Shania Twain