So there’s a scene in Steve’s Quest where Steve, our young software engineer hero, has worked up the nerve to invite his lovely colleague Sabrina to a party at his apartment, and Sabrina, to Steve’s surprise, has shown up.
Steve, noticing this, is at a loss about what to do next. His friend Ash, who considers himself somewhat of a Lothario, has some advice: Steve should ask Sabrina if she’d like a tour of his apartment, and conclude their tour someplace where Steve and Sabrina can be alone together (i.e., Steve’s bedroom).
The song where Ash bestows these pearls of wisdom is called “Give Her The Tour.” I’ve written two versions of the song: one that parodies ‘80s hard rock bands like Van Halen, Poison, and so on, and another that’s a more traditional show tune with almost a bossa nova feel.
I’m At A Loss Too
At the moment, I’m trying to decide which song to use in the show. I think each song has its pluses and minuses.
On one hand, the more rockin’ version of the song is in keeping with the general musical approach of the show, and will be amusing to people familiar with the type of song I’m sending up.
On the other, I’m more proud of the “show tune” version because I think the lyrics are subtler and more skillfully written, it’s a duet between two characters as opposed to a soliloquy by one, and I think it gives us a clearer sense of who Ash and Steve are.
Really, There’s A Deeper Meaning
I worried a bit about posting the song here, because I thought people might see it as overly crude or something. But I think it’s worth finding out your opinion, because this is such an important song in the show.
From my perspective, although it’s obviously not meant to be taken 100% seriously, the song is really a look at the confusing messages young men get about sexuality in our culture. In light of all the radically different and opposing views out there on the subject, it’s no wonder someone like Steve feels anxious and uncertain.
Anyway, without further ado, I’m going to post two (very) rough demo versions of the song below, and ask which one you prefer. I did these purely by using MIDI programming and singing through a headphone mic.
The “Show Tune” Version of Give Her The Tour
Thanks for letting me know what you think!
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