How to Create Song Parodies With Your Kids: Minecraft Style
Are they into Minecraft?
Compile your family’s favorite Minecraft song parodies into a songbook and turn time online into an offline musical adventure.
It’s a great way to encourage your kids to sing more without sitting in front of the computer!
In this article I’ll show you how to find music and lyrics for your favorite YouTube Minecraft songs (or any song parodies) and turn them into a songbook you can take anywhere.
Why Make a Songbook for Minecraft Songs?
Minecraft is one of those fun online games that has spiraled into loads of fun activities in other areas. Do a Minecraft treasure hunt, play Minecraft Monopoly or even throw a Minecraft birthday party.
One Minecraft offshoot that has taken the world by storm is Minecraft song parodies. Remember Weird Al Yankovic and his humorous lyrics “Eat It” to the tune of Michael Jackson’s “Beat It”? That’s a song parody.
Song parodies about Minecraft have become a YouTube phenomenon. Kids love them and may sing Minecraft songs more than they sing the original hits.
Take your kids’ love of Minecraft parodies and make a songbook so your family can sing their favorites anytime, anywhere. Prepping the book involves some computer time, but once you finish it, you’ll be able to unplug and rock out.
We often go camping, and music is a wonderful part of the campfire experience. As my kids grow older, they are less interested in traditional camp songs and are more excited to sing familiar songs, so we decided to make a book of Minecraft parody songs.
Start with one song and build your songbook over time or do a whole bunch at once.
This adventure fosters a love of singing and shows kids how songs are put together.
If you or your kids already play a musical instrument, great. If not, there’s no better time to learn an instrument, such as guitar, piano or ukulele. The latter is highly recommended for beginners, as it is super-easy to learn.
Play your favorite Minecraft songs acoustically, rather than pressing the Play button on YouTube. It’s a much better option.
Side benefit: if there’s a catchy song your kids love, the original song lyrics may be a bit too grown-up for them. However, usually the Minecraft versions are not. Win-win. Plus it’s a lot more fun singing about exploding (Minecraft) cows and baking cakes.
Let’s get started!
#1: Find Your Song
To start, choose your song.
For starters, we chose a parody of the song “I’m Glad You Came” by The Wanted. The Minecraft version is called “I’ll Make Some Cake,” which was produced by ItsAllMinecraft by Brad Knauber on YouTube.
Here’s the original Minecraft parody:
We chose a parody of the song “I’m Glad You Came” by The Wanted called “I’ll Make Some Cake,” produced by ItsAllMinecraft by Brad Knauber on YouTube.
Depending on how many people there are in your family, you can pick a song at random, have a family vote or have each person choose a different song to include in the book.
#2: Find the Lyrics
Once you settle on a song, do an Internet search for the lyrics for both the original song and the parody. You don’t really need the original, but it’s kind of fun to compare the two.
Be sure to expand the notes section on your favorite YouTube videos. The lyrics are often printed there.
Cut and paste the lyrics for the parody into a computer document (Word or Google doc).
Double-space the lines, so you have room to write the chords.
Note: Don’t worry about copyright permissions. Most songs allow you to download and print lyrics for personal use. Just check the terms and conditions on the website.
Print out the song lyrics, and you’re ready for the next step.
#3: Add Music
After you transcribe the chords, put the song into a see-through plastic sheet protector and put in a folder. Add to this folder each time you complete a new song. Work together to design a cover for your book.
If you are not musically inclined, sing acapella (without music) or use an alternative to add music to your songs: Download a guitar tab version of the Minecraft song, or search for a karaoke version of the original song and use that on your smartphone or tablet to sing along. Include the link in your songbook so you can access the accompaniment quickly.
#4: Sing Your Parody
Check out our Minecraft parody:
Here’s our version of “I’ll Make Some Cake,” produced by ItsAllMinecraft by Brad Knauber on YouTube.
It’s a lot of fun to make a video of your song and post it online. Take turns filming or use a tripod.
Don’t limit yourselves. If you’re feeling creative, write your own Minecraft parody.
Music is a wonderful way for a family to bond, and this is just a starting point for a magnificent musical adventure.
Some Final Thoughts…
My family and I had a terrific time putting our songbook together. I think yours will, too.
We had just as much fun in the research stage as we did compiling and singing the music. My kids showed me their favorite songs on YouTube. They shared why they liked them, and even sang a few renditions for me. We checked out some of the cool animations in some of the videos and talked about the stories behind the songs.
When we took the songs off the screen, we connected on a whole other level. The electronic barrier gone, we could just laugh, play around and have fun. We even put some Zumba dance steps to a few of the songs just for kicks.
No matter what you do for your Minecraft parody songbook, enjoy all of the moments from the research through the performance. That will make for wonderful musical memories.
What do you think? What’s your favorite Minecraft parody song? What was your favorite part of compiling your songbook? Did you make a video? Share your favorite parody and add a link, if you have one, in the comments.
Cas McCullough is founder of Content Marketing Cardiology and co-founder of The Likeability Co. She helps small businesses and organizations build active, fun and profitable brands through powerful inbound marketing. Other posts by Cas McCullough »