Amy Vorpahl | Songs in the Key of D&D

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Songs in the Key of D&D

by Amy Vorpahl

Witty little ditties inspired by Dungeons and Dragons.
Genre: Pop: Pop/Rock
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1. Barky's Brigade
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2. The Dungeon Master's Lament
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3. I Kill Dragons
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4. The Battle of Tarrasque vs. Cattron
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5. I'm Coming (Into My Own)
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6. Ode to Fartunia
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7. The Worst of the Terrible Things
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8. My Own Kingdom
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9. You Don't Dress up to Play D&D
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10. When You Get Where You're Going
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11. I'm Coming (Into My Own) [Acoustic Version]
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Amy Vorpahl began playing Dungeons and Dragons (3.5e) while she was in college, and even played in a separate, secret game of AD&D with her drama professors. Throughout the years, she's played several RPGs, but she always returned to D&D. After working as a writer, actress, and even getting paid real-life money to play games, she made her first musical comedy album about the one thing she was passionate enough about to put to music: D&D.

Maxi Morales is the second half of this album, and the reason it exists. He’s a songwriter, singer, guitar player, and music producer from Buenos Aires, Argentina. Basically, he can do anything involving music. Amy sent him the lyrics and guitar tabs along with a video of her playing the ukulele and singing, and he turned the songs into what Amy calls "real songs". He’s a huge gamer, and jumped headfirst into the deep end on this album. His band, Electrico Limon, just released their latest album "Coliseo" in 2016.

Lead Singer, Songwriter: Amy Vorpahl
Producer, Arranger, Recording/Mixing Engineer, Background Vocals, Guitars: Maxi Morales
Resonator Guitar (in Dungeon Master's Lament and Ode to Fartunia): Hernán Ratto
Background Vocals (in Barky's Brigade): Dom Zook, Mason McDaniel, Tom Lommel, Shawn Graham, Chris Greenwood, Virva Aryan)

“Barky’s Brigade Theme” is the beginning of this whole songwriting venture. The digital platform, Saving Throw Show, began as a how-to series on YouTube, and to produce the series, they held a kickstarter. One of the castmembers suggested backer-themed bardic songs as a kickstarter prize. The prize was “bought” 21 times, so Amy wrote 21 songs, and when, soon after, Saving Throw started streaming a D&D 5e game called “Barky’s Brigade” on twitch, she thought it would be fun to write an original song to represent her band of brigadiers. Thus, this song--and ultimately, the entire album--was born.
**I never set out to be a songwriter, but when I started writing songs, original songs with original melodies seemed more marketable and less liable, and since I’ve exploited every other hobby I have… why not?


“DM’s Lament” is the song version of a monologue that Amy performed in her one-woman show, “Dungeons and Dragons: A One-Nerd Show.” In the monologue, like in the song, Amy bounces back and forth, talking to four different people at her table: a narrative hi-jacker, a pizza-phile, her boyfriend, and of course, Randy.
**I tried to pack any and all complaints a DM might have into one song. I think I got most of them, but I’m sure I missed at least a hundred thousand.

“I Kill Dragons” is an anthem for people who have a tough time distinguishing fantasy from reality, and are proud of it.
**I was in a game with eleven players, which is way too many, and it made side conversations run rampant. One person was complaining about his job. I asked him what his dream job was, and the (self-proclaimed) out-of-shape guy very earnestly replied, “Adventuring.” I realized then that for a lot of us, D&D isn’t an escape from real life, it is real life.

“Tarrasque vs. Cattron” is the result of chat’s donations during an epic 24-hour charity stream on Saving Throw Show. The setting was Barky’s Brigade in the future, and chat had to donate a crazy amount to summon a Tarrasque. They did. Then, “other chat” wanted to save the party, and Mr. Saving Throw established that “other chat” could bring in a champion of their choice if they also donated a crazy amount. They did. They chose an enormous cat, named her “Cattron,” and the DM represented the battle with a Transformers action figure, and a Nala from “The Lion King” stuffed animal.
**Hey, if none of this makes any sense to you, don’t worry about it. D&D gets weird sometimes.

“I’m Coming (Into My Own)” is about a D&D character who finally began doing damage in battles. It wasn’t one of Amy’s characters--Amy’s characters are all very successful and pretty and rich. The song is actually based on a character named Asher. Easter Egg Alert! It is the same Asher from the lyric in “Tarrasque vs. Cattron:” “What Asher did, we’re all still not sure.”
**I’m not trying to hide the innuendo here, but when my mom listened to the master, she said, “I don’t know what innuendo you’re talking about, Amy; it’s just a beautiful song.” So, you’re welcome, I guess, for this beautiful song.

“Ode to Fartunia” is the result of giving chat any power at all. During a Saving Throw Show stream, the DM let chat name an NPC, and they chose Fartunia. The next logical step was a love song about a truly heinous character.
**Chat is beautiful. Fartunia is not. Everyone deserves love.

“The Worst of the Terrible Things” is a folk song about the terrors of your character dying in a D&D game. In a different Saving Throw Show game, the DM killed off Amy’s character without warning, and she burst into inconsolable tears, despite trying to power through.
**Yeah, that was bullshit. This song is not an exaggeration.

“My Own Kingdom” is one of Amy’s many pieces she’s written with the theme of belonging. The song was based on a point of view that her character, Arqe Barky, held in the Saving Throw campaign. Arqe was obsessed with replacing her childhood tribe with a new “family.” The reference to the kingdom falling is less a negative point of view, and more the character’s awareness that the future doesn’t matter; her concern is the present.
**This one is so earnest, and it is the most “me” song on this album. Coincidentally, it’s also the most Disney Princess song on this album, so have that.

“You Don’t Dress Up to Play D&D” is a list about all the misconceptions people have about D&D. Almost every question or comment about the game is addressed in the song. It’s also the only rap song on the album.
**I said, “I think I’ll make this one a rap.” I was told, “Oh god, please don’t write a rap.” And then I wrote a rap.

“When You Get Where You’re Going” was written when a member of Barky’s Brigade moved away from LA after being part of the team for about two years.
**It’s a song for anyone who has to leave their group behind, no matter the reason: location, work, or babies. I think babies might be the number one reason for losing a party member. Let’s get those kids in these games! Also, I really do hope wherever you go, you find people who play D&D. Because tabletop RPG people are the best people, present company included.

Cover art by Mike Otero Pedraza

Special Thanks to: Maxi Morales, Saving Throw Show, Dom Zook, Mason McDaniel, Tyler Rhoades, Tom Lommel, Shawn Graham, Virva Aryan, Chris Greenwood, Traycee King, Rosemary Vorpahl, Doug Vorpahl, Angela Vorpahl, Jenny Cronlund, Amanda Vorpahl, Robert Cronlund, Legendary Digital Network, Project Alpha, Geek and Sundry, Nerdist, Eddie Doty, Sean Becker, Eric Campbell, Steve Hein, Jaime Morgenstern, Tamara Silvera, Jason Charles Miller.

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