Yes, it’s total bias on my part, but one of my favourite moments from last week’s RailsConf conference — the premier conference for Ruby on Rails developers — was playing the intro musical number for the evening keynotes — me on accordion, along with conference organizer Chad Fowler on his ukelele. It’s not every day that I get to break out the accordion in front of an audience of 1600!
We took the Radiohead single Creep and changed it from a song about unrequited love and self-loathing to a little ditty about Rails and its creator, David Heinemeier Hansson. Here are the reworked lyrics:
Used to make me cry
But you wrote a framework
So friendly and dry
You’re a supermodel
And I hear you code too
You’re so effing Hansson
David Heinemeier Hansson
But I’m a noob
I barely wrote depot
What the hell am I doing here?
I don’t belong here
The song’s chords are pretty simple: G – B – C – Cm, over and over, so rehearsing it didn’t take very long. Here’s a video that Aaron Huslage shot during our rehearsal just outside the administrative area:
Here’s the video of the actual performance, shot by one “KeeperPat”:
This makes this the second RailsConf at which someone performed a musical number with the words “David Heinemeier Hansson” in the lyrics (why the lucky stiff did it last year with lyrics about how Hansson was killed by Robert Scoble after a flamewar). It’s a tradition now!
I’d like to thank Chad Fowler for going along with the musical suggestion and for being an excellent musical partner. Maybe we could do it again next year — perhaps a ditty where we mention everyone in the Rails Core Team by name?
3 replies on “Playing Accordion at the RailsConf Keynote”
Fantastic, thanks for digging out the video and posting it along with the lyrics. My wife & I both sat laughing at it this morning. 🙂
And thanks for the rendition of ‘Head Like a Hole’ at the RailsMachine party too. 😀
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