The making of Word Wednesdays

From 'Ice Cream Man' to 'Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious,' Bobby Murray '18 and Kenny Pich '18 were the creators of one of the year's most welcome diversions.  

June 13, 2018
Bobby Murray '18 and Kenny Pich '18 met in the training room at Love Gym last fall, quickly discovering a shared love for creating music.
Bobby Murray '18 and Kenny Pich '18 met in the training room at Love Gym last fall, quickly discovering a shared love for creating music.

You know me. You know me.

I ain’t from Kazahkstan,

but I fly like Peter Pan,

in my white mini-van,

all these kids know who I am.

I’m the Ice Cream Man. I’m the Ice Cream Man.

You know me.

Yeah, we know you. You’re the eponymous hero of a rap-meets-ragtime earworm that hit YouTube in mid-October.

“Ice Cream Man," starring Bobby Murray ’18, Kenny Pich ’18, Elijah Smith '19 and a cast of back-up singers, was the first of a recurring series of homegrown videos known as Word Wednesdays. Interrupted by Murray's hockey season in the winter, the series was back strong this spring, offering a welcome diversion from the daily grind.

The collaboration began by chance. Pich, a post-graduate wide receiver on the football team, and Murray, a hockey winger, were in the adjacent hot and cold tubs in the gym training room last fall when another student walked by and said to Pich, "Hey man, I like your song."

Murray leaned over, introduced himself and asked, "You make music?"

They got together with friends, started freestyling, and Word Wednesdays was born.

The pair would choose a word to write a song around, collaborate on the lyrics and music, then produce a video that featured the song. They churned out 15 Word Wednesday videos, usually featuring prominently in the creations themselves but always including a deep roster of fellow Exonians.

They drew inspiration from their classmates, asking for suggestions for a new word, then they spread the word of a new video on Instagram. Some posts, such as “Ice Cream Man” and “Scooter Gang,” have drawn more than 6,000 views.

We caught up with Murray and Pich to talk about their collaboration and the creative process:

 

You can find the finished product of “Piano” here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wkqbrM5njrE

And you can read more about Murray in our Exeter People profile.

 

 


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