Jester: The Song Parody Editor™ is a simple text editor intended specifically for writing song parodies. It is available for free, and has been downloaded over 15,000 times.
Writing song parodies is a fun way to develop many important thinking skills, such as:
- The ability to use both creative and analytical modes of thought, and switch between them rapidly — an ability that is especially important in science and engineering.
- The ability to create analogies and relationships among information. (A parody is essentially a set of humorous analogies made to an original work.)
- An improved understanding of grammar, language, poetic/lyrical structure, and wordplay.
- Humor, which is highly correlated to both creativity and intelligence.
I made Jester because I got tired of using general-purpose word processors like MS-Word to write parodies. General purpose tools do not provide parody-specific features, so you have to do some extra work that distracts you from the creative activity of writing the parody. Plus, it was an excuse to write some code.
6/19/2019: Jester v2.0 is now available for download.
- Side-by-side display of original and parody lyrics, with synchronized scrolling
- Displays a line-by-line comparison of original and parody lyrics syllable counts, color-coded to indicate where parody lines have too few or too many syllables
- Built-in rhyming dictionary
New features in v2.0:
- Improved undo capability
- Current line of text is highlighted in both displays
- Syllables in current line are numbered in both displays for comparison
- Accented syllables for multi-syllable words are shown in bold
Jester v2.0 was developed under Windows 10, but should run under Windows Vista and later.