TLA

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TLA can stand for either Three Letter Abbreviation or Three Letter Acronym*. Strangely enough, there've been a few TLA songs written, but nothing really comprehensive. Mine is in a Pacific Island style, as the word "Tielei" sounds (to me) like a Polynesian greeting. I've avoided countries, companies and organisations on the whole, as that would make it toooo long! I was determined to make it all make sense, in a pointless kind of a way. Have you noticed that POW and LBW both have the same number of syllables as their meanings? And note that the melody I sing on WWW makes the shape of a W.

*FYI, acronyms are abbreviations which are said as a word (such as PIN, SIM, GIF, etc).

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TLA TLA VIP TLC AOK
GPS SMS PMS DNA
ATM RPM CBD TNT BPM
NGO CEO AGM REM
POW LBW WWW
PIN SIM GIF EFT-POS LOL
CAT WAV RAM ROM DAT DOS
TLA TLA LCD DVD TBA
SOS VHS VCR DOA
PHD QED BYO UFO ESP...
OTT PVC VPL OMG
MSG DDT THC LSD RIP
TLA TLA DIY MRI POA
FAQ CPU OCD ETA
FYI TMI TBC BRB MIA
AKA!
OOO TLA ...

©Mal Webb 2006

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from Not Nor Mal, released September 2, 2016

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Mal Webb Melbourne, Australia

Vocal adventurer, multi-instrumentist, looping beatboxing songwriter Mal Webb sings his songs about all manner of stuff, using all sorts of vocal techniques (like sideways yodeling) and plays guitar, bass, mbira, slide trumpet, trombone, chromatic harmonica, bass and piano. He's like Bobby McFerrin, Aphex Twin and Cole Porter playing scrabble. Ani DiFranco said to Mal: "You're a freak!"
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