Billy Q. Effinger’s Willie the Warlock

I really don’t have the words to describe the awesomness and “magic” that is the song and video for Willie the Warlock by Billy Q. Effinger. I just don’t.

So, I’ll let the video itself and this interview with Billy speak for themselves.

Though he initially pegged “Blue Boy Billy” as his first single, “Willie the Warlock” has proved to be the track that has attracted the most attention. Inspired by Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings, the song tells the tale of a warlock who refuses to use his magic powers to woo a lady. Instead, he relies solely on his personality (“I won’t willow the wisp to make you my girl”).

“Everyone seems to be into magic so I told the kids I was going to write a song about a warlock,” he says. “Plus, my voice spans over four octaves, and you don’t find a lot of songs that do that.”

If you’re not smiling, laughing or singing along to this song by the third viewing – and trust me, you’ll want to watch it over and over again – you’re a zombie.

But don’t take my word for it. Billy himself says the song is “infectious … yet wear well upon repeated listening.”


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