Hookin' up words and phrases and clauses
I am so ridiculously excited about this post. If you are roughly in my age bracket, or if you are younger and have *exceptionally* cool tastes, then you know what I am talkin' about when I say, "I'm just a bill. Yes, I'm only a bill. And I'm sitting here on Capitol Hill...."
Schoolhouse Rock! was instrumental in my academic formation, and contributed extensively to my mad verbal skills today. As their website says so eloquently; "Every Saturday morning between 1973 and 1985, a classroom of imagination defying enormity was assembled on ABC, run by a small cadre of renegade Madison Avenue ad men. Class sessions were short but intense - squeezed between episodes of Scooby Doo and LaffOlympics, and Underoos met the dress code. No one assigned homework, no one slapped your knuckles with a yardstick, no one beat you up for your milk money. The institution of learning was called Schoolhouse Rock, and if you can recite the Preamble of the Constitution by rote and know the function of a conjunction, you probably attended faithfully."
Don't you feel smarter just remembering all this stuff? Three times six is ... eighteen! School House Rock was great at breaking down complex issues into easily understood (and damn catchy) rhymes. In 1996 a bunch of their songs were re-done by good people so now you can rock a little as you learn (from the CD Schoolhouse Rock! Rocks). Please enjoy these as much as I do. And all good English majors should remember:
"I get my thing in action (Verb!)
To be, to sing, to feel, to live (Verb!)"
Conjunction Junction - Better Than Ezra
Three Is A Magic Number - Blind Melon
I'm Just A Bill - Deluxx Folk Implosion
No More Kings - Pavement
My Hero, Zero - The Lemonheads
The Energy Blues - Biz Markie
Verb: That's What Happening - Moby
Also, today is my sister's birthday - my childhood companion on the couch in our jammies, watching and learning all this stuff, filing away all the tunes into our encyclopedic musical memories. Happy birthday, big sis! Love you!