Posted at 12:01 PM on May 7, 2007
by Jeff Horwich
So...I'm toying with the idea of "Schoolhouse Rock" as a format for a segment in this next show we're working on. I'm settling down to do some research, and just thought I'd share a bit of the nostalgia. (Thanks, YouTube!)
At left, the one that started it all: "Three Is A Magic Number." On the right, the one most people seem to remember: "I'm Just A Bill."
I will now attempt to treat "Schoolhouse Rock" as a genre, just like we've used reggae, bluegrass, and soul music in previous shows. Somehow it seems a little more daunting...
Got a favorite one of these from your childhood?
I love the Preamble to the Constitution song. It has actually come in handy a time or two to have that memorized during political discussions with friends and coworkers. Granted, I look a little silly humming to myself as I remember the words, but hey, I remember them. Anything put to music becomes instantly more memorable. Just look at the ABCs.
Unpack your adjectives! The girl goes camping with a turtle and tells her friend about it using adjectives. (watch here)
It's 'Fifty Nifty United States' for me. I relearned it a few years back, and now I keep hoping somebody will issue a state-naming challenge. I reckon I could name all fifty in under 25 seconds.
Not that I've timed it.
Yeah! Unpack your adjectives! I forgot about that one but it's one of my favorites too.
My hero zero has one of my favorite lines in it:
"That's why with only ten digits including zero,
You can count as high as you could ever go...
Forever, towards infinity,
No one ever gets there, but you could try."
I'm not sure if it's empowering or depressing that they are encouraging kids to take on the impossible task of counting to infinity.
I find it criminal that no one has posted "Conjunction Junction" yet. Burlesque music that's educational, too?
It doesn't get much better than that.