Posted at 10:29 AM on December 4, 2008
by Jeff Horwich
Our annual company "cabaret" rolled around the other day, and I pulled out one of the few tunes I have written in the last year that have not been for the radio show.
Wound up with a nice recording--we do the talent show at the Fitzgerald Theater--so I thought I'd share (and we were due for another blog post, anyway -- the 2008 Great Etsy Debate has been exhausting :-)
You know that ubiquitous magazine ad for the Rosetta Stone language learning system?
Well, it seemed to me this unlikely love story deserved a chance to play out:
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as a rosetta stone software developer, this is absolutely great!
I seriously can't stop giggling. Wow. Thank you!
"... and at night they're tryin' to learn Greek!" I love it! Thank you so much! We worked hard to bring you Italian ... and Greek!
I always wanted to know the rest of the story....
Wow! What a great song! Somehow your song makes me feel even better about my great job!
I've worked at Rosetta Stone for over 10 years and listening to that song is absolutely one of the highlights. We have a relaxed atmosphere here and it melts perfectly into our culture. Your song will be enjoyed for many, many years to come. Thank you.
Great Song. Definitely puts a smile on your face and hope in your heart. And that is what our RS product does. Love it
Awesome song. I was vacillating b/w taking Spanish classes and going it alone with Rosetta Stone. I've come to my answer. Thx
I've sent this ad out to hundreds of magazines, which can get a little tedious, but this makes it all worth it. You really bring life to the ad in a great way. It's awesome to see the effects of our ads.
Nice music, not so good lyrics, but the best product.
Well, 10 of 11 ain't bad. (Thanks "Anonymous.")
I'm very pleased people dig the song, especially at the company itself!
Now I too know the end of the farm boy! I am proud to have been a part of the Rosetta Stone team. All of those long hours, dedication, and project management has finally paid off. Way cool! Great and cute song.
The whole department was listening to this song the other day, and we all loved it. Thanks! :)
love it, love it, love it :)
I love a happy ending.
Totally great song. As one of the guys that participated in the development of RS, I am floored that someone would write a song about the farm boy.
We should find the farm boy and play this song in a real ad -- could be pretty cool!
Well, that put a bright spot in my day----- it's nice to see some true humor from an outside view of our ads!! Stuff like that is why I work here.....
Had to say this, great song. It was nice to hear it in person though. We appreciate it for sure, thanks Jeff!
Love this Song... one of the sweetest/innocent songs:)).. I have heard ... ever made from any add... and as a Rep for RS we all know its not just a box of software... It has done a lot for me alone, helped me keep a significant knowledge of 5 languages... including my mother tongue...Russian I am proud of our software touching people like this..
PS: very cute, its like the add came alive :))
I heard you perform the song this morning in Harrisonburg. What a treat!
Thanks for capturing artistically and whimsically what we all work so hard to bring to our customers.
Thanks for putting this together and for singing it at our company meeting earlier today. Great highlight the meeting.
Can't seem to get the tune out of my head! As a member of the Rosetta Stone sales team that spends a majority of time on airplanes, etc. I am not sure I can look at the "Farm Boy" ad again without breaking into song.
I got goose bumps!! I've seen this kid on the magazines for YEARS and really needed someone to give me the rest of the story.
I'm glad it has a happy ending! I'm saving this song!
PS - I am learning Spanish on Rosetta Stone
This song just made me smile and love my job all the more. Seeing people's faces when they come back to me and tell me how much they enjoyed working on the language of their dreams, it's all worth it. Thanks, Jeff.
Thanks for hitting our sweet spot and giving us a moment to reflect on the work we do.
Can't wait to see their life eveolve...reminds me of the Taster's Choice commercial!
Woo Hoo! Thanks Jeff for adding the end of the story. You wrote a wonderful song that reminds me of why I love being a part of the Rosetta Stone sale team and how life changing this product can be.
haha. Great! If anyone actually wants to buy the software, you can get a great deal at Rosetta Stone Cheap