Wednesday, January 03, 2007

School House Rock

The other day I was digging through my DVD collection trying to find something for the kids to watch while we were home over the holidays (besides Lord of the Rings or something equally inappropriate for a 6 and 2 year old - don't laugh, I know a guy who's pre-schooler took Hannible and LOTR to grandma's to watch one day while Dad wasn't paying attention) and I looked way in the back of the TV shelving unit and came across my School House Rock DVD. Wikipedia says that SHR is often viewed with nostaligia by generation X'ers. NO SHIT!!!! I swear all of this content got me through all phases of schooling, AND put me onto music and melodic hookery in a big way. In listening to some of my favorites like "The great american Melting pot", "Naughty Number Nine" "Ready or Not Here I come", "Sufferin' Til Suffrage", "Interplanet Janet", etc... I quickly realized that sometime in the 80's I re-digested some of these songs into licks and riffs and re-used them in songs I wrote with my freinds in various garage bands and the like(grin).

It's hillarious where your subconcious inspiration comes from. That and that really cool song from Seasame Street with the pinball bouncing all over the place with the hot jazz sax breaks.

Combining grammer and science and multiplication with music was a great idea. They should air all of this stuff again. The animation was excellent as well!

Everyone remember?

A noun is a person place or thing!


Anonymous said...

I have the same DVD and my kids (4yr and 2yrs) love it. I too think they should start reairing them on TV.

Jen_nifer said...

I love the Sesame Street Pinball one! I sung that to my son a lot in his first year.

There's a list of Sesame Street songs/videos available on YouTube at

Paul said...

Rick's 5 year old took Silence of the Lambs and Resevoir dogs to grandma's "Dad, they cut his ear right off!"