Tuesday, January 08, 2013

Interjections!

Bob Dorough is an American original. The 89 year-old jazz pianist has recorded 22 albums of his own, and worked with such legends as Miles Davis, Allen Ginsberg, and Mose Allison.

But you know him for something else, entirely.

In the early 1970s, Dorough was asked to write songs about multiplication tables for a yet-to-be-named children's program. His first effort, 'Three is a Magic Number' is now legendary, and led to dozens of other compositions that formed the basis for one of the most beloved educational entertainment icons of our time.

On Sunday evening, the Millenium Stage at the Kennedy Center celebrated the 40th Anniversary of Schoolhouse Rock!, which was based in large part on Dorough's work. I took my daughter, and while she loved it, I bet I enjoyed it even more. In addition to 'Three', Dorough wrote such classics as 'Conjunction Junction', 'Lolly, Lolly, Lolly Get Your Adverbs Here', 'The Shot Heard Round the World' and 'Electricity'. He performed several of these, then teamed with local kid-rock (definitely not Kid Rock) band Rocknocerous on the grand finale, 'Interjections'.

Did I mention that he's 89 years young? The video of the performance is 45 minutes long (and I can't figure out how to embed it), but if you let it play in background while you work, I guarantee you'll be more productive than normal. And you'll have a smile on your face.

51 comments:

Shlara said...

wait--you went to this??
I was there too!

rob said...

no way! i took reilly. she got to sit right at the foot of the stage.

Shlara said...

It was a great show--I was WAY in the back--there were SO MANY people there...very cool evening.

Clarence said...

Did they have President Clinton come on stage for a sax rendition of "I'm just a Bill"?

"I did not have saxual relations..." (speaking of Rob's bad puns)

Geoff said...

So that's what an adverb is...

Greg said...

How was the after-party?

zman said...

After the party it's the hotel lobby.

Dave said...

proud to say i've never been to see any kid's music with my children. alex just learned the "iron man" riff on his little guitar!

rootsminer said...

The local alternative high school in Roanoke hosts a "Marginal Arts Festival" each year, with all kinds of off-beat stuff.

I've thought of putting together a kid-rock band and billing it as Kid Rock to entice to a sliver of our massive contingent of Dr. Pepper swilling bad-ass locals to attend.

Once I find a venue with suitable security for the kids, I just may do it!

Also, my boys are 6 and 9, and they love Schoolhouse Rock. Seriously.

Clarence said...

Funny, Bob Dorough looks like George Carlin. And Rob described him as 89 years young. And Carlin once said:

"But the one I do resist, the one I keep resisting, is when they look at an old guy and say, 'Look at him Dan, he's ninety years young.' Imagine the fear of aging that reveals. To not even be able to use the word old to describe someone. To have to use an antonym. And fear of aging is natural. It's universal, isn't it? We all have that. No one wants to get old. No one wants to die. But we do. So we con ourselves. I started conning myself when I got in my forties. I'd look in the mirror and say, 'Well...I guess I'm getting ...older.' Older sounds a little better than old, doesn't it? Sounds like it might even last a little longer. I'm getting old. And it's okay. Because thanks to our fear of death in this country I won't have to die. I'll pass away."

Jerry said...

Did anyone see on the ESPN crawl last night the breaking news that for the 2013 season baseball teams will be permitted to use cell phones to call the bullpen?

Danimal said...

mike & mike were talking about it this morning. seems risky to me.

mark - i didn't disagree w/your sentiments yesterday on aj's girl. until i saw this.

http://tinyurl.com/bjpok2e

zman said...

NY Times ran an article yesterday quoting several different sources that were outraged by Musberger's views on Katherine Webb. Was he a little creepy and over the top? Sure. But is it remarkable to remark that a remarkably beautiful woman is beautiful? Especially when her vocation is entering beauty pageants, which are generally won by the most beautiful entrant?

Danimal said...

espn had to apologize for his comments yesterday. too bad he didn't insert a "snapped one off" comment in there somewhere.

zman said...

Maybe I'm turning into a dirty and grumpy old man, but ESPN put the woman's face on the screen and captioned it with her name and relationship status. I also assume that they told the announcers that she is/was Miss Alabama. If she looked like me I doubt they would have showed her.

Are the Cardinals going to apologize for Darnell Dockett's invitation to Wing Stop?

zman said...

And the Miss America pageant will be on ABC, so this was all free advertising for the Disney media complex.

T.J. said...

Hi fellas. U know the score of the notre dame game?

Shlara said...

Brent's like 90, so give him a pass on the ogling. And if the game were more competitive, they wouldn't have to talk about pretty girls in the crowd...

Jerry said...

That guy in the picture kind of looks like Charlie Utter.

Danimal said...

'bama just scored again.

Danimal said...

let's move on to a sunnier topic. how 'bout the jacksonville jaguars?

Jerry said...

TEEEBOOOOWWWW!!!!!!!!

Greg said...

Do you like my new frock coat?

Marls said...

Baseball writers: clueless dipshits who consider themselves moral arbiters.

Discuss....

rob said...

write a post, marls. put your money (note: we don't compensate) where your mouth is.

Clarence said...

I'd like to see what the G:TB ballots would look like. Especially Mark's, which would just have curse words written on it.

rob said...

tribe travels to a suddenly very frisky towson squad tonight. i don't think it's televised, but i could be wrong. wouldn't be the first time.

rob said...

mike piazza is pretty cool: http://hardballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/01/09/did-i-do-something-wrong-because-i-really-dont-understand-this-at-all/

Jerry said...

I wonder if you guys will ever pass Ghanaweb as the #1 autofill entry when typing gh.

Clarence said...

Curious about Piazza. Never been associated with juicing, but perhaps people just assume? Other than the handful of writers who won't vote any guy in on the 1st ballot (and they should get a Bart Giamatti-style lifelong ban from sportswriting), what's the thought process?

It's worth noting that since its inception, there has never been a completed baseball season without a J.G. Taylor Spink Award winner for sportswriting. (Also voted on by the BBWAA.)

Mr KQ said...

Have you guys seen BOFOG:TB article/tweet on HOF? Gave up his vote due to PED mess. Piazza doesn't come off looking too good in it either..

I'd hyper link it but don't. know. how. that. works.

Geoff said...

This is pretty amazing.

http://misterirrelevant.com/index.php/2013/01/09/james-harden-is-just-deangelo-hall-with-a-beard-gif/

Mark said...

I retweeted that earlier today Geoff because I felt like more people should see that. Amazing. Glad you feel the same way.

Clarence-my ballots are green and leafy. As for Piazza, I remember hearing he had some pretty epic backne. Now,my hat doesn't make him a steroid user but it certainly couldn't have helped his cause.

Geoff said...

Mark...#racism...

Greg said...

Ahhh, the noble base-ball scribe. Modern day Herodotus and sacred vanguard of the new Valhalla.

Mark said...

And that guy does kind of look like Charlie Utter. Who is a prominent character on Sons of Anarchy, who i refer to as Charlie Utter.

TR said...

What does this mean? Not being a smartass. Too many letters in a row for me to understand.

"BOFOG:TB article/tweet on HOF"

Mark said...

I am from the south, Geoff. And for what it's worth, all preppies look the same to me too.

Mr KQ said...

TR - I was referring to KQ's bro, TJ Quinn - "Brother Of Friend Of" G:TB. He had a piece on giving up his vote to the Hall of Fame. Twas good stuff.

Clarence said...

K-
Just read the piece. That's really impressive and if not unprecedented, a true rarity. Every voter should read that. And have to display their ballot. Thanks for forwarding.

rob said...

soul patch update: looking better than mike piazza's hall of fame chances.

Clarence said...

I do think what BOKQ said about Piazza was interesting. That there have been no failed tests or even accusations, but a number of writers have had their doubts. Which cuts to the very crux of the problem. Writers making judgments about whether performance has been unduly influenced by medicinal treatments. (Not to mention whether it matters.) The Bo Jackson 30 for 30 was vastly entertaining, but one of the things that was repeated on there was that 10 years later, we'd all have suspected him of juicing.

And that's one to grow on.

Danimal said...

Ummm....anyone watching "Stars In Danger" where has been's including T.O. And J Woww compete at high diving? Yes. It's true.

rob said...

here's the article by bofogtb:

http://espn.go.com/mlb/story/_/id/8769398/a-writer-gives-hall-fame-vote

admirable, i think. i don't know that i'd be able to give up the perks that come along with being a voter. mostly the one that would allow me to one-up clarence and jerry in baseball arguments.

Danimal said...

This is horrific television. So much so it is pretty good.

And Brian Kelly has spoken with the Eagles. I do hope this is a move to get more cash out of n.d.

rob said...

tribe blows a 13-point lead late in a flurry of turnovers, headed to overtime at towson, where they will lose yet another game they should have won. motherfuck me.

rob said...

fucking tribe. this is enough to make an optimistic man think that maybe this isn't their year.

Clarence said...

And the pain was enough to make a shy bald Buddhist reflect and plan a mass murder.

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