Thursday, May 6, 2010
music and a call to former Alpine Elementary folks.
Aaron and I are Alpine Elementary alumni. It's funny how we both knew all the same teachers, walked the same halls, played on the same kickball courts---but didn't do them together.
Anyway, one thing that we frequently do is sing songs that we learned there.
(my sisters know where this is going...)
Let's talk about the song, "50 Nifty United States", shall we?
Okay, Aaron and I have a long disputed conversation about the LYRICS to this song. Yes, please be impressed by our ability to remember ALL of those 50 Nifty states, but here's the argument---what is the ending?
One of us thinks it goes like this:
"Shout 'em, scout 'em, tell all about 'em, one by one 'till we've given a DAY to every state that's (clap) in the U.S.A..."
and the other one things it goes like this:
"Shout 'em, scout 'em, tell all about 'em, one by one 'till we've given a NAME to every state that's (clap) in the U.S.A..."
I won't tell you which one comes from me. And, I certainly won't tell you which opinion is Aaron's, because he has quite the cheering squad of male friends that will support his wording, regardless. So, who is right?
Now, some of you will pull up the lyrics online thinking, "duh. why didn't they think of that?"---well, we did. And, there are all sorts of editions to the song. No good.
So, Alpine Elementary Alumni, who is right?
You will settle a long time battle in the Wood home.
I told Aaron last night, as we were debating it, YET AGAIN, that I should probably track down Mrs. Dominguez or someone to have them show me the ACTUAL overhead projector sheet... just to know.
Anyway, is it "given a NAME" or "given a DAY"? I'm dying b/c I want to tell you which one is mine and argue WHY my memory is right. But, alas, I must be fair.
So, there you go. We have a score to settle (if this is the worst fight we've had, then I'll take it).
Why did this come up again? Aaron was singing the "Museum Song" to Matilda last night. He was trying to enamor us with his skills. We were thoroughly impressed.
Quite a lotta
Roman terra cotta
Livin' lava from the flanks of Etna
Ride a dromedary
See the Temple tumble and the Red Sea part.
The fattest lady in the land
A pickled prehistoric hand
A strand of Pocahontas' hair
ahh, the memories. Anyway, he then started singing the song, "What's more American than??"
if you remember correctly, there is a stanza (nice music verb-ology) that says this:
What's more American than Football?
T.V. and mighty Superman.
What's more American than Swanee?
I am, I am, I am!
Well, Aaron took great care to swoon his voice with the "SWWaAahhhnneeeeee" and I was like, "Aaron, do you even know what Swanee is?"
neither did I.
We're both American and we didn't even know the answer.
Well, in case you want to know, read up on this.
okay. End of elementary songs.
Let's get to more good stuff.
When you hear about some great music that you love playing over and over---it's probably best to let others feel the love too. I was first tipped off by this blog.
So, check out these two videos by a couple called Pomplamoose (they are a boyfriend/girlfriend combo). I love them. So does Tillie.
It's a little creepy crazy how the girl doesn't smile when she sings, but I kind of like it.
FYI: we stopped watching after the song was over at 2 min. 30 sec. ---we weren't interested in the other stuff about their new t-shirts.
Then, we are diggin' this cover of Single Ladies too. Pretty fun. I love the clapping so much.
Anyway, you can thank me later.
And, please, if you really know what the lyrics are, let us know.
Save our marriage. :)