They Might Be Giants and Schoolhouse Rock

17 Sep

How did I get so lucky? Seriously.

A little while ago, I came across this post in Nature News’s blog about the new kids’ album from They Might Be Giants. And. The. Videos. My neighbors probably heard me scream with glee, and then I made an impulse buy on iTunes–which I rarely do. Honest. Wow, I’m gushing, but this is sooo much fun.

“Like a box of paints that are mixed to make every shade. . . ” And, yes, “elephants are made of elements.”

As I was watching– and though I know I’m dating myself as a late Gen-Xer when I make this statement, I couldn’t help but think, “This is the best thing since Schoolhouse Rock!”

Which leads me back to somewhere between 10 am and noon, I was listening to a segment on the Brian Lehrer Show on WNYC (my local NPR station) about the healthcare reform bill. All the sudden I heard something along the lines of “clearly he learned his civics from Schoolhouse Rock!” complete with the matching audio clip. I’ve had “How a Bill Becomes a Law” in my head all day. Note: I’m not the only one of Brian’s listeners who had a “SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK!” moment (see comment #12 from M in Brooklyn).

They Might Be Giants singing about chemistry + Schoolhouse Rock = a fun day in my world.

Considering that I don’t have a school-age child, is this geeky or childish or both?

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4 Responses to “They Might Be Giants and Schoolhouse Rock”

  1. Nancy September 17, 2009 at 7:53 pm #

    Totally geeky, but I am right there with you. We are taking Isaac to their kids concert this weekend in Raleigh. We have watched some Schoolhouse Rock with him, too. His favorite is Conjunction Junction.

    • webbofscience September 17, 2009 at 9:55 pm #

      Ooh Conjunction Junction! One of my faves, too. Have fun this weekend!

  2. Chelsea September 17, 2009 at 9:42 pm #

    You should come to SWILD-NYC more often. Last night we heard TMBG singing these songs live at the RadioLab party. Then I’d get to see you more often, too.

    • webbofscience September 17, 2009 at 9:57 pm #

      Hadn’t put all that together somehow, but last night was bad timing anyway. Sorry I missed it, but glad you had fun!

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