Meet the composer of "Schoolhouse Rock"


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#2

Almost everything I know about grammar came from watching Schoolhouse Rock!


#3

Yep! “AND, BUT & OR will get you pretty far”


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One of my favorite things he did was sing this song on a Miles Davis album: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LdZTKvNXxPA


#5

Earworms plus learning = WIN.


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loved them all as a kid. I love how De La Soul structured their “The Magic Number” around “Three is a Magic Number,” and while I was never interested in Blind Mellon, I think their version is actually pretty great

“Now dig the pattern once more…”


#7

Don’t forget Lynn Ahrens, too - couple good ones there


#8

Hey! That’s an interjection!


#9

So many faves… among them: My Hero Zero, and No More Kings.


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Looks like Schoolhouse Rock was a lot better at grammar and arithmetic than history.


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History, too. [EDIT: @L_Mariachi’s comment notwithstanding.] When I reached 8th grade and we had to memorize the Preamble to the Constitution, something clicked and I realized “hey, I know that song…”

The voice behind “Conjunction Junction” and “I’m Just a Bill” was that of jazz trumpeter Jack Sheldon, who was erroneously reported as having died a few years ago. The late Blossom Dearie sang “Adjectives” and “Figure 8.” I couldn’t remember Dave Frishberg’s name, and while looking him up, I found out that drummer Grady Tate also sang a few of them.


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Whenever I see or listen to old Schoolhouse Rock episodes, I realize how much of my musical tastes formed as a kid from seeing these over and over. Not to mention having the multiplication tables, the Preamble, and grammar rules engraved on my brain.


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Earworms? I’m still humming some of the mathy ones, and it’s been, what, about a century?


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I had the pleasure of seeing Bob play at the Deerhead inn, a few years back. Amazing, especially considering his age, I think he played for around 2-3 hours, and worked the crowd between sets. Charming and talented dude. There was a kid whose birthday it was, and Bob played one of the schoolhouse rock songs for them. Quite an awesome evening.


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