Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Song in my head this week: Silent E by Tom Lehrer

Tom Lehrer is one of those clever and witty satirist songwriters that everyone says they like but rarely listen to. Maybe you've heard Poisoning Pigeons in the Park, or his hilarious poke at German rocket scientist Werner von Braun, but odds are you've heard the songs he did for Sesame Street (or was it The Electric Company?) the most. Silent E and L-Y.


L-Y is even better, it has a creepy vibe to it and uses adverbs properly for the sake of brevity. It's also very funny. Lehrer had a great and cynical wit, and a prodigious output that I keep wishing to delve into. But I never do. I sit back and think of porcupines and turning a hug huge instantly, and that's as far as I get. Any big fans of Lehrer out there? Which album is your favorite?

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