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Vi Hart’s superb analysis of “Happy B’day”

At the beginning of her analysis of the lyrics and music of of the familiar song, Vi Hart refers to recent news by saying, “So you might have heard that you can sing ‘Happy Birthday’ without getting sued….” That’s just the beginning. Click here to watch the video and learn a lot.


The image is linked, but if you’d prefer, here is a direct link.



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Report from Hippiedom circa 2013

In case you folks didn’t realize it, a history train from my youth pulled through nearby Nelson County last weekend. I was only there for 50% of the time (sorta like my youth?), but I didn’t see you, so I thought I ought to report about the experience. Perhaps you can amplify….

It was called “Lock’n Festival” but before that it was called “Interlocken Music Festival” and in some dreams it might have been called “Bonnaroo Virginia” or “Bonnaroo Reinvented” or “Woodstock” or even the “Griffith Park Love-In” or “Summer of Love” or something like that. At least, I suspect the promoters hoped that’s what would happen (but without the free soup kitchens and with a lot more capitalistic success).
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Singing justice words

In “Judges hand down the law with help from Bob Dylan,” Carol J. Williams explained that Bob Dylan is the most-often quoted lyracist in legal publications. Ms. Williams, who reports for the Los Angeles Times, focuses on the legal writings of Judge Robert S. Lasnik, but she also covers other jurists’ holdings and opinions and digs into the work of other legal scholars, too.

For example, Ms. Williams refers to the work of Professors Michael Perlin, “who has used Dylan lyrics as titles for at least 50 published law journal articles,” and Alex Long, “who has researched the penetration of political songwriting into the legal system.”
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HB again, Sam Cooke

On this day in Clarksdale, MI (US), Sam Cooke made his debut. I suspect that his first solo wasn’t quite as pleasant as his many later vocals, but it was probably a sweet sound for his mother. Fine songsmith, wonderful voice, and a lot more.

If he’d lived ’till now, he would have seen the changes that came. It’s been a long time coming, and more needs to come.

I remembered to post notes about his birthday in 2007 and 2008, but I missed 2009.

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Fav SSB?

Given that it’s the run-up to the US celebration of its nationhood, I have a question for you: What is your favorite version of the US national anthem, the “Star Spangled Banner?”

I consider patriotism a modest virtue. I’d prefer loyalty to human kindness over loyalty to a geographic region or a tribe. Still, I have to admit that I sometimes feel pride (or som’thin’ like that) when I hear a rendition of the patriotic song for the country of my origin.

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Seeking secular songs

Having listened politely to a lot of Christian propaganda for the last few weeks, I’m starting a list of atheists’ songs for the season. Please chip in with any other tunes that celebrate the northern hemisphere solstice-times but without reference to religion. Just drop ’em in the comments.

Here’s my atheistic starter list (order has no meaning):

  • Winter Wonderland
  • Jingle Bells
  • Let It Snow
  • Sleigh Ride
  • Frosty the Snowman

By the way #1, if you thought that one or more of those songs is, in fact, a Christmas song, please own up to your mistaken impression in the comments, too. By the way #2, I’m not into the Frosty-is-a-symbol-for-reincarnation interpretation.

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Class tunes

I dropped a post over on BehaviorMod.info about some tunes I’ve been listening to recently.

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