Friday, September 25, 2009


I must be a very strange person, for if asked to name favorite music, They Might Be Giants are right up there with Leonard Cohen, AC/DC, The Sex Pistols, Scott Joplin and The Traveling Wilburys.

All these artists manage to scratch my brain in one or more ways. A TMBG song is something that will make you wonder if you actually liked it - and make you play it all day to figure it out. On the other hand, when they want to get down and say something important, they can do that too. Turns out they have done several children's albums, and having "taught the controversy" about numbers and letters, their latest one is about science. The intro song, "Science is Real," explains in a simple way what science is, what it's for, and how it works.

In this particular climate of ignorance, a children's song that explains rationalism and the scientific method is important.

Just think about trying to write a song that does that and which a three-to-five-year-old would want to dance to and which doesn't make adults want to scream and run from the room.

The album is called Here Comes Science and is available at Amazon and the other usual places. It makes a perfect gift - for teachers and the children of relatives who might not value that book-larnin' stuff so much. You might just want to slip a copy to the school librarian, too. :P

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