Friday, 5 March 2010

If you skate upon thin ice

'Schoolhouse Rock' is a wonderful long-running and often repeated series of educational short films that originally appeared between the regular kid's show programming on US Saturday morning TV.

In its first incarnation the show ran from 1973 to 1980, with 37 animations produced in four different blocks: 'Multiplication Rock', 'Grammar Rock', 'Science Rock' and 'America Rock' and I'll be posting more clips at various points in the future.

'Figure Eight' (from 'Multiplication Rock', funnily enough) as written by Bob Dorough and sung by the brilliant Blossom Dearie in her sad little girl voice, is my favourite individual track from the show: a beautiful, simple melody and a typically informative but straightforward lyric that finally achieves a level of haunting and rather touching profundity.

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