Saturday, April 11, 2009

John Jacob Jingleheimer...

This is a song I never heard growing up. Dyami learned it, but not "There was an old lady who swallowed a fly" or "Frere Jaque". I guess we're even.
It's got a catchy little melody* (love the "dah dah dah's" at the end) and funny words. Plus, it's kind of women's lib-ish, what with the hyphenated name.
In other words, perfect for a children's song.

Except.
Except the way "Schmidt" gets pronounced by a two-year-old. Very loudly.
I guess we won't be doing public performances any time soon.

*Is it just me, or is this a very, very odd rendition of this song? 1. It's really slow. 2. The guy is singing in a contra-bass range. All of which makes this snappy march sound kind of like a dirge. I'm very sorry to hear that Mr. Jingleheimer-Schmidt died just when I was getting to know him.
However, I like that for once a song demo isn't done with midi-horns. So that's something.

2 comments:

Todd Stadler said...

That rendition is odd. Who repeats it line-by-line like that? The whole point of the song is to repeat it ad nauseam, verse-after-verse.

I don't think it's terribly women's lib, though (-ish, even). Pretty sure the name is not hyphenated, but rather indicative of American perceptions of silly Germanic culture with their ridiculous-sounding names. (I'd argue it's fairly polka-sounding, as well.)

I must remember to teach that song to Simon, though.

Heather said...

confession: I was kind of kidding when I said I thought the name was hyphenated. hehehehe.