A Most Unusual Day” was written for the 1948 movie “A Date With Judy” which I’m watching as I type. It’s not great cinema to be sure but at the time this was made, movies directed at teenage audiences were unheard of. I guess you could say “A Date With Judy” was the original “High School Musical.” There are lots of excellent versions of “A Most Unusual Day” floating around the net but I think the Lawrence Welk version best reflects the spirit of the original. The blurb on the video says this clip is from 1971.
Today is a most unusual day in geek/nerd history. It’s 10/10/10 which is 42 in binary. If you love the book “Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy” as much as I do you’ll know that 42 is the ultimate answer to the question of Life, The Universe, and Everything! If you’re a geek/nerd and also me it’s even more unusual because 10:10 on 10/10/10 is binary for 682 which is my birthday! (If you’re slightly dyslexic) So, for two full minutes today, the universe will finally arrange to prove me right and show that it really does revolve around me! (But again, only if you’re slightly dyslexic.)
I am a hard core lyrics person. I love the poetry of well written lyrics. I love the hokey charm of silly, humorous lyrics. I even love lyrics that are just plain dumb but fun! When I hear a song with words I get so wrapped up in analyzing the meaning that it’s hard for me to even focus on the other messages that might be conveyed by the melody or the performance. Lately I’ve been trying to make a conscious effort to step back and take in other aspects of songs to see what else I can learn. Of course it’s probably not wise to completely ignore the lyrics either. Witness today’s video from The Lawrence Welk Show!
The Lawrence Welk Show was on the air from 1951-1982. When the show went into syndication in 1971, Lawrence attempted to add more contemporary hits to his standard music fare to attract a younger audience. Clearly no one at the show ever actually talked to any young people or this HILARIOUS bit of television history would never have happened:
You just know that after this show aired, someone’s grandma (possibly mine) was pushing a cart around the A & P, stocking up on Hostess snacks and Doritos (or munchee food) for the grandkids, and singing this about toking with the depth of feeling that only a grandma can give to a “modern spiritual.” Priceless!