March 2, 2009

Tom Lehrer

From the Songs you won't hear on the radio files:

I first ran across Tom Lehrer in 1975 while scouring through some old guy's record collection looking for big band music for a production of The Glass Menagerie.

Lehrer is not about the music, he's about the clever lyrics.

The Mascochism Tango

Poisoning Pigeons In The Park

And, for the highbrows among us: Oedipus Rex

Yes, Lehrer could be a bit of a snob. OK, a lot of a snob. But some of my favorites were done for The Electric Company. Like The LY Song.

Silent E

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