Thursday, January 20, 2011

Music to Cheer You Up :-D

Winter getting you down?  The Music Collection has humorous songs to tickle your funny bone.  Check some of these out:

Old-Time Comedians
Still funny after all these years!

Tom Lehrer, math professor and hilarious songwriter
   An Evening Wasted With Tom Lehrer
   That was the Year that Was

Homer and Jethro, America's Song Butchers
Best of Allan Sherman
   Includes his hit, "Hello Mudda, Hello Fadda" (Camp Grenada)

Stan Freberg
   Host of a 1950s TV show that aired many parodies of music of the time.       His "Christmas Dragnet" is still heard during the holidays.

Mickey Katz, Greatest Schticks
   Borscht Belt takes on hits of the 1950s

Not-so-Old Comedians:
Ray Stevens Laughter is the Best Medicine
   Includes "The Streak," his biggest hit

Dr. Demento 20th Anniversary Collection

"Weird Al" Yankovic, master of the rock/pop song parody
   Greatest Hits
   Greatest Hits, Volume II

Current Musical Humorists
Stephen Lynch 3 Balloons and A Little Bit Special
  (Parental Advisory, explicit content)

Garrison Keillor Songs of the Cat
  The star of A Prairie Home Companion with Philip Brunelle

Classical Music Humorists
(You don't have to know classical music to get the humor, but it helps!)

Victor Borge, pianist famous for pratfalls and wrong-note humor

Anna Russell, a soprano famous for "How to Write Your Own Gilbert and Sullivan Operetta" and describing Wagner's Ring Cycle with wry commentary.

P.D.Q. Bach (Peter Schickele), serious composer under his real name, humorous composer as "P.D.Q. Bach.  He is best known for narrating Beethoven's Fifth Symphony as if it were a sporting event, and for punnily titled instrumentals, such as the 1712 Overture.

The Educational Resources Collection has many of these artists' live performances on DVD, too!

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