Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Brainstorm With Me, Won't You?

Okay, this is the coolest e-mail I've gotten in a long time. With the subject line "John F. from TMBG here," the text was this:

So we want to put together a little song for your show. What should we mention in the lyric?

Yes folks, that's right, They Might Be Giants will be writing and recording a song for our little show. But it presents a conundrum: What should we ask for in the lyrics?

I'm thinking the show name, certainly. Probably not the station name or timeslot, just in case those change at some point. Ella's name? My name? "Are you prepared to rock?"? "Based on the radical notion that music for kids shouldn't want to make parents gouge out their ears"? (What would you rhyme with "gouge out your ears," anyway?) Ella thought maybe we should suggest that they namecheck some of our favorite artists, a la Mary Lou Lord in "His Indie World."

Other thoughts? Post 'em!

(And yes, I jumped around the house giggling when I got the e-mail.)

14 Comment(s):

At 8:58 PM, Blogger Eric Herman said...

Holy moley. Bill, that is TOO COOL!! I have no idea what the words should be, but I can't wait to hear it.

At 10:43 PM, Blogger Chag said...

Man! That is the coolest thing ever! No advice on the words, though.

At 11:50 PM, Blogger Mrs. Davis said...

You got email from Flans!!!! How amazing!

I think the word "podcast" would be funny in a song.

At 1:02 AM, Anonymous deb in sf said...

How totally flippin' cool are you?!

I definitely vote for Ella and Bill in the song. But you know we're all about Ella, here.

Um, they could namecheck your wacky stalker commenters from all across the country? (that's a joke)

I don't know... See - all that walking up hill both ways in the snow pays off. Too doggone cool. enjoy it. Sounds like you are!

*oh, and speaking of gouging out ears - Max feels uber-cool when he wears his new Spare the Rock t-shirt*

At 12:09 PM, Blogger Stefan said...

Oooooooooh. I've received similar types of e-mail, but that would be just about the coolest.

You're still giggling, aren't you?

I think the John and John creativity flows best when their restrictions are the least. "Spare the Rock, Spoil the Child," and that's all.

"Mr. Houge has fears / But the music won't make you gouge out your ears."

Flans, you can direct my portion of those songwriting royalties to a charity of your choice.

(Goes off to ponder if he shouldn't change the name of his website to something a little more rhyming-friendly.)

At 12:19 PM, Anonymous Bill said...

Heck yeah, I'm giggling still.

It will be "months probably" until we get the track. We ended up mentioning the ear-gouging slogan, the "are you prepared to rock?" thing, our various names, and that's about it. Plus I sent a link to a picture of him holding Ella when she was about a year old.

...and thanks to the Quiet Ones for sending him our way!

At 6:30 PM, Blogger Mrs. Davis said...

An afterthought...

"If you can't bear the schlock,
you should check out Spare the Rock."

At 1:51 PM, Anonymous Suzanne said...

Giggling for you here, Bill! Congrats on your very own TMBG Theme Song!

At 2:23 PM, Blogger kelli ann said...

la vache. commenting, and giggling wackily, in 2 languages... can't wait to hear what comes out of this!

At 11:06 PM, Blogger Monty said...

Congratulations, Bill, that totally rocks!

I don't have any suggestions to add, but if they get stuck, have 'em call me and I'll be glad to help out. Ha Ha!

I can't wait to hear it!

At 11:22 AM, Anonymous Uncle Rock said...

"Advice is good to listen to, then disregard."
Oscar Wilde

Having said that

Congrats on the email from Mr. Flansburg.

It's Bill and Ella
A gal and a fella
With music that is sure to please
And won't give you cavities.
You'll find your head will nod fast
When listenin' to the podcast
Where the wild things can stay wild:

respectfully submitted
Uncle Rock

At 1:46 PM, Anonymous Mr. Me said...

Maybe this means that I don't have to keep militantly avoiding playing copywritten recordings of TMBG songs on my show about They Might Be Giants and their fans!

At 5:06 AM, Blogger hannah said...

wow, that is too cool, we are loving your podcasts here in the UK, and I am telling all my friends!!!

At 8:39 AM, Anonymous Bill said...

Thanks, everyone. I'm finally getting to where I don't giggle about it every morning, just most mornings. Add on the Lunch Money/Uncle Rock show we just confirmed for November, and things are going rather swimmingly...


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