recess radio program

02/16/07
A Belated Valentine
    by John Cech

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When's the last time you heard the words"akimbo" and "gavotte" in the same children's song? Or in any children's song for that matter? The two-man rock group, They Might Be Giants, has made clever, vocabulary- and imagination- expanding grooves a signature of both their music for adults and for children. Their valentine to high-energy optimism that you've just heard is called "Happy Doesn't Have to Have an Ending."

It's on a new children's book they've published called Bed, Bed, Bed that comes with a four-song CD tucked into a pocket in the back. The book is a series of poems -- the lyrics of the four songs -- tied together by the illustrations of the Canadian artist, Marcel Dzama, which give it, visually, a kind of hip, retro, 1920s feel. There's something comforting about this look, and about these songs, which transform the act of going to bed into an unexpectedly calming march for tuba and glockenspiel, and make the turn from the impossible into the possible as easy as a quick chord change.

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Copyright 2007 John Cech

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