Sunday, June 24, 2007

The Announcer's Test

I remember learning this at Boy Scout Camp, and even teaching it to the scouts I was over, but never knew there was any significance to it. Who ever led it would shout out each line one at time and the audience would repeat it. It was a fun challenge to see how much we could remember.

In Jerry Lewis's words: "The announcer's test [was] given to anyone in radio or television who wants to be specifically announcer. And it involves retention, memory, repetition, enunciation. It involves diction. And it involves 10 factors that use every alphabet letter in the alphabet a variety of times."

Here it is:

  • One hen.
  • One hen; two ducks.
  • One hen; two ducks; three squawking geese.
  • One hen; two ducks; three squawking geese; four Limerick oysters.
  • One hen; two ducks; three squawking geese; four Limerick oysters; five corpulent porpoises.
  • One hen; two ducks; three squawking geese; four Limerick oysters; five corpulent porpoises; six pairs of Don Alversos tweezers.
  • One hen; two ducks; three squawking geese; four Limerick oysters; five corpulent porpoises; six pairs of Don Alversos tweezers; 7,000 Macedonians in full battle array.
  • One hen; two ducks; three squawking geese; four Limerick oysters; five corpulent porpoises; six pairs of Don Alversos tweezers; 7,000 Macedonians in full battle array; eight brass monkeys from the ancient sacred crypts of Egypt.
  • One hen; two ducks; three squawking geese; four Limerick oysters; five corpulent porpoises; six pairs of Don Alversos tweezers; 7,000 Macedonians in full battle array; eight brass monkeys from the ancient sacred crypts of Egypt; nine apathetic, sympathetic, diabetic old men on roller skates with a marked propensity toward procrastination and sloth.
  • One hen; two ducks; three squawking geese; four Limerick oysters; five corpulent porpoises; six pairs of Don Alversos tweezers; 7,000 Macedonians in full battle array; eight brass monkeys from the ancient sacred crypts of Egypt; nine apathetic, sympathetic, diabetic old men on roller skates with a marked propensity toward procrastination and sloth; 10 lyrical, spherical, diabolical denizens of the deep who hall stall around the corner of the quo of the quay of the quivery, all at the same time.

Monday, June 04, 2007

The Office Never Revisited

Why is it that a show that looks like it could have such good potential, has to think that it has to condescend to the trash in this world to get viewers to watch it. Maybe it's because the majority of the people in this world are just that. They enjoy sick jokes; crude, demeaning behavior; and because it is so obscenely bold people laugh because of the shock of what's happening. I'm specifically referring to the 'Product Recall' and 'Women Appreciation Day' epsiodes, though the majority of them are introducing more swearing and lewd humor. Simply put I won't ever watch an episode of The Office again...I think I just might stay away from TV shows from here on out, unless I happen to get cable and then I can watch Nick at Nite and not have to worry about trash.

Saturday, June 02, 2007

Favorite Lullabyes

Here are some of the lullabyes I remember my mom singing to me and that I'm now singing to Annalee. Maybe sometime I'll record the tune so you can see how it goes.

The Chocolate Choo Choo
By Vaughn Monroe


Look at that dandy,
Train made of candy,
Waiting on Peppermint Hill.
It's the Chocolate Choo Choo
Leaving for Sleepyville


Drowsy-eyed kiddies
Visit toy cities,
Sandman is paying the bill
On the Chocolate Choo Choo
Leaving for Sleepyville.


Little Boy Blue is the engineer
He's pouring on all the steam.
"All aboard, we're ready to go
To that magic land of dreams."


You'll see the train go
Over the rainbow,
You're bound to get a big thrill
On the Chocolate Choo Choo
Heading for Sleepyville.


Tell Me Why The Stars Do Shine


Tell me why the stars do shine,
Tell me why the ivy twines,
Tell me why the sky's so blue,
And then I'll tell you just why I love you.


Because God made the stars to shine,
Because God made the ivy twine,
Because God made the sky so blue,
Because God made you's why I love you.