SSA newsletter for December 2004
- M U S E (Music for Use in Science Education)
A newsletter for members and friends of the Science
Editor: Greg Crowther (greg@...)
Volume 1, Issue 11 (December, 2004)
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Statement Of Purpose
This newsletter briefly describes news, events,
people, and ideas of potential interest to the members
of the Science Songwriters' Association (SSA). It is
distributed via email approximately once per month and
may be forwarded or posted free of charge. Suggestions
for the newsletter are welcome and may be sent to
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Holiday Shopping News
The December 10th issue of The Chronicle Of Higher
Education includes a holiday shopping guide titled
"Gifts for the Gifted." Included in the list of
suggested gifts is the latest Science Groove
recording, "Muscles & Magnets," about which the
Chronicle says, "The second CD by the Seattle band
Science Groove is billed as 'clinically proven to get
bodies movin',' with catchy titles like 'Hooray for
NMR Spectroscopy!' and 'The Nucleus I Like Best.'"
For those trying to spread the word about
educational music, the above item is a good reminder
to take advantage of seasonal shopping trends. With
millions of parents trying to find presents for their
children, and with additional millions of scientists
trying to find presents for coworkers and
collaborators, now is a great time to call people's
attention to the SSA. For example, here is the text of
a message I recently sent out to friends and family:
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Hello everyone --
Greg Crowther here. Many of you are already familiar
with (and perhaps tired of hearing about) my
enthusiasm for educational science songs. However, I
wanted to point out that my online database, MASSIVE
(Math And Science Song Information, Viewable
Everywhere), may be useful to some of you as you wrap
up your holiday shopping. In particular, if you're
shopping for a child or adult who enjoys both science
and music, I humbly suggest going to
and doing a search or two. Maybe you'll find the
perfect CD and maybe you won't, but it's worth a try,
especially since there is no charge for using the
database. If anyone has any questions about the
database or would like recommendations for a
particular person, please let me know.
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Dr. Chordate's Songwriting Challenge
As promised last month, Dr. Chordate has issued a
challenge to readers of this newsletter. He writes, "I
have a song called 'Furrier Than Thou' which extols
the virtues of being mammalian over other kinds of
animals. I've always pictured it as one of those
'folk' songs that could end up with thousands of
verses (my current version has a verse for each
vertebrate class). How about publishing it and asking
for people to come up with additional verses for other
groups of animals (or plants or protists or whatever),
and then, if anyone responds, printing those verses in
the next newsletter ...."
This sounds good to me -- how about it, readers?
You can find Jeff's original words online at
www.tranquility.net/~scimusic/curriculum.html, and an
audio track of the song can be sampled at
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Science Song Trivia
In 2000, the York Theatre Company premiered a
musical play titled "Fermat's Last Tango." In a
nutshell, what is the plot of this play?
A. A Princeton professor struggles to prove a
B. A dance instructor derives equations that explain
the aesthetic beauty of his discipline.
C. An elderly Pierre de Fermat reflects upon a life in
D. Parisian disco revelers welcome the arrival of the
1980s at a New Year's Eve party.
E. A famed French composer's most celebrated works are
secretly ghostwritten by a mathematician.
The answer will be revealed in January. Until then,
happy holidays and best wishes for 2005!
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