Musical Welcome for Penny and Alfie

Moira Donohue’s Penny and Punctuation Bee and Alfie the Apostrophe both hit paperback this month. As part of our musical welcome, I wanted to introduce you to the person who made me love punctuation (before Moira, I mean). I first saw Victor Borge do his skit on punctuation pronunciation on The Electric Company back in 1974. I can still do the sound effects. Shhhhhh ptt. Here’s a video where VB puts punctuation to music, ably aided by Dean Martin.

And, because punctuation is SO COOL, I’m also posting a link to Interjections from the fine folks at Schoolhouse Rock. They’re my heroes, and not just because I can still sing you the Preamble to the Constitution.

I was unable to find the chords online, dangit, but you can find the lyrics here. (Try A, D and E).
Look for an interview with Moira at the end of the week, along with a chance to win a copy of her book.

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3 Responses to Musical Welcome for Penny and Alfie

  1. Hysterical video, Madelyn, thanks!

  2. admin says:

    Three-part harmony?? Extra impressed, as I can’t carry a tune in a bucket. I’ll bet the professor loved it!

  3. Genevieve says:

    When I took Constitutional Law, I arranged the Preamble in three-part harmony and we sang to our beloved professor (who was leaving the school). Love that tune, love all of Schoolhouse Rock!

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