I've met too many people who say things like "Americans have no real sense of humo(u)r". Mr Lehrer is a living disproof of that. (Though heaven knows what we'll do when he dies, because all the other really funny Americans are gone...)
Contentious, eh? Go ahead, then, name one. And no Canadians; everyone knows that Canadians are funny. Really.
Be that as it may. My first exposure to the inimitable Mr Lehrer was in Religious Education lessons at school, at the tender age of fifteen. Yes, Religious Education. Not English (Satire), not Music (Parody), but Religious Education. Mr White, our then form-master and head of RE, known of course as "Chalky" to us all, lugged in a tape recorder one afternoon (yes, darling, there were no CDs in that day, and cassettes were pretty new too. No, there were no Pteranodons. Hush now, Granddad's pontificating.) and played us such wonders as A Christmas Carol, National Brotherhood Week and We Will All Go Together When We Go.
Then, of course, we had to write essays about what we'd heard. It wasn't just an exercise in fun, but also a way of sneakily getting us to examine our moral values.
But anyway. Why today?
Why not, indeed. But mostly because I just found on the magic modern webomatron thing a Flash animation of The Elements Song. It's here. Play it. Be amused.
I've still only learned upto about half-way, even after all these years.