The Song(s) of Scrabble, Mouthing the Words & Me
Posted August 8, 2010on:
In kindergarten at the Sherwood Day School I was told to mouth the words instead of singing along with my class.
Oh, that explains a lot, doesn’t it? I am psychologically scarred 50-plus years later. Time to get off the psychologist’s couch, although my singing career was ruined in that one year at that private school. I attended it only for a year as my October birthday missed the public school cutoff.
I only bring this up because Saturday I received an email from jazz singer Lorraine Feather about her new album, “Ages.” I learned about it in this email:
Dear Fellow Scrabble Players,
I am a lyricist (have written for films and TV, much of it for animation) and jazz singer. There is a long article about me that posted on allaboutjazz.com last month, accompanied by a link to a free download of my song “Scrabble,” from my latest album Ages (the song contains the word OXAZEPAM). It was written with Dick Hyman, a great stride pianist in his 80s who, among other things, did the music for various Woody Allen films. The article is here:
and this is a direct link to the free download:
Anyway, to promote the song I thought I would get in touch with various Scrabble-related sites and see if they would like to do a reciprocal link. Mine would be from my CD’s page on my website, as below; the lyrics are there too. I am also sending this email to various Scrabble clubs, most of which don’t have their own sites, but I thought you might get a kick out of the song. If you enjoy the article, clicking Recommend would of course be appreciated. (There are a lot of articles on the site and as of 8/6 it was the #1 most read!)
This is a one-time email; I’m not putting you on a list.
I especially liked the way she signed off, word-nerdily yours. Naturally I have downloaded her song and have listened to clips from other songs on her album that relate to various stages of her life. She is a true storyteller in her music. Download it and enjoy it.
Hers is not the first song about Scrabble, but it is the most sophisticated that I’ve found and I love her voice.
What other Scrabble songs have been recorded? Google tells me that “I suck playing Scrabble” is a parody of “Back in the Saddle” by Aerosmith. It’s words include:
i suck playin’ scrabble, my friend
i suck playin’ scrabble, my friend
Emily Kaitz also has a tune called “The Scrabble Song” on her “Yuppie Scum” album that includes these words:
“We’re playing Scrabble.
We are obsessed.
It’s been three hours now
and I’m getting depressed …”
YouTube has a variety of Scrabble videos, including “The Scrabble Song” by Abby Simons:
Everybody has an addiction
Everybody has an infatuation
But my quirky obsession
For not getting much sleep …
I’m addicted to Scrabble
Her song can be found at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=74MdTlBUU88
It’s not a song, but I get a kick out of another YouTube posting: “Scrabble: Take that Grandma!” which supposedly shows a grudge match between a kid and his grandmother. It can be found at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SsJSyP–IhU&feature=related
Getting back to Lorraine Feather’s “Scrabble” song, I won’t be singing it in public, although in the privacy of my own home, who knows?
And, I looked up the word, oxazepam, which is in her Scrabble song. It means a tranquilizing drug that apparently I would need if I ever played that eight-letter word with both a q and a z.