70’s Musical Inspiration

If you grew up in the 70’s the musical and educational cartoons of Schoolhouse Rock probably still echo in your brain. We all learned different things on Saturday mornings just watching these little cartoon shorts. Do you know what I learned? (Aside from the obvious, I mean.)

I learned that anything – ANYTHING – can be turned into a song. To this day, I make up songs about all kinds of things. This “skill” of mine is in part, the result of watching Schoolhouse Rock. I say ‘in part’ because there was something else – I should say someone else – I learned this from. I will explain after the following videos from Schoolhouse Rock:

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I think y’all might also remember Mac Davis if you grew up in the 70’s! He had several hit country music songs (Baby Don’t Get Hooked On Me, It’s Hard To Be Humble, and In The Ghetto, to name just a few) and he had a variety show once upon a time. I recall at the end of his tv show he would go into the audience and ask for phrases that he could make up a song about. He would then just make something up on the spot, and it was always hilarious! His sense of humor and his ability to make shit up like that was amazing to me as a child! It was the best part of the show. I couldn’t find much in the line of his improv on YouTube, but I think you might get a kick out of what I did find:

I spend much of my days of this crappy “2020 Isolation Game” making up songs. (Of course, I have always done this sort of thing, I just do it more now!) Some days are more ‘musical’ than others but I always crack myself up!

Thank you, Schoolhouse Rock and Mac Davis, for inspiring me, teaching me, molding me, and entertaining me. It is very much appreciated!

8 thoughts on “70’s Musical Inspiration

  1. OMG I loved Schoolhouse Rock, that’s where I learned how a bill becomes a law! No seriously that’s where I learned that. I think I learned more when things were put to music.

    AND I loved watching Mac Davis sing things that the audience would throw his way! I had a crush on him when I was a kid and watched his show regularly. I memorized every word to his song “Lubbock Texas.” I wanted to move there as kid to see if I’d run into him….ah yes the childhood mentality of a little girl, lol.

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  2. Ah, Saturday mornings in the 1970’s. I still go around singing Lolly, Lolly, Lolly get your adverbs here. Get em all at Lolly’s, get your adverbs here.

    I’m with the Huntress, that’s how I learned how a bill gets turned into a law, too. Did the 1976 Bicentennial Freedom Train come to your town? Our fifth grade class went on a field trip to see it, but for some reason, I don’t remember anything about it. Thanks for the memories. You should record some of your songs that you make up and play them on your blog! Mona

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    • I don’t recall the Freedom Train coming to my town back then. I would have been in the 7th grade, I think. If I could carry a tune I would definitely record some of my ridiculous songs! Maybe I could write them down though. Then y’all woukd know how messed up I really am!

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  3. School House Rock was great… it still is! I raised my daughter on it when it came out on VHS. Would love to have them on DVD. There were so many good ones that really taught you a lot. As for Mac… I remember the show and his cute smile (great high cheekbones), but I guess I don’t remember the improve at the end. I do want to thank you for sharing the video though… showed someone in the audience I liked back in the day. Unfortunately he is no longer with us… good to see him in that brief moment though.

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