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With the start of the semester being such a stressful time I’ll post on a lighter subject, the song parody. Though I am not a musician–as anyone who has heard me sing can attest, I enjoy playing with lyrics. I’ve even used some parodies as study aids. Here’s a recent one on database searching (roughly to the tune of “Do Wah Diddy Diddy”*):
Here I am searching through a database, singing do wah diddy diddy dum diddy do;
Ten thousand hits, all that time I’m going to waste, singing. . . .
My search is out of hand. This is when I should use AND.
Here I am on the database again, singing. . . :
Only one hit, now I really must complain, singing. . . .
I need to find some more. This is when I should use OR.
Parodies can also open up discussions on issues of fair use, but I’ll elaborate on that point next time. Here’s wishing you a fun semester.
*My apologies to Jeff Barry and to the late Ellie Greenwich, the original songwriters. Thanks to Oxford Music Online for helping me verify the songwriting credits.