Saturday, March 7, 2015
We hosted the local quiz bowl at school yesterday, and the teams in the final round competed in the library. So I got to sit by and watch two teams of three students each from other schools in a battle of wits. It was pretty fun, though it always surprises me when a pop culture question comes up that seems really obvious to me and the kids are completely clueless.
They're great on classical music. But in yesterday's competition, for example, the students were given a clue about the first song in a famous 1943 Broadway musical, and they heard the first few lines being sung: "There's a bright golden haze on the meadow..." They were asked to name the show. They had no idea it was "Oklahoma!"
They were also confounded when played some well-known guitar licks from The Who's "Tommy," and last year, I remember, they could not name Stevie Wonder when they heard one of his songs -- "Sir Duke," maybe? (I'm surprised I didn't write about that at the time, because I was so dumbfounded and felt so old, but apparently I didn't.)
Anyway, I don't mean to knock the kids, because they know a heck of a lot of other stuff and they're pretty fast on those buzzers. They can certainly name square roots and chemical properties faster than I could. Pop culture, after all, is so transient.
I guess school drama departments don't automatically perform those Rodgers & Hammerstein musicals anymore. In my day, they were the standard school productions -- "The Sound of Music," "South Pacific" and, yes, "Oklahoma!" We did them all at the high school I attended. Nowadays maybe they've moved on to edgier fare like "Urinetown" or "The Drowsy Chaperone."
These kids today!
Here is a gratuitous picture of our blooming hyacinth, and a daffodil that Olga broke off while loping through our garden. She's hell on the daffodils.
My cold has moved into my nose. I am a sneezing, spluttering mess. But I don't feel too bad, all things considered, and I still hope to get some photography done today.
(Photo: A perfect pool of rainwater in some tree roots on the West Heath, last weekend.)