Eeee-lec-tricity

The inimitable Tom Glazer and Dottie Evans sing about electricity

What with finishing the 19th presentation of Protons for Breakfast, and giving three weekend training sessions to teachers, I have found myself over the last few weeks with no time to think. And no time to think means no time to blog. 😦

But now, with the course over and arrival of the lighter evenings I feel freed to think again – and write!

This presentation of Protons for Breakfast was the busiest yet, and I am grateful to my colleague Dale Partridge for evidence that our work is finally leaking into mainstream consciousness.

One of our main aims is to change people’s appreciation of electricity. And indeed we aim to change not just how they think about electricity, but how they pronounce it.

As anyone who has attended the course knows, electricity is pronounced: eeeeeee-lec- tricity, a bit like this:

And it surely can’t be a coincidence that the latest hit by the The Pierces adopts a distinctly similar pronunciation.

Admittedly, the pronunciation by The Pierces lacks the bright, upbeat tone of Tom Glazer, but it is not bad for youngsters.

[UPDATE: My colleague Roberto Gavioso brought this interesting pronunciation by Captain Beefheart  from the 1960s to my attention

It is a little darker than the Pierces, but is clearly influenced by Glazer’s seminal work. The fact that it was not a hit at the time is surely because Protons for Breakfast had not yet influenced the zeitgeist. END OF UPDATE]

Now I am just going to flip back through my notes for the last 6 weeks and remind myself of all the topics I meant to write about.

Happy Listening. The Pierces song is below but the important part is about 1 minute and 10 seconds in. I haven’t listened to the song all the way through, but it doesn’t appear to be about physics at all!

 

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2 Responses to “Eeee-lec-tricity”

  1. Roberto Says:

    you may love the way Captain Beefheart pronounced “electricity” in his 70’s masterpiece having the same title:

    You may easily figure out that by the time this was released it did not become a hit. Nowadays, mainly because of a very young Frank Zappa’s contribution, it is highly considered.

    • protonsforbreakfast Says:

      Good Point. It sounds as though he is trying impersonate Tom Glazer while his jaw is being restrained!

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