Saturday, February 14, 2009

Blossom Dearie, R.I.P.

SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK premiered when I was about eight, and it played a large part in my early education (addicted as I was to Sat-Am TV). I learned my multiplication tables from it without even realizing that was what I was being taught.

I've been fortunate enough to see in concert the main musical force behind SR, Bob Dorough, as well as Jack Sheldon, the gravelly-voiced trumpeter behind "Conjunction Junction" and "I'm Just a Bill." But I never got to see Blossom Dearie, the wispy-voiced chanteuse who sang "Unpack Your Adjectives" and the ethereally-beautiful "Figure Eight":

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Ms. Dearie died last weekend at the age of 82, after several decades of performing live and on record. But her voice will keep on teaching kids forever.

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