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Music and grammar

March 18, 2008 - Heather Ziegler
One of my favorite songs from my younger years is "Horse With No Name." It's a bizarre song where the singer sings of having "been through the desert on a horse with no name." But it's one of the following lines that will be forever burned in my memory: "Cause there ain't no one for to give you no pain." How's that for a beautiful thought? What's bad is that it's one lesson in terrible grammar, one that would make an English teacher shudder with all of its double negatives, the ain't word, etc. But isn't it funny how it sticks with me several decades later? Perhaps if we put all lessons to music, the lessons would not be forgotten. It works for prayers put to music that become ingrained in our memories. And it works for songs that have no real meaning other than to entertain. So why not sing through history class and warble through math problems? I guarantee that if my biology teacher at Central had put his teachings to music, I would have gotten better than a C+ in that class. Well, maybe.


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