Wednesday, December 12, 2012

"Callooh! Callay!” ”Doo-lang.." “oo ee, oo ah ah, ting, tang, walla walla bing bang” Add more via: #tltgdoolang

"O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!'

  He chortled in his joy." 
Tenniel's Jabberwocky
- excerpt from "Jabberwocky" [full text of poem by Lewis Carroll;  background on "Jabberwocky" below.]  
No music, but still memorable...

If Lewis Carroll had been born a century later, could he have been a Chiffon?  One of the Crystals?  Beatles?  Joined Simon & Garfunkle?
Improved on (or been improved by):   
"doo-lang doo-lang doo-lang" "Da Doo Ron Ron" "Coo coo ca choo"?

So,  help me extend this list.  Add your suggestions as comments to this post or send an email  or tweet with hashtag #tltgdoolang
REPEAT FROM YESTERDAY'S BLOG POSTWhy do so many of us recognize ...these powerful but meaningless lyrics...  Whether we like it or not?  ...could they help us understand something about the impact of brevity, music, repetition, social context, and emotional association on learning and communication. Really.

Jabberwocky [1871] & "Oo ee oo ah ah ting tang walla walla bing bang" [1958]

"'Jabberwocky' is a nonsense verse poem written by Lewis Carroll in his 1871 novel Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There, a sequel to Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. ...Alice finds a book ...written in mirror-writing. She holds a mirror to one of the poems, and reads the reflected verse of 'Jabberwocky'... considered one of the greatest nonsense poems written in English....Its playful, whimsical language has given us nonsense words and neologisms such as 'galumphing' and 'chortle'."
- Excerpts above from Wikipedia's "Jabberwocky" entry.

"Oo ee oo ah ah ting tang walla walla bing bang" [1958] 
"'Witch Doctor' is a song performed by Ross Bagdasarian, Sr., and released in 1958 by Liberty Records under the name David Seville, a character whom Bagdasarian portrayed.
..."The song tells the story of a man in love with a woman who initially does not return his affections. Longing for her companionship, the man goes to see a witch doctor for advice. The wise witch doctor replies, 'Oo ee oo ah ah ting tang walla walla bing bang' (a phrase which is repeated three times as the chorus of the song). At the middle of the song, the man tells the woman he loves about his asking the witch doctor for advice. The voice of the 'witch doctor' was in fact Bagdasarian's own voice sped up to double speed, Later exploited by Bagdasarian to create Alvin and the Chipmunks..."
- Excerpts above from Wikipedia's "Witch Doctor (song)" entry.

IMAGE selected by Steve Gilbert 20121212

"Illustration to the poem Jabberwocky;  First published in Carroll, Lewis. 1871. Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There. Date 1871 Author John Tenniel (1820–1914)
(Reusing this file)
This work is in the public domain in the United States, and those countries with a copyright term of life of the author plus 90 years or less.

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