I am a scientist, but I come from a family of word lovers. My dad loves words, wordplay, puns, and one-liners, and so did his father before him, and both of his brothers.
It is a family of music lovers too. My dad played guitar for most of his adult life, and is an avid jazz fan, as was his father. One of my earliest memories was watching my grandfather, my dad, and my uncle Fred sitting around the hi-fi listening to 78-rpm recordings of jazz, tapping their feet and smiling at each other. My grandfather played piano, mostly by ear. One of his proudest accomplishments, according to my dad, was when he had gone out to listen to Bix Beiderbecke‘s band and then volunteered to sit in at piano when Bix’s regular pianist didn’t show. Bix Beiderbecke was a legend of early jazz. For my grandfather to hold his own was no mean accomplishment.
Here is the love of words and the love of music coming together, in the most exalted form of humor–puns. This list was started by my grandfather and expanded by my dad.
Songs to Be Sung on a Geology Field Trip
I Wish I Could Shimmy Like My Silicate
Baby, It’s Gold Outside
Down By Geode Mill Stream
Shale We Dance?
Where Ore When
O, Pumice Me
Oil Or Nothing At All
Lava Come Back To Me
You’d Be So Gneiss To Come Home To
Gimme A Little Schist, Will Ya Huh?
It’s A Lodestone Old Town
Straighten Up And Pyrite
Scree Little Words
Too Marbleous For Words
In The Coal, Coal, Coal Of The Evening
Put Your Arms Around Me, Hematite
Beryl Me Not On The Lone Prairie