I’m just a bill.
Yes, I’m only a bill.
And I’m sitting here on Capitol Hill.
– Lyrics from “I’m Just a Bill” / Schoolhouse Rock
A few months ago, my wife brought home a blast from the past: the 30th Anniversary Edition of Schoolhouse Rock! My daughters (ages 4 and 9) were entertained, but I couldn’t tell if it was the DVD that amused them, or the sight of their mom and dad singing and dancing like fools.
What really struck me though, was how many of the lyrics we both remembered. It’s been more than a thousand Saturdays since either of us has seen that “sad little scrap of paper” sitting on the steps of the Capitol Building, but somehow when the music started playing the words just bubbled up from some forgotten corner of our brains.
When Schoolhouse Rock! began airing on ABC in 1973, the idea of using (more…)