Aside from making the world go around (okay, that and gravity), music is one of the best ways to learn and remember things. Granted, you'll store away some really useful things like the alphabet and how to spell "encyclopedia" or like my husband, the United States in alphabetical order.
And then there are the things you wish you could forget, like the local pizza joint's phone number, because we moms only have a few random brain cells to spare and I need to remember my own phone number, not the one of some bad pizza joint.
I will not bore you with all the oodles of scientific research that actually show the effectiveness of using music to memorize random things, but it is a bit uncanny to see what ridiculous song lyrics people remember, or random information that they can store in their heads when it is put to either a familiar tune, or just something that's plain old catchy.
We've certainly done our fair share of using such techniques to our advantage around my house. The University of Tennessee (don't ask, we are not Volunteer fans by any means) fight song somehow became the diaper changing song my husband sang to my daughter. Change "Rockytop" to "Grumpypants" and it's actually quite catchy.
And just today, I taught my daughter about flatulence via Laurie Berkner's "We are the Dinosaurs," although instead of marching, they are "farting, farting... what do you stink of that?"
Yes, a near doctorate in Music and all I can come up with is that. Sorry mom.
But truly, my claim to fame came during my summer stint in Anatomy class where I created the ultimate mnemonic for the 12 Cranial Nerves -- simply sung to the tune of "My Favorite Things." Go ahead, my fair nursing student readers, give it a try.
Not only was it odd listening to a bunch of nursing students and me (the lone music therapy major) humming a Julie Andrews song during an exam, but what's even worse is that I can still rattle them off.
Look. It's the closest I have to a stupid bar trick. Don't burst my bubble, okay?
Share your ridiculous (or not so ridiculous) songs this weekend for our blog blast and be entered to win one of two $500 Best Buy gift certificates courtesy of Bush's Beans where they are actually holding a super duper contest for people to re-write the "beans" song. Yes, that one. For more info on how to enter the blog blast, visit Parent Bloggers Network.