Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Lip syncing: The finest art

For originality, a 28.

For appearance, a 29,

For lip sync, a 30!

For the majority of my life, the TV show "Puttin' on the Hits" has been in my mind. I like to lip synch. Who doesn't? And that show's rating system often pops into my mind when, as a classy teacher, I grade some papers. Unfortunately, lip syncing is not considered a core English content standard.

It was only recentl that I realized how miniscule "Puttin' on the Hits" was. It only aired from 1984 to 1988, and its host, Allen Fawcett, is less famous than me. Through intense Internet research, I have realized that many people might not have even heard of "Puttin' on the Hits."But, hell, no! I refuse to accept the fact that "Puttin' on the Hits" is insignificant to many in the world. Did anyone happen to see the "Say, Say, Say" performance in which a man dressed as a half black man and half white man (one side was black, and the other side was white) and perfectly lip synced the Michael Jackson and Paul McCartney parts? Yowsers, that was perfect!

We live in a crazy world in which lip syncing is hardly considered an art form any more. I am pretty sure the Greeks considered the top three art forms as 1) painting, 2) sculpture and 3) lip syncing. You can tell a lot about a culture by its art, and the lack of lip syncing shows makes me wonder where our society is headed.

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