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Rebirth of Math (Cool Like Math)
(song/animation completed 11/23/2011)
Whenever I drop a funky-fresh, super-dope math jam parody, invariably
a few kids will suggest, “You should do [fill in flavor-of-the-month
song here] next.”
I typically don’t invite or listen to such suggestions.
Early last school year though, I had already decided to make “Super
Geek” the next A.M.C. song/animation when my student Kemba
mentioned “Rebirth of Slick” by Digable Planets. Immediately
I knew that this would be the song to parody for the following year
and I’ve been looking forward to it ever since.
Over the summer I intended to get a head start on the project, hoping
to avoid spending a disproportionate amount of my Thanksgiving break
on it (as has been the case for several years running). My lyrics
were complete by the opening week of school, and colleagues Peter
Wenstrup and Matthew Owen made sure to contribute their verses on
schedule. However, I knew that my choice to feature hand-drawn and
scanned artwork would deplete whatever time-savings I had accrued.
So even though the song was almost complete several weeks ago, once
again I spent the first four to five days of Thanksgiving break
on the animation. The process of seeing the project materialize
before me provides an immense thrill that is well worth the time
cost. I’m very pleased with the contributions of my Lusher
High School Math Department colleagues and the results of my own
labor this year. In fact, this is my instant favorite of the four
A.M.C. videos made so far. Thanks to K-Fro for the idea!