As the credits were rolling on one of my children’s DVDs today, I began laughing so hard that the kids followed me down the hall asking, “Mommy! What’s funny?”
In junior high, my one-of-a-kind, they-don’t-make-’em-like-that-anymore principal gave the most glowing introduction I can remember for a performing artist at our annual Fine Arts Festival. My principal was passionate about the arts, and he was passionate about the difference between artists and entertainers, too. As a young pianist, I was riveted — especially when he slammed Elvis. Old school, y’all.
He told us all about Mr. McGlohon’s accomplishments as a jazz pianist and composer and how he was a gem belonging to the state of North Carolina. I did a good 30 minutes of research tonight, and yeah – he was awesome. Played with Tommy Dorsey and Frank Sinatra and lots of greats most of us have never heard of. You know, I don’t even think Mr. McGlohon was at the festival that year, but I think he and my principal were buds or something, so we got to hear a speech about why he had to cancel.
Anyway, here I am 20 years later, and who has composed the original music for “It’s Potty Time”? Yup. And if you’re a Dave Letterman fan, you might already know this one:
How great is it to know that someone successful enough to have a really, really beautiful theater named after them would be willing to write songs to tell my son how to pee?! I laughed really hard at first, because of course, the whole video long I’m wondering: Who had to write this?! Were they not cracking up the entire time?! And whyyyy are they so catchy? So yeah, the irony of a celebrated composer sitting in that [potty] chair really made me grin.
Without a drop of sarcasm I tell you: I am even more a fan of Loonis than ever before. Thanks, Loonis. You rocked. And may your works have great impact on my children.