Caught a hilarious spot on Prairie Home Companion last weekend. Did you know that Brad Paisley, famous country singer, would rather be a rock star? And I mean a rock star; he wants to sing songs of geology. Guy Noir, private eye, is brought in to bring him back from the brink...
The script and MP3/Real Audio can be seen here: http://prairiehome.publicradio.org/programs/2009/05/02/scripts/noir.shtml
Here's a bit....
BP: This is a volcanic hot spot in Hawaii. It’s for a TV special I’m writing a soundtrack for. I just can’t explain how the sight of red hot lava bubbling up from the ground — I just find it moving— the earth reforming itself.....continents shifting......earthquakes......I want to learn more and more about geology— have you ever read John McPhee’s book, Rising From The Plains?
GK: Yes, I’ve been reading it for ten years every night just before I fall asleep.
BP: I just find the science of geology so exciting....so fulfilling— I don’t want to sing about love anymore. I want to sing about the earth.
And a little ditty from "Al Gore":
Let other people hang out in bars.
I lie on the rocks and look up at the stars.
(I thought we geologists did both....)
Kudos to Prairie Home Companion!