Way Out Wednesday: Tom Glazer and Dottie Evans, “Space Songs”

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Today’s album is this little gem from 1959 called Space Songs. The songs were written by Hy Zaret and Lou Singer and were performed by Tom Glazer and Dottie Evans. (I actually found this cover online because my copy of this was a “Preview Edition” and had a plain blue and white cover with no graphics.)

We start things off with the rousing “Zoom a Little Zoom.” According to Wikipedia, this song was also used as the theme song for the Rocketboom vlog.

Tom Glazer and Dottie Evans – Zoom a Little Zoom

One thing I like about albums like these is that they strive to have as much variety in their songs as possible, whether it really fits with the subject matter or not. For example, what would fit better for a song about constellations than Irish jig music?

Tom Glazer and Dottie Evans – Constellation Jig

Another thing I enjoy is the way they have a male and female host pretending to have a casual conversation before they burst into song. We know it’s just pretend in this song because otherwise the conversation wouldn’t have gotten past the guy asking her, “How much do you weigh?” whereupon she would have demonstrated the effects of a knee to his giblets.

Tom Glazer and Dottie Evans – What Is Gravity

This next song may sound familiar to you. It’s called “Why Does the Sun Shine?” and it throws in a lot of interesting solar info in the sort of pirate shanty form.

Tom Glazer and Dottie Evans – Why Does the Sun Shine

The reason the previous song might have rung a bell is that the group They Might Be Giants did a remake of it which you can hear here.

They Might Be Giants – Why Does the Sun Shine

If you’d like to learn more about things like why stars twinkle, latitude and longitude, and Sir Isaac Newton, you can find the whole album here!