In the grand tradition of English Comic Verse, and with apologies for all deficiencies in rhythm and metre, I offer you the following bit of doggerel. I put it together to re-use some of the illustrations from the 2011 issues of The Music Jungle. I will snail-mail a tiny and insignificant prize to the first person who gets in touch with us via email@example.com and correctly identifies the source articles for all the illustrations.
A Music Lesson Gone Mad
What a noise! What a din!
Someone’s let the monkeys in
And round and round and round they run
Until they find the African drum.
Elephant’s child is in a bate
‘cos no-one wants to stop and wait
While he mends his clarinet
Which broke when he, unmindful, stepped
To left, instead of to the right
To avoid the beetle, just in sight
Who called out “Watch it! Stupid boy
Couldn’t you hear me shout ‘Ahoy’?”
Here comes that monkey, it can’t keep still,
What is that shriek, so loud and shrill?
Arrrgh! Oh no! He’s found the recorder.
(Ear muffs and aspirins are now in order.)
The parrots flap about and add
Their powerful squawking to the mad-
ness that engulfs the room.
It doesn’t help when they start to zoom
Above the rumpus down below
Where frayed nerves begin to show;
This is what happens when the teacher leaves
The children to do just what they please!