11 February 2011

Friday Music Video: Somebody Changed the Name

I had so much fun with my last music video that I had to do another one... This time it is a song of frustration about scientific names of plants that keep on changing... Enjoy!


BTW,I should add that I'm not serious at ALL here... as a plant breeder, I actually totally love better taxonomy -- name changes give us a much better idea of how plants are related and what might cross with what. But sometimes those new names ARE annoying to learn to spell and pronounce.

21 comments:

danger garden said...

Another classic! And of course now every time I hear that song I'll be singing your lyrics, well except for the ones I can't pronounce.

Mary C. said...

hehehe...

Now that we know you sing - if you ever come to southern california you should come to a jam night w/the Southbay Acoustic Musicians! e always need singers! :)

Alison said...

I'm not familiar with this song in its original form, but this was not only well sung, but also a clever video.

Thanks for sharing!

Greensparrow said...

Danger Garden,
Thank you! I'm pretty sure I pronounced half of them wrong in the wrong in the song anyway...

MaryC,
I'm adding it to my Souther CA to-do list if I ever get out there!

Alison,
Thank you so much! The original song is "Somebody Told Me" by The Killers.

Anonymous said...

Oh, Joseph, Joseph, Joseph! [rolling my eyes upwards and to the left]

Tom said...

Wait it's seriously not Dicentra anymore? Oye. I think I'm sticking with Dicentra, I don't like Lamprocapnos. I think this song sums up my taxonomy feelings pretty well.

Jeff Gillman said...

Absolutely Hilarious!

Annie Hayes said...

Just refuse to learn the new name Joseph! That's what i do and hey, its been working for me for decades!

Garden Lily said...

I don't know the original song either, but I enjoyed your version. Your music video skills are improving. I'm looking forward to #3.

Potato Queen and Mulch Boy said...

Coleus Coleus Coleus! Or if you prefer, "Those Pretty Pink and Green Things Dad Always Had on the Side of the House in Virginia." Yeah. That's better.

Potato Queen and Mulch Boy said...

Also, KILLERS!

Val said...

Joseph, the vine you asked about in part one looks like the bittersweet(celastrus) I used to grow. I can't remember whether I grew the native or the invasive import.

Laurent Nisen said...

Really funny! And you forgot Symphyotrichum and Dendranthema. What?! They're now back to Asther and Chrysanthemum? :)

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