I…am…Scientist…Asian…Rockstar… (O.K. maybe not a rockstar). What science subject should I write my next song about?

Yes, it’s true! In my younger days, I had many a futile dream of being a rockstar in a rock band. Nowadays, I live this dream vicariously with the odd song (poorly) written and recorded for science’s sake. Generally, this is done as a challenge, whereupon I make the comments section a place for suggestions.

For example, below is a song I had to put together because someone threw in the word “mitochondria.”

Here is the mp3 for your listening pleasure (best with headphones) – just click to listen.

MITOCHONDRIA!
(verses)
Floating round in a cell,
making A T P
In your own kind of hell
in the cytoplasmic sea

You got own DNA
Came maternally
Never sure how you stayed
Endosymbiotically

(Chorus)
Mitochondria, Mitochondria, Mitochondria, Mitochondria
Mitochondria, Mitochondria, Mitochondria, Mitochondria

(Bridge)
Inner membrane, oxidation, many cristae, metabolism
Electron transportation chain!

REPEAT VERSES

Anyway, enough with the organelle talk – leave some suggestions below and I’ll do my best to have something written within 2 to 3 weeks.

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David (@ng_dave) is Faculty at the Michael Smith Labs. His writing has appeared in places such as McSweeney's, The Walrus, and boingboing.net. He plans on using Terry as another place to highlight the mostly science-y links he appreciates.In fact, if you liked this one, you might also like his main site generally - this can be found at popperfont.net.

3 Responses to “I…am…Scientist…Asian…Rockstar… (O.K. maybe not a rockstar). What science subject should I write my next song about?”

  1. Josephine Xu

    Geez!! That was fantastic!! If I had heard this sone in high school…I might just become a biologist.

  2. henry

    With all the buzz about speed of light and Einstein right now, how about Neutrinos. You gotta write a song about neutrinos.

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