Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Songwriter Gives SAT Students A Reason To Sing The Blues

NEW YORK (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Those SAT students whose grades were inaccurately scored due to wet answer sheets now have another reason to sing the blues.

Songwriter Tom Meltzer has written the song “Rainy Day SAT Blues #4,000” for the Princeton Review, which prepares students for the college test.

Besides lampooning the situation, the song has an ulterior motive: to teach students SAT vocabulary words by inserting them into the tune.

That means Meltzer had to come up with words that rhymed with “circumspect” and “nonchalant.” He notes, “It helps to have a good rhyming dictionary.”

Meltzer says since the story was about the students getting taken advantage of, it seemed natural to use a Bruce Springsteen-style melody with lyrics like No, the company wasn’t circumspect/ Its behavior was abject/ And the mistakes it made almost waylaid Billy’s chances of getting into Princeton.

The song can be heard at iTunes or at

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