This version of the “alphabet song” is getting a failing grade.
TV writer Noah Garfinkel (“Abby’s,” “New Girl”) is trying to rile up parents and easily shaken adults about a tweaked version of the “alphabet song” — used to teach kids all 26 letters — that messes with the song’s melody.
On Twitter, Garfinkel posted about the “life ruining” version of the kiddie ditty, which is produced by the children’s site Dream English. The normally accelerated “l-m-n-o-p” section finds its fast flow interrupted, dragging out “l-m-n” with the letter “o” being sung at the beat normally reserved for the consonant “q.”
Garfinkel’s viral post has racked up more than 95,000 likes, been retweeted more than 24,000 times and received more than 5,300 comments. Critics are calling the tweak “disgusting” and slapping a firm “no” on the reviled rendition.
Dream English, created by a singer-songwriter-teacher named Matt, says it creates “educational music that is not only filled with important phrases and grammar, but is also enjoyable to listen to.”
But the recently surfaced version isn’t necessarily new. Another variation, posted on YouTube in August 2009, follows a melody similar to the newly surfaced version, with the less-than-fluid “l-m-n-o-p” section also junked up.
Dream English also has other retooled versions of the song to send the senses into a tailspin. But the site’s YouTube page explains that the change “was originally recorded to teach children learning English as a second or foreign language,” writes creator Matt. “I found it much easier for the children to recognize and memorize all of the letters this way. It has since caught on around the world.”
Just not, apparently, in the minds of grown adults fettered to the original letter deployment.