Thursday, February 7, 2019

In the year 2525 with Littleton's Goddard Middle School


Viking I - Robert Goddard Middle School, Littleton
John Law 30536
 Hey all!

I love school choir records. Just love 'em. The kids on these recordings sing with either a serious heartfelt, or a "why bother, this is an easy credit," intent, which makes these so worth the hunt.

Take for example the 8th and 9th grade choir at Littleton's Robert Goddard Middle School.

I was taken by the many pop covers on this disc ("Monday Monday" - Mamas and Papas, "Family of Man" - Three Dog Night, "Bless The Beasts and the Children" - Carpenters), but the one that caught my attention was the depressing, world is doomed hit, "In the Year 2525."

Goddard Middle School 8th and 9th Grade Choir 

The Goddard Symphony Band backs up the choir. While the LP implies it is the first vinyl recording for the school, I have yet to find a sequel. The group is directed by Marv Feldman, Don Boley, and Richard Brinkley.

“In the Year 2525," originally recorded by Zager and Evans, is 50 years old, this year (it spent six weeks at the top of the charts, from July 6, 1969, until Aug. 16, 1969). How appropriate I also discover that, last year, Goddard Jr. High celebrated its 50th year.

Now it's been ten thousand years
Man has cried a billion tears
For what, he never knew, now man's reign is through
But through eternal night, the twinkling of starlight
So very far away, maybe it's only yesterday.

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