Bother, said Pooh, this isn’t working quite how I wanted it to.

Actually, it’s working pretty beautifully, except I can’t figure out how to make the date/timestamp/entry spacing look Just Like it does on my non-blogger page, and, well, I *like* my format. Darn it. o.o

this is a test of the emergency weblogging system. this is only a test. if this was real, it’d be on the front page. *blink*

So my Mom called me up and polled everyone at our house this evening, and she wanted me to in turn poll everyone online, because virtually all of my friends have gone to college (whether you graduated or not is completely irrelevant. It should not prevent you from participating in the poll).

She had two questions. The first:
Why did you go to college?

The second, a corollary to the first:
What did you find most difficult to adjust to, from high school to college?

For what it’s worth, my answers to those questions are: My parents expected me to; and, learning to study. I did not, in fact, really learn to study in college, or indeed until after I’d graduated. Not until I took some online courses through Foothill did I develop the actual discipline to study.

So, anyway, why did you go to college?

What is it, do you think, about Superman, that makes us write songs about him? I was just listening to Five For Fighting’s “Superman”, and there’s Three Doors Down’s “Kryptonite” from a few months ago, the Crash Test Dummies’ “Superman’s Song/Eulogy for Superman” (probably my all-time favorite Superman song). Those three are off the top of my head; a quick net search also comes up with “Fire Escape” by Fastball, “Lois Lane” by Uncle Bonsai, “Superman” by Sister Hazel, “Superman” by REM, “Jimmy Olsen Blues” by the Spin Doctors, “Real World” by Matchbox 20, “Superman’s Midlife Crisis” by Joe Giacoio, “Sunshine Superman” by Donovan, and “Man of Steel” by Hank Williams Jr., and there are probably a lot of others.

In fact, wow, check out Superhero Songs and go check under S for Superman. Wow. For those interested, aside from Supes, Batman, Captain America, and Spider-Man have far and away the most songs about them. Still, Batman, who has the most, has about 15 songs listed on that page, whereas Superman has nearly fifty.

So what is it about him that makes us write songs about him? I mean, I’ve actually written a paper about the development of superheroes and why they came about when they did, and Superman is pretty much the first, and he’s certainly a part of the American (and perhaps the world’s) consciousness, but I find it fascinating that we keep writing songs about him. I wonder what it is, the hero or the alienation (both literally and figuratively), that gets us. I mean, music is a powerful thing. Why do we feel the need to put this character to music?