Metamusic

A few self-referential songs:

The Music Goes Round and Round

The Music Goes Round and Round,” sung by Betty Boop, aka Helen Kane. Originally featured in the film “The Music Goes Round” (1936), played by Riley-Farley & the Onyx Club Boys. (I am more familiar with Louis Prima’s version of the song, but couldn’t find a copy to share with you.)

The lyrics give you simple instructions on how to play a trumpet:

I blow through here
The music goes ’round and around
Whoa-ho-ho-ho-ho
And it comes out here.
I push the first valve down
The music goes down and around
Whoa-ho-ho-ho-ho
And it comes out here.

The following verses describe pushing “the middle valve down” and then “the other valve.” And just like that you can play the trumpet!

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