We have our singing lawyers, the Bar & Grill Singers (lawyers songs linked to below). The neuroscientists are getting into the swing, too. Many of you interested in the brain and neuroscience will know of Dr. Joseph Ledoux, author of The Emotional Brain and Synaptic Self. He is now singing about the brain in a music genre called Heavy Mental. Watch a story about The Amygdaloids. Listen to some of the songs of The Amygdaloids, including "All In a Nut," in which they sing about the part of the brain called the amygdala. The nut reference refers to the amygdala's almond shape.
Our lawyer songbirds have produced three albums. They are described
The Bar and Grill Singers are all practicing attorneys in Austin, Texas, and have performed for law-related groups across the United States. The first annual Bar & Grill Show was held on September 19, 1992, at the Paramount Theater in Austin, Texas. Prior to that show, Claude Ducloux and Paul Carmona collaborated on writing skits and songs for entertainment at various law-related events in Austin, including the annual "Bench-Bar" conference by the Travis County Bar Association, and the annual "Pro Bono Banquet" sponsored by Volunteer Legal Services of Central Texas. Since the first show in 1992, the Bar & Grill Show and the Singers' performances have raised money for Volunteer Legal Services of Central Texas, a non-profit organization that provides legal assistance to low-income individuals. To date, the total is over $300,000.
You may hear samples from each of their albums here:
So there is your listening pleasure for the weekend. Singing neuroscientists and singing lawyers. Enjoy!
Thanks to Retrospectacle: A Neuroscience Blog for the tip about the Amygdaloids.
Note (added August 13, 2007, 7:40 PM Mountain): Another idealawg singing lawyer post.
Note (added November 25, 2007, 1:11 PM Mountain): Click to see the Amygdaloids debut on November 1, 2006, at Union Hall, Park Slope, Brooklyn.
Note (added January 4, 2008, 7:50 Mountain): Today the Dana Press Blog posted about the Amygdaloids performing at Kennedy Center. Excerpt:
Who is drawn to a rock band starring neuroscientists? More than 300 people in Washington, D.C., apparently, who grooved in the foyer of the Kennedy Center on Thursday to the Amygdaloids’ songs about fear, love and passion, not only from the inner depths of experience but also from the band mates’ extensive knowledge of neural pathways.
Joseph LeDoux—songwriter, lead vocalist, rhythm guitar player and member of the Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives—leads this “heavy mental” garage band, which also includes Tyler Volk on lead guitar, Nina Curley on bass guitar and Daniela Schiller on drums. All are New York University scientists—three neuroscientists plus an environmental biologist (Volk).