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Ethan Hawke On 'Clive'; National Grammar Day; That Was A Hit!?!

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Monday, March 04, 2013

Ethan Hawke performs music from the play Clive in the Soundcheck studio. Ethan Hawke performs music from the play Clive in the Soundcheck studio. (Michael Katzif / WNYC)

In this episode: Ethan Hawke directs and stars as the rock star lead in the off-Broadway production of Clive. He joins us with the show’s writer, Jonathan Marc Sherman, to talk about their modernized adaptation of the 1918 play Baal. Plus, Hawke sings a few selections from the play. 

Also: Happy National Grammar Day! To celebrate the occasion, we diagram and dissect some of music’s least grammatically correct lyrics with “Grammar Girl” Mignon Fogerty and Soundcheck regular Faith Salie.

And: Our series That Was a Hit!?! continues with a look back at the 1974 chart topper “The Streak.”

Lie Lady Lie: National Grammar Day and Music

Recently, our regular contributor Faith Salie took to the Soundcheck blog to air her grievances about bad grammar in music. From Paula Cole to Eric Clapton to Leonard Cohen, it turns out that musicians can be rather careless when it comes to grammatical rules and their song lyrics. We talk with Faith, as well as Mignon Fogerty -- founder of the Grammar Girl website and podcast -- about examples of poor grammar in music. Plus, our listeners chime in with their favorite... er, least favorite... examples as well. 

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