Are ice cream truck songs regional?
When Dan Sinker isn't impersonating Rahm Emanuel, appearing as a guest on The Colbert Report or heading up the Knight-Mozilla OpenNews project, he's busy making online tools and on-the-fly websites to answer such questions as: Where can I find aggregated info on Chicago's mayoral candidates? (chicagomayoralscorecard.com) Does David Axelrod still have his mustache? (doesaxelrodstillhavehismustache.com)
So when he asked his loyal Twitter followers today [disclosure: I am a loyal Twitter follower and used to work for Sinker at Punk Planet magazine], "Is ice cream truck music regional, or is it 'Turkey in the Straw'/'Camptown Races' everywhere?", it's not surprising that, lickety-split, someone pulled a Sinker and started whipping up a crowd-sourced ice cream truck music map.
Maybe this initiative doesn't interest you, but maybe you haven't spent hours being driven mad by creepily endless loops of "Pop! Goes the Weasel" on a warm summer's eve. We have. Is the same song looping in, say, Albuquerque? Or do the trucks there favor "La Cucaracha"? Help make this V.I.M. (Very Important Map) more accurate by going here and answering just one question: Which song does the ice cream truck play in your area?
Is it "The Entertainer"? "Turkey in the Straw"? Something else? Sinker makes the V.I.P. (Very Important Point) that, melody-wise, "Do Your Ears Hang Low" is the same as "Turkey in the Straw." So don't get it twisted.
In the words of Eddie Murphy, "There's something about the ice cream truck that makes kids lose it." And there's something about ice cream truck music that makes us lose it, too. OUR MINDS.