Meet Edward Reid: They Were Happy and They Clapped Their Hands

For those of you still marveling over Susan Boyle’s surprise performance in 2009, meet Edward Reid who took nursery rhymes to a new level on “Britain’s Got Talent” this weekend.

Reid, 35, is a drama teacher who combined “Old McDonald Had a Farm,” “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star,” and “Humpty Dumpty” and “If You’re Happy and You Know It Clap Your Hands” to form a pop piece that, on creativity alone (in addition to a terrific voice), is pretty remarkable.

No great legal or political issues, here. Just a cool performance.

17 thoughts on “Meet Edward Reid: They Were Happy and They Clapped Their Hands”

  1. Tootie, Awwwwww, puppies! They’re asleep and I keep wanting to tap on my screen to wake them up 🙂

  2. anon nurse, thanks for the info. I loved her early albums and missed her when she withdrew from public life. So sad and gone too soon.

  3. Phoebe Snow, Bluesy Singer-Songwriter, Dies at 60
    Published: April 26, 2011

    Phoebe Snow, a bluesy singer, guitarist and songwriter whose “Poetry Man” was a defining hit of the 1970s but who then largely dropped out of the spotlight to care for her disabled daughter, died Tuesday. She was 60.

    Ms. Snow, who was nominated for best new artist at the 1975 Grammy Awards, died in Edison, N.J., from complications of a brain hemorrhage she had in January 2010, said Rick Miramontez, her longtime friend and public relations representative.

  4. Off topic, I know, but here is a relaxing, life-confirming addition to this thread. And perhaps you already know about it.

    But this is a live puppy cam. Litter of six, two-week old pups and mom from time to time.

  5. All thanks goes to erykah for the idea and Mr. Coltrane for the hard parts. All I did was the copy and pasting, anon nurse.

  6. Bravo!

    (The Coltrane is nice in the background. Thanks, erykah and Buddha.)

    And Blouise… stamping or stomping… either one works for me. 🙂

  7. Nice job here. This is in line with Ella Fitzgerald’s rendition of “A Tisket a Tasket” and John Coltrane’s rendition of “My Favorite Things,” which took these songs to a whole different level. The tradition continues here. Fabulous.

  8. A stylistic tour de force. I wonder if he was thinking that the audience for these shows seldom seem to recognize the difference between style and actual talent and said to himself ‘Style? My style-mojo is massive, I will stylistically crush the opposition with my style-mojo!’ LOL, he did too. I loved it; laughed and clapped with him.

  9. Not only a fantastic voice, but truly a daring and hilarious selection of material that proves sometimes it’s truly not what you sing but how you sing it.

    Much applause to you Mr. Reid!

    Well done!

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