This makes me so happy.
Jill Burress brings us a toe-tappingly catchy rendition of “The Fox (What Does The Fox Say?)” by Norwegian comedy duo, Yvlis. This original song and video went analytics-smashingly viral in 2013 and made the rounds very quickly. There were covers and imitators but at no time before Jill’s version was I able to really glom onto exactly how weird this song was and why it was so catchy.
Reading the lyrics is one thing. Watching it performed by a human being in all its emotive glory brought me to a point where I could smile widely and giggle at the “language tricks” and “sound gags” that, combined with an expert dance troupe, just completely entertained me. Tch-ch-ch-ch-ch! Pa-Pow, Pa-Pow, Pa-Pow! Hatee-hatee-hatee-ho! All these and more were featured with blinding speed and force, accurately mirroring the singers original intention to goof off with nonsense sounds, scatting to the beat of the music.
Jill’s cueing prowress is elite as she displayed a mastery over the skill that’s a pleasure to watch. There is very little left to the imagination. This is the very core of what Cued Speech was made for and why it’s so important to me. I often use the phrase, “Cued Speech is a perfect visual representation of spoken language” but in very few places is that point made as roundly as it is by Jill’s performance.