Talk about mixtures that won’t dissolve
Coalescence allows droplets to evolve
We coat ’em with proteins that stabilize
Then add globules and let love galvanize
Oil and water, ice cream, and egg yolk
A self-containing dispersion? That’s mad woke
Well, I got good news, ’cause they might be unbalanced
But kinetic calisthenics are up to the challenge
So I whipped out my air bubble gun and took aim
Your lab tech said I should’ve tried to thin the membrane
You’re telling me “Respect the Tyndall Effect”
‘Cause the lowest wavelength light always gets wrecked
Now we’re gellin’ at the club like we’re carrageenans
I pity the fool who’s gotta do the lab cleanin’
‘Cause before I locked the doors, I forgot the emulgent
My beaker exploded; my boss’s mood could use a solvent
Seventeen thousand years ago, @monicajbradbury asked me to cover Aerosmith’s “Sweet Emotion,” but with the lyrics rewritten to be about emulsion. I was obviously excited…and just a tad panicky, since the request required me to know both Aerosmith riffs and chemistry (two things that I admire greatly, but that aren’t really in my skill set).
But I love a creative challenge, and this turned out to be *ridiculously fun*. And I learned some things in the process!
(Image: Science versus Hollywood)
@samldanach had said “I’m hoping you manage to work ‘carrageenan’ into the song. ” HOPE REALIZED, SIR.
Thank you to Monica for requesting this, as well as to @Yam_Sham for checking my lyrics and making sure the science was correct, and to @ChristianLipski for assisting with some guitar-recording questions.
Original artist: Aerosmith
Re-lyricing: Joseph Camann
Guitars, bass, vocals, keyboards, and mixing: Joseph Camann
Drums: Karaoke version of “Sweet Emotion”
Image: American Chemical Society
(Link provided to me via @Yam_Sham)