Jurassic Heart

  • Oct 1, 2023

When I first read “start the song with a chorus”, my rule-bending noggin immediately had an idea… I can start the song with a “chorus” of my high school chorus students singing… which then snowballed into: I can have my students write an entire song! And so, I assigned this song as a creative writing project for my advanced chamber choir class of 25 students, who eagerly leapt at the opportunity. Over the course of a week they wrote, composed, and recorded all the disparate verses/choruses/outros/sound effects you hear. My goal was to get them collaborating, problem-solving, and having fun bringing their own baby into the world, and hopefully that fun comes across…



We made eye contact across the watering hole and now I feel you in my soul

Being hit by meteorites sucks, I just really really want to… be with you

I could watch the Pteranodons fly, but I would rather watch your eyes

Whenever I see your long neck, I feel even more ere- in love

Even though we’ll be apart, you’ll always be in my Jurassic heart

Though there’ s differences in our diet, there’s chemistry you can’t deny it

My arms can’t reach, we’re far apart, and yet you crushed my Jurassic heart

Even with all this pain, I still want to ride the Dinosaur Train (Dinosaur Train riff)

Even though you’re a brachiosaurus, this love was meant for-us

Sometimes I feel like a loner, but when I’m with you, I get a massive… love in my heart

When you said no, my heart burst, I hope you get hit by the meteorite first

I should’ve known it from the start, that she would break my–

I tried to impress her, all my attempts failed

I think the ship of our love has sailed

Now as I watch the Pterodactyls soar

I realize, she’s a DinoWhore

Looking for feedback on

Any moments or ideas you found particularly funny or creative, my students would love to hear :)


EliasSZ October 8, 2023 2:37pm

I wish I had classes that did things like this in school. Damn.

Ben October 7, 2023 7:03pm

Well that was fun. A first in the NCBC catalogue.

@@nick i’m with you on the V.G. xmas sound. That’s funny.

Well done, Caleb’s students!

nick October 6, 2023 10:29am (edited)

@@Ben @@alechutson @@agasthya take a peek at this

nick October 6, 2023 10:29am

Wowie wow wow finally getting to this. Truly brings a little dino tear to my eye. Who knew highschoolers would wanna push the naughtiness envelope?? love it.

The bongo, piano choral spoken word sections are absolutely fabulous. There’s something especially charming about the iphone/macbook compressed microphone capturing the piano and choir together—some Vincent Guaraldi “My Little Drum” vibes.

So glad to have you and the crew involved!

Nate.Piss October 5, 2023 1:00pm


Ryan October 4, 2023 2:25pm

Yes! This is what it’s all about! Neon Chef for students! Wooooooot!

Can you please post the lyric sheet? I have a sneaking suspicion I’m missing out on a lot of wordplay. “My arms can’t reach that far apart and yet you crush my jurassic heart” is outstanding. Love the section that follows this lyric, too. Feels like Sufjan Stevens jumped in as co-producer real quick.

The experimental bridge is incredible hahaha. The fun comes across in a BIG way.

Caleb October 5, 2023 12:52pm

I just added the lyrics to the post. Thanks so much Ryan!!! I just shared these comments with them, they loved it. Sufjan my mannnnnnnnn.