Music Monday: Mistletoe

December has began – and so has the countdown to Christmas. I love the atmosphere during this time of year: the decorations, the goodwill and cheer, the books, and – of course – the music.

Today I will share with you a more modern Christmas song: Mistletoe by Justin Bieber.

I will be listening to this song – and others – in the forthcoming weeks.

What Christmas songs are you currently listening to?

Β© Colline Kook-Chun, 2019

Music Monday: Chicken Noodle Soup

My children enjoy listening to K-Pop and, every now and then, they introduce me to a song that they have discovered. Last week they showed me a video created by J-Hope, one of the singers from BTS, for his debut mix tape. It has a funny sounding title – Chicken Noodle Soup – but it has a catchy tune.

The song was apparently remade by J-Hope as it was one of the songs he danced to when learning that skill. All I know is that my daughters listen to it when they do the dishes πŸ˜€

What do you think of Chicken Noodle Soup?

Β© Colline Kook-Chun, 2019

Music Monday: China

Over the weekend, I attempted a new choreography created by Zumba to the song China by a group of singers including Daddy Yankee. I love the music – so catchy.

The choreography looks simple when you watch it – but actually doing it made me realise it is not as easy as it looks. Many of the combinations are new to me and I think this one may take me a while to learn. In the meantime, I will just enjoy the music.

Have you heard this song? It is new on the air waves.

Β© Colline Kook-Chun, 2019

Music Monday: Don’t You Forget About Me

As I was writing my book review for Mahairi McFarlene’s book Don’t You Forget About Me, I could not help but remember the song created by Simple Minds in the eighties. I used to love this song and always sang along with it when it was played on the radio. I remember, as well, watching the video repeatedly (back them we used to record the videos of our favourite songs to play again on afternoons spent with our friends).

And of course, one can’t forget to mention the iconic film The Breakfast Club for which the song was used.

Don’t You Forget About Me is definitely a song that brings back memories of a time period in my life: of my teenage years and all that comes with.

Don you remember this song? What memories does it bring back?

Β© Colline Kook-Chun, 2019

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Music Monday: Flash Pose

A Week and a half ago, Zumba released a new choreography labelled a ‘hot new choreo’. The song is Flash Pose by Pabllo Vittar. The choreography is easy to follow and the song is simple yet catchy. I was curious, however, to find out more about this singer as I had not heard the name before. And as I do not listen to the radio, I was unsure of whether this song is on the airwaves in Canada.

What I found out is that Pabllo Vittar is a Brazilian drag queen, singer and songwriter. He has released two albums and was nominated for a Grammy in 2018 at the Latin Grammy Awards, being the first nominated drag queen. He has become known as the voice for Brazil’s LGBTQ+ community as he is openly queer even though it is dangerous to be so in Brazil. If you want to know more of his journey, the Wikepedia page makes interesting reading.

The official video for the song Flash Pose embraces who Pabllo Vittar is:

I find the song catchy and I am curious as to whether it is being played on English radio stations.

Have you heard the song Flash Pose?

Β© Colline Kook-Chun, 2019

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Music Monday: A Little Bit of Funkytown

On Friday morning I received a notification that the new Zumba releases were available. I love listening to and watching their new songs – it makes me excited to learn new choreography. The first song on the new playlist is Funkytown.

This song from 1980 brings me back to my teen years. I remember bopping to this tune with my cousins at family parties. This was the song that got EVERYONE on the dance floor: uncles, aunts, grandmother, little kids, and of course the teenagers. Listening to it brings back good memories and always makes me smile.

Funkytown is such an iconic song. Even my girls know it as they used to play the song in the marching band for the Santa Parade. I am now learning the choreography – of course – and look forward to sharing the dance with people.

What are your memories of Funkytown?

Β© Colline Kook-Chun, 2019

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Music Monday: La Respuesta

During the past two weeks I have been learning a new Zumba choreography which I will use with my students when school begins again in September. Last week Monday, I tried it out with my Zumba instructor in front of her class. It is a fun choreography and matches the song, La Respuesta, very well.

I have no idea what the song is about, but I did enjoy watching the official video πŸ˜€

Have you heard this song before?

Β© Colline Kook-Chun, 2019

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Music Monday: Java Jive

Last week I attended the book launch for a Canadian author here in Toronto. I had read and enjoyed Farah Heron’s debut novel The Chai Factor (see post here) and was excited when I heard that there would be a barbershop quartet at the event.

The group sang four songs in total. I loved listening to their harmonies and their song choice brought me back to a time when I enjoyed listening (and dancing) to the music of the 1930s and 1940s. Their first song brought back childhood memories as the song was one that my dad used to play on his gramophone.

My friend did not recognise the song which surprised me a little. I am guessing her parents did not listen to the same music as mine did! πŸ˜€

Do you recognise this song?

Β© Colline Kook-Chun, 2019

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Music Monday: Bailame

Now that I have completed (and passed) my practical exam to be a group fitness instructor, I can learn some new songs to dance to. I have had the song Bailame Ray El Ingeniero on my list for a while and have started practicing the choreography. The song is catchy and has been stuck in my head for the last few days.

If you look at the dancers in the background, you will get an inkling of the dance I will do in the Zumba class. I am hoping that by Tuesday I will be confident enough in the choreography to dance this with my colleagues. I am sure they will love it too!

Do you like this song?

Β© Colline Kook-Chun, 2019

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Music Monday: I Punched Keanu Reeves

This weekend I watched Always Be My Maybe on Netflix. I was in the mood for a comedy and this movie fit the bill. In addition, it showcased characters of a culture that is not often seen on TV.

The film has quite a number of humorous scenes – and an even funnier song. Take a listen …. right until the end.

I am curious to see how well the rap song I Punched Keanu Reeves does – it is definitely not mainstream πŸ˜€

What do you think of the song from the film Always Be my Maybe?

Β© Colline Kook-Chun, 2019

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