Music Monday: Sucker by The Jonas Brothers

On Friday my daughter told me about a new song by The Jonas Brothers. I had seen that they had got back together but had not yet listened to any of their new songs. My daughter particularly likes Sucker and has started playing it a number of times since it has come out.We watched the video together:

I like the song. It is catchy and I have always like the music these brothers make. I am not too keen on the video though as there doesn’t seem to be a link between the song and the images on the screen. And it does look a bit pretentious to me.

What do you think of the new song – and video – by The Jonas Brothers?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2019

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Music Monday: A Star Wars Theme Song

I love the Star Wars saga – and have done so since I saw Return of the Jedi at the cinema in the early eighties. I have fond memories of spending time with my great aunt and her treating me to a sci-fi movie. I already was a fan of science fiction but had not yet encountered the films of George Lucas. My enjoyment of the film was not diminished because I had not seen the first two films in the series. (Though I did soon catch up!)

Yesterday I watched Solo: A Star Wars Story. I had missed seeing it in the cinema and had received the DVD as a Christmas gift from a fellow Star Wars fan. I loved the film and how the story gave background history to some of my favourite characters (Han Solo and Chewbacca). What I noticed was that the Star Wars theme song still remains the same:

With the thread of this music running through the film, not only were new memories being created but old ones were being revisited. I love how a part of my past has been woven into my present.

What do you think of the Star Wars theme song?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2019

Music Monday: A Bohemian Rhapsody

Last week Tuesday, my husband and I went on a date – that is, we went out without the children. It had been a while since we had been to the movies sans famille and he wanted to go and experience the big screen. We decided to go and see Bohemian Rhapsody – especially as I am a great fan of Queen’s music.

I loved the film and I could see why Rami Malek won a Golden Globe for his performance. The film showed me quite a bit of Freddie Mercury’s life that I had not known before. As a teenager listening to his music, I had not been interested in knowing his background and personal history. Instead, my friends and I had enjoyed the music – dancing and singing along to his lyrics.

The story was interesting, the acting good, and the music incredible. I loved seeing the history of well-beloved songs. My favourite has always been Bohemian Rhapsody, even though the music critics did not respond favourably to it:

We Will Rock You was one that we used to sing at sports’ events and it was interesting to learn of its genesis:

I have always enjoyed listening to Find Me Somebody To Love:

I could go on with my favourite Queen hits – but that would mean many posts. If I have the opportunity to watch the film again, I probably will. But in the meantime I will pop my CD featuring Queen’s Greatest Hits into my CD player.

Which is your favourite Queen song?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2019

Music Monday: Can You Imagine That?

Our family loves Mary Poppins, so we all had to go watch Mary Poppins Returns together. I remember many afternoons watching the original film with my children. Did I say many? I meant every! My girls loved the story and the songs so much. They would often burst into song pretending that they were singing along with the famous nanny. When we moved from South Africa to Canada, Mary Poppins was the first DVD that I bought for them as they missed watching the film. The memories of Julie Andrews’ portrayal of the character was fantastic – and I enjoyed Dick van Dyke’s role as the chimney sweep as well.

I was happy to see that the new film, Mary Poppins Returns, was also a musical. One of the songs I enjoyed was Can you Imagine That?

It reminded me a little of the scene in Mary Poppins when she takes things out of her bag to set up her bedroom. As with this song, there were many other references to the original film. We came out of the cinema having enjoyed the film – but we did not love it as much as the original. Maybe we just need to watch it a few more times?

Have you seen Mary Poppins Returns yet?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 201

Music Monday: To Be Lit

During the holidays, I learned another piece of urban slang from my children while eating at the dinner table. I had previously seen this expression on cards and banners at literary events:

A Slogan of Frenzy Presents at Harper Collins Canada. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2019

I always thought that it was a pun referring to literary works and thought that it meant we should get reading. When speaking to my children, I came to the realization that the expression was referring, instead, to something exciting; to something that would light you up.

When attending my first exercise class after the Christmas holidays, I danced to the song No Lies by Sean Paul. Needless to say, I thought of my children when I heard the word “it’s gonna be lit tonight”. I will now always think of them when hearing this catchy tune. In addition to understanding a little more of the lyrics, the song will also remind me that I am never to old to learn new slang!

What modern phrase have you recently learned?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2019

Music Monday: A Dance in the Past

On Saturday at my Shab’am dance exercise class, the teacher mixed into her playlist some songs that took us way back. The songs have good memories for me and it was fun to dance to them. The first song that took me back was Starships:

The other song that took me back was Rick Martin’s She Bangs. I remember dancing to this with my friends and having such fun.

Our teacher has promised that she will keep these songs on her playlist for another week so we can look forward to dancing to them next Saturday. 🙂

What songs have taken you back to the past this week?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2018

Music Monday: Halloween

Halloween is drawing near and the children at school are beginning to show their excitement. Discussions centre around costumes, trick-or-treating, and candy. There are two songs that the children enjoy singing and dancing along to. The first is The Monster Mash:

And an all-time favourite is C’est l’Halloween by Matt Maxwell. Halloween at our school wouldn’t be the same without singing this 🙂

Only a few more days and the children will be dressed up in costumes and eating too much candy. And then we will move onto different songs in class.

Do you have memories connected to these songs?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2018

Music Monday: Familiar

As a classroom teacher, I am expected to do DPA (Daily Physical Activity) with my class on the days they do not have Physical Education. I have chosen to give my students 15 minutes to dance. I project a list of songs that they enjoy moving to onto the board, and they dance to the music. They love it and over time I have seen an improvement in the way they move their bodies.

One of the songs they enjoy dancing along to is Familiar:

I was curious to see the singers, so I decided to look up the official video:

The reason I know this song is because I have danced to it myself during my zumba classes:

I like the rhythm and the beat. Maybe that is why I keep hearing the song in my head. 🙂

Have you danced to the song Familiar?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2018

Music Monday: BTS

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My daughter is a HUGE fan of BTS, a Korean pop band. Each day she listens to their music and watches their videos on YouTube. She has watched numerous interviews given by them, and stayed up late to watch the AMA in order to see them perform. She loves them so much that she spent all of her money on a ticket to go and see them. For a while now I have been listening to their songs and have grown familiar with them. Most of them are high energy and upbeat. My favourite is titled Fire:

Their recent song is Idol. 

I love the dancing in their videos. During the dancathon I participated in on Saturday, the Zumba teacher played Idol. I recognised the song with glee and danced to it with enthusiasm. When I told my daughter she could not help grinning.

Have you heard of the K-pop band BTS?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2018

Song Lyric Sunday: Hey Brother by Avicii

Mention the word ‘brother’ or ‘sister’ and one immediately thinks of siblings. It is not often that siblings are mentioned in songs but in Hey Brother by Avicii, both a brother and sister are mentioned.
The song emphasises that blood is thicker than water and that no matter what, and no matter how far he is, the singer will help his siblings.
Hey brother! There’s an endless road to rediscover
Hey sister! Know the water’s sweet but blood is thicker
Oh, if the sky comes falling down, for you
There’s nothing in this world I wouldn’t do
Hey brother! Do you still believe in one another?
Hey sister! Do you still believe in love? I wonder
Oh, if the sky comes falling down, for you
There’s nothing in this world I wouldn’t do
What if I’m far from home?
Oh brother, I will hear you call!
What if I lose it all?
Oh sister, I will help you out!
Oh, if the sky comes falling down, for you
There’s nothing in this world I wouldn’t do
Hey brother! There’s an endless road to rediscover
Hey sister! Do you still believe in love? I wonder
Oh, if the sky comes falling down, for you
There’s nothing in this world I wouldn’t do
What if I’m far from home?
Oh brother, I will hear you call!
What if I lose it all?
Oh sister, I will help you out!
Oh, if the sky comes falling down, for you
There’s nothing in this world I wouldn’t do
The sense one gets when listening to this song is that this person has an overwhelming love for his brother and sister. It is an wonderful thing to see, especially when there are so many siblings out in the world who have no time for one another. When I look at my children I see that they all get on well together. I am hoping that their relationship stays strong during their entire lifetime.
 (Songwriters: Ash Pournouri / Salem Al Fakir / Tim Bergling / Veronica Maggio / Vincent Fred Pontare)
IMG_1345Would you do anything for your sibling?
© Colline Kook-Chun, 2018
(This post is linked to Song Lyric Sunday hosted by Helen. The theme this week is brother/sister.)