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

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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: 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

SoCS: Earworm?

When I saw the word for this week’s prompt, I immediately turned to the dictionary as I did not know what it meant. The first definition I had a vague memory of hearing (short for corn earworm, an American moth caterpillar that is a pest of corn, cotton, and tomatoes). The second definition (a catchy song or tune that runs continually through a person’s mind.) I had not heard of before. I prefer the second definition and chose to share with you the current tune that is running through my head as I am typing my post: Scream by Usher

Today this song was in my mind as I walked to the supermarket and to my exercise class. Even after dancing to some eighties music at my Sha’bam class, Usher’s voice was still singing to me. As walked to my destination, not only was I listening to this song in my head, I was also dancing to it. At moments like these, I imagine moving my arms and legs to the rhythms and the beats and imagining the sensation I would feel if I were physically dancing.

Hopefully tomorrow another song will replace Scream. I do not mind pleasant-sounding earworms. It is annoying, however, when it is a song I do not like – or an advertising jingle that is repetitive or cliched

Do you enjoy earworms? Which song do you have running through your head right now?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2018

(This post is linked to Stream of Consciousness SaturdayThe prompt is: resolution

Music Monday: For Me Formidable

This week is our year-end concert and the school is in a flurry of preparation. My class have been practicing their song and dance steps every week for months now and I am hoping that they know it well enough not to get stage fright when they perform in the high school auditorium on Wednesday. The song they will be singing is For Me Formidable as sung by Charles Aznavour.

The dance that has been choreographed to go with it is perfect for this song and I am sure it will wow the parents. As for me, I will be pleased to no longer have this song running in my head.  🙂

Do you enjoy listening to old style songs?

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Music Monday: Michel Telo

Not only am I dancing when I go to my Zumba classes, I am also introduced to new songs albeit Spanish ones. One of my Zumba instructors has choreographed a dance to the following song by Michel Telo:

I have no idea what he is singing about but I enjoy the rhythms and the dance we do to it. The dance my instructor leads us in a dance similar to this one:

It is a perfect dance to slow the heart rate down a little after an energetic one.

Do you know any of Michel Telo’s songs?

© 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.)

Music Monday: A Little Dancing

At the moment there are two songs on my playlist that I listen to – and watch – every day while I make dinner. I love the songs – they get my feet tapping and make me want to move to the music. I enjoy watching the videos because of the dance moves.

The first video I want to share with you is the song Nota de Amor  by Winsin and Carlos Vives:

I love watching the dance choreography – so graceful. I never get tired of watching the video (though I am sure my children are tired of hearing the song!)

Another song I enjoy watching and listening to is one sung by Ricky Martin featuring Pitbull. I found this song quite by chance while scrolling through Ricky Martin songs. I enjoy the beat and watching the dancers during the live performance.

I have been listening to these songs for about three weeks now – and they often pop into my head during the day. I am not to sure when I will get tired of them!

What is your current favourite song?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2018

Music Monday: Gregg Le Rock

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Last week Wednesday I went on a school field trip with my class and all the other grade 1 classes to a concert. We went to see Gregg Le Rock, a Canadian musician who writes and sings French songs aimed at school children who are learning French. To prepare them for the concert, I teach the children the songs beforehand and we practise singing them every morning. I will share with you a few favourites. The videos have been made with French subtitles, and the pictures have been deliberately chosen to show the meaning of the lyrics.

The first song I teach them every year is the one on Terry Fox. It is a perfect song for when we run to raise money for cancer; and it is a song that teaches them about endurance.

This year, the favourite of my class was Dans Ma Maison, a song which lists all the furniture that can be found in a house:

The children enjoyed singing to Ecoutons La Radio. At the concert this was the second song Gregg Le Rock sang – and he sang it with a different rhythm. Loved it!

But the vibe was the best for the song Montrez-Moi Vos Mains. I loved seeing my students wave their hands while the musician was singing.

And which Canadian would not love the song Au Canada. We certainly do!

The children enjoyed their concert-going experience and stepped off of the school bus into the school singing Gregg Le Rock’s songs.

Have you been to a concert held by a musician of children’s songs?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2018