Music Monday: Africa and Toto

On Saturday evening while we were having dinner, my daughter mentioned the song that was part of the sing-along at their school’s annual music concert. The song took me back years to when I was a teenager. I tried humming the tune for my husband to see if he remembered it but eventually I had to grab the iPad and show it to him.

Do you remember Toto’s song Africa? I remember loving the cool rhythms of it and humming it while doing chores. There is an honesty about the song now as I am listening to it decades later: the music is not as synthesised as so much of the new music (though I do love some of it). While listening to the song, I see in my mind’s eye my cousins and the friends that listened to it with me. The song is definitely linked to good memories for me.

What memories do you have of Toto’s song?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2019

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Music Monday: Rico Cha Cha Cha

As you know, I am currently working on learning choreography for my practice exam to be a Group Fitness Instructor – in particular, a Zumba instructor. One of the reasons I love Zumba is because of the Latin dancing influence. The music reminds me of the time when I used to dance Latin moves: the cha cha cha, the rhumba, the jive, the samba. I love the music; I love the rhythms; and I love the movements.

Now that I am building my own playlist and class atmosphere, I am influenced by the love of my past. My preference is to choose music with a Latin feel and the choreography I prefer embraces the merangue, the salsa, the cumbia. I do include reggaeton – but not as much as in the Zumba classes that I attend. The latest song I am learning has steps for a cha cha cha. The song is authentic and so are the movements of the following Zumba crew:

I know of a number of people who will enjoy this and I look forward to sharing it with them.

Do you enjoy dancing to the cha cha cha?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2019

Music Monday: Perfect by Ed Sheeran

I am currently looking for music that I can use for my practical exam to be a group fitness instructor. Last week I came across Perfect by Ed Sheeran and am thinking of using the ballad for the cool down and stretch segment of my practice class.

Even if I do not use the song, I am glad I came across it as it is a beautiful ballad and I will enjoy listening to it.

What do you think of Ed Sheeran’s ballad Perfect?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2019

Music Monday: A Zumba Latest Release

As you know, I am currently working towards becoming a Zumba instructor. One of the latest releases offered to instructors is the choreography to the song Con Calma by Daddy featuring Snow. I like the tune as it is catchy and would be, I think, a great addition to a class.

I am currently trying to learn the choreography to the music as I plan to use it for the Canfitpro practical exam that I am now preparing for.

What do you think of the song I am sharing this week?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2019

Music Monday: I’ve Gotta Feeling

A few years back, my eldest daughter loved the Black-Eyed Peas. I bought the album for her and we spent many hours listening to the songs (which I also loved).The tunes are catchy and you would often find us moving our feet to the beat. It has been a while now since we have listened to the album – but you never really forget the songs that you have listened to many times in the past.

When I was searching for choreography to learn as a warm-up for the first Zumba class that I wish to one day lead, I came across I Gotta Feeling by The Black-Eyed Peas. I knew straight away that this was the song that I wanted to learn. I already knew the song, so that was one less thing that I had to learn.

The song already has memories for me and now I plan to make even more.

Have you listened to The Black-Eyed Peas?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2019

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: 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: 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