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?

© 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 😀

What do you think of Chicken Noodle Soup?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2019

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?

© 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! 😀

Do you recognise this song?

© 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?

© 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 😀

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

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2019

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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

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