Music Monday: Japon

As we move into the third week of social distancing, the one habit that I now have is ensuring that I exercise a little every day. I am the first to wake up in my household thus ensuring that I am disturbing no-one when I play the music I use to exercise.

For the last couple of weeks, I have been exercising to a Zumba DVD that I have on hand. One of the songs is Japon by Rombai.

I have now reached the point where I know the song well (even though I cannot sing it) and am able to see the dance choreography in my head as I go about my chores. It is time, I think, for me to change the songs on my exercise playlist!

What songs have you been exercising to during the past week?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2020

Music Monday: I Don't Care

When my children do their chores around our home, the first thing they do is put on their music playlist. Every now and then, one of my daughters play a song that I enjoy listening to. Yesterday it was I Don’t Care by Ed Sheeren and Justin Bieber:

I like the lighthearted and breezy tune of the song – it is definitely one that you can bop to! And it certainly helped my daughter complete the task of sweeping and mopping our floors. 🙂

Do you listen to music while you complete your household chores?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2020

Music Monday: Sunday Bloody Sunday

On Friday last week one of the songs playing through the speakers as we picketed for public education was Sunday Bloody Sunday by U2. The song reminds us of the massacre that happened on 30 January 1972 in the Bogside area of Derry in Northern Ireland when British soldiers shot 28 unarmed civilians during a protest march against internment. It is a fitting song, I think, to play during a teacher protest against government cuts to education.

Hearing this song also brings me back to my adolescence when I used to play this track at full blast and sing along to the guitars whenever I played the album. Sunday Bloody Sunday is a song that deserves to be played out loud as it expresses pent-up emotions and the fight against those who oppress.

This morning all teachers go to work and wait for the email that will tell us what the next step in our protest will be. The question we ask is whether we will continue playing this song …

Which protest song have you heard recently?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2020

Music Monday: Picket Songs

One of the things that is keeping us warm on the picket line is music. The current music teacher at our school has compiled a Spotify playlist of songs which she plays through her speaker during the 3 hours we are on the picket line. Fight Song by Rachel Platten is one of the songs that is often played:

Stop classics have been added to the playlist like Fleetwood Mac’s Don’t Stop:

And, of course, Don’t Stop Believing by Journey:

Her playlist has many songs on it that we enjoy. And the best thing is that the music keeps us going, the dancing keeps us warm, and the camaraderie helps the time pass a little faster.

What song would you suggest we add to our playlist?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2020

Music Monday: Lose You To Love Me

For the last couple of days I have had Lose You To Love Me, a song by Selena Gomez, continually running through my head.

The first few times I listened to the song, I did not quite get what the song it was about – it just didn’t make sense. And then it clicked! In order to love herself, her toxic relationship needed to end. The song tells us, too, that you will get over a heartbreak – and that it will make you stronger.

Lose You To Love Me is such an inspiring song. And I love the voice of Selena Gomez. I know I will be listening to this song for a long while yet.

What song is currently running through your head?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2020

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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