I was chatting to one of my student’s parents and she told me of a project her choir group had done during the COVID-19 isolation in order to feel connected. She sent me the link of their rendition of Happy Together for me to listen to.
I loved it! Not only did they sing the song beautifully, but the music brought me back to my childhood. 🙂
Do you know of any other projects like this sung by choirs?
One of the songs on my current Zumba playlist that I dance to when I exercise is Muévelo by Nicky Jam and Daddy Yankee.
Not only do I like the song, but I also enjoy moving to the choreography. Often during the day, the melody creeps into my mind and I dance to the music in my head. This song is definitely going to be on the playlist I dance to with my students when school starts up again!
Today I am in the mood to share music that embodies summer; music that does not distract you from its melody with voice. One of the pieces I have discovered is Summer by Joe Hisaishi. It is an upbeat piece that makes the listener think of the joys of summer.
Sometimes when I am working I listen to musical compositions like this. They relax me and help pass the time when doing mindless work.
As spring unfurls its beauty, one can’t help but think of the compositions that have been created in the past to celebrate the arrival of this season. One of the pieces I enjoy listening to is Chopin’s Spring Waltz. I enjoy the melody and the sound of the piano.
The music, to me, is a beautiful accompaniment to new beginnings.
Which piece of classical music encourages you to think of spring’s promise?
Looking back to 1985, I realise that the year was one of the formative times of my life. The beginning of 1985 heralded a change: I was leaving behind my high school years and entering my first year at university. University was an eye-opener for me: my academic life was no longer governed by teachers who expected me to think as they do; I was attending school with other races (growing up in Apartheid South Africa I had been to school with only other children of my race); I was attending classes of subjects that interested me.
It was at university that I discovered what I truly believed in; and I learned to speak out about it. One of my favourite songs from that era was Shout by Tears for Fears:
I fit in at university like I hadn’t before. I was able to express myself and explore so much. I definitely belonged in the life that working for my degree brought to me: time spent in the library doing research and reading; lunches with friends on the lawns; discussions with classmates in between lectures on topics that interested. It was during this time that I became a Sting fan (I had previously listened to the music created by The Police).
Music was always a pat of my life – I did not play it but I always listened to the efforts of musicians. Music accompanied me through my university years – and followed me when I began working. Thinking back on those years brings to mind the songs that I used to enjoy daily. Another singer I enjoyed listening to during this time was Bryan Adams. Loved his song Run To You. I was so excited when many years later I had the chance to see him perform live.
I may no longer be striding through the spaces of my alma mater, but from time to time I do listen to the music of that era. While singing along to the songs of 1985, my memories take me back to a time when I was fresh out of high school and exploring the new-found freedom of university life.
What songs do you think of when you look back to 1985?
Another one of the songs I am dancing to when following my Zumba DVD is a song that I loved listening to while I was growing up: Stand By Me. The original song was by Ben E. King:
The song brings to my mind memories of my parents and of childhood days spent with my sisters dancing to the LPs spinning on the record player. I remember us lip syncing to these words, and just having fun! I remember, too, family parties at which my uncles and aunts would dance to this melody.
Ben E. King’s song has been remade – and it is perfect to dance to in a Zumba class. The choreography to this song is part of the warm-up. Give it a listen:
I like the remake – it is catchy and appeals to my daughter. I will not, however, forget the original track – the song holds plenty of memories for me and, for that reason, will always hold a special place in my heart.
What do you think of the remake? Or do you prefer the original song?
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?
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?