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?
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 …
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?
Currently there is a song on my Zumba playlist that my students are enjoying with me three times a week. They like that they know the song and many have asked their parents at home to play it so that they can practice the dance. The song is Sweet But Psycho by Ava Max.
I enjoy the tune too as it is catchy and the Zumba dance matches the song perfectly. Now that I no longer play the song while cooking because I know its rhythms, my daughter has started listening to it from time to time. There are times when they do enjoy the music I am playing 😀
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.
This time of year while I am playing Christmas songs, I always think of a hit I enjoyed when it came out in 1984. The revenue of this song was intended to go to the charity helping those who do not have the essentials that we take for granted.
Christmas is a time to reflect on what you have as a person: family, shelter, enough food. It is a time of excess and yet there are so many in the world without. I know I am definitely lucky – even though there have been years when we struggled, we always had our most basic needs met.