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.
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.
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.
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?
On Friday my daughter told me about a new song by The Jonas Brothers. I had seen that they had got back together but had not yet listened to any of their new songs. My daughter particularly likes Sucker and has started playing it a number of times since it has come out.We watched the video together:
I like the song. It is catchy and I have always like the music these brothers make. I am not too keen on the video though as there doesn’t seem to be a link between the song and the images on the screen. And it does look a bit pretentious to me.
What do you think of the new song – and video – by The Jonas Brothers?
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.
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.
At my Zumba classes I have danced to a lot of music I do not know. I have also danced to music that is apparently on the radio – music I do not know because, alas, I do not tune in to a radio station.
One of the newer songs I have danced to in my classes is Mia by Bad Bunny (featuring Drake). It is only a few weeks ago that I figured out the name of the song and found it on YouTube:
I have no idea what the singer is saying but the tune is catchy and I enjoy dancing to it. This song has been stuck in my head since our last class and I am wondering if our teacher tonight will have it on her playlist. I hope so as I am beginning to remember the moves 🙂
Last week Tuesday, my husband and I went on a date – that is, we went out without the children. It had been a while since we had been to the movies sans famille and he wanted to go and experience the big screen. We decided to go and see Bohemian Rhapsody – especially as I am a great fan of Queen’s music.
I loved the film and I could see why Rami Malek won a Golden Globe for his performance. The film showed me quite a bit of Freddie Mercury’s life that I had not known before. As a teenager listening to his music, I had not been interested in knowing his background and personal history. Instead, my friends and I had enjoyed the music – dancing and singing along to his lyrics.
The story was interesting, the acting good, and the music incredible. I loved seeing the history of well-beloved songs. My favourite has always been Bohemian Rhapsody, even though the music critics did not respond favourably to it:
We Will Rock You was one that we used to sing at sports’ events and it was interesting to learn of its genesis:
I have always enjoyed listening to Find Me Somebody To Love:
I could go on with my favourite Queen hits – but that would mean many posts. If I have the opportunity to watch the film again, I probably will. But in the meantime I will pop my CD featuring Queen’s Greatest Hits into my CD player.
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?