Music Monday: Can You Imagine That?

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?

Have you seen Mary Poppins Returns yet?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 201

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Music Monday: To Be Lit

During the holidays, I learned another piece of urban slang from my children while eating at the dinner table. I had previously seen this expression on cards and banners at literary events:

A Slogan of Frenzy Presents at Harper Collins Canada. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2019

I always thought that it was a pun referring to literary works and thought that it meant we should get reading. When speaking to my children, I came to the realization that the expression was referring, instead, to something exciting; to something that would light you up.

When attending my first exercise class after the Christmas holidays, I danced to the song No Lies by Sean Paul. Needless to say, I thought of my children when I heard the word “it’s gonna be lit tonight”. I will now always think of them when hearing this catchy tune. In addition to understanding a little more of the lyrics, the song will also remind me that I am never to old to learn new slang!

What modern phrase have you recently learned?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2019

It’s Beginning to Feel Like Christmas

Last night our Christmas tree was finally put up. All the children were home: our son is visiting from Vancouver, my youngest had completed and submitted all of her assignments, and no children were out with their friends. Christmas music was playing in the background as the siblings chose their favourite decorations and adorned our small tree. I love seeing them work together on a task and hope that during their lifetimes they will have the opportunity to do so often.

Siblings working together to adorn a Christmas tree. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2018

Our tree is up and a few gifts have been placed under the tree. Tonight on Christmas Eve, our traditional family time will begin in earnest as we focus on ourselves and the love we feel for one another. I leave you with one of my favourite Christmas songs, Oh Holy Night:

If you celebrate Christmas, I wish you a peaceful and joyful day with your family. God bless.

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2018

Music Monday: A Dance in the Past

On Saturday at my Shab’am dance exercise class, the teacher mixed into her playlist some songs that took us way back. The songs have good memories for me and it was fun to dance to them. The first song that took me back was Starships:

The other song that took me back was Rick Martin’s She Bangs. I remember dancing to this with my friends and having such fun.

Our teacher has promised that she will keep these songs on her playlist for another week so we can look forward to dancing to them next Saturday. 🙂

What songs have taken you back to the past this week?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2018

Music Monday: Halloween

Halloween is drawing near and the children at school are beginning to show their excitement. Discussions centre around costumes, trick-or-treating, and candy. There are two songs that the children enjoy singing and dancing along to. The first is The Monster Mash:

And an all-time favourite is C’est l’Halloween by Matt Maxwell. Halloween at our school wouldn’t be the same without singing this 🙂

Only a few more days and the children will be dressed up in costumes and eating too much candy. And then we will move onto different songs in class.

Do you have memories connected to these songs?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2018

Music Monday: Familiar

As a classroom teacher, I am expected to do DPA (Daily Physical Activity) with my class on the days they do not have Physical Education. I have chosen to give my students 15 minutes to dance. I project a list of songs that they enjoy moving to onto the board, and they dance to the music. They love it and over time I have seen an improvement in the way they move their bodies.

One of the songs they enjoy dancing along to is Familiar:

I was curious to see the singers, so I decided to look up the official video:

The reason I know this song is because I have danced to it myself during my zumba classes:

I like the rhythm and the beat. Maybe that is why I keep hearing the song in my head. 🙂

Have you danced to the song Familiar?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2018

Music Monday: BTS

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My daughter is a HUGE fan of BTS, a Korean pop band. Each day she listens to their music and watches their videos on YouTube. She has watched numerous interviews given by them, and stayed up late to watch the AMA in order to see them perform. She loves them so much that she spent all of her money on a ticket to go and see them. For a while now I have been listening to their songs and have grown familiar with them. Most of them are high energy and upbeat. My favourite is titled Fire:

Their recent song is Idol. 

I love the dancing in their videos. During the dancathon I participated in on Saturday, the Zumba teacher played Idol. I recognised the song with glee and danced to it with enthusiasm. When I told my daughter she could not help grinning.

Have you heard of the K-pop band BTS?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2018

Music Monday: For Me Formidable

This week is our year-end concert and the school is in a flurry of preparation. My class have been practicing their song and dance steps every week for months now and I am hoping that they know it well enough not to get stage fright when they perform in the high school auditorium on Wednesday. The song they will be singing is For Me Formidable as sung by Charles Aznavour.

The dance that has been choreographed to go with it is perfect for this song and I am sure it will wow the parents. As for me, I will be pleased to no longer have this song running in my head.  🙂

Do you enjoy listening to old style songs?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2018

Music Monday: Dance of the Sugarplum Fairy

Last week during the library period for my class, the librarian put on Fantasia for the children while she checked in their books and shelved them for next year. I stayed a bit to listen to listen to this Tchaikovsky piece. I love how the creators of the film matched the movements of the fairy to the music.

Children always enjoy this film – and I am sure they are looking forward to seeing the rest this week. Or they may wish to go outside if the weather is good. They do enjoy the end of the year as things wind down. Though in my class they are still doing work 😉

Have you seen the film Fantasia? Did you enjoy it?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2018

Music Monday: Michel Telo

Not only am I dancing when I go to my Zumba classes, I am also introduced to new songs albeit Spanish ones. One of my Zumba instructors has choreographed a dance to the following song by Michel Telo:

I have no idea what he is singing about but I enjoy the rhythms and the dance we do to it. The dance my instructor leads us in a dance similar to this one:

It is a perfect dance to slow the heart rate down a little after an energetic one.

Do you know any of Michel Telo’s songs?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2018