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.