Music Monday: Ritual

My daughters recently introduced me to a new song: Ritual by Tiësto, Jonas Blue and Rita Ora. I love the rhythm and beat – it is a perfect song to dance to!

Did you hear the music reference to Madonna’s Like A Prayer?

What song have you been introduced to recently?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2020

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Music Monday: Sunday Bloody Sunday

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 …

Which protest song have you heard recently?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2020

Music Monday: Picket Songs

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?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2020

Music Monday: Sweet But Psycho

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 😀

What song are you currently dancing to?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2020

Music Monday: Lose You To Love Me

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.

What song is currently running through your head?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2020

Music Monday: Do They Know It’s Christmas

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.

Do you remember this song by Band Aid?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2019

Music Monday: Mistletoe

December has began – and so has the countdown to Christmas. I love the atmosphere during this time of year: the decorations, the goodwill and cheer, the books, and – of course – the music.

Today I will share with you a more modern Christmas song: Mistletoe by Justin Bieber.

I will be listening to this song – and others – in the forthcoming weeks.

What Christmas songs are you currently listening to?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2019

Music Monday: Chicken Noodle Soup

My children enjoy listening to K-Pop and, every now and then, they introduce me to a song that they have discovered. Last week they showed me a video created by J-Hope, one of the singers from BTS, for his debut mix tape. It has a funny sounding title – Chicken Noodle Soup – but it has a catchy tune.

The song was apparently remade by J-Hope as it was one of the songs he danced to when learning that skill. All I know is that my daughters listen to it when they do the dishes 😀

What do you think of Chicken Noodle Soup?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2019