“I’m never gonna look back; Woah, never gonna give it up; No, please don’t wake me now” – The Best Day of My Life by American Authors
At the end of the day there are so many factors that can affect moods and feelings. Days can be a slog, especially in terms of the weather and a grey sky (I’m from Manchester, so I know a dull sky very well), or a stormy day, or too much humidity. Then there’s outside noise, such as just outside to our northern flank, there’s a new retirement home under construction and there’s plenty of clanking and scraping. Actually, there’s one sound, kind of like a bowl being hit, that sounds pretty neat. It just needs some bass and a backing track. What about lights? Well, I feel our classroom lighting is nuclear. We have the same L.E.D. lights used in the local hospital. They’re great for reviewing x-rays, or in our classroom for shining through our skin.
“We’re south of the Equator, navigator; Gotta hit the road, gotta hit the road; Deep sea diving ’round the clock, bikini bottoms, lager tops; I could get used to this” – Shotgun by George Ezra
Our brains need a kickstart from time to time, and a jolly song isn’t a bad starter. In the past few years I’ve turned to ‘Something to talk about’ by Mancunian indie-super-busker Badly Drawn Boy, and ‘Bring Me Sunshine’ as sang by comedy duo Morecambe and Wise. Now, I know the students in my class enjoy and know, ‘Something Just Like This’ by Chainsmokers & Coldplay, so I couldn’t use that. Music and its connections goes deep under our skin, and finding that one song for the whole room to embrace is both important and essential. So, a great starter has to be: ‘Don’t Worry Be Happy’ – Bobby McFerrin. The beat is infectious. The tempo isn’t too fast.
“As sly as a fox, as strong as an ox; As fast as a hare, as brave as a bear; As free as a bird, as neat as a word” – Everything At Once by Lenka [See also: ‘The Show’]
Now, on my latest play-list I have the album Carousels by Doves, Orpheus’s Monkey Demon, Machinedrum ft. Freddie Gibbs – Kane Train, Róisín Murphy – Something More (from her album Róisín Machine), Laura Marling – Alexandra, and the album by Sufjan Stevens called The Ascension. So, after almost a month of now writing, the blog is back… but now I must dash for my selfie-stick and follow the flock.
“And now you’re in my way; I’d trade my soul for a wish” – Call Me Maybe by Carly Rae Jepsen
Thank you kindly for your time.