Tag: music

What a fabulous (and noisy) program. We all went to the inaugural show yesterday in Red Bank. The NJ Symphony Orchestra did a matinee performance for kids before their grownup show last night. This is the first event at Count Basie, but I think I’ve seen this elsewhere around the state. Maybe NJPAC?

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So I actually made this playlist over the summer, but now that fall is emerging (I wore a turtleneck today!!) I’m starting to work on a new one. But I’m still listening to this one constantly, so I wanted to post it.

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This is just pure ridiculousness, I have nothing to say for myself about this playlist. Except that it’s summer, and who cares?

  • Blow–Ke$ha
  • Super Bass–Nicki Minaj
  • Somebody Told Me–The Killers
  • Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall–Coldplay

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The rain just won’t quit around here, so it was time for a suitably maudlin new playlist. Such playlists always make Adam look at me wide-eyed because maudlin tends to equal breakup anthem. Tomorrow’s our 4th wedding anniversary, and I can assure everyone that the only reason for these songs is atmosphere. Billy Idol just doesn’t quite cut it on a rainy day. And I was feeling nostalgic for some of the old college stuff in my collection, since May=college graduation season.

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This is such a weird time of year. It hit 80 degrees last week, and tonight it’s supposed to snow. The weather doesn’t know what it wants to be. So I thought a similarly divided playlist was in order. Songs that you can dance to when spring comes, but they also have a touch of moodiness or depth or SOMETHING that makes them kind of wintry, too. At least for the most part, there are some random selections that I just felt like listening to this week. I try not to embarrass myself with my musical selections, but sometimes it just can’t be helped.

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Valerie-Mark Ronson featuring Amy Winehouse
Mad World-Michael Andrews and Gary Jules
Hate on Me-Jill Scott
Back Down South-Kings of Leon
The Only Exception-Paramore
Ready to Start-Arcade Fire
Icarus-White Hinterland
Every You Every Me-Placebo
The Ladder-Andrew Belle
Hide and Seek-Imogen Heap, DJ Tiesto (his In Search of Sunrise mix)
Off I Go-Greg Laswell
Love Stoned/I Think She Knows-Justin Timberlake, DJ Tiesto
Hallelujah-Alexandra Burke
Smooth Criminal-Michael Jackson
The Funeral-Band of Horses
Sweet Dreams-Beyonce
The Scientist-Coldplay
Pon de Replay-Rihanna
Feeling Good-Nina Simone
Sad Sweetheart of the Rodeo-Harvey Danger
Transatlanticism-Death Cab for Cutie
An American Girl-Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
Teenage Dream-Katy Perry
Arms of a Woman-Amos Lee
Us-Regina Spektor
Set the Fire to the Third Bar-Snow Patrol
What if Feels Like for a Girl-Madonna
Wasted-DJ Tiesto
Turn and Turn Again-All Thieves
Open Your Eyes-Snow Patrol
I Will Follow You into the Dark-Death Cab for Cutie

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firstgradewinterconcert09This week was my school’s winter concert. The first graders (blurry to protect them) performed a song called “The 12 Days in the Rainforest” that one of the first grade teachers wrote. It was awesome, they sang about all the animals in the rainforest. So fun, and they did a fabulous job. Our computer teacher put together a great animated presentation to go along with the song, it was wonderful. The 4th and 5th grade chorus also performed some carols and other songs to get the holiday spirit going.

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I have always wanted to be a secret agent. As a kid, I used to write lengthy stories about being a kid spy (because who would suspect a kid?) long before movies like Spy Kids came into the picture. If Spongebob has any competition as my favorite show of all time, it’s with Alias. The outfits, the intrigue…the music.

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I have really varied musical obsessions, and sometimes there’s no rhyme or reason to them. Like this list of songs I’ve been playing over and over lately.

“The Healing” and “Great Eatlon” from Lady in the Water score. I just watched the movie this week and was so disappointed. It didn’t come together for me, and usually I love M. Night Shaymalan’s movies. But the score is fantastic.
My trifecta of favorite Bob Dylan songs: “The Times They Are A-Changing,” “It Ain’t Me Babe,” and “If Not for You.” My love affair with Bob Dylan’s music goes back a long way; at 16 I decided I would walk down the aisle to “If Not for You,” and I did. One of my favorite wedding memories.
“Jump” by Flo Rida (featuring Nelly Furtado). I know, who do I think I am?
“Still Alive,” the theme from the video game Mirror’s Edge, by Lisa Miskovsky. Video game soundtracks have come a long way, and this is a great song.
“That’s Not My Name” by The Ting Tings. I don’t get it, but I love it.
“On a Good Day” by Oceanlab. Above and Beyond’s pet project produced one of my favorite songs of the last year. This is the ultimate sunny day driving with the windows down song.
Tiesto’s In Search of Sunrise remix of Imogen Heap’s “Hide and Seek.” I love the original, Tiesto makes it even better.
“I Will Follow You into the Dark” by Death Cab for Cutie. The only song of theirs I can really get into.
“Hold On, I’m Coming” by Sam and Dave. Just a classic.
“In My Heart” by Moby. It’s hard to pick a favorite track off his phenomenal 18 album, and oddly enough it’s the only Moby album I like.
“Jai Ho!” by AR Rahman. The original version and the one with the Pussycat Dolls. I have no excuses for why I like the Pussycat Dolls version. I just do.

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hiphopcoverOh my goodness, I can’t believe how much fun I had in April talking about hip hop for National Poetry Month.

I spent the month using this book to talk to some of my 4th and 5th graders about rhythm, beats, and structure. We looked at poems side-by-side with some lyrics, and we talked about how both poems and hip hop lyrics have a structure. We talked about how the number of syllables in each line needs to make sense with the whole verse or the way it flows will be broken…that sort of thing. We talked about how hard it can be to write a good poem or a good song, and I read them Nikki Giovanni’s introduction in the book. The intro talks about the roots of hip hop, compares it to opera, warns kids not to be fooled by all the embarassing rap songs out there. True hip hop is like poetry. And on and on and on.

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