Monday, April 7, 2014

A Tune For Tuesday Link-Up


A Tune For Tuesday

It's time for another installment of

Each Tuesday, I will try to post a song from my playlist. These are songs that would be on a soundtrack of my life. I hope you enjoy them.

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Caravan - Van Morrison


This song is many things.  It is a car ride with the windows down and a light breeze flowing through your fingers.  It's a night on the patio with friends and a brisk chill in the air.  This song is a celebration. 

Van Morrison is one of the all time greatest singers in rock n' roll history.  From Ireland, he sings every note with passion and soul.  This song is so good by itself, but this particular version is enhanced by Van's backing band, one of my favorite groups, The Band.  This clip is taken from the concert film, The Last Waltz, directed by Martin Scorsese.  

The drums.  The brass section.  The voice.  Oh, that voice.  

Much of today's current popular music contains no soul.  The music is electronic.  The voices are distorted with effects.  It has to be so perfect and over-produced.  As a result, it becomes watered down, muffled and bland.  So much of our art and culture is meant to appeal to the masses, which means it can't be too passionate or remarkable or extreme.  It has to be in the middle where there's something for everyone to like.  

We need some game-changers.  Van Morrison was a game-changer.  Sometimes ideas need to be radical or drastic.  They need to not fit in a box and appeal to everyone.  Music, art, ideas-they need to be big, bold and command the stage.

"And the caravan has all my friends
It will stay with me until the end
Gypsy Robin, Sweet Emma Rose
Tell me everything I need to know."

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

A Tune For Tuesday

It's time for another installment of 

A Tune For Tuesday 

Each Tuesday, I will try to post a song from my playlist. These are songs that would be on a soundtrack of my life. I hope you enjoy them.

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"I took my love, I took it down
Climbed a mountain and I turned around
And I saw my reflection in the snow covered hills
'Til the landslide brought it down
Oh, mirror in the sky
What is love?
Can the child within my heart rise above?
Can I sail through the changin' ocean tides?
Can I handle the seasons of my life?"



Song lyrics are poetry. Some good, some bad. But this song is one of the finest pieces of poetry I've ever heard.  Landslide by Fleetwood Mac is a timeless song about...well, I'm not really sure. And that is what makes it so brilliant. The lyrics can mean different things to different people. I have my own interpretation of this song, which may or may not be the same as your interpretation. The best pieces of poetry empower the reader to use their own life experiences to help make meaning.

At this moment in my life, this song makes me think about time. Past, present and future. "Climbed a mountain and I turned around/And I saw my reflection in the snow covered hills/'til the landslide brought it down." For me, our journey through life is climbing a mountain. We walk on the hard jagged mountainside of life, constantly reaching for the pinnacle. Sometimes we realize that we are not prepared for the changes that surround us.

As an educator, reflection is part of my daily life. I strive to climb that mountain and be a better teacher than I was the day before. This song evokes powerful imagery and inspires reflection. It's like a faithful old friend.