it’s poetry time in class

I thought I’d switch it up a little this time. I usually play this Al Green and Queen Latifah duet, Simply Beautiful, but this time I’m going with something a little different, not in English, to see if my students respond to the sound and the imagery.

It still has that part where I present Emily Dickinson’s definition of poetry:

If I feel physically as if the top of my head were taken off, I know that is poetry. These are the only way I know it.  Is there any other way?

I’ll share the lyrics with them after, but first, I’ll see how they react. I’m guessing, this group probably doesn’t listen to  Coldplay 🙂

To complicate things, the video isn’t the official Coldplay one, it’s a magnificent cover by the Piano Guys. It. Is. Gorgeous.


I’m going to ask the class to think about their paradise…what’s yours?

I could rattle off a list of things I’d like…you know….things…and I’m ashamed that’s where my mind went first. But as I thought it through…paradise is what I want. Heaven. What a grand party we’ll all have, won’t we?

[Here’s some trivia about me: I thought of treating myself to piano lessons when I turn 50, but if you know me and my love of strings, maybe I should take up the cello. That should torment the dog. Seriously, aren’t the Piano Guys incredible? I could rock an electric cello, right?]

um, really? REALLY?

I enjoy listening to Pandora Radio at work. Somehow, it has escaped the filters, and it gives my little Philips mp3 player a break. Anyway, I have this station that plays Maroon 5-ish music. Whatever, you go listen to what you want to, this rant isn’t about Maroon 5. Well, at least not directly.

Last year I bought the Beatles hijacked music as interpreted by some Cuban musicians. The album is pretty cool. It either inflames the hardcore Beatles fans, or fascinates folks. Either way, it’s a pretty neat album.

Back to Pandora. I’m listening to “She Will Be Loved” but it has a very Cuban beat and musical tones to it that arenot quite right. Clearly, it is Maroon 5, but the drums, not so much. Since my mp3 player is hooked up to the computer to charge it, I think that I have somehow set two things playing. Only, no. It’s this new album by Buena Vista Sound that mashes the contemporary song with Cuban Rhythms, aptly name: Rhythms del Mundo: Cuba.

Whatever. Coldplay, Sting, and U2 with Cuban undertones. Anathema.