World Music Day
“Classical music is the most life – enhancing, profound, tear-jerking, joy – inducing music in the world……it is the music of the past 1000 years that had the eternal power to move people, to connect with them, to help them make sense of their emotions and enrich their lives”
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WORLD MUSIC DAY 2019
“ music imprints itself on the brain deeper than any other experience”
There is plenty of evidence to show the impact music can have on your brain. It’s a powerful organ that continues to work 24/7, 365 days a year!
As we get older, we associate music with emotion and memories, such as a time, place or person.
Over the past few weeks, I have been asking staff to let me know what pieces of music mean something to them. I thought I would share these with you, so you can see for yourselves (they know I’m doing this so you can mention it in lessons)! From my point of view, I have learnt a lot about my colleagues and it has reminded me of music I’d forgotten as well as introduce me to some new music.
I’m sure you will see a different side to your teachers now. Enjoy!
I always used it as background to my reflections when I taught REhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NlprozGcs80
When I was a teenage boy I discovered ‘Italian Westerns’, also known as ‘Spaghetti Westerns’. I have always loved Western Movies as a genre, but I completely fell in love with spaghetti westerns, and especially the stunning music composed for them, often by a man called Ennio Morricone. More than 40 years later I still adore the music that Ennio Morricone wrote for those 1960s westerns, and I have nearly 300 of his soundtracks in my record collection.
It is so hard to choose my favourite Morricone tracks because they are all stunning, but I have chosen firstly ‘The Ecstasy of Gold’, which played whilst the bandit Tuco searched for the grave under which was buried the missing gold, from the 1966 film ‘The Good, The Bad and The Ugly’. Click here.
I will add a second one. My favourite film of all time is an Italian Western called ‘Once Upon a Time in the West’, made in 1969. There is a wonderful moment when the main character, called Jill McBain, arrives in the frontier town called Sweetwater, and the camera pulls back to reveal the American West as she leaves the train station. Morricone’s music in this scene is magnificent in its sweep, and perfectly captures the setting and character. Click here.
Reminds me of expecting my first child
This takes me back to hot car journeys down to the south of Spain, I must have been about 10, arguing with my brother about who got to sit on the sunny side of the car, happy days! My parents loved the film and played it constantly, I was subsequently brainwashed.
I went to see them play when I was pregnant with my daughter, after that gig whenever I played their music she responded. She says she doesn’t like it anymore, “Little Mix is better”. I think she will come back to it
I love this, it is my grown up option. My love of Jazz is growing as I age!
Rachel Newton reworking a well known song in a very traditional way. The harp is magical.
The Furrow Collective is a group which includes my daughter Lucy who takes the lead on this song.
George Ezra has the voice of a much older man and this collaboration with Ian McKellern. It was playing when I heard that my granddaughter, Audrey May had been born.
I have lots of favourite songs for many different reasons. However I have chosen this one because I love the ballad that is told through the song.
Every time I hear it, it reminds me to be nicer to my husband and makes me want to keep the fun, laughter and love in my marriage alive.
Went for a nostalgic song. This reminds me of being very little with my family. Even now, whether it be a wedding, birthday or any family get together, without fail this gets put on and the whole family get involved. Good times
I recently used this for the production of Anna Karenina that I directed and it has now become one of my favourite pieces.
It is a song my husband and I first heard at a football match – we loved the words so much, that we had it as our recessional song at our wedding, a fun song to walk back up the aisle too!
This is a powerful, upbeat song that makes me feel like anything can be achieved and if I need a bit of a boost or motivation it’s a great go to.
A music teacher trying to narrow it down to a few pieces is incredibly hard….
Kindred spirits with the hair? This always makes me laugh as it reminds me of my first year of teaching. I used to car share and my friend used to sing her heart out to the chorus……really badly (and I mean really badly)
This brings back memories of my A level days (fantastic group, such a laugh), looking at how Communism dictated this composer’s music. This piece is best listened to on headphones! Please listen to the first 2 and a half minutes at least
It’s opera. Don’t dismiss it, listen to the first 2 minutes! It reminds me of my Mum (one of her favourites too), who encouraged me to train as a singer.
When I lived in Porpoise Spit, I used to sit in my room for hours and listen to ABBA songs. But since I’ve met you and moved to Sydney, I haven’t listened to one Abba song. That’s because my life is as good as an Abba song. It’s as good as Dancing Queen.
It reminds me of family holidays driving through Spain, happy memories.
I discovered soul music from watching the Levi 501 advert with Nick Kamen. I went on to love this music in my teens and this song always hits the spot.
I went to Manchester University between 1988-1991 and at this time there were a huge amount of bands coming out of Manchester. I always remember dancing to this on nights out.