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Joko
06-08-2013, 02:53 PM
You were expecting something a little different for Season 69?

Please excuse my low energy in the introduction video; I have a terrible cold. Which now that I watch it, the explanation of which got mysteriously cut out of my video upload.


http://youtu.be/33Tu_IyWoiQ

Music can be a wonderful tool for the educator. The right kinds of songs leave impressions in people's heads that last a lifetime. For example, who here can recite the alphabet without singing it even a little? For my American friends of a certain age, would you remember the preamble to the Constitution without that little ditty created by Schoolhouse Rock? For the a teacher of English as a second language like myself, songs provide a means by which we can introduce vocabulary, sentence structure, present a narrative, but perhaps most importantly, keep the students’ engagement at a high level. Songs are fun, and what instrument is better at making songs fun? None other than our ukulele.

The Seasonistas are going to school! Your entries in Week 69 of the Seasons of the Ukulele Contest will be shown in my classrooms, and the kids are going to be our ultimate judges as to who wins this week.


Do’s & Don’ts:
What makes a good song with which to teach English? Here is what we're looking for this week, The Do's:
1. It helps, but doesn't have to be, material with which the students likely already some familiarity 2. It tells a story and allows for teaching about culture and history along with language. 3. Songs which contain repetition as repetition enhances learning. 4. It’s a ‘catchy’ tune with a good hook to keep engagement and enthusiasm. 5. Includes appropriate vocabulary and standard pronunciations. 6. Kids (in this case, teenagers) like it.


What makes a bad choice for a song as an English teaching tool (at least for my purposes)?

Anything too sexual. Overt sexual references should be avoided and even implied references would make for some awkward discussions as to what the song means. The song can be about love, but I would not want to have to explain what “Great googily moogly, that thang is juicy” means to a room full of 15 year olds.
2. Anything too controversial. Songs including themes of suicide, extreme politics, drugs, war, religion, these all need to be looked at very carefully before bringing into a classroom as worldwide, parents can be very sensitive to their kids being given material of this nature. 3. Swearing. 4. Too long. Songs should be under 4 minutes. 5. Heavy use of non-standard English. The use of regional dialects or antiquated idioms.




Target Audience:
I teach at an all-boys public high school in the heart of Bangkok. I am still working with my department as to which of my classes are going to be our judges in this, but it will be between my 10th & 11th grade Intensive English classes. They frowned at the idea of me wanting to change the entire syllabus around to accommodate a ukulele contest. So we’re talking 15 to 17 year old boys with intermediate English skills.

These boys are pretty well versed on current popular culture, likely more so than most of us. You don’t have to pick a song that you’re sure they’re going to know, but it is preferred.

Rules:
1. Standard SOTU rules apply about mentioning Season #69, original for this week, state when it’s a bonus track, no song posts before 12:01 AM GMT Sunday, deadline for entries is Sunday, 16 June, Midnight Hawaii time.

2. Ukulele should be the primary instrument in the soundtrack, but it doesn’t need to be ‘front and center’ in the video. If you want to do a slide show of images that go with the lyrics, film your dog, make a music video out of it, go for it.

3. Multi-tracking, using other instruments, musicians, okay.

4. You need to provide the lyrics; I’ll need them to make supplemental classroom materials. Preferably, just cut and paste into the YouTube ‘about’ section. You can also PM them to me at UU if you’d prefer. Posting them on the forum thread is not recommended as if everyone did so, we’d have some really long pages to scroll through.

5. Make as many bonus tracks as you would like, subject to the same guidelines as main entries. Normally in the Seasons, it’s a questionable when people submit bonus tracks that fit the theme early in the week when someone else might still want to make that their main entry, but this week, you have so many choices for songs, I don’t think that’ll be a problem.

Judging criteria, processes and prizes:

1. Some of you have probably read this far and are thinking, ‘but what should the song be about?’ Anything you want! (with consideration to the Do’s and Don’ts above). Your song will be judged on how effectively it can be used as a teaching tool.

2. Bonus points issued to anyone who includes the name of my school ‘Patumkongka’ (Pah-toom-kong-kah) in their intro and/or starts their video by saying ‘hello’ in Thai (Sa-wa-dee-kap when said by a man, Sa-wa-dee-kah for a lady).

3. My initial plan was to present each and every entry to my classes as part of a weekly ‘music day’, but as that would take too much time out of the curriculum they’re telling me to use, I’ve only got room for 6 semi-finalists, which will be chosen by me, will be announced early next week and these 6 will be the co-winners for the time being. I will then present these songs to my classes, ask them to rate them on a scale of 1-10, the top 2 winners will then go to a class vote to determine the Grand Prize winner. This will take me a few weeks.

4. Prizes: The 6 semi-finalists will all receive a Certificate of Appreciation for Excellence in Using the Ukulele to Promote Education. This fine document will be suitable for hanging in your music room, office, bathroom, what have you.

5. The Grand Prize Winner will receive a custom made video of my students singing your song multi-tracked over your original performance.


Resources:
Again, the songs don’t have to be of any particular theme.
Here is a great resource for helping you pick something that has already been tried in a classroom!:

980 Free ESL Songs for Teaching (http://busyteacher.org/classroom_activities-listening/songs_and_lyrics/)
http://busyteacher.org/classroom_activities-listening/songs_and_lyrics/
Other sites to consider:
List of Schoolhouse Rock songs (particularly the English section)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Schoolhouse_Rock!_episodes

There we have it, folks. Thank you in advance for helping me teach these kids and I wish everyone a lot of fun in making their entries.

PLAYLIST (http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL20iIcbJD3UPrFr-gxNy8moTvm0QGOpDE)

BONUS TRACKS (http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL20iIcbJD3UOv0h94c6ChiHJhRfc34HGJ)

lakesideglenn
06-08-2013, 03:13 PM
Love the theme, Joko! I've already got a few ideas. Now, if I could just finish working out the chord medley for the song I wanna enter this week!
Cheers from the Garden State of New Jersey!
Stay tuned!

ukuLily Mars
06-08-2013, 03:55 PM
I was just singing the Preamble last night to one of my friends! He is both French and American and, sadly, he missed most of Schoolhouse Rock. This will be fun! (But I'm not going to do that one.)

Joko
06-08-2013, 04:16 PM
Love the theme, Joko! I've already got a few ideas. Now, if I could just finish working out the chord medley for the song I wanna enter this week!
Cheers from the Garden State of New Jersey!
Stay tuned!

Looking forward to all the entries!

Joko
06-08-2013, 04:17 PM
I was just singing the Preamble last night to one of my friends! He is both French and American and, sadly, he missed most of Schoolhouse Rock. This will be fun! (But I'm not going to do that one.)

With all the talk lately of the Constitution and the Founders' intent, no one's ever brought up "Did the Founders intend for the Preamble to have an iambic pentameter that makes it perfect for singing?"

austin1
06-08-2013, 04:24 PM
question: is a song that mentions whisky (specifically, two bottles of) but does not actually mention drinking them or doing other things with them (i.e., hitting people with them, throwing them at sea turtles, etc.) considered appropriate?

Also, can I pick your brain about teaching English before I move to Mongolia?

Joko
06-08-2013, 04:51 PM
question: is a song that mentions whisky (specifically, two bottles of) but does not actually mention drinking them or doing other things with them (i.e., hitting people with them, throwing them at sea turtles, etc.) considered appropriate?

Also, can I pick your brain about teaching English before I move to Mongolia?

I suppose that's okay, as long as the song isn't about whisky. I just don't want the kids going home, being asked "What did you learn at school today?" and have them reply "A song about drinking whisky!"

Mongolia?! Wow! I don't think THailand & Mongolia have much in common, but pick away!

uke4ia
06-08-2013, 04:59 PM
I think this is the first Season hosted in Asia. That brings us up to 5 continents!

frisbee fred
06-08-2013, 05:57 PM
"Conjunction junction, what's your function? Picking up words and phrases and clauses....." Ok, how many of you remember that one?

thesillydave
06-08-2013, 06:47 PM
"Conjunction junction, what's your function? Picking up words and phrases and clauses....." Ok, how many of you remember that one?


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oN_8dxuJosg

pabrizzer
06-08-2013, 07:57 PM
A bonus track from Elvis season - Old McDonald.
I still remember some animal names in French from 6 months of French lessons.
So the chance to go through English names for lots of animals.
Also mentions food dishes so more possibilities there and onomatopoeia as well!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IVklVtY1UA4

Joko
06-08-2013, 10:50 PM
So the chance to go through English names for lots of animals.
Also mentions food dishes so more possibilities there and onomatopoeia as well!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IVklVtY1UA4

I was wondering why Old McDonald would possibly be offensive to vegetarians... then I listened to whole song. Heh... heh...

redpaul1
06-08-2013, 11:45 PM
Do’s & Don’ts:
What makes a good song with which to teach English? Here is what we're looking for this week, The Do's:
5. Includes appropriate vocabulary and standard pronunciations

What makes a bad choice for a song as an English teaching tool?

5. Heavy use of non-standard English. The use of regional dialects or antiquated idioms.



Cor blimey! Reckon that rules us lot out then dunnit guv'nor? ;)

xommen
06-09-2013, 02:11 AM
My entry for this season: U2 - I still haven't found what I'm looking for. Someone is using this song for teaching present perfect (whatever that may be ;)).

http://youtu.be/uahl5JTYx6g

redpaul1
06-09-2013, 03:06 AM
Someone is using this song for teaching present perfect (whatever that may be ;))
'Perfect' is Latin for 'complete' - so a perfected task is a completed task. A perfect tense therefore is one that indicates a completed event "I have found it (what I was looking for)" - past, or simple perfect. "I still haven't found it (what I am looking for)" - present perfect. HTH :)

Joko
06-09-2013, 03:25 AM
Beautifully played and sung, Xo! This is exactly the kind of song that I'm looking for.

54213

xommen
06-09-2013, 03:48 AM
Beautifully played and sung, Xo! This is exactly the kind of song that I'm looking for.
Thanks Joko. For anyone wondering what song to do. While I was looking for a U2 song that would fit this theme, I found this site:
http://busyteacher.org/classroom_activities-listening/songs_and_lyrics/

chrimess
06-09-2013, 05:41 AM
Englishman in NYC+offical entry:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CYJFW2RW9As&sns=em

austin1
06-09-2013, 06:05 AM
Okay, here's my entry. I don't know if it counts because I only use the uke as back-up percussion, but I picked it because it's short, repetitive, simple, and catchy to a point where you want to gouge your eyeballs out. No really. I have no more eyeballs.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z8aAtqwZsfM&feature=youtu.be

wee_ginga_yin
06-09-2013, 06:21 AM
Okay, here's my entry. I don't know if it counts because I only use the uke as back-up percussion, but I picked it because it's short, repetitive, simple, and catchy to a point where you want to gouge your eyeballs out. No really. I have no more eyeballs.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z8aAtqwZsfM&feature=youtu.be

No Fair!!! It is only Christian who gets bonus point for showing knees. :old:

Joko
06-09-2013, 06:21 AM
And the season starts off with a couple big bangs! Awesome job, chrimess! Passionately sung!

Austin, as I said, uke need not be front and center. Spirited performance! Great to see you back in the Seasons.

Not to be to forward, but one of the criteria I'm looking is what teenage boys would like, and I'm sure they'd like you.

HOWEVER!!! None of the first three entries caught my rule that I need to have the LYRICS to these songs to make them teachable. Post them in your YouTube 'about' section. I suppose I could google them, but I thought I'd point that out as I don't want to have to do that for 40 songs...

austin1
06-09-2013, 06:28 AM
No Fair!!! It is only Christian who gets bonus point for showing knees. :old:

It's actually sort of nice out today, if there's one thing I've learned in Europe, it's wear shorts when it's nice out because it won't be nice out tomorrow!




Austin, as I said, uke need not be front and center. Spirited performance! Great to see you back in the Seasons.

Not to be to forward, but one of the criteria I'm looking is what teenage boys would like, and I'm sure they'd like you.


Is that a "No, Tina, could you do it over again?" You have to be direct with me, I've lived here so long, sometimes I have a hard time recognizing subtlety :D.

Joko
06-09-2013, 06:29 AM
HOWEVER!!! None of the first three entries caught my rule that I need to have the LYRICS to these songs to make them teachable.

I suppose I should read my PM's first. Sorry, Chrimess, and thanks.

Joko
06-09-2013, 06:30 AM
Is that a "No, Tina, could you do it over again?" You have to be direct with me, I've lived here so long, sometimes I have a hard time recognizing subtlety.

Okay, I'll be direct. The teenage boys will like your knees.

austin1
06-09-2013, 06:34 AM
Okay, I'll be direct. The teenage boys will like your knees.

Should I put pants on?

Joko
06-09-2013, 06:52 AM
Thank you for your consideration, but it's Thailand, not Saudi Arabia.

In fact, I think I'll share this because it's such a wonderful video and it's the number one song in Thailand right now. The video has gone 'viral'... err... maybe not 'viral'... but 'bacterial' at least in the region, being a bit of a hit in Malaysia, the Philippines and Vietnam... 31 MILLION VIEWS!!

It's about a girl who needs to 'open up her chest' because she's feeling stifled and repressed. Hence the dance move of opening your chest. I think they're trying to follow the formula of Gangnam Style: catchy dance tune with a cheesy video and an easy to copy dance to go with it...

I present 1 2 3 Kamikaze's latest Thai Hit: SPLASH OUT!


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ahkGRFhyxx4

After watching that, I'm sure you'd agree, you don't have to put pants on.

austin1
06-09-2013, 07:10 AM
Pants=unnecessary. YAY!

Joko
06-09-2013, 07:13 AM
To be completely honest, about 10% of the boys are doing this on the weekends...


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4b9x56mdt8c

austin1
06-09-2013, 07:15 AM
To be completely honest, about 10% of the boys are doing this on the weekends...


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4b9x56mdt8c

Pants=necessary. YAY!

chrimess
06-09-2013, 07:43 AM
Originally Posted by wee_ginga_yin
No Fair!!! It is only Christian who gets bonus point for showing knees.
It's actually sort of nice out today, if there's one thing I've learned in Europe, it's wear shorts when it's nice out because it won't be nice out tomorrow!

Summer fell on a Sunday in Germany this year, ahh- my knees are sub-par to Tinas by a mile- she's got the T's Knees quite literally, great song, by the way.

chrimess
06-09-2013, 07:44 AM
I suppose I should read my PM's first. Sorry, Chrimess, and thanks.

no worries, as a married man I am well used to being guilty until proven innocent.

Joko
06-09-2013, 08:01 AM
Cor blimey! Reckon that rules us lot out then dunnit guv'nor? ;)

S'aight, bra. Keepin it real aint the shit to be doin alltha time. Be relatin like a homie on the downlow, away from the shorties.

we tigers
06-09-2013, 09:24 AM
I found a brilliant poem called The Chaos, which contains 800 (!) of the worst irregularities in English spelling and pronunciation. It's from 1922 and written by a Dutch teacher of English. We briefly thought of putting it to music but 1: it's incredibly long and wouldn't fit the 4 minute rule, and 2: we're very busy this week with school meetings and end-of-year social thingies. But I do think you'll get a kick out of it, Joko, and it may be useful for your students. You can read it here http://ncf.idallen.com/english.html

redpaul1
06-09-2013, 09:32 AM
S'aight, bra. Keepin it real aint the shit to be doin alltha time. Be relatin like a homie on the downlow, away from the shorties.

All right, I'll ask you straight out then. Do your proscriptions on "regional dialects" and "non-standard pronunciation" rule out anything but generic American accents? Cos that's what it sounds like. Is "zed" non-standard pronunciation?

Tootler
06-09-2013, 01:59 PM
All right, I'll ask you straight out then. Do your proscriptions on "regional dialects" and "non-standard pronunciation" rule out anything but generic American accents? Cos that's what it sounds like. Is "zed" non-standard pronunciation?

Nah then lad, tha knowest there's nowt rang wi' stannard English. :rulez:

Dougf
06-09-2013, 01:59 PM
Here's one I wrote a while ago about proper use of the dictionary.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OEVBY7h6uUU

The other day out of thin air
came a word from who knows where
just dropped right in my lap
woke me up from my nap

That word was heaven sent
and I knew just what it meant
just rolled right off my tongue
meant to be spoken, meant to be sung

A little word quite thelonièsque
caught me napping at my desk
I really liked the sound of it
thought I'd spread it round a bit

Well I may be a bit old school
but I thought that word was cool
started using it left and right
man, that word is outta sight

But a friend tried to set me straight
my word he tried to immobilate
He said that word is imaginary
can't find it in the dictionary

So I said you're a bit confused
about the way that book is used
first a word comes into use
and only after much abuse

Maybe in the next edition
it finally gets a definition
I've got no quarrel with the O.E.D.
in fact I think we quite agree

You might try this little exercise
I think you'll find my word qualifies
just get out that big fat book
crack it open and take a look

W-O-R-D
look it up and you will see
the smallest unit of a spoken tongue
has a meaning, maybe more than one

Well I've done my best to convince
hope my word doesn't make you wince
It's really not so big and scary
but it's a word according to the dictionary

Well that's it, that's my story
didn't mean to be braggatory
well maybe pontificatory
thelonièsque, thelonièsque

Tootler
06-09-2013, 02:11 PM
I have a couple of possible songs but for now here's a bonus from a past season.


http://youtu.be/ND6c9AuB7-k

Edit: words PM'd

pabrizzer
06-09-2013, 03:21 PM
My entry to this season.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZfJGZEg69W4

pabrizzer
06-09-2013, 03:23 PM
The song is called
The Crocodile Roll by John Williamson. He writes terrific Aussie songs IMHO.

Havin’ a barbie by the river
With no one else around
A tropical honeymoon
Knockin’ a Four X down
She was standin’ in the water
Eatin’ a pumpkin scone
When SNAP! She was gone

They were doin’ the crocodile roll
The woman and the reptile
Doin’ the crocodile roll
In the middle of the river

Down came her husband
With a gun and a carving knife
To slaughter every crocodile
For takin’ his darling wife

Spoken
You can't go round eating Queenslanders
You overgrown goannas
I'll turn you into shoes
SNAP! It was in the news

They were doin’ the crocodile roll
The husband and the reptile
Doin’ the crocodile roll
In the middle of the river

Down came his bloodhound
With mangy curly hair
Picked up the scent
Away he went
Tail waggin’ in the air
Then the dog got carried away
And ran out on a log
When SNAP! Guess what no more dog

They were doin’ the crocodile roll
The canine and the reptile
Doin’ the crocodile roll
In the middle of the river

Down came a wild pig
Snufflin’ all about
The little swine
Drank the wine
And really pigged it out
Then the crocodile chased him round
And the little pig said "up yours!"
SNAP! Into another crocs jaws

They were doin’ the crocodile roll
The porker and the reptile
Doin’ the crocodile roll
In the middle of the river

There’s no moral to the story
Just a brand new dance
Grab your partner by the neck
And swing your crocodile pants
Dip your toe in the water
Are you ready for romance?
Swirl your tail around the floor
C'mon take a chance

Doin’ the crocodile roll
Stirin’ up the mud
Doin’ the crocodile roll
In the middle of the river

Doin’ the crocodile roll
Stirin’ up the mudcrabs
Doin’ the crocodile roll
In the middle of the river

krabbers
06-09-2013, 10:49 PM
Dont know if you have seen this already Joko
http://www.soundsenglish.com/this%20message.html

my original song "This Message" was picked up by Graeme at soundsenglish.com.
probably why it has had so many hits. (a lot for me anyway)

feel free to use it if it is any help
and i suppose i could put it in as a bonus

http://youtu.be/Ao3tQeqeJio

Joko
06-10-2013, 01:00 AM
I found a brilliant poem called The Chaos, which contains 800 (!) of the worst irregularities in English spelling and pronunciation. . . . I do think you'll get a kick out of it, Joko, and it may be useful for your students. You can read it here http://ncf.idallen.com/english.html

I am definitely going to check that out as soon I push through some of my hosting duties here...

Joko
06-10-2013, 01:07 AM
All right, I'll ask you straight out then. Do your proscriptions on "regional dialects" and "non-standard pronunciation" rule out anything but generic American accents? Cos that's what it sounds like. Is "zed" non-standard pronunciation?

Training the world to speak Newscaster English.... Don't most accents disappear when people sing anyways?

As for Zed, you'll have to ask this guy:

http://thecontrolleronline.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/League-of-Legends-Zed-The-Master-of-Shadows.jpg

Joko
06-10-2013, 01:13 AM
Here's one I wrote a while ago about proper use of the dictionary.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OEVBY7h6uUU

The other day out of thin air...
thelonièsque, thelonièsque

That was awesome! I enjoyed every second of it! It's hooky, it's fun, it's instructional... everything one could want in a TEFL song! Great job!

Joko
06-10-2013, 01:16 AM
My entry to this season.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZfJGZEg69W4

Had me tappin my feet and singing along! Wonderful tune you found, Pa, and very well played too.

Joko
06-10-2013, 01:22 AM
Dont know if you have seen this already Joko
http://www.soundsenglish.com/this%20message.html

my original song "This Message" was picked up by Graeme at soundsenglish.com.
probably why it has had so many hits. (a lot for me anyway)

feel free to use it if it is any help
and i suppose i could put it in as a bonus

http://youtu.be/Ao3tQeqeJio

Graeme even made a worksheet for it and everything. You've got experience in this!

That variation on C major when you hold down the first TWO strings at the third fret rather than just the first one... does that chord have a name other than C major? It sounds so much better than just plain old one-fingered C...

krabbers
06-10-2013, 01:51 AM
Graeme even made a worksheet for it and everything. You've got experience in this!

That variation on C major when you hold down the first TWO strings at the third fret rather than just the first one... does that chord have a name other than C major? It sounds so much better than just plain old one-fingered C...

Graeme has experience in this, he did the hard work , i just wrote the song,

i just do shapes, the shape i use a lot for C is 0033, dunno what its called.
i didnt originally post the lyrics and chords with the video, i found then on UU . lol had to look up my own song, someone else posted them just after i first put the song up. it went crazy for a while with everyone covering it. i have lost count of how many covers there are, i find new ones now and again and there are probably some i haven't found yet, i wish people would let me know when they have covered my songs, i love to see them.
i have only played this one live about 3 times, which is strange as its the one everybody wants to hear.

redpaul1
06-10-2013, 03:16 AM
Graeme has experience in this, he did the hard work , i just wrote the song,

i just do shapes, the shape i use a lot for C is 0033, dunno what its called.

You omit the third playing this shape, so 0033 is C 5 - power chord! It makes it pleasingly ambiguous whether you're playing a major or a minor.

bonesigh
06-10-2013, 03:40 AM
Here in Virginia we call it a "Power C" (:


Graeme even made a worksheet for it and everything. You've got experience in this!

That variation on C major when you hold down the first TWO strings at the third fret rather than just the first one... does that chord have a name other than C major? It sounds so much better than just plain old one-fingered C...

GinnyT11
06-10-2013, 07:16 AM
Joko, I've missed three weeks and I won't be able to record for this week, but I love your idea of songs to teach English with. Here's one to teach the subjunctive.
I think a man should sing it, and count on teenage boys laughing a lot. You'll also have to define "onlyness."


If I were a carpenter by Tim Hardin

If (G)I were a (F)carpenter and (C)you were a (G)lady,
Would you (F)marry me anyway...(C)would you have my (G)baby?
If a (F)tinker were my trade, (C)would you still (G)find me?
Carrying the (F)pots I made, (C)following be-(G)hind me.

(F)Save my love thru (G)loneliness, (F)save my love for (G)sorrow.
I’ve given you my (F)only-ness...(C)come give me your (G)tomorrow.

If I (G)worked my (F)hands in wood, (C)would you still (G)love me?
Answer me, babe, (F)“Yes, I would. I'd (C)put you above (G)me.”
If (F)I were a miller at a (C)mill wheel (G)grinding,
Would you (F)miss your colored blouse and your (C)soft shoes (G)shining?

(F)Save my love thru (G)loneliness, (F)save my love for (G)sorrow.
I’ve given you my (F)only-ness...(C)come give me your (G)tomorrow.

If (G)I were a (F)carpenter and (C)you were a (G)lady,
Would you marry me (F)anyway...(C)would you have my (G)baby?
Would you marry me (F)anyway...(C)would you have my (G)baby?

wee_ginga_yin
06-10-2013, 08:04 AM
The song served as an anthem for the civil-rights movement in America in the 1960s and is most famously recorded by Nina Simone (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R454K1yfXys) as a jazzy/gospel song.
More recently it has been done by The Lighthouse Family (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TeCAkrg4fNE) with a bit of U2 thrown in at the end.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7mM7fMjW_bs


A F#m D A
I wish I knew how it would feel to be free
A F#m B E
I wish I could break all the chains holding me
A F#m D A
I wish I could say all the things that I should like to say
A F#m
Say 'em loud, say 'em clear
E A
For the whole round world to hear

I wish I could share all the love that's in my heart
Remove all the parts that keep us apart
I wish you could know what it means to be me
Then you'd see and agree that every man should be free

I wish I could give all I'm longin' to give
I wish I could live like I'm longin' to live
I wish I could do all the things that I can do
Though I'm way over due
I'd be startin' anew


I wish I could be like a bird in the sky
How sweet it would be if I found I could fly
I'd soar to the sun and look down at the sea
A F#m
Then I'd sing 'cos I know, yeah
A F#m
Then I'd sing 'cos I know, yeah
A F#m
Then I'd sing 'cos I know, I'd know how it feels to be free

elmann
06-10-2013, 10:45 AM
http://ncf.idallen.com/english.html ... I am definitely going to check that out as soon I push through some of my hosting duties here...
On YT you can read and listen to it:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gb0wo2D2heQ
IMO very good reading, helps a lot.

And where's my idea? Mmh.

BTW: alive blog, love it.

PatriciaPDX
06-10-2013, 11:58 AM
Finally back doing a video for the Seasons! I've been very short on time but things have eased up a bit now and I'm able to contribute again. Massachusetts is NOT my home state (Ohio is), but I've always liked this little song. Also, Joko, you didn't say anything about wearing a hat in our videos, but I did because I know you would want me to! :)


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KwK7wXUxn-0&feature=youtu.be

~dave~~wave~
06-10-2013, 12:43 PM
^^^^^^^^
Good for you, Patricia!
I'm from the Captain Kangaroo generation as well.

That's also where I heard my song for this week, got stuck in my head 53 years ago, so I hope that makes it "hooky."

A perfect kid song for the age when you're trying to learn the names of states.




http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K9ODULb_dyo&feature=youtu.be

Joko
06-10-2013, 02:27 PM
Joko, I've missed three weeks and I won't be able to record for this week, but I love your idea of songs to teach English with. Here's one to teach the subjunctive.
I think a man should sing it, and count on teenage boys laughing a lot. You'll also have to define "onlyness."



Onlyness: The concept of 'only' in a noun form. See: happiness, loneliness, etc.,,

Maybe someone whose looking for entry ideas will pick it up, Ginny.

3 weeks no entries? I hope everything is alright.

Joko
06-10-2013, 02:32 PM
The song served as an anthem for the civil-rights movement in America in the 1960s and is most famously recorded by Nina Simone (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R454K1yfXys) as a jazzy/gospel song.
More recently it has been done by The Lighthouse Family (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TeCAkrg4fNE) with a bit of U2 thrown in at the end.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7mM7fMjW_bs




A F#m D A
I wish I knew how it would feel to be free
A F#m B E
I wish I could break all the chains holding me
A F#m D A
I wish I could say all the things that I should like to say
A F#m
Say 'em loud, say 'em clear
E A
For the whole round world to hear



Your version is lovely, Rob. Very melodic and mesmerizing. Thanks!

Joko
06-10-2013, 02:39 PM
Finally back doing a video for the Seasons! I've been very short on time but things have eased up a bit now and I'm able to contribute again. Massachusetts is NOT my home state (Ohio is), but I've always liked this little song. Also, Joko, you didn't say anything about wearing a hat in our videos, but I did because I know you would want me to! :)


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KwK7wXUxn-0&feature=youtu.be

Here in Thailand, we've got provinces with wonderful names like Chachoengsao, Phra Nakhon si Ayutthaya and Prachuapkhirikhan, so I think there is a need for songs to help spell place names. For me, anyways. Then again, they've got entirely different alphabet over here with 40 different letters and Massachusetts is spelled: แมสซาชูเซต

Cute song. Loved it!

I completely forgot about the hat bit. Doh!

Oh, look at the time! Off to school!

redpaul1
06-10-2013, 03:52 PM
Here in Virginia we call it a "Power C" (:

Quite corrct - typo on my part. Though 0033 would be a power G on a bari :)

pabrizzer
06-10-2013, 11:18 PM
Bonus
Runnin' Down a Dream
Chasing the abstract with the concrete?
My son Curt plays my homemade cahon.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gyv2Td4x1gc

Runnin' Down a Dream
by Tom Petty, Jeff Lynne and Mike Campbell

It was a beautiful day, the sun beat down
I had the radio on, I was drivin'
Trees flew by, me and Del were singin' little Runaway
I was flyin'

Chorus
Yeah runnin' down a dream
That never would come to me
Workin' on a mystery, goin' wherever it leads
Runnin' down a dream

I felt so good like anything was possible
I hit cruise control and rubbed my eyes
The last three days the rain was un-stoppable
It was always cold, no sunshine

(Repeat Chorus)

I rolled on as the sky grew dark
I put the pedal down to make some time
There's something good waitin' down this road
I'm pickin' up whatever's mine

Kyle23
06-11-2013, 12:23 AM
I have a question. Since this is about teaching, could I possibly do L.O.V.E by Nat King Cole? Technically it teaches you how to spell the word "love" haha

Barbablanca
06-11-2013, 02:02 AM
Here is another Berni original written for my students.

"The Fib Song" - this song has a number of teaching points. The major one is the fact that although the past of some verbs in English are irregular go/went.... come/came...., etc, there are no irregulars in questions or negatives. The song reinforces the use of Did you..... questions and the "No, you didn't!" form in short negations.

It also stresses that a single concept in one language might have several different words in another language - here fibs, lies and even the colloquial UK English "Porky Pies" cover the semantic field of "telling untruths".

"Porky Pies" could even lead on to a discussion of rhyming slang with the better students - you could even try to get them to invent some - Mr Got it all wrong = Mr Armstrong, etc. Though you'll have to see if cultural differences allow letting down the guard as far as deference to teachers is concerned ;)


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ViquUtB786U&feature=youtube_gdata

Lyrics:

The Fib Song

G C G
I went somewhere the other night.
C D G
Where did you go?
G C G
I went while the moon was shining bright.
C D G
Where did you go?
Am F
I went to sunbathe on the beach
G
No, you didn’t! No you didn’t!
Am F
I went to an apple tree and picked a peach.
C D G
That’s simply not true!

D
Lies, lies, porky pies
C G
Why must you exaggerate?
D
We would think the best of you
C D G
If you always kept it straight!


CHORUS

I met someone the other week. (Who did you meet?)
Him and a friend were on a mountain peak. (Who did you meet?)
Lionel Messi and Gerard Piqué
No, you didn’t! No you didn´t!
Both came round to our house to stay!
That’s simply not true!

CHORUS

I did something yesterday. (What did you do?)
Something I’d like to do today. (What did you do?)
I went up in a rocket and I walked in space
No, you didn’t! No you didn’t!
I beat Ussain Bolt in a running race!
That’s simply not true!

CHORUS

I said something two days ago (What did you say?)
I said it on a TV show (What did you say?)
I told them I was an honest youth!
No, you didn’t! No, you didn’t!
I said that I always told the truth!
That’s simply not true!

CHORUS

Barbablanca
06-11-2013, 03:05 AM
The last song was my ENTRY - Here is a Bonus.

You won't need the lyrics, because they're simply the letters of the alphabet. I know your lads will probably not need this, but it might make a good warm up anyway.

Most Alphabet songs are twee... with nursery rhyme melodies... that put kids off. This version is a blues/rocker that I often get requests for even from my adolescents :)

It should be self-explanatory, but just in case. The singer sings the line then the "audience" echo it (on the video, at least the first time round, I try to sing in a stage whisper representing the lads and in my normal voice representing the teacher). The first time we do the whole alphabet, we slow down to a blues tempo and then build up to a real frantic rock & roller ;)


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oeZJGMTbmUw&feature=youtube_gdata

rem50
06-11-2013, 06:35 AM
Okay, here's my entry. I don't know if it counts because I only use the uke as back-up percussion, but I picked it because it's short, repetitive, simple, and catchy to a point where you want to gouge your eyeballs out. No really. I have no more eyeballs.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z8aAtqwZsfM&feature=youtu.be
i really liked that! great job!

wee_ginga_yin
06-11-2013, 07:38 AM
Great song Berni and magical titfer :-)

rem50
06-11-2013, 08:13 AM
Dont know if you have seen this already Joko
http://www.soundsenglish.com/this%20message.html

my original song "This Message" was picked up by Graeme at soundsenglish.com.
probably why it has had so many hits. (a lot for me anyway)

feel free to use it if it is any help
and i suppose i could put it in as a bonus

http://youtu.be/Ao3tQeqeJio
This is FANTASTIC! I totally enjoyed the simplicity of lyrics, your voice and your playing ability..... not to mention videography! Thank you!

Tootler
06-11-2013, 10:37 AM
Here is mine.

I have a book on my bookshelf with a collection of sing along type songs. Many of them were unsuitable - too idiomatic and with nonsense words but I found a several that I thought would serve well. I have chosen this one as my entry. No particular grammatical points but it does have a chorus so plenty of repetition there. There are also a few idioms that will be worth explaining (Willed to me by my father's hand, for example) and I suspect some vocabulary. What the song does have is some lovely descriptive writing. The song itself was a hit for Harry Belafonte in the mid 1950s.

The words are on You Tube. The chords are in C but I capoed up to fit my voice better so I actually sing it in Eb.


http://youtu.be/WKx6rqWlSgw

nscafe
06-11-2013, 08:32 PM
Well I couldn't resist putting something together for Season 69! I whipped up a little cover of Ho Hey by The Lumineers. If I was savvy enough and had the right software to multi-track I'd try to get the Hos and Heys in there, but alas. I noticed this song had at least a couple different lessons available on that website that was linked to as a reference, so hopefully it works. :) The lyrics are in the YouTube video description. Thanks!


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xjbX_8c7YmI

frisbee fred
06-12-2013, 03:35 AM
Here is another Berni original written for my students.

Very cool. I'm sensing a collaboration in our future.......Sometime after July 20............

rem50
06-12-2013, 05:33 AM
I don't know exactly what you wanted in this because I am not really a trained teacher but the reason I chose this song is because most of all it is fun. I think you can point out figures of speech, have a launch pad to talk about how rock and rollers were aware of classical artists too.... Didn't get the words exactly right .... or maybe Chuck Berry was wrong??????? Hmmmm???? (now that's a deep thought :) ) Hope you enjoy, Dean

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B9b6nfU9zUc
A
I'm gonna write a little letter,
A
Gonna mail it to my local DJ.
D
It's a rockin' rhythm record
A
I want my jockey to play.
E A
Roll over Beethoven, I gotta hear it again today.

You know, my temperature's risin'
And the jukebox blows a fuse.
My heart's beatin' rhythm
And my soul keeps on singin' the blues.
Roll over Beethoven and tell Tchaikovsky the news.

I got the rockin' pneumonia,
I need a shot of rhythm and blues.
I think I'm rollin' arthritis
Sittin' down by the rhythm review.
Roll over Beethoven rockin' in two by two.


BRIDGE
A
well, if you feel you like it
A
go get your lover, then reel and rock it.
A D
roll it over and move on up just
D A
a trifle further and reel and rock it, roll it over,
A E
roll over Beethoven rockin' in two by two.


Well, early in the mornin' I'm a-givin' you a warnin'
Don't you step on my blue suede shoes.
Hey diddle diddle, I am playin' my fiddle,
Ain't got nothin' to lose.
Roll over Beethoven and tell Tchaikovsky the news.

You know she wiggles like a glow worm,
Dance like a spinnin' top.
She got a crazy partner,
Oughta see 'em reel and rock.
Long as she got a dime the music will never stop.

Roll over Beethoven,
Roll over Beethoven,
Roll over Beethoven,
Roll over Beethoven,
Roll over Beethoven and dig these rhythm and blues.

Barbablanca
06-12-2013, 08:33 AM
Very cool. I'm sensing a collaboration in our future.......Sometime after July 20............

I'm not just sensing it; I'm predicting it!!! ;)

Joko
06-12-2013, 01:55 PM
^^^^^^^^
Good for you, Patricia!
I'm from the Captain Kangaroo generation as well.

That's also where I heard my song for this week, got stuck in my head 53 years ago, so I hope that makes it "hooky."

A perfect kid song for the age when you're trying to learn the names of states.




http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K9ODULb_dyo&feature=youtu.be


That was a lot of fun. Neva-da better states song been written.

GinnyT11
06-12-2013, 04:36 PM
Well I couldn't resist putting something together for Season 69! I whipped up a little cover of Ho Hey by The Lumineers. If I was savvy enough and had the right software to multi-track I'd try to get the Hos and Heys in there, but alas. I noticed this song had at least a couple different lessons available on that website that was linked to as a reference, so hopefully it works. :) The lyrics are in the YouTube video description. Thanks!

Great to have you post, Nate! This was a terrific entry, with excellent playing and singing.

TheOnlyUkeThatMatters
06-12-2013, 06:32 PM
Great stuff, so far, gang! I've been practicing my lesson for the 69th Season all week. Still not ready to record, but I did put together a response video for the 66th Season of the Ukulele (http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?80982-Season-66-Gabba-Gabba-Hey!/page18).

Joko
06-13-2013, 06:44 AM
Well, this should make for an interesting ending to this week.

Your host has to leave the country for the weekend. Tomorrow, I've got to make an unanticipated run to Cambodia for visa reasons. I'll be there Friday and Saturday Night (Thailand time). I'll be back in Bangkok on Sunday Night. I have no idea what the internet connectivity in Cambodia will be like, but I hope to comment more from a different country!

peewee
06-13-2013, 07:13 AM
Hmm I guess Holiday in Cambodia (http://www.lyricsfreak.com/d/dead+kennedys/holiday+in+cambodia_20038157.html) might not be an appropriate choice.

TCK
06-13-2013, 07:25 AM
Get out of my head Peewee!

Hmm I guess Holiday in Cambodia (http://www.lyricsfreak.com/d/dead+kennedys/holiday+in+cambodia_20038157.html) might not be an appropriate choice.

krabbers
06-13-2013, 09:53 AM
This is FANTASTIC! I totally enjoyed the simplicity of lyrics, your voice and your playing ability..... not to mention videography! Thank you!
thankyou very much for your kind words

xommen
06-13-2013, 10:27 AM
Did a quick camera only bonus, lyrics are on youtube, Sting - Shape of my Heart:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nY3ADXSd1Ks

Shady Wilbury
06-13-2013, 01:11 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Tgdv4xDdlA&feature=youtu.be

Better late than never...the lyrics are in the description.

thesillydave
06-13-2013, 08:19 PM
here's my lesson song...hope you enjoy!

http://youtu.be/zZR-HUCBJxE
and here's the song and chords...
D B7 Em7 A7 D Db7
Things have come to a pretty pass, our romance is growing flat,
D F#7 B7 E7 Em7 A7
'Cause you like this and the other, while I go for this and that.
D B7 Em7 A7 D E7
Goodness knows what the end will be, oh I don't know where I'm at
A F#aug Bm7 E7 Em7 A7 D D7h
It's plain to see we two will never make one, something must be done.
G Em Am7 D7
You sat either and I say eye -ther,
G Em Am7 D7h
you say nei-ther and I say nye -ther
G G7 C Cm
ee-ther, eye-ther, nee-ther, nye-ther
G Em A7 D7
let's call the whole thing off!

G Em Am7 D7
you like po-tay-to and I like po- tah-to,
G Em Am7 D7h
you like to-may-to and I like to- mah-to,
G G7 C Cm
po-tay-to, po-tah-to, to-may-to, to-tah-to!
G D7h G
Let’s call the whole thing off!

G7 C#m7b5 F#7 Bm7 E7
But oh! If we call the whole thing off,
Am7 D7h
then we must part.
G7 C#m7b5 F#7 Bm7
And oh! If we ever part,
E7 Am7 D7h
then that might break my heart!

G Em Am7 D7
So, if you like pa-ja-mas and I like pa- jah-mas,
G Em Am7 D7h
I’ll wear pa-ja-mas and give up pa jah-mas,
G G7 C
For we know we need each other,
Cm G D7 B7 E7
so we better call the calling off off.
Am7 D7 G Bb7 A7
let's call the whole thing off!

G Em Am7 D7
you say laugh -ter and I say lawf-ter,
G Em Am7 D7
you say af -ter and I say awf -ter,
G G7 C Cm
laugh-ter, lawf-ter, af-ter, awf-ter,
G D7h G
let's call the whole thing off!

G Em Am7 D7
you like va -nilla and I like va-nella,
G Em Am7 D7
you, sa's-pa-rilla and I sa's-pa-rella,
G G7 C Cm
va-nilla, va -nella, choc'late, strawb'ry,
G D7 G
let's call the whole thing off!

G7 C#m7b5 F#7 Bm7 E7
But oh! If we call the whole thing off,
Am7 D7
then we must part.
C#m7b5 F#7 Bm7
And oh! If we ever part,
E7 Am7 D7
then that might break my heart!

G Em Am7 D7
So, if you go for oysters and I go for erst-ers,
G Em Am7 D7
I'll order oysters and cancel the ersters,
G G7 C Cm
For we know we need each other,
G D7 B7 E7
so we better call the calling off off.
Am7 D7 G
let's call the whole thing off!

we tigers
06-13-2013, 10:26 PM
Get out of my head Peewee!

That's me sorted for the rest of the day...
I'll be humming "pol, pot, pol, pot, pol, pot" all afternoon.

austin1
06-14-2013, 01:02 AM
That's me sorted for the rest of the day...
I'll be humming "pol, pot, pol, pot, pol, pot" all afternoon.

Pol Pot the dictator/overall douchenozzle?

wee_ginga_yin
06-14-2013, 04:16 AM
Pol Pot the dictator/overall douchenozzle?

Could be Paul Potts the opera singer. :-)


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1k08yxu57NA

TCK
06-14-2013, 06:50 AM
One and the same- when we were kids, we all knew Pots name. The song is mostly about self righteous Caucasian American complacency during his horrifying regime (and satirically vacationing under it). It is ironic today because punk rock told us about him in 1980 and the news waited until 1996. The refrain of the song is the dictators name chanted over and over.
Pol Pot the dictator/overall douchenozzle?

Joko
06-14-2013, 06:54 AM
here's my lesson song...hope you enjoy!

http://youtu.be/zZR-HUCBJxE
and here's the song and chords...
D B7 Em7 A7 D Db7
let's call the whole thing off!

Brilliant as usual, Dave!

Instructional! Well played!

I found a hotel in Cambodia that has free wifi.


G

Joko
06-14-2013, 06:59 AM
That's me sorted for the rest of the day...
I'll be humming "pol, pot, pol, pot, pol, pot" all afternoon.

Yes, I am safe in the land of the Killing Fields right now. So far, I'd say the Cambodians are a happy lot. Friendly. Even the ones whom I know are not being friendly just trying to wrestle my foreign currency out my hands (like motorcycle taxi guys AFTER we've agreed on a price), they're having a good time here in Kampuchea.

I just wish I'd brought my uke (really small backpack).

southside mike
06-14-2013, 07:30 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=foU_FAOwX8E
It took me a while to figure out how to present this one. I watched the video from Schoolhouse Rock, did a backup track to get the timing right, played around with it and finally decided it would only work with the video so I put it together in my own amateurish way. I hope that you enjoy it. The lyrics and my chord version are on YouTube.

TheUkeBloke
06-14-2013, 07:05 PM
My entry for Ukulele Underground Season 69.
"From Little Things Big Things Grow" by Paul Kelly.

I'm thinking this would be quite suitable for teaching 15 to 17 year old boys with intermediate English skills. It is a true story, with a strong message, and concluding that if you believe in something and stand up for your principles then you will succeed.

This song is the true story of Australian Aborigines trying to get their land back in 1966. Vincent Lingiarri of the Aboriginal Gurindji tribe, were working on an Australian cattle station for British Lord Vestey.

Lyrics on YouTube.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jWNX2Ik1eG0

watchyourtoes
06-14-2013, 08:54 PM
Great job, southside mike! This is, hands down, my favorite Schoolhouse Rocks song. And I actually like your version better than the orginal!

watchyourtoes
06-14-2013, 08:58 PM
"Pol Pot the dictator/overall douchenozzle?"


hahahaha, austin1! I just wanted to say how much I love the word "douchenozzle." I say it way too much, but I can't even remember where I first heard it. It just kinda rolls off the tongue.

side note: the tongue is not a good place for an actual douchnozzle . . .

watchyourtoes
06-14-2013, 09:02 PM
http://youtu.be/-XVo5a_DaEg

Here is my entry for the 69th Season. Its "Shot Heard 'Round the World" from Schoolhouse Rocks.

watchyourtoes
06-14-2013, 09:34 PM
Okay, here's my entry. I don't know if it counts because I only use the uke as back-up percussion, but I picked it because it's short, repetitive, simple, and catchy to a point where you want to gouge your eyeballs out. No really. I have no more eyeballs.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z8aAtqwZsfM&feature=youtu.be



holy

crap

this is amazing

wow!

TheOnlyUkeThatMatters
06-15-2013, 02:13 PM
Love language lessons! My entry is focused on the days of the week...


http://youtu.be/bLoms2G9Lzs

I don't care if Monday's blue
Tuesday's grey and Wednesday too
Thursday i don't care about you
It's Friday I'm in love

Monday you can fall apart
Tuesday, Wednesday break my heart
Thursday doesn't even start
It's Friday I'm in love

Saturday wait
And Sunday always comes too late
But Friday never hesitate...

I don't care if Monday's black
Tuesday, Wednesday heart attack
Thursday never looking back
It's Friday I'm in love

Monday you can hold your head
Tuesday, Wednesday stay in bed
Or Thursday watch the walls instead
It's Friday I'm in love

Saturday wait
And Sunday always comes too late
But Friday never hesitate...

Dressed up to the eyes
It's a wonderful surprise
To see your shoes and your spirits rise
Throwing out your frown
And just smiling at the sound
And as sleek as a shriek
Spinning round and round
Always take a big bite
It's such a gorgeous sight
To see you eat in the middle of the night
You can never get enough
Enough of this stuff
It's Friday I'm in love

I don't care if Monday's blue
Tuesday's grey and Wednesday too
Thursday I don't care about you
It's Friday, I'm in love

Monday you can fall apart
Tuesday, Wednesday break my heart
Thursday doesn't even start
It's Friday I'm in love

GinnyT11
06-15-2013, 04:48 PM
Love language lessons! My entry is focused on the days of the week...
I don't care if Monday's blue
Tuesday's grey and Wednesday too
Thursday i don't care about you
It's Friday I'm in love

Nice song choice, Ralf.
You're letting your chin out for the summer?

frisbee fred
06-15-2013, 04:54 PM
My son graduated from High School today and this song was going through my mind. The words and music are in the You Tube description.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gCn2RH9KYik&feature=youtu.be

TheOnlyUkeThatMatters
06-15-2013, 04:56 PM
Nice song choice, Ralf.
You're letting your chin out for the summer?

I was too busy (teaching four classes at three community colleges) to shave during spring quarter---the last ten weeks. Now that summer quarter's here, less stress and more chin. Whee!

Jazzbanjorex
06-15-2013, 05:37 PM
Crystal Ball, Styx

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-k8-CnoZsKs&feature=youtu.be

Written by Tommy Shaw

I used to like to walk the straight and narrow line
I used to think that everything was fine
Sometimes I'd like to sit and gaze for days through sleepless dreams
All alone and trapped in time
All alone and trapped in time

I wonder what tomorrow has in mind for me
Or am I even in it's mind at all
Perhaps I'll get a chance to look ahead and see
Soon as I find myself a crystal ball
Soon as I find myself a crystal ball

Tell me, tell me where I'm going
I don't know where I've been
Tell me, tell me, won't you tell me
And then tell me again
My heart is breaking, my body's aching
And I don't know where to go
Tell me, tell me, won't you tell me
I've just got to know

Crystal ball
There's so many things I need to know
Crystal ball
There's so many things I've got to know
Crystal ball
Won't you please tell me before I go.
Crystal ball.....

UkeyDave
06-15-2013, 10:08 PM
Here is my last minute entry. I really didn't think I'd get an entry in this week and then I decided to google Songs to teach and this one hit me over the head like a sledge hammer.I only learned it this morning and as its still Saturday in Honolulu according to my iPhone I think it still counts as an entry.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLu0qXEhoTA

Smile though your heart is aching
Smile even though it's breaking
Though there are clouds in the sky, you'll get by
If you smile through your fears and sorrows
Smile and maybe tomorrow
You'll see the sun come shining through for you

Light up your face with gladness
Hide every trace of sadness
Although a tear may be ever so near
That's the time you must keep on trying
Smile, what's the use of crying?
You'll find that life is still worthwhile
If you just smile

wee_ginga_yin
06-15-2013, 11:42 PM
OK here is a bonus that should have Universal appeal :-) Headphones on for full technicolour experience


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JV0RUrOHqxo

Joko
06-16-2013, 02:44 AM
I want to thank everyone so much for all the entries this week! Twenty great songs, all of which would be useful to teach English with. I wish I could use a little technique I use in class all the time when I set up competitions and declare that EVERYONE IS A WINNER!!! WOOHOO!!

I wish I could have been a more attentive host, but with this last minute trip to Cambodia, things got a little haywire. I'm back at my apartment in Bangkok and as much as I enjoyed exploring the ancient, wild, impoverished and interesting nation of Cambodia, it's good to be home. It's kind of weird when you're new in a foreign land (I've been here two months now), and then you spend a couple days in a land that is even MORE foreign, being back to the first country gives you that comfortable feeling of being 'home' that up until now, I haven't had.

That said, the Main Entries playlist is now fully updated. If you had an entry, please check it and make sure I didn't miss anyone. Comments on your YouTube pages.

I hope I made people think outside the box a little bit in their choice of song this week. We certainly got an eclectic mix of choices...

I'll be back with the 6 semi-finalists in a couple days! Thanks again, Seasonistas old and new!

pabrizzer
06-16-2013, 04:00 AM
The season isn't over til Mattydee sings.

mattydee
06-16-2013, 04:14 AM
The season isn't over til Mattydee sings.

Tru dat - still 24 hours actually, according to the calendar (and Seasons guidelines)... Hold your horses, Joko!

(I've got an entry coming in a few hours)

pabrizzer
06-16-2013, 04:28 AM
Tru dat - still 24 hours actually, according to the calendar (and Seasons guidelines)... Hold your horses, Joko!

(I've got an entry coming in a few hours)

20 hours and 32 minutes

mattydee
06-16-2013, 04:34 AM
20 hours and 32 minutes

Ack, time's a-wastin!

Joko
06-16-2013, 05:17 AM
Oh... Hey. It's my first time hosting this event... It's SUNDAY night at midnight Hawaii time, not SATURDAY night... Allrightythen.

At this point, if anyone is looking for a song to play, some of the boys are HUGE Lady Gaga fans, and so one of her songs (provided it fit the other criteria) would probably make the top 6....

TCK
06-16-2013, 06:07 AM
This week was tough- I don't know anything about teaching English...my appeal to 15-17 year old boys is extremely limited, but the criteria sounded like a pop song to me.
There was a pop song I wanted learn, though it is nearly 20 yrs old now. Fortunately I found it on two ESL sights...I don't have a clue why you would use this song in the ESL classroom but I figure it's internet prominence might lend it some credibility.
In any event- this is probably more for my old pal Daveey then it is for a classroom.
I learned it from him- figured his take was the best video I saw last year. Just had a little somethin' to it, so I gave it a shot.
I will shut up now and play you a song
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WO18UxFVzIw&feature=youtu.be
Thanks for hosting from two separate countries Joko- stellar!
Lyrics in the description

bonesigh
06-16-2013, 06:47 AM
Been gone all week but was working on something before I left. I hope to get it done today.

ukuLily Mars
06-16-2013, 06:56 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=foU_FAOwX8E
It took me a while to figure out how to present this one. I watched the video from Schoolhouse Rock, did a backup track to get the timing right, played around with it and finally decided it would only work with the video so I put it together in my own amateurish way. I hope that you enjoy it. The lyrics and my chord version are on YouTube.

Glad you did this! I was going to do it but haven't had time to work up the arrangement. I am looking forward to watching this and trying out your arrangement!

Lynn Ahrens, who wrote this and a few other Schoolhouse Rock songs, was a teacher of MINE! That is, we are both graduates of the BMI/Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop, and she sometimes teaches one of the workshops. She is lovely and brilliant! She's probably best knows as a Broadway lyricist with her writing partner Stephen Flaherty; they wrote "Ragtime," "Once on This Island" and "Seussical," as well as the animated film "Anastasia," among other things.

Very nice theme, Joko! My husband has many students from Thailand, and we did some work there many years ago. I hope you are enjoying your time there. It sounds like you are settling in pretty quickly!

mattydee
06-16-2013, 07:21 AM
Oh... Hey. It's my first time hosting this event... It's SUNDAY night at midnight Hawaii time, not SATURDAY night... Allrightythen.

At this point, if anyone is looking for a song to play, some of the boys are HUGE Lady Gaga fans, and so one of her songs (provided it fit the other criteria) would probably make the top 6....

No worries. It's definitely not the first time its happened, and I cannot imagine it will be the last. The timing of the weekly challenges is a quirky little thing, but it's what we've got! Now to get to recording!

mattydee
06-16-2013, 09:40 AM
Here's my entry.

It's a song your students will likely be familiar with, as it was a huge pop hit when they were 11 or 12. Oxford Comma by Vampire Weekend. The original has a bit of profanity, so I recorded a clean version. I PM'd the lyrics to you, Joko.


http://youtu.be/SGqxSSm_GuQ

DWitt
06-16-2013, 10:55 AM
My entry for Season 69 of the Ukulele:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yIchXqkzhmE


In thinking of songs for foreign language instruction, I thought about the songs and short stories I learned in my own high-school-level foreign language study. The ones I best remember used simple language, but were rich and subtle. Simple language doesn't limit you to simple ideas.

Anyhow, so this one seemed to me to fit the bill (pun intended) pretty well. The extended metaphor is nice, and leaves room for thought—so long as they're given the initial hint that this song probably isn't *actually* about an *actual* bird—but the language is simple, and includes only one really obscure word: "furled."

Here are the lyrics as I sang them:


Oh, my talking bird,
though you know so few words
they're on infinite repeat
like your brain can't keep up with your beak.

And you're kept in an open cage,
so you're free to leave or stay.
And sometimes you get confused,
like there's a hint that I'm trying to give you.

The longer you think, the less you know what to do.

And it's hard to see your way out
when you live in a house in a house,
'cause you don't realize
the windows were open the whole time.

But oh, my talking bird,
though your feathers are tattered and furled,
I'll love you all your days
'till the breath leaves your fragile frame.

It's all here for you, as long as your choose to stay.
It's all here for you, as long as you don't fly away.

uke4ia
06-16-2013, 11:02 AM
Sorry, Joko. I'd hoped to get a song done this week, but it didn't happen. When I was in the third grade and my older brothers were in high school, a high school-aged boy from Bangkok stayed with us for a year through an exchange program. He taught me to play Chinese chess and a little of the Thai alphabet. All I remember is Ngo-ngoo, the snake. He had a guitar and played lots of Peter, Paul & Mary songs. Last I heard, he was a journalist covering Australia for a Thai newspaper.

The only Seasons-related thing that happened to me this week is that I met Alemarco in person yesterday at the Ukulele Union of Boston's annual Ukulele Melee gathering. She's the first Seasonista I've met in the real world.

bonesigh
06-16-2013, 04:42 PM
Just can't get it done this week. I was working on a song from a popular tv show "Boy's Over Flowers". A love song I thought they might like. I'll still try to get it completed and post after the end of the contest. For now here is an old video of mine I hope they might like. It's a story about a racoon and some girls camping. The part about the racoon coming into the tent and them petting it actually happened (:

“Coon Named Scrounge”

A song written by Jim Croce. 1973
Parody of “Leroy Brown”
F
On the south side of the Forest
G7
Lives the baddest raccoon around
A7 Bb
And if you go down there you just better beware
C7 F C7
Of a coon who’s name is Scrounge
F
Now, Scrounge he’s so onry, you see,
G7
He stands about 3 foot tall
A7 Bb
All the mamas call him the “Midnight Bandit”,
C7 F C7
All the dads just call him “Cur!”

CHORUS
F
Well he’s a bad, bad coon named Scrounge,
G7
Baddest coon in the whole darned town
A7 Bb
He’s badder than a wolverine,
C7 F C7
Meaner than the monsters in your dreams

F
Now Scrounge, he’s a rambler,
G7
And he likes your garbage can
A7 Bb
And he likes to behave like a bratty child
C7 F C7
Chewin’ holes in the attic fan
F
Well, he wears a phantom mask,
G7
He’s got stripes like a lemur too
A7 Bb
He’s only just begun to make a mess here son,
C7 F C7
He just put poo poo in your shoe!

CHORUS
F
Well Friday, “bout a week ago,
G7
He sniffed a scent that did entice,
A7 Bb
He went into the tent of a girl named Doris,
C7 F C7
And, oooh, that girl smelled nice!
F
Well, he crawled into her lap,
G7
Then she pet him like a cat,
A7 Bb
But, ol’ Scrounge learned his lesson ‘bout messin’
C7 F C7
Around with a tent full of girls like that.

CHORUS
F
Well, all the young girls were frightened,
G7
When they saw it weren’t a kitty cat
A7
Oh, they shrieked so loud,
Bb
And then they all passed out
C7 F C7
And they squashed that raccoon flat.

F
Well he was a bad, bad coon named Scrounge,
G7
Baddest coon in the whole darned town
A7 Bb
He was badder than a wolverine,
C7 F
Meaner than the monsters in your dreams

A7 Bb
He was badder than a wolverine,
C7 F Bb F
Meaner than the monsters in your dreams


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o7Ucu6kJbaQ

elmann
06-18-2013, 10:36 PM
... some of the boys are HUGE Lady Gaga fans ...
I had no ideas/energy, but in this case I would have tried this :cool:


Thats Gaga:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z_uDpX5zbEQ

EDIT: sorry, was Rihanna http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=URxzu8EFBVY

Joko
06-19-2013, 01:15 AM
Okay... as I was saying... It's going to be difficult to get this down to 6 semi-finalists, but everyone was a winner in my book!

You all get "A's"!!!

What I did this weekend...


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=svV3Xol1euI

bonesigh
06-21-2013, 07:21 AM
Thanks for the tour Joko (:

Joko
06-24-2013, 03:49 AM
We have our SIX SEMI-FINALISTS for the English teaching week!
Congratulations to you six! Not, the judging goes to my students. These six songs will go into a classroom playoff, where I will be using your music to teach my kids English. Only at the very end of the lessons (20 minutes for the elimination round, 15 minutes for the three-way championship round) will I be asking the students to pick their favorite.
For now though, all you six are winners and will receive a certificate of appreciation!!

Xommen (http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/member.php?64722-xommen)(from a non-English-speaking country, I should note) for I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For.

Tina (http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/member.php?11402-austin1)for Cups

Doug (http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=OEVBY7h6uUU)for Thelonieasque


Davey Wavey (http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/member.php?85899-dave-wave)for What Did Delaware

The SillyDave for Let's Call the Whole Thing Off. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zZR-HUCBJxE)

and finally, TheOnlyUkeThatMatters (http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/member.php?45652-TheOnlyUkeThatMatters)brought us Friday I'm in Love.

Now, it goes to the students. Best of luck to the 6 semi-finalists and thank you everyone for playing.

~dave~~wave~
06-24-2013, 10:02 AM
I'm honored to make it to the next round, it was a fun challenge this week.

As a person with no natural facility for learning a second or third "foreign" language, I'm constantly astounded at how fluent so many of our international members are in English.

Good luck with your project, Joko.

austin1
06-24-2013, 10:18 AM
I love certificates! Thanks!

This has been a way fun week :D

xommen
06-24-2013, 11:29 AM
I'm honored to make it to the next round, it was a fun challenge this week.

As a person with no natural facility for learning a second or third "foreign" language, I'm constantly astounded at how fluent so many of our international members are in English.

Good luck with your project, Joko.

I' m with Dave on the being honoured to be on to the next round. And certificate are always good fun.

I think English is forced upon us ;-). I'm an IT Guy who works for a Distributor in IT stuff, so I have to communicate in English every day with suppliers. On the other hand I think English is a more natural language (for me anyway) then Dutch or German.

austin1
06-24-2013, 01:45 PM
I' m with Dave on the being honoured to be on to the next round. And certificate are always good fun.

I think English is forced upon us ;-). I'm an IT Guy who works for a Distributor in IT stuff, so I have to communicate in English every day with suppliers. On the other hand I think English is a more natural language (for me anyway) then Dutch or German.

Dutch isn't your native language?

Total honesty, Dutch makes me crazy! You know how when you're in a foreign country, you can hear your native language from a hundred miles away? Yes, so when two people are speaking Dutch, I always hear it as English first. Then I get closer and hear it as German. Then I get closer and I have no idea what on earth is going on until I realize it's Dutch. Two hours in Amsterdam airport is all I need to be a hot mess of language confusion. One of these days I'm just going to learn Dutch and then all my problems will be solved. Although I find I can read Dutch with basically no problems since it's sort of German's cousin. I haven't decided which cousin though, the cool aunt or the uncle who gets drunk all the time?

thesillydave
06-24-2013, 07:46 PM
Thanks Joko! congrats to all the entries! i am honored to be among the 6 finalists! another great season's week! cheers!

xommen
06-24-2013, 10:38 PM
Dutch isn't your native language?

Total honesty, Dutch makes me crazy! You know how when you're in a foreign country, you can hear your native language from a hundred miles away? Yes, so when two people are speaking Dutch, I always hear it as English first. Then I get closer and hear it as German. Then I get closer and I have no idea what on earth is going on until I realize it's Dutch. Two hours in Amsterdam airport is all I need to be a hot mess of language confusion. One of these days I'm just going to learn Dutch and then all my problems will be solved. Although I find I can read Dutch with basically no problems since it's sort of German's cousin. I haven't decided which cousin though, the cool aunt or the uncle who gets drunk all the time?

Dutch is my native language, but for me English comes even more natural. For what it's worth it think German has a lot of if/then/but kind of situation we don't have in Dutch (der/des/dem/den mit/nach/bei/seit/von/zu/entgegen/ausser/aus stuff I mean). Dutch has a lot of situations you just have to know/feel to do it right. I have a colleague who was born here, but has Turkish parents so also speaks Turkish (which really sounds like gibberish to me ;-)), and he makes a lot of errors in Dutch that I guess come from being raised with two so different languages. So in the end I think it's easier to learn Dutch if you already know German or vice-versa then not knowing either language, but Dutch is certainly hard to learn for foreigners.

Especially as, if you would live here, and try to learn the language, by actually talking to people, you would probably be out of luck. My sister in law is American, and whenever she would try to speak Dutch to Dutch people, she would get an answer in English ;).

austin1
06-24-2013, 10:51 PM
Dutch is my native language, but for me English comes even more natural. For what it's worth it think German has a lot of if/then/but kind of situation we don't have in Dutch (der/des/dem/den mit/nach/bei/seit/von/zu/entgegen/ausser/aus stuff I mean). Dutch has a lot of situations you just have to know/feel to do it right. I have a colleague who was born here, but has Turkish parents so also speaks Turkish (which really sounds like gibberish to me ;-)), and he makes a lot of errors in Dutch that I guess come from being raised with two so different languages. So in the end I think it's easier to learn Dutch if you already know German or vice-versa then not knowing either language, but Dutch is certainly hard to learn for foreigners.

Especially as, if you would live here, and try to learn the language, by actually talking to people, you would probably be out of luck. My sister in law is American, and whenever she would try to speak Dutch to Dutch people, she would get an answer in English ;).

Got it! Yeah, I understand it's easier going from German to Dutch than English to Dutch. One day I'll get there. My goal in life is to speak one language for every day of the week. Currently I've got Monday and Tuesday, an hour of Wednesday, ten minutes of Thursday, and forty-five seconds of Friday. The weekend is still open though for the taking though, maybe Dutch can be Saturday!

redpaul1
06-25-2013, 02:54 AM
Got it! Yeah, I understand it's easier going from German to Dutch than English to Dutch. One day I'll get there. My goal in life is to speak one language for every day of the week. Currently I've got Monday and Tuesday, an hour of Wednesday, ten minutes of Thursday, and forty-five seconds of Friday. The weekend is still open though for the taking though, maybe Dutch can be Saturday!

Hahaha!

I'm native-born English, and I must say, that of all the foreign languages I've ever tried learning, Dutch was far and away the easiest (I studied French, German & Latin in high school and learnt Italian as an adult). I'd go further and say that (apart from maybe Frisian) it's the easiest foreign language for an English speaker to learn. As xommen says, when you're learning/speaking German, you're faced with a 4*4 decision matrix just trying to use "the" (4 cases by 3 genders + plural!), while Dutch has no cases, and only two genders, common (de) and neuter (het = pron. 'it'). Just watch out for that aspirated 'g' (pron 'hrrgghhh')!

Pronunciation in Middle English (i.e., before the Great Vowel Shift) is essentially the same as used in modern Dutch. So if you've ever learnt Chaucer in the original, Dutch is a snip.

The vocab. is pretty similar too:


Chaucer Dutch German English
eek ook auch also
eyren eieren Eier eggs
girdle gordel gürtel belt
highte heete heiße (call - Ich heiße Paul - I am called Paul)
y- ge- ge- (a- e.g., 'awake', 'alike', 'asunder' - prefix forming past participle)

As to switching from German to Dutch, vocab is often just a matter of pronunciation/accent (bezahlen/betalen, zimmer/timmer, leest/liest, üben/oefen).

It is also, as xommen observes, a completely useless language to learn. No matter how fluent you become, no Dutch-speaker will ever speak anything but English to you! :)

xommen
06-25-2013, 03:28 AM
Hahaha!
As xommen says, when you're learning/speaking German, you're faced with a 4*4 decision matrix just trying to use "the" (4 cases by 3 genders + plural!), while Dutch has no cases, and only two genders, common (de) and neuter (het = pron. 'it'). Just watch out for that aspirated 'g' (pron 'hrrgghhh')!

But this is exactly where my colleague fails: getting the right moment to use "het" or "de". In English both are "the" which is much easier. When to use what is in my opinion just something you have feel/know, or at least I can't explain why I use "de" or "het" anyway.

This thread is getting into a language discussion, but I guess that is sort of on topic ;)

redpaul1
06-25-2013, 04:22 AM
But this is exactly where my colleague fails: getting the right moment to use "het" or "de". In English both are "the" which is much easier. When to use what is in my opinion just something you have feel/know, or at least I can't explain why I use "de" or "het" anyway.

This thread is getting into a language discussion, but I guess that is sort of on topic ;)


There used to be a big poster on a wall in Amsterdam that read "Lees de Bijbel, het boek voor U". Don't know why 'Bijbel' should take 'de' and 'boek', 'het', but like you say, it just sounds 'right' that way round.

Dougf
06-25-2013, 05:45 AM
Thanks, Joko, for putting me in the top six, good luck with the lessons. :)

I'll also add my 2 cents to the language digression. If you think Dutch and English are close, check out Frisian -- it's considered the closest language group to English, after Scots. I remember hearing someone speak it on TV once, and it sounded like someone speaking British English, except I couldn't understand a word. Well, sometimes I can hardly understand British English -- I felt like I needed subtitles when I watched "Billy Elliot".

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frisian_languages

GinnyT11
06-25-2013, 06:17 AM
An Austrian friend of mine pointed out to me a theory that small-population countries have more English-speaking as a second language because Hollywood doesn't deem the the languages worth dubbing the films for. So if the residents want to bask in our fabulous Hollywood tradition, they must follow the films in English.

redpaul1
06-25-2013, 07:07 AM
Thanks, Joko, for putting me in the top six, good luck with the lessons. :)

I'll also add my 2 cents to the language digression. If you think Dutch and English are close, check out Frisian -- it's considered the closest language group to English, after Scots. I remember hearing someone speak it on TV once, and it sounded like someone speaking British English, except I couldn't understand a word. Well, sometimes I can hardly understand British English -- I felt like I needed subtitles when I watched "Billy Elliot".

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frisian_languages

Funny that you should mention having to watch 'Billy Elliot' with subtitles. I occasionally have to resort to subtitles when I'm watching 'Nashville'! I did actually mention Frijs/Friesian as the exception to my generalisation about Dutch being the easiest foreign language to learn. But you're quite right to do so again. Indeed, the dialect of rural East Yorkshire and of the Frisian Islands is so similar that the two communities can communicate with each other in their own tongues.

The theory now is that English/Frisian was spoken along the banks of the Proto-Rhein that flowed north along the middle of what is now the North Sea (with the Thames as a tributary) during the last Ice Age. As the sea levels rose with the ending of the Ice Ages the populations were forced back onto higher ground on either side of what became the North Sea, creating two separate language communities, English & Frijs.
The interesting implication of that is that there were English-speakers in what is now England before the Romans arrived. The usual story is that English was brought to England by the Anglo-Saxons, but it's now believed that they were just another military elite, like the Romans, and the Celts before them, and the Normans after. We think of Roman Britain being Celtic because the Romans only talked to (and recorded their conversations with) the Celtic elites. DNA testing however backs up the observation - there is virtually no difference in DNA between the English, Irish, Scots and Welsh, but significant differences between Britishers of all backgrounds and the French and Germans. The closest European match is with the Basques.

Having said all that, there's virtually no difference in DNA between Palestinians and Israelis, and even less between Protestants and Catholics in Northern Ireland! Nurture's still stronger than nature!


An Austrian friend of mine pointed out to me a theory that small-population countries have more English-speaking as a second language because Hollywood doesn't deem the the languages worth dubbing the films for. So if the residents want to bask in our fabulous Hollywood tradition, they must follow the films in English.

All true, but a more powerful reason is the cost of translating academic textbooks and journals. Easier and cheaper to teach high-school students English (particularly in Scandanavia and the Low Countries) and use English-language texts at university than translate and reprint everything in the students' own tongues.

TheOnlyUkeThatMatters
06-25-2013, 09:08 AM
Arigatou gozaimashita, Joko-sensei.

Looking forward to the play-offs!

austin1
06-25-2013, 11:56 AM
so basically what you're saying is with fluent German and fluent English, I can learn Dutch in approximately 20 minutes? Awesome. I am so down with this plan. Maybe I can convince my boyfriend to temporarily relocate to Holland after we get back from Mongolia?

xommen
06-25-2013, 12:06 PM
so basically what you're saying is with fluent German and fluent English, I can learn Dutch in approximately 20 minutes? Awesome. I am so down with this plan. Maybe I can convince my boyfriend to temporarily relocate to Holland after we get back from Mongolia?

You can probably learn some swear and dirty words in twenty minutes. The most important part of learning Dutch is to eat some Stroopwafels (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stroopwafel) they make you feel Dutch ;).

xommen
09-03-2013, 02:15 AM
Joko, any updates on the teaching/definitive results of this Season?

Joko
09-07-2013, 08:29 AM
::Joko, any updates on the teaching/definitive results of this Season?::

YES! I have gotten through the entire curriculum for my 11th grade students, and gone onto next semester's topics, the first of which is... MUSIC!!! So, in this upcoming week, I'll be presenting you all in class and teaching from your tunes.

xommen
01-04-2014, 02:15 AM
::Joko, any updates on the teaching/definitive results of this Season?::

YES! I have gotten through the entire curriculum for my 11th grade students, and gone onto next semester's topics, the first of which is... MUSIC!!! So, in this upcoming week, I'll be presenting you all in class and teaching from your tunes.

Not to rush you or anything ;), but any news on this?