Prince and 4 Square

I’m Getting Old and We Lost An Icon

from http://www.in2it.org.nz/games/four-square/
from http://www.in2it.org

This week I spent time stretching before going out to do recess duty with middle school kids. Why do you ask, well that’s simple I tried playing “four square” with my students. Anyhow, it’s clear I don’t move like I used to…I’ve been limping since Tuesday.

Today I learned that Prince is no longer with us. Thanking him will be the job of everyone who loved…LOVE the music he created. 1401x788-prince-extralarge_1412016787658So I will continue to admire him as an artist and continue to use his music as fodder for funk/pop/hip-hop music education. However, I found myself sitting with some students and I eventually ask them the question “Do you know who Prince is?” The reply was no…I think my parents do.

At that point I came to accept once and for all that I am an “old” person. But enough about me, lets talk about Prince and how I’ve used his music in the past in my classes.

One of the tools I use, which was a gift given to us by Prince is his song Musicology. Just the names he drops in this song gives my students a jumping off point for exploration into american popular music. Then there’s learning about him and all his accomplishments.

 

Classic Vibe and Martini’s

ca5cd14b8ac44417a4668f165ecf6d1bRecently I had the opportunity to be on stage with an orchestra and a very charismatic performer. The performance revolved around some famous Frank Sinatra arrangements we don’t all know, but really love. This concert was a collection of “feel good music” that make you want to snap your finger and drink a martini… followed by scotch and then a steak. At least thats the way I felt.

The arrangements done Bright-Field_Lightingfor the orchestra were fantastic. Here’s an example of one of those arrangements brought back to life for the world to enjoy.

The audience was into the performance. The orchestra was having a great time on stage and I’m pretty sure I had the best seat in the house.