Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Musical Tourette's

If I have learned one thing in 13 years of teaching, it is that Gloria Estefan is correct.

Eventually, the rhythm is, in fact, going to get you.

Witness a class I have right now. Sometimes, I allow the impromptu waving of hands and sharp head turns while I am teaching. Sometimes, I can't handle it and wonder if perhaps I should get a spoon for the mouths of my students so that they don't swallow their tongues mid convulsion. I don't wonder this out loud, mind you, I just wonder.

Then, when they are left to work on their own, the impromptu jig is accompanied by music. Yesterday, the song of choice seemed only to have one phrase, "Where'd you get that hat!?". So we're silently typing away at narrative essays when the silence is broken by the song du jour...

"Where'd you get that hat!?"


...and it's funny. Somehow, this is hilarious (to everyone but me). I smile good naturedly and calmly ask that we keep quiet so that we can concentrate on our writing.

"But Ms Educat, It's a song!!"


Oooohhhh. So your outburst is justified if it can somehow be tied to music?

I like to let my mind wander and think of song lines that might just spring unannounced from my mouth. I like to think it might be some 1980's alternative music or perhaps show tunes...

What do you think?

8 comments:

Jim said...

"Don't you want me baby?!"

educat said...

See, I was thinking about spreading out the jazz hands and going into "Taake gooood care of yourself, you belong to meeeee!!!"

I worry about the "Don't you want me?" Stuff like that gets teachers on the news, and not in a good way.

Jim said...

very true. I was trying to point out that you need to be careful when blurting out random song lines.

Even something like...

"I'm walkin' on sunshine! WOOAH-OOAH!"

can be misconstrued.

Sing safe, educat. But sing, by all means!

fillyjonk said...

Your kids are into old British music-hall songs?

Seriously: that is what it made me think of. When I was a tiny child my parents had a record of old British music hall songs, and it contained one that went:

"Where did you get that hat,
where did you get that tile,
Isn't it a nobby one
And what a proper style..."

On reflection, it was probably unwise for them to let me listen to the record - it was "Music Hall" music, some of which was kind of bawdy - but most of the jokes flew over my seven-year-old head.

(I suppose the real song is some rap song by an artist I've never even heard of)

"Ms. Cornelius" said...

If the young lady will permit me to suggest the following:

"You gone too far this time
But I'm dancing on the valentine
I tell you somebody's fooling around -
With my chances on the dangerline
I'll cross that bridge when I find it
Another day to make my stand, whoa--oh...
High time is no time for deciding
If I should find a helping hand, whoa--oh..

So why don't you use it
Try not to bruise it
Buy time don't lose it..."

You want obscure 80s lyrics? I GOT your obscure 80s lyrics. I suggest pushing up the sleeves of your jacket and loafers-and-no-socks look when performing this one....

educat said...

Girl, I even sang the disco remix. Those kids never knew what hit 'em.

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