Deep Thought of the Day: Music

“Music speaks what cannot be expressed, soothes the mind and gives it a rest, heals the heart and makes it whole, flows from heaven to the soul”


My #1 go-to when my outlook begins turning a’funky?

Playing music that brings me back to a happy place and time.

Today, watching a video from 2011 of my dear class of South Korean kindergartners perform James Taylor’s How Sweet it is to be Loved by You, shook the funk right off. One of my favorite songs by a favorite artist, topped with 20 little booty-shaking bundles of joy that all hold a special place in my heart.

Enjoy! And remember, choose music, not funk.

Little Ditties on My Ukulele: Before I Knew

As promised last week (Both Sides Now), I present now a little ditty.

“Before I Knew”, by Basia Bulat.

I’ve strummed in the before-bedtime hour eight nights in a row.

Felt the cobwebs work themselves out of my fingers and voice.

Digging this ukulele renaissance.

A welcome right-brained hobby to balance out the left-brained-edness of my current studious chapter in life.

By the way, I’ve slept like a baby eight nights straight. Side benefit of my bedtime uke lullabies?

Gotta love, love, love making music.


Beautiful as You Feel

I’ve found a way to make teaching really, really fun for me…and as a result of my newfound excitement for teaching, I’m pretty sure the kids are having a lot more fun during my lessons!  
What is it…drumroll please…

eschewing the annoying, high pitched kidsong cd’s and incorporating my own soundtrack to teach the lil guys life lessons!

For “character education” this week, I taught the kiddos an old Carole King song, “Beautiful”, 

“You’ve got to wake up every morning, 
with a smile on your face and show the world, 
all the love in your heart….
people gonna treat you better, you’ll see yes you will… 
you’re beautiful as you feel” 🙂 

had my iPod on shuffle and it randomly came on the same morning of character education lesson…how’s dat for synchronicity!!

And…Last week learning about houses, I played a Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young song, “Our House”.  Both “lessons” were complete with arm movements and a dance…something I prob wouldnt have thought of even 2 months ago.  Hilarious.  And good morals in those songs!

Looks like my Swans are going to get an education on American classic rock and folk music!


summertime music theory

so i got home after teaching tonight, so exhausted, i just turned on some music (joni mitchell if ur wondering) and layed down for about 45 minutes.  

listening, humming, doing nothing.

then it occurred to me that maybe the reason i feel loads better during summertime is that i spend at least a couple hours each weekend doing exactly this: 
listening to some tunes, laying horizontal (albeit on warm sand, with the sun’s heat tanning my skin…so not same-same…but hey gimme some credit here).

Maybe the wintertime doldrums are really just a cry for extra relaxation.  doing nothing rocks my socks (and there are some pretty cool socks here in korea sold on every street corner…but that’s another post…)


Little Ditties on my Ukulele: Tied Down on the new uke!

First song on the new uke…I’ve only been playing for about 3 weeks now, after a couple of friends encouraged me to get one…so pleeeeease forgive me. So far I love it. I grew up surrounded by music, love music…so it feels good to make my own music, bringing some extra joy into my lil studio and my Korean life.
I promise I’ll get better with time.
“Tied Down” is a great song by Colbie Caillatt. She is an artist from Newbury Park and Malibu, CA (near Ventura) and she pops in local Ventura wateringholes from time to time for surprise gigs. Her songs are pretty damn cool, lyrics and music.