The indomitable @johnhardison1 tweeted about his teacher soundtrack blog post found here and challenged me to create my list… So I’ve been thinking about it and this is what I have so far…
- One Way or Another by Blondie – the first two verses but these lines… “One day maybe next week, I’m gonna meet ya’/ One way or another, I’m gonna win ya’/ I’ll get ya’, I’ll get ya'” This is exactly how I feel about that kid who resists all efforts to engage them but they are watching… and one day… if you’re lucky enough, they come up in a grocery store and say Miz, you taught me so much (I’m looking at you Juan).
- She’s Every Woman by Garth Brooks – “she’s fire and ice /A little crazy but it’s nice” I can’t even begin to count how many students I’ve told, “Yep, I’m crazy.” They don’t even know how to respond most days. If I can keep them guessing, then they are at least watching what I’ll do next.
- T.N.T by AC/DC – “Don’t you start no fight//’Cause I’m T.N.T. I’m dynamite/T.N.T. and I’ll win the fight/T.N.T. I’m a power load/T.N.T. watch me explode” This goes with number two but it’s one on the drive-to-work playlist that gives me that bounce to my step and the mindset to make it great day.
- It’s My Life by Bon Jovi – “All lyrics” I am in control of my choices and while I’m here I want to live. Encouraging students to do the same isn’t usually difficult but it seems there are always a few that need to be reminded to live. I want to quote Invictus.
- The Lost Boy by Greg Holden – “I know there’s greed and there’s corruption/I’ve seen death and mass destruction/But I’m telling you, and I hope that I’m heard//And I will not be commanded/And I will not be controlled/And I will not let my future go on/Without the help of my soul” I put the link for a YouTube video on that one just because the song grabs my guts. I’ve taught many “lost boys” over the years who had very little hope of a “normal” life, whatever that means… It serves to remind me that my students don’t always have more than they brought with them to school that day.
- Little Dive Bar in Dahlonega by Ashley McBryde – “Nothings goin right/Makin the best of the worst day kinda night” I didn’t add this one just because it has Dahlonega in the title… even though that is totally why I listened to the song the first time (I grew up in Dahlonega, GA, back when there was one red-light). Ashley’s voice is one of my favorites right now, but I think the message of moving on from the worst day will resonate for a while. As teachers, we’ve all had that worst day… the ones you analyze for years and hopefully learn something so you don’t repeat them.
- 17 by Cody Canda – “You’re always seventeen in your hometown.//Runnin’ from your folks, runnin’ from the law./Runnin’ from love; runnin’ from your fears; runnin’ from it all./You keep on runnin’ boy, you’ll run yourself in the ground./You’re always seventeen in your hometown.” I had to have a Cody Canada song. His music has gotten me through many a long road trip. This one is a reminder that my students are 17 in their hometown and while leaving is coming soon, they are still in that sunrise of adulthood.
I’m sure I could come up with a few more… This is what I have at the moment. 🙂