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Interesting takes on classical music

Now I understand that sometimes music teachers have it tough. It can be daunting to cover all the curriculum while still trying to make the lessons seem entertaining. I find having supplemental videos can make it entertaining. Here are a few for a light break away from the classroom rules.

Cello Wars – Star Wars – Piano Guys

Coldplay – Paradise (African style) – Piano Guys

Beethoven’s 5/ One Republic’s Secrets – The Piano Guys

Kevin Olusola – Cello and beatboxing

Kevin plays Bieber’s Baby on the cello

Matt Haimovitz and Christopher O’Riley – Arcade Fire’s Empty Room

Metallica’s Nothing Else Matters by Symphony and Metallica

Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra – The Galileo Project

The Royal Conservatory of Music

Edgar Cruz – Bohemian Rhapsody – Classical Guitar

Clifford Brown – Delilah

Miles Davis – Smoke Gets In Your Eyes

Andre Rieu conducts Carmina Burana – O Fortuna

Star Wars and John Williams accapella

John Williams – the best works

Howard Shore – Creating Lord of the Rings

David Usher – Black Black Heart

Tea Party – Walking Wounded

Puff Daddy – Come With Me

Poncho Sanchez teaches you how to play congo drums

Louis Armstrong – What a Wonderful World

I will post more stuff with notes later in the week.



Classical music playlist

Sometimes I begin reminiscing about my teaching days. One of my most exciting positions I held was an Alternative Education Teacher. I was responsible for launching a unique pilot project that eventually spread across the province of Ontario. One of my duties was to teach 50 courses simultaneously,which is just as insane as it sounds.

Luckily, I’m quite resourceful and could rely quite a lot on other sources outside the classroom to help with the lessons. Some of these links/videos were ones I used when I was teaching music, while others are there for simply enjoyment.

Colin Carr – Tutorial

James Ehnes teaches audiences about Tchaikovsky

Nathan Milstein and Pichas Zuckerman

Nadja Salerno- Sonnenberg – Rachmaninoff

A duet with Yo Yo Ma

Yo Yo Ma – Prelude from Bach Cello Suite No 1

Richard Stoltzman participating in a series called Star Wars

Wynton Marsalis and Eric Clapton – Layla

Christian Lindberg Trombone Concerts

Colin Currie

Jukka Pekka Saraste – Beethoven Symphony No 5

Renee Fleming and Sir Andrew Davis discuss AIDA

Jim Wallenberg is on violin

Sergei Nikonov on violin

Toronto Symphony Orchestra Northern Residency Tour

I will post more videos soon with a wider range of musical styles.

National Stalking Awareness Day: Five stalker songs that we may hear at weddings

Okay, let’s admit it. We’ve all done it one time or another. Yes, I’m talking about Facebook stalking. We joke about it. We get embarrassed by it, but there it is. We tell ourselves that it’s just a bit of harmless fun and thankfully for the most part our intentions are genuine. However, It doesn’t matter if it’s just a celebrity who doesn’t know you exist or whether it’s someone who at one point was really close to you. Stalking is stalking.

We all know it’s creepy, right? We’ve seen the movies. It’s one of those things that transcends language. It’s universal. We get really anxious when we see that creepo obsessing over the protagonist. So why do we celebrate stalking in our love songs? Why, oh why, do we use them as our wedding songs? Here’s a list of stalker songs to help shed light on National Stalking Awareness Day.

I Drove All Night – Roy Orbison

I grew up listening to this song on my parent’s radio station. I thought it was so romantic, especially when I became a bit older and Jason Priestly starred in the video. Yum. If you listen carefully, the narrator says he drove all night to climb into his love’s window (which is already a bit creepy), but then he goes further by awakening her and “making love” to her. That wouldn’t sound that bad if he didn’t continue by asking if her if it’s alright. If you need to ask if it’s alright, it isn’t. You probably just raped that poor girl.

Run For Your Life – Beatles

There is no question in the world that this is a stalking song. The narrator clearly begins by announcing, “Well I’d rather you see you dead, little girl; than be with another man” and then he continues to tell her how he will track her down and kill her, because he can’t bear that she has moved on. Okay, I’ll admit no one plays this at weddings, but I felt the need to include it because it’s just so clearly a stalker song.

Escape – Enrique Iglesias

I use to bop in the car along with the song. I’m also pretty sure I’ve heard this one at a wedding. This song isn’t better than the one above as the narrator keeps saying, “You can run, you can hide; but you can’t escape my love.” I know it sounds all happy, but really guys this is a break up stalker song that you play at your weddings.

Every Breath You Take – The Police

I know you’ve heard this one at weddings.  Sting has never shied away from the fact that this is a stalker song. Listen to the opening lyrics, “Every breath you take/ And every move you make/ Every bond you break,/ every step you take/ I’ll be watching you.” Creepy, eh?

Invisible – Clay Aiken

Remember him? Yeah, I think this was his biggest hit and he doesn’t shy away from the fact this is a stalker song as well. He begins by singing, “I wish I was a fly on your wall/ Are you really alone? Who is stealing dreams?/ Why can’t I breathe you into my life?/ So tell me what would it take to make you see that I’m alive”

For a complete list of stalker songs, go to

On a more serious note, you can also see StatsCan 2009 report at If you feel that you are being stalked, please contact the police.

Every Breath You Take

Often misunderstood as a great love song, this one is about stalking.

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