Category Archives: Music

A positive approach to mistakes

Do not fear mistakes. There are none. Miles Davis (1927 – 1991) – one of the greatest musicians ever! Some of the worst mistakes of my life have been haircuts. Jim Morrison When you lose, you’re more motivated. When you … Continue reading

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Aquitania

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Underneath the Apple Tree, by Carmen McRae

This song always makes me laugh

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In case you don’t know Chet Baker…

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Love you more than you’ll ever know (Live), Amy Winehouse

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You’re Undecided, by Ella Fitzgerald

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“Río ancho” (rumba + jazz) by Paco de Lucía

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“I Follow Rivers”, by Lykke Li

This song was in the soundtrack of an amazing movie everybody should watch, La vide d’Adèle (2013) (Blue is the warmest color)  

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4. “River deep mountain high”, by Tina Turner

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3!! “I wish I had a river”… Joni Mitchell

Well, I’m being dragged down the river vagina now! 😀 Just remembered another river song I simply love. It was written by Joni Mitchell, a fav singer of mine, but I have to say I prefer to hear it performed … Continue reading

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and well, talking ’bout rivers… Marilyn has a folk song on this…

Another woman who cared about a better world in spite of it all, and the tornado she was sucked in… “River of No Return”

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Audre Hepburn, missing her!

Talking People page on her Because the link to the Moon River video is broken (yet again, sigh!) I’m posting the song here. It’s from the movie Breakfast at Tiffany’s, a classic identity (or “romantic”) movie, based on a Truman … Continue reading

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Sourcess of weakness, sources of strength

Sadness makes me weak, so although I know that sometimes one is sad and blue, I try to leave that mood as soon as I manage it, and mostly thanks to a love for life and living. Life is hard, … Continue reading

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Soledad Vélez (musician)

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Tic, tac, toc, by Pepper Raw!

More at their website: http://crudopimento.bandcamp.com/

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“As a woman my country is the whole world” – Feminist Quotes to celebrate!

“As a woman I have no country. As a woman my country is the whole world” (Virginia Woolf) The first International Women’s Day was held in 1911 and is celebrated annually on 8 March with thousands of events across the … Continue reading

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Paco de Lucía…

El País in English BBC Reuters The Wall Street Journal

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Blue Motel Room (to chill out!)

One of my favorite/favourite singers and songwriters! Hope you enjoy it! (The lyrics are here)

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Makes me wanna holler!

Today, during our Exam Practice session, David, in Y5B, reminded us of the verb “holler” that people learned/learnt at the beginning of the course thanks to a wonderful song by Marvin Gaye, “Inner City Blues (Makes me wanna holler).” Enjoy!

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Inner City Blues (Makes Me Wanna Holler)

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What’s Going On?

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Stevie Wonder, for his baby girl

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I Want You Back!

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Wanna Be Starting Something?

You’ve got to be starting something!

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Don’t Stop Till You Get Enough!

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More materials for our Y5 course

If you wish to get a copy of some more materials to learn about Black USA, here goes: Read+Listen. Rock your English! Billie Holiday & Ella Fitzgerald. About 9 euros. A book with a CD with the songs. In the … Continue reading

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From Björk’s Like Page on Fb

I’m not sure I like the thought, but I love the picture! “there are certain emotions in your body that not even your best friend can sympathize with , but you will find the right film or the right book … Continue reading

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About “mean”

I forgot to post “Mean to Me” for my Y3 students! We were learning that “mean” as an adjective has two meanings: “stingy” and “bad,” so it’s opposites can be “generous” and “good, kind.” “Mean” as a verb is a … Continue reading

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For Paqui, Desirée and Carmen

A little song I hope you like, “Here comes the sun” performed by Nina Simone.  Big hug.

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Learn to pronounce “strawberry”!!

Dedicated to Miriam (Y3C), and to all the Spanish-speaking students who mispronounce this very lovely word — they say /strónberi/ instead of /stróberi/ 😀

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Tom’s Diner, by Suzanne Vega

A great song to learn to speak! And well, also, a great song! You can print the lyrics here. Notice “diner” /dáiner/ (cafetería tipo estadounidense) is not “dinner” /díner/ (cena, comida). The doubling of the consonant makes the previous or … Continue reading

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A bit of soul music

Marvin Gaye is my all-time favo(u)rite soul singer! Well, perhaps not the only one, but I do love him! Here he sings with Tammi Terrell, and just notice their joy while singing! I think they were lovers, too. Marvin Gaye … Continue reading

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