It’s happening. Summer break is (mostly) coming to an end. School starts this week for the kids, so we’ll be back on a regular schedule vs. the days merging together and always thinking it’s a different day than it actually is. Do you find you do that during the summer months? I’m going to assume there was a collective nod of heads.
Seeing as how it’s Monday (in spite of the days blurring together), it’s time for some music! This week our Spotlight Dancer, Patrick from Adventures in Weseland, chose a theme of “Back to School” – songs about teachers, school, and students.
I know there will probably be many familiar songs being played today, so I thought I’d go off the beaten path and find some back to school parody songs for fun. I was amazed at how many there are! So I’ve collected some of my favorites for your listening pleasure.
Let’s start with what has to be the coolest 4th grade teacher in Chicago. A Christian hip-hop artist recently got a lot of attention for a welcome song he posted on YouTube that went viral. The emcee has been featured all over news outlets and the Internet, including Good Morning America, CBS News, NBC Chicago, and Mashable. He even went international, with coverage in the U.K.’s Daily Mail and India’s India Today.
He also got contacted by The Ellen DeGeneres Show people on Twitter, so possibly he’ll be seen on there as well.
A first year teacher, he is a native of Chicago. He says he plans on using music throughout the school year to help students remember his lessons, so fans can expect some new tracks from the upstart rapper in the near future.
Here’s Dwayne Reed with “Welcome to the 4th Grade”:
Next up is Teon and other Citizens Academy students singing new lyrics to “Grenade” melody, calling it the “Bruno Mars Education Song”:
Next up is one for all my teacher friends, a cool teacher doing a parody from Iggy Azalea’s Song “I’m So Fancy”.
Here’s Katie Moon with “I’m Your Teacher”:
Next up is the hilarious family who do such an awesome job with parody songs. Their videos are always a treat!
Without further ado, here’s The Holderness Family with “Lose My Mind, a Back To School DMX Parody”:
Last, but not least, today happens to be Labor Day, which is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.
So in honor of all that labor, here’s Huey Lewis and Garth Brooks with “Workin’ For A Livin'”:
That’s a wrap for this week – have a great Monday!
Now on to the particulars of Monday’s Music Move’s Me: I have the supreme honor and privilege of being a co-host with the inimitable Xmas Dolly and our musical cohorts, Callie from JAmericanSpice, and Naila Moon from Just the Stuff Ya Know.
Want to join in the fun? It’s easy – just find a tune that rocks your boat, post it and link up – don’t forget to grab Xmas Dolly…er, um, I mean her button…over at her place here. Check out Xmas Dolly’s sidebar for the random themes we sport each week – and you can always ask for a specific theme of music you like, too. Check out the other music lovahs and let’s jam!
Patrick Weseman from Adventures in Weseland
Wait! Before you go…
We’re celebrating 6 years of Monday’s Music Moves Me! I know, right?! Sure doesn’t feel that long sharing music and dancing to your favorites! We’re honoring this with a small giveaway you can enter for fun – just do it!