Monday Earworm: U2

I saw U2 live in concert a few years ago at the biggest stadium in Houston. Like, going in there was literally like walking inside of a hollowed-out little planet. It was my first time to see U2 live, and the thing that astounded me the most was how those four guys FILLED the place with sound. Just them, no backups. Pretty amazing.

This is one of my favorite of their songs.

In other news, I’m grading and working on report card comments. A lot. Peace out till all that’s over with.

Monday Earworm: B.o.B. (feat. Bruno Mars)

I love this song, and every once in a while it earworms itself in my head. Now it can do that for you as well.

In other news, sorry not to have posted one last week. We had…um…some weather, and I didn’t have power. Fortunately, all those power-grid shenanigans led to your getting one more chance to sign up for my class on building stories through character, which has been rescheduled for this coming Saturday afternoon! There is still room in the class, but do sign up soon, since registration will close early Friday. You can learn more about the class and sign up for it here.

Monday Earworm (on a Tuesday): Michael Jackson

Sorry I didn’t get this posted yesterday. Life in quarantine is both hectic in how many parts of your routine you have to be constantly adjusting, and plasmic in how oddly viscous and slow the pace of that routine can be. I suppose I could use the word elastic to describe how flexible we need to remain. I suppose I am also a little worn out by the routine.

Either way, I didn’t want to skip a week entirely right now, and this song has been on my mind lately, as I remember the time before the pandemic and look optimistically toward a time when it is managed. And maybe it’s also a time to consider pop stars who have been maligned (fairly or unfairly).

Monday Earworm: Maren Morris

I will admit that Maren Morris isn’t usually the first thing my New Wave loving heart reaches for, but she does have a couple of songs that just crack me up in the best way. This is one of them.

I understand there are some certain misguided souls who think sedition isn’t really a conviction-worthy offense. That is so incorrect. When you take out the trash, don’t just leave it in the yard. Go ahead and put it in the bin by the curb.

Warning: there are a couple of grown-up words in this song. Have a good week.

Monday Earworm: Ben Harper

This song doesn’t really need an explanation, does it? It’s criminal that this plight is still so relevant. Doing better starts with individual actions and builds up to societal change.

You can read this post from last summer for a list of resources and ways you can effect positive change. Or just go straight to Black Lives Matter and find out how to get involved.

Monday Earworm: Petrol Bomb Samosa

Now that we’re done with holiday music for at least a few months, let us joyfully return to our usual Monday Earworms! This week I’m devoting to Getting Things Done — because, dear reader, I have a long list — and so this morning’s earworm is one of those awesome dance tunes that gets me up and moving around with a smile in my heart. This is “Eshtaktillak” by one of my favorite dance bands, Petrol Bomb Samosa. Enjoy!

 

Monday Earworm: Kinkaid Orchestra

Hey there. This week’s earworm is a video of the student orchestra at the high school where I teach doing “Bittersweet Symphony.” On Zoom. They’re pretty great!

In not-entirely-unrelated news, Houston’s Official Christmas Music Station started playing Christmas music this year on NOVEMBER 8TH. I mean, it might have been earlier, but that was the first I heard it, and I don’t think they were doing it the night before, though I could be wrong. I will not be listening to that until the day after Thanksgiving.

BUT this reminds me that my annual 12 Days of Holiday Earworms (or whatever I decide to call it this year) will be coming up in a few weeks, so if you want to send me any suggestions for this year’s list — because I still have a few spots left to fill — drop them in the comments please.

Enjoy!