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If I could turn back time…

I remember when I was in school to learn to teach English, the grammar part was baffling. I didn’t remember anything from school.

Of course I remembered past, present and future tense. Nouns, pronouns, adjectives and adverbs. The basics I knew.

It was when we got to learning the conditionals that my head started to spin. And there 4 different kinds? That’s when I learned that music could help me learn.

After I graduated and started my one on one lessons, I was asked by one of my younger students to help him understand a song. And that made me realize what an ingenious way to teach the older students grammar!

So as I was trying to find something to watch, I heard the song If I could turn back time by Cher, it reminded me of those lessons and made me want to literally turn back time to when I was in Prague teaching English.

Such a lovely memory to end my evening – just to be clear, the lessons were lovely – relearning grammar wasn’t! Haha

Have a lovely day or evening wherever you are.

Styles and music of the 70’s

I love listening to music. It calms me, soothes me, puts me in a good mood, and makes me want to dance!

Of course, as I mentioned here before, ABBA is my all time favourite band! And I have been on an ABBA kick the past few days, watching videos on YouTube. What amazes me, not just their amazing voices, but the outfits! I can’t help it – but they are really incredibly 70’s! Funky, weird, odd and yet oh so cool!

So let’s have a musical interlude now – and enjoy some ABBA music!

Love this song and video!!
Classic ABBA – and the outfits!

And this one just makes me want to dance!!!

Music soothes me…

I have two laptops – one is for work (blogging, Tupperware business) and keeping in touch with family and friends. The other one is for playing games on, watching movies and, when I think of it, listening to music.

I tend to forget that I can listen to music too. I like to relax at night and I know that music just makes me feel so relaxed and so good. I love singing along, even though I KNOW I can’t sing!

I love listening to almost any kind of music – soft rock, pop, country (which is my favourite), jazz, blues, 60s and 70s – I love a variety of music. Tonight I am listening to country music – it’s fun, it’s danceable (and yup I dance to it too! – curtains are closed though haha), and sometimes it just gets you. It just resonates with the feelings and moods you’re in that day.

So tonight, I’m relaxing to some Keith, Alan, Paul and many many others. What is your favourite way to relax? Do you listen to music? Do you go for a walk? There are so many ways we can relax. Pick your favourite, grab a drink of your choice, and enjoy your evening. Cheers!

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Music – good for your soul

For as long as I can remember, the one thing that can bring me out of a bad mood is a good song – whether it’s a sad song, a happy song, a good dance song  – really doesn’t matter what kind of music it is, the joy I feel when I hear music makes me want to get outside and sing at the top of my lungs  – which is something I would NEVER do – no one wants to hear this voice! 

I love musicals – movies or the theatre – and I can’t get enough of them.  I want to live in a world where, when something exciting happens (whether it’s sad or happy), we break out in song.  Just imagine what the world would be like if we did that.  We have a great day – well let’s sing about it and make everyone else happy!  Have a crappy day – break out in a heartbreaking song that makes you cry, and in turn, makes you feel better in the long run.  Tears can be cleansing.

So, if you’re feeling blue, turn on some music.  It can cheer you up.  Feeling happy – turn on some dance music and dance around your room.  You’ll get some exercise and make you feel great!  Music soothes our souls – even the sad songs.  Cry your heart out, dance like no one is watching, sing till you lose your voice – get those emotions out and make yourself feel better.  And if you are brave enough – start singing in the grocery store and see if anyone joins you.  Who knows – you may create your own musical!

“Sail Across the Moon”

Do you ever hear a song that transports you back to another time?  Perhaps high school or college?  I am sure most of us have had that experience.


I was listening to music the other day, and heard “Drops of Jupiter” by Train, and was instantly back in 2001.  I love that song.  Back then, I was recently separated and had discovered MSN Communities.  It was my first foray into the internet communication world – chatting with people from all over the world.  Its amazing how far the internet has come since then. 


I belonged to a community called “Sail Across the Moon”.  The people there were from all walks of life, and so many of them have become such an important part of my life, even now.  They are dear friends of mine, and I have had the privilege of meeting a lot of them over the years at get-togethers.  Once in Vegas, once in Tennessee, and another time in St. Louis.  The memories I made while I was part of the group are memories I will have forever, some great, some not so great – the internet really does make people do funny things – like not be truthful about who they really are.  What is that anyway? 


Anyway – music is such an important part of our lives.  It can lift us up, it can bring us back in time, it can remind us of how much we have grown from that period in our life.


Where I live now, music is broadcast throughout the community via loud speakers.  Some days it’s terribly annoying but mostly it is nice to hear. “Sounds of Silence” is played every morning (instrumental version) and in the evening, it’s the Alphabet Song.  I wish I was kidding about that but I am not!  I hear it and then it is stuck in my head for hours.

 When I think back to my time in China, I know that when I hear Sounds of Silence, I will be transported back to this community that has embraced me and made me feel welcome.


So when you are having a bad day, or a stressful day, or even a melancholy day, turn on some music, sit back and “sail across the moon” to another time.  It will almost certainly put you in a better mood!