Editor’s Note: See Hidden Figures the story of the Afro-American women who put our first rockets and astronauts into space. It is a story that should have been told years ago. If you teach grades 7-12, take your class to see it. Yes! Women know mathematics and science!
1. Best Music Of The Week!
In Four Parts!
January 28, 2017 is the start of the Chinese New Year celebration. This is The Year of the Rooster which will be followed by The Year Of The Dog in 2018. The days festivities in Philadelphia and around the world include parades, dancing, fireworks, cultural activities, and great eats. Please research your local festivities and join in!
2016 was The Year Of The Ice Cube. It started with Barbershop III and Triple XXX Part 2 before jumping to N.W.A.’s (Niggaz Wit Attitudes) induction into The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. Ice Cube’s year concluded with his famous tea and lemonade commercial, and the new Triple XXX Part 3 movie with Vin Diesel.
Ice Cube spoke for his rap music mates Arabian Prince, Dr. Dre, The D.O.C., DJ Yella, Eazy-E, MC Ren at the induction ceremony. Ice Cube’s description of rock and roll in his acceptance speech was stirring and a definitive treat for all rock and roll lovers. HBO has the 2 hour induction ceremony and it can be seen on all the On Demand television channels, too. The night’s music was exceptional, as were the tributes to a talented array of performers, behind the scene’s workers, producers, and magic makers.
- Cheap Trick
- Deep Purple and Steve Miller were additional members of the 2016 HOF induction class.
La La Land with Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone has tied the record (17) for most Academy Award nominations. La La Land broke The Golden Globes’ record for category wins. The award nominated song Here’s To The Fools Who Dream from Emma Stone’s movie actress audition in the movie can, finally, be found in its entirety at (www.youtube.com/watch?v=SXsqYs1l_IY). We hope Emma Stone sings the song at the Academy Awards. Two nominated songs from the movie will probably split the vote and allow another song to win best song. Ten songs were cut from the movie. We are researching the best of these ten.
Our third musical selection this week is the Beatles’ song While My Guitar Gently Weeps (www.youtube.com/watch?v=VJDJs9dumZI). It is featured through creative dance in the show Love now being played at the Cirque du Soleil in Las Vegas. While My Guitar Gently Weeps is on the Internet in twenty different versions including Eric Clapton’s/George Harrison’s version. Paste our site in your address bar. It is the best version by far. Sorry Eric and George!
Our fourth selection for this week is very old school. Sorry! The new office speakers are getting a great workout in eclectic song that we hope you will, also, enjoy. Lloyd Price was a great story teller in song starting in the 1950’s. Stagger Lee, a jitterbug (say what?) dance favorite, is the story in song of two gamblers, their dispute, and eventual gunfight. There are no winners in this one (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZtmvvarZLwg). We have included the school project version of the song. The project has children taking their favorite song and filming a progressive model using props as the song is being sung. Likewise, it is a cute project for at home. Follow Stagger Lee with these Lloyd Price listening suggestions before buying his Fifteen Top Hits album:
Lawdy Miss Clawdy (Seven weeks at number one in 1952 was his best work!)
Come Into My Heart (He tells her she is the one!)
I’m Gonna Get Married (Is heart aching Johnny too young to get married?)
You’ve Got Personality (This girl has everything, including personality.)
Just Because (She left him and he doesn’t want to sit and cry).
2. Best Business Of The Week!
Holiday Best Sellers You May Have Missed!
A Porsche In Your Driveway!
A Disney Character In Your Child’s Bed!
The European car market is light years ahead of the United States in car marketing, advertising, and grooming future car buyers. This holiday season their big sellers were remote controlled and driven cars for the younger set, starting at age two. Look at the pictures above. The child on the right is in a plastic Chevy with a three song plastic recorder. The child on the left is zooming in her driveway in a remote controlled Porsche with stereo recordings. Should I buy the car on the left or the right. Decisions, decisions! If I buy this gift now, could I top this gift when she reaches 16?…is a good question. Who is the better marketer? Porsche or Chevrolet?
When you bring your Porsche inside, it doubles as a drive in theater…when placed in front of your curved wide screen television set. Popcorn please!
Kudos to Disney for their holiday couches for kids featuring ten different characters for boys and girls. The couch is comfortable and opens into an even more comfortable bed. The bed top is filled with more of your child’s favorite story characters. It is not hard to put your little ones to sleep with this sleeping choice concept for young children.
3. Best Creative Writing Of The Week!
Understanding by Nick Kenny is always the first share of the New Year. Mr. Kenny was a columnist for The New York Daily Mirror many, many years ago.
There are grander wishes, but the wish for understanding is a good one.
Understanding By Nick Kenny
The troubles that beset us,
Along life’s winding road,
Are sent to make us stronger,
To share another’s load.
We cannot share a sorrow,
Until we have grieved awhile,
Nor can we share another’s joy,
Until we have learned to smile.
Sweet mystery of music,
Great Masters and their art.
How well we understand them,
When we have known a broken heart.
Let tyrants lust for power,
Let sophisticates be wise.
Just let me see the world, dear God,
Through understanding eyes.
4. Best Poetry Contest And Educational Website Contest Of The Week!
Don’t forget to send your twelve line poem to Let’s Talk Philadelphia’s for our annual beginning of the year poetry contest. Include your contact information. The twelve line, any theme, poetry format is a challenging one. Please send your creative entries to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have graphics to support your theme, please send those along, too. We are looking for your best website nomination write-ups, also.
Check out our poetry site in the index bar in the top part of this column for inspiration.
Please, also, check out our FREE educational website at aimtjp.wikispaces.com. No www. is needed. If you have any home schooling parents, teachers, or children in the family, they will enjoy it immensely. There are tons of immediately ready to use ideas in reading, children’s literature, Internet explorations, problem solving, and poetry on the opening screen and in the item 4 Public Dropbox.
Teachers from throughout the Philadelphia, New York, and New Jersey area have contributed creative lessons, creative games, and book talks to the site. The ideas contained on the site have made a difference in the way ten’s of thousands of parents, teachers, and children read, write, think creatively, understand history, and embrace the arts.
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