Happy Tunesday, friends! I’m sure we’ve all heard Alice Cooper’s 1972 hit “School’s Out,” right? Epic guitar riffs combined with Alice Cooper’s passionate vocals make us more and more excited to end the school year and enjoy summer break. What about “After Today” from A Goofy Movie? A class Disney tune that truly captures what’s so great about leaving school behind for the summer. With so many songs like “School’s Out” and “After Today” that celebrate this long-awaited, much-needed, and well-deserved respite, I can’t help but wonder if there are any songs that pump us up for a new academic year? I know so many of you have already started or are preparing to head back this week or next. In fact, I’m also returning to school (graduate degree number TWO) at the end of September, and I think we could all use a moment to not only mourn summer’s end, but also–and more importantly–celebrate the start of the 2017-2018 school year. Now, I’m going to be honest, finding back to school songs to pump us up proved to be more difficult than I imagined, but I eventually found some that I hope will at least inspire and empower us as we return to school. Whether you’ve got first-day jitters or question your ability, there’s a song for practically every occasion. Here’s to an incredible school year!
Happy Tunesday, friends! Last night I finally had the chance to sit down and watch Universal Pictures’ animated hit, Sing, and I haven’t stopped singing and dancing since. In fact, I felt so many emotions while watching the movie and connecting with most of the characters, that that experience is what has inspired today’s post. Among all the characters Sing follows, there’s an optimistic koala bear with unstoppable dreams, a gorilla who longs for a different life than the one his father has forced upon him, a pig who’s bored of her domesticated life and yearns for more, and a shy elephant who’s introversion and self-doubt hinder her from achieving greatness. What’s beautiful about each of these narratives is that, in most cases, we are them and they are us. They are very real and the challenges and set-backs each character faced are challenges we experience daily in some form. So, whether these are adversities we encounter beyond our control or because we got in our own way, Sing challenges us to go after our dreams–both big and small, and believe in ourselves, and if we hit a few bumps along the way or fall flat on our faces, which we will, Sing reminds us to pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and keep going. Here are a few songs from the film that beautifully captures those sentiments. Take a listen: