If you are a rock ‘n’ roll lover, these four (yes, four!) rock playlists are going to be right up your alley. And if you’re not, I think we can turn you into a fan! You’ll find a large selection of classic rock, a collection of modern rock tracks, and a playlist of all female rockers. The fourth playlist is songs about rock and roll or with “rock and roll” or “rock star” in the title for a fun twist on a rock-themed ride. There are well over 1,000 tracks that are great for Rocktober—but rock ‘n’ roll is forever so you can use these all year long!
Covers are songs performed by an artist other than the one who recorded the original version. This allows instructors to provide music that is familiar yet different. Some renditions are true to the original, some take a totally new approach. Some cross genres. Using covers allows you to expand your own musical tastes where you might not have gone before.
Maybe we’re weird, but we love to use humorous and crazy songs in our classes. We’ve put together a playlist of some of our favorite weird music for you. Some have ludicrous or whimsical lyrics, some have comical sound effects or composition that make these tracks so fun or funny. Throw a few of these into your profile and you’re sure to get some thumbs-ups and giggles!
Ah, country music! I’ll put it this way—when I mention this genre I get the same response that I’d get if I’d mentioned Brussels sprouts or kale. Some people think it’s OK, some love it, but a lot of people turn up their noses! Well, if you don’t think you like country music you may want to reconsider your viewpoint. I have a hunch that some music you think is really fantastic is just country music in disguise!
Emo music brings up a lot of, well, emotions. Starting in the early 1980s and gaining more popularity into the 2000s, emo music shifted from the background to the forefront of popular music. This month, we’re getting emotional…so get out your black eyeliner and help revive the age of emo!
I confess that 40 years ago, when I emigrated from the United States to Canada, I didn’t expect to feel much difference. I thought, “Two nations, largely English-speaking with a lot of shared history—how different could life be?” I was wrong in many ways. Music was one of the first and most tangible markers of the fact that I was living “abroad.” I heard many artists on the radio who were completely unknown to me and maybe to you, too.
Downtempo is my favorite genre because it gets into your soul. The words I use to describe this music are enchanting, hypnotic, immersive, meditative, mythical, introspective, mesmerizing, magnetic, ethereal, magical, seductive, earthly, other-worldly, bewitching, captivating, and present moment awareness. Have I got your attention yet? Let me teach you how to teach to this amazing genre of music!