Week 37 Musical Interlude

The Beach Boys’ song Graduation Day is fitting for the last week of the school year.

Another good song: Graduation by Vitamin C

My wish for the kids by Lee Ann Womack

Week 36 Musical Interlude

These 2 songs were important during my years of high school. We always looked to be free and so we sang Freebird a lot. The other one for this week is the song played by every high school student sing its release in 1972.…

Week 35 Musical Interlude

When I look at my last year of high school for the second time, I get nostalgic about my life. I tend to remember the things from my first trip through high school. It was not the joyous romp that is often portrayed.…

Week 34 Musical Interlude

This is Prom season so I have 3 songs from my Prom time in the 70s. First is Stairway to Heaven. Played at every dance but was impossible to dance to.  Taking Care of Business by BTO was a great dancing song with a lot of energy.…

Week 33 Musical Interlude

A couple of songs for this week. The first is a Rod Stewart song, Forever Young. It really speaks to how I view students. They will always be 17 in my classroom. No matter what they do I will always be there for them.…

Week 32 Musical Interlude

Last week was about lost youth but I think this week is the best description for students leaving us at the end of high school. It speaks about a loss of innocence and facing adulthood. Fore those of you who think it has drug references are wrong.…

Week 31 Musical Interlude

I am going to have to double up on some songs since I have so many. I have always loved folk music and so I have a couple that talks about the passing of time and youth. They are beautiful songs but mourn the loss of youth and I loved them when I was young but not I understand them.…

Week 30 Musical Interlude

This is the second Billy Joel song. I heard him describe this song and he was adamant that it was not a political song but just a history of what has happened in his lifetime up until then. I also am amazed at the history I have witnessed and love to share it with my students.…

Week 29 Musical Interlude

A sad look at nostalgia from Bruce Springsteen. I don’t visit Lakewood much but it has changed so much that I wouldn’t recognize it. It does remind me of something I said as we were planning the 30-year high school reunion.…

Week 27 Musical Interlude

This one is done on spring break but I have so many I can’t afford to miss a week. I have been lucky in my classes to have students that have gone on to do great things. Many will not be celebrities but they will be famous in their world.…

Week 26 Musical Interlude

This is a beautiful love song but because he is the professor, it is wildly inappropriate.


Week 24 Musical Interlude

1984 saw the release date of the movie Teachers. If you haven’t seen it, I relate well to the character played by Richard Mulligan.

Week 23 Musical Interlude

This song doesn’t talk about school specifically but does talk about the joy of September when school started. It also speaks to aging and I know that in the December of my career I am enjoying the return to earlier times.…

Week 20 Musical Interlude

My last “bad” song. This is always a fear in schools. Many people really don’t know what the song is about until they see the video. Sting (Who was an English teacher) and the Police.

Week 19 Musical Interlude

Another fun school song and many of us had this experience in school. Van Halen at it’s best.

“I don’t feel tardy!”

Week 18 Musical Interlude

I am now going to do some songs that are not the most wholesome. These are some fun songs but not the best influences but most of us have heard these and enjoy them. The first is a J. Geils Band song.…

Week 17 Musical Interlude

As a technology and computer science teacher, this song fits, and if you really listen some of the things have already come to pass. The added bonus is the old movie Metropolis.



Week 16 Musical Interlude

We seem to hear this from kids daily. The funny thing is that I can say the same about my time in high school.

Week 15 Musical Interlude

This is from the movie Fame. If you haven’t seen it please take the time to find it. This song is very emotional for me because this is what I hope every student believes as they leave us and start building their tomorrow.…

Week 13 Musical Interlude

Here is what we try to do as teachers. Take students to heights where they can see all of the possibilities. My favorite line is about chasing their dreams across the star.…

Week 12 Musical Interlude

I imagine this song with my teaching. As I envision retiring I can imagine a teacher version of this song.

Week 11 Musical Interlude

Some good old Folk music. It is a part of my war protest music and is a very fun song with a serious message. It sometimes gets lost on people who don’t understand satire but I hope you enjoy it.…

Week 8 Musical Interlude

With the advent of vaping we are back to this mess. A little old school from Brownsville Station. I like the Motley Crue version but let’s go the the original!

Week 5 Musical Interlude

This is a message I wish I could get across to all students. It does speak about teachers and school at the beginning but the full message is in the chorus.

Week 4 – Musical Interlude

This is a perfect description of the turnover that happens in school administration I have been through five superintendents and seven principals. The lines around 7:45 of the song are particularly poignant.

Week 1 – Musical Interlude

As a part of the retirement blog, I will be posting a video/song a week that really speaks to my beliefs and hopes about teaching for 30 years.