I did not have time to write yesterday when I was all psyched up, but I am still extatic about a class that I had yesterday at one of my Chabad Schools.
As I mentioned in a previous post, we are in the period counting the omer, therefore, I cannot play my guitar at my Chabad schools, which is OK, because it challenges me more as a teacher. I also limit the use of my Ipod. I am looking for A Capella Jewish music for the students. Anyway, there is a song out on the country western stations (yes, I listen to country western music!) called “Bleed Red” sung by Ronnie Dunn. I do not know if he wrote it as well. It is an awesome piece with wonderful values for everyone: t’shuvah, kavod, forgiveness, apologizing, etc. I played it on the Ipod (with permission from the Principal), gave the students the lyrics, and the discussions we had were unbelievable! We sang the song, then they wanted to sing it again! A few of the kids came up to me and asked if we can sing it at the end of the year for their parents! I couldn’t believe it! We will be singing it A capella, since it is before Shavuot, at the end of the school year. I am still high. The students told me to make sure I bring it in Thursday.
Turning children on to music, decent music, is one of the things that make me happy I chose to do what I am doing.