Musical Therapy – P-E #Trump and Pre #Brexit

This is Musical Therapy 101.

First, we take a moment to go ‘What The Fuck?’

Then we mourn.

Then? We get angry.

We get up. And get moving.

Then we Get Shit Done.

For anyone who needs a little musical shot-in-the-arm after recent events.

I respond to music with a visceral, almost physical reaction. These songs mirror my emotions over the last few days. Many of them are purloined from TV shows that you guys should watch, including The West Wing, The Newsroom and Sens8. They are all resonating like clear sounding bells right now.

It’s alright to feel sad. And angry. And let down. Many of us expected a different world to the one we find ourselves marooned in. On both sides of the pond, many of us feel rudderless, without direction, at the mercy of currents, appetites and desires that we do not share and are powerless to affect.

But we are NOT powerless.

We are stronger when we are united. Our voices are louder in a chant. And our feet can shake the earth when we march in step.

Our politicians might not be the ones we chose, but THEY STILL WORK FOR US.

They need reminding of this. Constantly. Consistently. They need holding to account. To be pushed and persuaded. To be told what we want, what we expect and what we request, nay DEMAND, that they do for us, as our employees.

They have a responsibility to listen to us, so we must not stop shouting.

We also have a responsibility to each other. We are in this together, so we need to weather the next four years and survive together. Even those of you who got the outcomes that you wanted should watch out for stormy seas and beware of the “I’m Alright Jack” mentality. We are entering into an unprecedented period of change, and therefore we need to hang on tight to each other. No activist left behind. No citizen left behind. We must ensure that no human being left behind.

We can look out for each other, as well as pressing our government to do what they can for us, as well as taking care of each other – emotionally, practically and socially, and politically.

Don’t forget this. Don’t ever let them make you feel powerless. It’s what we do next which counts.

I am going to take a few concrete actions, and I am looking for more to add to the list.

Starting in January, I will be making donations to Amnesty International and The Citizen’s Advice Bureau. Both sound, tried and tested, practically orientated charities with strong mandates to help protect people, regardless of race, creed, colour, nationality or gender.

I already offer as much tuition as I can, but I will be branching out into teaching IELTS and preparing people for the Life In The UK Citizenship Test.

I’m going to try to do at least one kind act for someone every week. I will try to perform these acts without hope-of-return or agenda, with no strings attached. The world needs to become a little kinder, so I am going to inject some kindness into it.

In the past I have given help to friends who are seeking jobs, looking for work, aiming to better themselves, wanting to pass exams, develop their skills and learn new things. Those offers remain on the table. If you need help with a CV, letter of application, interview preparation or upskilling yourself in an area of English, Maths or ICT, please ask.

I am lucky enough to be a car driver. If you need a lift to somewhere important – a medical appointment, job interview, study interview – please ask and if I can, I will help you. If I can help you to move house, or clear things out of your house, I will. All you have to do is ask.

If the big people won’t change this world for the better, it’s up to the little people to do what we can.

I know that we might be little, but we are mighty. We are legion; we are an army. And we can still change this world.

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Monday Music – Romeo and Juliet

Welcome to Music Monday – Romeo and Juliet! Sometimes it’s nice to be able to combine my passions, and literature and music are certainly among the greatest. A while ago, I started thinking about how so many songs that I hear seem to fit well into the classic stories, particularly into Shakespeare. Since then I’ve been putting my shiny new spotify subscription to use and compiling playlists to accompany the Shakespeare plays that I teach, as part of my tutoring business.

The most popular, by far, is Romeo and Juliet. It’s a classic isn’t it, boy meets girl and all the angst that follows. Romeo and Juliet remains popular with teachers, schools and syllabi, so this is where I’ve decided to start.

As these playlists are compiled, I’ll post them here along with a quote from the play for each song.

Saturday Night’s Alright For Fighting – Elton John Theme for the Montagues and Capulets
“Two Households both alike in dignity
In fair Verona, where we lay our scene,
From ancient grudge break to new mutiny
Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean.”
Somebody that I used to know – Gotye and Kimbra “She hath forsworn to love, and in that vow
Do I live dead that live to tell it now” – Romeo
Rude – MAGIC! “Let two more summers wither in their pride
Ere we may think her ripe to be a bride.” – Lord Capulet
“Younger than she are happy mothers made…” – Paris
“And too soon marred are those so early made” – Lord Capulet
I’m Gonna Make You Love Me – The Jayhawks “But woo her, gentle Paris. Get her heart.
My will, to her consent, is but a part.”  – Lord Capulet
Can’t Take My Eyes Off You – Frankie Valli “Did my heart love ’til now? Forswear it sight!
For I never saw true beauty ’til this night.” – Romeo
Break Stuff – Limp Bizkit “Now by the stock and honour of my kin
To strike him dead I hold it not a sin.””I will withdraw. But this intrusion shall
Now seeming sweet, convert to bitterest gall.” – Tybalt
Shut Up And Dance – Walk The Moon “The measure done, I’ll watch her place of stand
And, touching hers, make blessed my rude hand” – Romeo
Can’t Help Falling in Love – Elvis Presley “I take thee at thy word.
Call me love, and I’ll be new baptised.
Henceforth I never will be Romeo.” – Romeo
Please Don’t Say You Love Me – Gabrielle Aplin “Well, do not swear. Although I joy in thee,
I have no joy in this contract tonight.
It is too rash, too unadvised, too sudden;” – Juliet
More Than Words – Extreme “Oh, wilt thou leave me so unsatisfied?” – Romeo
Imagine – John Lennon “In one respect I’ll thy assistant be.
For this alliance may so happy prove
To turn your household’s rancour to pure love” – Friar Laurence
A View To A Kill – Duran Duran “The day is hot, the Capels are abroad
And if we meet, we shall not ‘scape a brawl
For now, these hot days, is the mad blood stirring.” – Benvolio
Hammer to Fall – Queen “Romeo, the love I bear thee can afford
No better term than this: Thou art a villain” – Tybalt”Tybalt, the reason that I have to love thee
Doth much excuse the appertaining rage
To such a greeting. Villain am I none.
Therefore farewell. I see thou knowest me not.” – Romeo
Another One Bites The Dust – Queen O calm, dishonourable, vile submission!
Tybalt, you ratcatcher, will you walk?” – Mercutio”I am hurt.
A plague o’ both your houses! I am sped.” – Mercution”O Romeo, Romeo, brave Mercutio is dead” – Benvolio
Too Much Love Will Kill You – Queen “O I am fortune’s fool!” – Romeo
Full Of Grace – Sarah McLachlan “Shall I speak ill of him that is my husband?” – Juliet
See The Sun – Dido “I think it best you married with the County.

I think you are happy in this second match
For it excels your first; or if it did not
Your first is dead.” – Nurse

Father Figure – George Michael “Happily met, my lady and my wife.” – Paris
Honestly OK – Dido “Be not long to speak. I long to die
If what thou speakest speak not of remedy.” – Juliet
Total Eclipse Of The Heart – Bonnie Tyler “Farewell. God knows when we shall meet again.
I have a faint cold fear thrills through my veins
That almost freezes up the heat of life.

Romeo, Romeo, Romeo.
Here’s drink, I drink to thee.” – Juliet
With Or Without You – U2 “Well, Juliet, I will lie with thee tonight.
Let’s see for means. O mischief, thou art swift
To enter in the thoughts of desperate men.” – Romeo
Both Sides Now – Joni Mitchell “Go, get thee hence, for I will not away.” – Juliet
Everybody Hurts – REM “See what a scourge is laid upon your hate
That heaven finds means to kill your joys with love.” – Prince

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