Today’s New Music Monday is a song that just makes you want to create something: Perpetuum Mobile by Penguin Cafe Orchestra (link opens in iTunes).
I’ve been using this one in my modern classes during improv and I think it helps set a creative atmosphere in class. Plus its just fun to listen to! Enjoy 🙂
Grab it on iTunes:
As a side note, this song was used in the claymation film “Mary and Max“, which if you’re in the mood for a moving animated movie – watch this (its on Netflix). Just keep the tissues nearby and don’t say I didn’t warn you.
Don’t miss this year’s remix by DJ Earworm – he combined 25 of 2012’s pop hits to create one song… and the kicker is that it actually sounds pretty awesome! The kids seem to like this one a lot. My pre-teens ask me to play it each week, and the first week it took them a while to actually focus on the steps in warm-up because they were trying to figure out what this song was!
As of this post, I believe you can still download the song on SoundCloud.
If you love mash-ups like this song, check out more mash-ups here.
I am currently loving this song by Kerli “The Lucky Ones”.
I’ve been using it for tap and jazz warm-ups this week and its got a great beat (and no bad words!).
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Obsessed with this song and there’s a pretty great video that goes with it.
Grab it on iTunes: The Basement by Eric Hutchinson
As I was getting ready to teach class tonight, I thought to myself, I haven’t done a tap playlist in a while… so here you go! Some old tunes, some new tunes, a little bit of everything.
Soft Shoe-type Combinations (laid back summer style)
- Ok, It’s Alright With Me – Eric Hutchinson
- I’m Yours – Jason Mraz
- Better Together – Jack Johnson
Fast Jazz & Big Band
- My Feet Can’t Fail Me Now – Dirty Dozen Brass Band
- Swing Set – Jurassic 5
- Life Goes To A Party – Benny Goodman
- Shame, Shame, Shame – Roomful of Blues
One of my graduating seniors picked this song for her senior solo this year and I can’t get enough of this song!
“Home” is a beautiful song and Gabrielle Aplin has such a unique-sounding voice, although she does remind me of Ellie Goulding. Grab the song on iTunes:
Mash-up and remixes are always a fun way to spice up your playlist with something your students might not have heard before! Here are a few of my current favorites:
1) Check out this remix from AX Mashup: Avicii vs. Gotye – Levels Somebody That I Used To Know (Find more mash-ups by AX on SoundCloud) – Would be good for warm-up
2) Party Ben’s Mash-up of “Tightrope” & “These Boots Are Made For Walkin” – I like this fun take on this song. I used “Tightrope” last year for my tap class, but this version is definitely “cooler”
3) Norwegian Recycling mash-up of Coldplay, Elton John, Britney Spears, Bruno Mars, DJ Sammy & David Guetta – I just love how he manages to seamlessly blend six artists together… this man is gifted!
I never thought I’d say this, but I am tired of Adele!
|Hey guys! It’s a turning table!
It’s mid-way through competition season for us and Adele has already won “most overplayed artist at competition” by a landslide. I have seen Turning Tables Turning Tables as a solo, a duet, a small group, a large group, with a table, with twelve tables, with no tables (and my studio is guilty of using it too). “Set Fire to the RainSet Fire To The Rain“, “Rumour Has ItRumour Has It” and “Someone Like YouSomeone Like You” have also been well represented.
So if you’re like me and want a change of pace, here are a few current songs I’ve been using in contemporary and jazz class lately that are not Adele. All links open in iTunes
Paradise – Coldplay (LINK) – I love the build-up in the beginning. My senior class really get into this one when the bass comes in around 0:34. I used it for across the floor and center combos with improv.
Night Drop – Act of Valor (Night Drop – Act of Valor) – The whole soundtrack is great for improv work and working on emotions – I especially like this track.
Keep Your Head Up – Ben Howard Keep Your Head Up – Ben Howard – I like this for warm-ups that start slowly and end up in big movements and small jumps (song picks up around 1:13). Somehow the refrain of “keep your head up, keep your heart strong” keeps me going 🙂
Black Sheep – Gin Wigmore – couldn’t find this one on iTunes – here it is on YouTube. Love this for a sassy jazz combo. **Warning it does use the word “h-e-double-hockey-sticks word” (h*ll) in the bridge, so may not be appropriate for your classes.
Holy Moses – Washington Holy Moses – Washington – This is a fun one for warm-ups. I have been using this song in tap class too.
Riverside – Agnes Obel Riverside – Agnes Obel – I love this haunting song – would work nicely for a small group. And it’s in 6/8 time… bonus!
The Dance Buzz debuts its first video!
If you’ve ever needed to fade a song to fit a time limit or your choreography, the OS X program GarageBand has some great features that make it really easy to do.
GarageBand was made for recording music or making podcasts, but we are going to use it to end a song early and fade it out. This is one of the easiest and simplest edits to do.
For those who want technical nitty gritty: I’m using GarageBand ’11 (version 6.0.4) on my MacBook Pro, which is running OS X Lion.
Give me a shoutout in the comments if you found this video helpful or informative – I’d like to do a series of videos showing more complicated edits. Would you be interested in that?Video transcript and more tips (not included in the video) after the jump:
|This playlist is super sweet!
Until Valentine’s Day, I’ll be doing a different “Love” themed playlist every Monday. (See previous here).
This week’s playlist is for children and tween classes.
Tween songs are further down on the playlist.
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