Archive for the ‘Creativity’ Category

Elton John is Right About Music in Schools

January 14, 2020

 

I read a report that links music skills with math. Kids that learn to play music make startling progress in mathematics. This report completely dismisses the argument that music is merely an expendable extra-curricular activity.

Elton John is of course right to rail against plans to diminish the scope and importance of music at school level:

There was a rather lovely moment during the Q&A when four of those students stood up and spoke about what they had achieved thanks to their star sponsor. This of course begged the question: what does Elton make of the dwindling presence of music in today’s schools?

“Music was one of the few O Levels I managed to get,” Sir Elton tells Tim.

“A lot of schools [now] have taken music out of the curriculum and I find that really appalling, because music is so inspiring and for kids that have the ability or want to play music, there’s no outlet for this in schools anymore. It’s tragic.”

 

Special Announcement:

I am donating 100% of the royalties of my hilarious new children’s book, My Favourite Comedian, during the month of January to those affected by the devastating bushfires in my country, Australia. This book is perfect for children aged 9 to 14 and the ideal class novel for Upper Primary students. Please leave a comment to indicate your purchase. You can buy a copy by clicking on this link.

It Must Have Been Love, But It’s Over Now

December 11, 2019

 

To say I didn’t have the best school experience is a pretty big understatement. It’s not much fun to be a creative type in a very conservative school.

That’s why I’m indebted to the films and music that helped elevate my surrounds and provided me with the strength to keep going. Roxette was a breath of fresh air. They were cool enough to be considered cool, even though they were especially attractive to dags like myself. Below, I have attached one of their most underrated and rousing songs.

I am so sorry to hear of the death of lead singer Marie Fredriksson, who passed at the young age of 61. An immensely talented musician and a mother of two children, she will be greatly missed.

Thank you for helping me overcome challenges. Rest in peace.

 

Michael Grossman is the author of the hilarious new children’s book, My Favourite Comedian. You can download a free ebook copy by clicking here or buy a copy by clicking on this link.


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