The Joy Of School

A depiction of the world's oldest continually ...

A depiction of the world’s oldest continually operating university, the University of Bologna, Italy (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

When I was of school age, which is approximately 5 to 18 years in the US, I loved going to school.  Does that make me weird?  Well, for the typical child in the US, it does.  I remember being the only one who couldn’t wait to start school, who couldn’t wait for Monday, and couldn’t wait for the summer to end.  I enjoyed learning new things; indeed, I still do.  Also, and this is when I will sound arrogant, I enjoyed showing how smart I was.

Yes – I was your typical little nerd.  Some (myself included) would argue that I still am that little nerd, but that’s not the point of my post.

September meant that I could get back to what I enjoyed – learning, acquiring new knowledge, and learning to apply that knowledge.  Sometimes that application was only what I could answer on a test, at least in my (then) young lifetime, but that was fine by me.  I managed to get great marks in school.

I learned quickly that I was, shall we say, unique in that regard.  My classmates hated school, and made sure I knew that I was different than them.  But… that’s a story for another time.

Nonetheless, I loved school, loved learning, and still do.

How about you – did you love school, as I did?  Or were you more like my classmates?

 

Edit: I neglected to mention that this post is for the September Back To School Blog Challenge, hosted by Matt Conlon on Join Something.

September Back To School Blog Challenge

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Album 10 of 10 – The Join Something Blog Challenge

Artist: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Album: Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, Etc.

I’ll round out this blog challenge with a little night music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.  I have to do this, you see, because Eine Klein Nachtmusik is my favorite song of all time – of ALL TIME.  I must have hummed this song a million times since the first time I heard it in third grade music class.  Also, I really like classical music, so I had to have it in my collection of ten albums.

Without further adieu, here is Wolfgang’s song, as performed by the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Erich Kleiber, and recorded sometime in the 1930s.  Think about that, this recording is eighty years old or so.  The historian in me is swooning.

Album 9 of 10 – The Join Something Blog Challenge

Artist: Rodney Atkins
Album: If You’re Going Through Hell

Country music is a new passion for me.  I’d go so far as to say that liking it shows a huge change in my life and musical tastes.  It wasn’t too long ago when I couldn’t stand the twangy sound of a country singer’s voice.  Now, I can’t get enough of it.  If you told teenage BeefGriller that he would one day love country, he would have laughed at you.  Teenage BeefGriller was terribly closed-minded at times, I’m afraid.

But I digress.  Country music is thoroughly infused with love of family, country, faith and fun, not necessarily in that order, or all at once.  Country music artists are passionate about their subject, and this really resonates within my soul.  This particular song is a favorite of mine, and I plan on adopting the singer’s technique when boys begin to call on my three daughters.

Album 8 of 10 – The Join Something Blog Challenge

Artist: Phil Collins
Album: No Jacket Required

This is a required album for me.  Throughout high school, and into college, Phil Collins was my favorite singer/songwriter.  I know, I was a real rebel, living on the edge of society, wasn’t I?  Regardless, I listened to all of his music countless times.  I still like it a lot, too, but I’m not as into it as I was back then.  Phil Collins’s music had a particular and distinct quality, and it got to the point where I could hear if he wrote any particular Genesis song.

So, here is my favorite Phil Collins song, Take Me Home.

Album 7 of 10 – The Join Something Blog Challenge

Artist: Enigma
Album: MCMXC a.D.

This is one of those albums that I’ve listened to hundreds of times, just letting it play along in the background while I did homework, housework, reading, or whatever.  It was released while I was in college, so it was more often during homework or playing on my computer.  Anyway, like all music, it brings me back to the time I either first heard it or the times I most listened to it.  So, this brings me back to my college days, which, as a whole, were pretty happy.

Here, I have the most popular song from this album, and the one most people know from Enigma.  It’s funny, to me at least, that so many people know this song when they hear it, but not the name or the artist.  People hear it and say, “Oh, yeah, that’s that song with the monks chanting to the ambient music.”

Album 6 of 10 – The Join Something Blog Challenge

Artist: 48th Highlanders Of Canada
Album: Scotland The Brave

I’ve always liked the sound of bagpipes.  I can’t explain it well, other than to say that they produce the most beautiful colors and images compared to other instruments on their own.  One of the problems with bagpipe music, at least before the ubiquity of the Internet and streaming music, was finding it anywhere.  When I saw this CD in the store, I snatched it up.  I listened to it so much, that my wife effectively banned me from listening to it while she was around.  Apparently not everyone loves bagpipes.  Who knew?!

Note: This is not the 48th Highlanders’ version, but it is the same song.

Album 5 of 10 – The Join Something Blog Challenge

Artist: Kraftwerk
Album: The Mix

Kraftwerk is one of those artists whose music nearly everyone has heard, but no one knows.  Usually, their songs are sampled or covered by better-known bands.  Kraftwerk is one of the most influential bands, and probably the most influential band in electronica, rap, hip-hop, and other related genres.

Here is the first Kraftwerk song that I ever heard on its own, as opposed to part of a sample in another song.