The Beatles song Hey Jude was in my head as I prepared to write my Weekly Memo to the teachers at the school where I serve as the principal.
As I started humming the melody and quietly singing that song to myself, I quickly realized that there is a great deal within the lyrics that delivers an important message. I quickly scrapped the original idea I had for the memo and began writing about this epic Beatles tune…
Let’s take a quick look at the messages that I took from one of the Beatles’ most famous songs:
Hey Jude, don’t make it bad, take a sad song and make it better…
If that’s not one of the biggest lessons in life, I don’t know what is.
The message here is simple – Don’t make it bad. Just don’t. The world, life itself, is often filled with bad things, hurtful things, sad things… Each day (and sometimes it really is each day) we’re faced with things that upset us, things that hurt us, things that frustrate and annoy us. That’s life. It is what it is. Continue reading “Hey, It’s About YOU!” →
This is the third installment of a three part series that discussed the creative competition between the Beatles and the Beach Boys in the mid-1960’s.
Please click here for Part One – Getting Better
Please click here for Part Two – The Power of the Individual
Continue reading “The Mystery Tour” →
(If you missed Part I of this series, you may wish to go back and read it. This passage builds off a central theme of that first piece.)
Sometimes when we hear the exploits or passions of people or groups that are highly successful we think, “That’s great, but that can’t be me.” We often tend to downplay our own impact on others. We doubt our abilities to make a positive difference.
And, bluntly, sometimes that is easier. It is much easier to say, “I can’t” than to go out and try to change the world, or if not the world, something in your own life. Often times, we look at the roadblocks, real or perceived, that will prevent us from working towards a worthy goal.
Continue reading “The Power of the Individual” →
The following is a true story about how when one strives to be the best, he brings himself, and others, to heights previously unimagined.
Our story begins with the most successful band in the history of rock and roll, the Beatles. The year was 1965. The Beatles were sitting on top of the musical world. In the previous three years they had charted no fewer than 40 songs. 24 songs of those sings reached the Top-40 with 11 becoming number-one hits. In that short time the Beatles released no fewer than six albums that also reached number-one on the charts.
The Beatles “yeah, yeah, yeah” style and sound was a defining aspect of popular music, yet, all of that was about to change…
Continue reading “Getting Better…” →
I enjoy music. Most people do, of course. Depending on our mood or purpose for listening, we enjoy different music styles at different times. When I run, I usually like up-beat fast paced music that will energize or inspire me. I look for songs with motivational lyrics or songs with a great beat. (Or songs from the Rocky movies.) Other times, other music will suffice. Sometimes a little Sinatra goes a long way as I complete some of my daily routines.
Over the past few years, I have found that listening to classical music also provides me with a certain peace and tranquility. I have found that the more I listen to classical music, the more I enjoy it.
For much of my life, I tried to enjoy classical music, but a few things got in the way.
Continue reading “What Classical Music Can Teach About Quality Instruction” →