The Happy Song

School starts back up on Monday.  How does a caped teacher go back to the grind after two lovely weeks off?  What’s that quote about faking it until you make it?  While many of us miss our little pumpkin-heads, and worry about them, and think of great things for them to learn, we still cherish our time off and are sad when it is over.  

This song is one of the best ways I have found to get the day started, or restarted, on a positive note.  I started to play it the week I was planning to see the performer play at the House of Blues.  I played it many, many… many times.  The students now sing along to parts of it and often request it.  Sometimes, after they get their “free lecture” of the day, they’ll ask me to play “The Happy Song.”  I know this is partially to get me to stop playing, and acting to, The Frog Prince, or all of my instrumental music, but of all songs they could request and sing along to, I’m okay with this one:
“I’m going to celebrate being alive.”

It’s called Blessed by Brett Dennen.

*Note–this video is just a static picture, but it had the best audio.  Here is a link to a fun solo version played at Seattle’s Carkeek Park.

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