Today it’s back to work after a lovely spring break spent buying a new car (with no money, I love America), cleaning, lounging, lunch dates and naps. Unfortunately I returned to completely unstable working conditions including a job that might not exist in the near future and pay that is a week late. Nothing that I can do at the moment though so I am turning to music as I always do, to help stave off the eventual ulcer that this chosen profession is trying to give me. Sucks to pick a career, love it, and then feel constantly pushed out of it by failing schools and their policies. I don’t WANT to go back to teaching abroad per say, but I honestly feel somewhat forced to. That’s sad. Wanting to make America a better place with better educated children and not being able to do so while surviving seems so very unjust, oh well. For now, I have students in front of me for 8 hours a day and as long as they are there, I will teach them.
Unless it’s my planning period… to which I will turn to the music. Today we have a mellow, de-stress duo. One in singer-songwriter from Brooklyn (where they all seem to be from as of late), Dayna Kurtz. Her voice is very ambiguous at times… when I first listened… not gonna lie, thought it was a guy. I am impressed that it’s not, given her ability to hit some of those lower registers. Then she pops up with the higher ones and you’re left confused. It’s a comfortable kind of confusion, like Tracy Chapman, I am cool with it. She can croon any day… as long as it keeps me from jumping off this school’s roof. Blerg.
I heart, heart, heart The Delta Mirror… usually I despise vocals so quiet that it’s hard to make them out but The Delta Mirror seem to have perfected (over what I hope would be hours of post production and not a fluke) that sound where every element is on the right volume and pitch. It hits you without any peaks and valleys. It just nestles you comfortably and envelops you in the song that you feel instantly familiar with. Love. Love. Love.