Monthly Archives: July 2017

Lilith Fair 1997, wishing for Lilith Fair 2017

It was a moment in time. The Lilith Fair debuted this month in 1997. The brain child of Sarah McLachlan and featuring an exclusively female line-up the festival had its heyday from 1997-1999. And it was amazing. It featured Jewel, Tracy Chapman, The Indigo Girls, Missy Elliott, India Arie, 4 Non-Blondes, Lisa Loeb, you name it. If you were a woman in contemporary music in the late 90s you likely graced the stage. McLachlan in her artistic and business wisdom read the tea leaves and found a bunch of Gen Xers who were clamoring for more women in music and the opportunity to see them take center stage. other festivals like Lollapolloza featured an almost all-male line-up and were more rock oriented. This festival featured singer-song writers, punk rockers, hip-hop artists, soul music, country, jazz, and much more.

I think that the moment in time also resonated with Gen Xers because we grew up with strong women role models in our homes and on our stereos. The children of divorce we were more likely to be raised in households where mom was the breadwinner and our parents were listening to Joni Mitchell, Aretha Franklin, Loretta Lynn, Patti Smith, and other trailblazing women in music. The 90s were the best. So that got me to thinking. What would be the best line-up for Lilith Fair, 2017? Honestly we have another revolution of women taking over music so why not? So here it is, my dream list of a great Lilith Fair 2017. Two day festival, Friday, Saturday and Sunday

Headliners – Beyonce, Madonna, Taylor Swift

Top Billing – Rihanna, Adele, Janet Jackson, Lady Gaga, Miranda Lambert, Missy Elliott, Janelle Monae

Hip Hop – Nicki Minaj, Remy Ma, Young M.A, Lil’ Kim, Lauren Hill, M.I.A., Lizzo

Rock – Cat Power, Haim, Joan Jett, Bjork, The Yeah, Yeah, Yeahs, P!NK, Kelly Clarkston

Pop Music – Lorde, Britney Spears, Miley Cyrus, Shakira, Ariana Grande, Elie Goulding

Alternative – PJ Harvey, Courtney Barnett, Fiona Apple, Alabama Shakes, Charli XCX, Paramore, Echosmith, Sleigh Bells, Misterwives, The Overcoats, The Dead Weather, Grimes, Tov Lo

Country – Alison Krauss, The Band Perry, Kacey Musgraves, Elle King, Margo Price

So, who am I missing because I am sure to have some glaring omissions.

Its time to bring back the test . . .

“A curious peculiarity of our memory is that things are impressed better by active than by passive repetition. I mean that in learning (by heart, for example), when we almost know the piece, it pays better to wait and recollect by an effort from within, than to look at the book again. If we recover the words in the former way, we shall probably know them the next time; if in the latter way, we shall very likely need the book once more.
– William James, 1890

I will be the first to admit it. I was a testing hater. When I first started teaching graduate level courses at the University of Central Florida I wanted to “test” the system and ban the information recall kind of evaluation in my classroom. I felt that it promoted memorization, was a lazy way to assess learning, and kinda made me less cool. So I assigned more group assignments, research projects, writing assignments, and other kinds of assessments of learning. Of course these all have their merits and I will continue to use them. But I have started to learn that a class without come recall assessment promotes laziness a bit. Continue reading

The 20 – Best Novelty Songs of All-Time

So the other day I was driving in my car and the song Do The Bartman come on the radio. It sent me to a moment in time. I knew then I had to do a countdown of the top 40 novelty songs of all-time. Here are the rules . . .

A novelty song is:

  1. A song that was made specifically to promote or advance something.
  2. Almost exclusively made by a group or act not looking for further fame or hits.
  3. Reminds you of a time gone by . . .
  4. People were kind of into it. It was a hit.
  5. Look, we all know what these look like okay . . .
  6. This list is not in order, but how I thought of them.

So here is the list.

20. Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer – Elmo and Patsy

19. Monster Mash – Bobby Pickett

18. King Tut – Steve Martin

17. Who Let the Dogs Out – Baha Men

16. A Fifth of Beethoven – Walter Murphy

15. Super Bowl Shuffle – Chicago Bears

14. The Ketchup Song – Las Ketchup 

13. They’re Coming To Take Me Away – Napoleon XIV 

12. Star Wars Disco – Meco

11. Disco Duck – Rick Dees

10. Gangham Style – PSY

9. Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie – Brian Hyland

8. The Macarena – Los Del Rio

7. The Chanukah Song – Adam Sandler

6. Basketball Jones – Cheech and Chong

5. The Curley Shuffle – Jump in the Saddle Band 

4. The Homecoming Queens Got a Gun – Julie Brown 

3. Jock Jams – ESPN

2. Barbie Girl – Aqua

  1. Cotton Eyed Joe – Rednex