Afternoon Pages: The Song That Gets Me Through.

….and we’re back. Almost every semester for the past couple of years, I’ve asked my students to write in response to this prompt (after I introduce them to fabulous Chaka Khan, who THEY DON’T KNOW THEY KNOW ABOUT–and she’s just someone you have to know about):

What is your personal theme song/fight song/or get-you-through-the-hard-times song–the one that you play on repeat when you’re feeling most vulnerable? Why is that song the ​song? How does it tap into your strongly held convictions about what it means to be a whole human being? Write about the song’s significance to you personally; then if you can, write about any connections you can make to your own teaching.

Mine changes every so often, and then I hear Chaka, and I remember, really, is there any other choice?

Well, yes, some semesters there has been, and since I already knew this was coming, I’ve been thinking about where I am now, compared to where I was this time last year, and I’ve gotta say, that this time, it’s the fabulous Elton John, singing the fabulous, “I’m Still Standin’.” (Find lyrics here.) What a year, what a song, what a chorus:

Don’t you know I’m still standing better than I ever did
Looking like a true survivor, feeling like a little kid
I’m still standing after all this time
Picking up the pieces of my life without you on my mind
I’m still standing yeah yeah yeah
I’m still standing yeah yeah yeah
Over the past year, I’ve heard, and I’ve told myself that if we let bad experiences define us, those who instigated the bad experiences move on, and we only wind up giving them our power. They win.
Well, guess what? Not this time.




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