Liddle’s Video of the Week 9/29 – Beck remakes David Bowie’s “Sound and Vision”

The eclectic and imaginative songwriter and performer Beck was asked to remake a song for a commercial.  They told him he had “no limitations or restrictions.”  What he decided to do with David Bowie’s song “Sound and Vision” is truly astonishing (you can listen to the original below if you want).  See for yourself.

What do you think?   What was your favorite part?  Why?

Here are the lyrics to David Bowie’s song:

Don’t you wonder sometimes about sound and vision? Blue, blue, electric blue that’s the color of my room where I will live…blue, blue. Pale blinds drawn all day nothing to do, nothing to say…blue, blue.  I will sit right down, waiting for the gift of sound and vision and I will sing, waiting for the gift of sound and vision.  Drifting into my solitude, over my head.  Don’t you wonder sometimes about sound and vision?

What do you think the lyrics mean?  Do you ever wonder about sound and vision?

Here’s the original song as recorded by David Bowie:

Shana Tovah! Happy New Year to our Jewish friends in our community!

Rosh Hashanah is the Jewish New Year.  Just as other religions celebrate special holidays specific to them, Jews across the world and in our community celebrate the beginning of their 10 High Holy Days (Yamim Nora’im – “Days of Awe”) on Rosh Hashanah.  These Jewish holy days continue until Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) which is considered the holiest day of the year for Jewish People.   “Shana Tovah” is the traditional greeting in the Hebrew language and means “A good year.”  One traditional custom includes the blowing of the shofar (a hollowed out ram’s horn) which marks the beginning of the Jewish New Year.


Here’s a fun music video by the ReJewvenAishions – an Aish student band – called “What Makes Rosh Hashanah Beautiful.” Shana Tova!

Liddle’s Video of the Week 9/22

At the end of this amazingly cool TED talk, magician Marco Tempest quotes the composer Claude Debussy when he said “Art is the most beautiful deception* of all.”  Tempest goes on to say that “art is a deception that creates real emotions — a lie that creates a truth. And when you give yourself over to that deception, it becomes magic.”  

*deception – the act of making someone believe something that is not true

What do you think about this statement?  Do you agree or disagree? Why?

In case you’d like to hear Debussy’s Clair de lune:

Welcome to our new website!

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Welcome to the new Takoma Park Middle School General and Choral Music Website.  This is a place for you to find information, interact with the music you work on and listen to in classes, see class and community performances, and to be exposed to the wide world of music that exists around us.  I hope you enjoy your time here and visit often!

Mr. Liddle