Four (from the 80’s) for Friday

Last Saturday evening, I had the privilege of seeing some talented students perform in The Rep’s Summer Musical Theater Intensive (SMTI). This year’s production is “That 80’s Show: We Built This Smitty on Rock and Roll.” It wasn’t until the lights dimmed and things were underway that I realized just how deep the imprint this decade has left on my life. I hate to admit it, but there wasn’t a song performed that I didn’t know every single lyric. Sad, I know. So in honor of this penultimate decade of musical genius, four drum-machined and synth-ed songs for your listening pleasure. By the way, they are reprising the production in the fall. If you ever had parachute pants, leg warmers, Member’s Only jackets, highly teased bangs, or God forbid – a mullet, this is a show for you us.

In fact, let’s do this… how about we play a little game of name that tune. I’ll leave all the song info blank, and you can tell me if you know title and artist. Don’t strain yourself.

You should probably stripped of all music listening privileges for life if you don’t know this one.

Four (Weeks) for Friday

It has been a month to the day since my last post. Just over four weeks. And since it is Friday… well you’ve read the title. Here is what’s been up with me over the last four weeks.

Week 1 // KAA – Fortunately, my pardner in crime has done a pretty extensive write-up of the week. So, I’ll leave you with a song and a picture.

Tedashii – Dum Dum (feat. Lecrae)

That’s Lauren Foster (one of our 9th grade students) about to launch herself from the top of a thirty-foot telephone pole. This photograph is a snap-shot of what the whole week was about… risk, facing fears, trust, and leaps of faith.

Week 2 // The family loads up and heads west. It is no secret that I love the mountains and that they regularly provide the backdrop for our family’s adventures. Alison has shared some here.

Josh Garrels – Pilot Me

Week 3 // We are joined by more family and friends and bikes… and games. There was easily a game of Settlers a day. Many days, more than one.

Leagues – Mind Games

Hiking to Judd Falls

Taking “5”

One of the “floats” at the 4th Parade

Week 4 // The infamous Senior Backpacking Trip.

Mumford & Sons – Home (possible title live)

This one started off this way…

and ended like this…

It has been a very good four weeks.