Magic Jewball

all signs point to no

 

Cut to the end

Filed under : Music
On November 11, 2012
At 10:50 pm
Comments : 3

The first thing the kids do when they walk into my lab is say, “Ms. JBall, will we have choice time at the end of class today?” And the first thing they say after I’ve modeled the lesson and told them them to go back to their seats and get started is, “what do we do when we’re done?” I remind them of a rule I learned from a fortune cookie. No, really. I had it taped onto my computer riser in my office at The Record Company. It said, “live in THIS moment.” I have a tough time with that myself. “But Self,” I say, “what am I doing NEXT?” I tend to rush through things.

I mention this for two reasons, and not just because I like to tell cute anecdotes about my classroom, as all teachers do. One is, I am doing something next, and I’m trying to hold on to myself and be patient. I will talk about that soon, if it actually happens. The second is a more mundane thing. There’s a new Deftones record out this week and I have been listening to it streaming for a few days. I’m not sure I have ever fallen in love with a Deftones record on first listen in quite the same way. They usually grow on me like a fungus. But I am trying to slow myself down.

You know how it is with a new record. First there’s the comparing it with the old ones. Oh hey, this song has the same notes as that song. Then you begin to sing a lyric or two. Then there is that song you want to return to. Yes! This is that song before that other song I like. And then time goes by and you know the whole thing better than your own hand and you wish there were some new songs. I already have the first lyric and the first song and the album isn’t even out yet. It’s like I want to know this record as well as the others this very second. I should probably slow down and live in THIS moment, you know? I’m going to try.

You’ll be happy to hear that most of my other classroom rules do not derive from fortune cookies, although I do have the “keep yourself to yourself” rule whose phrasing is loosely based on a Yes song.

Fun fact! This is actually the second post in a series on “the first Deftones lyric that sticks in my head from the new record.” The current one isn’t catchy enough to title the post, though. I took it from another song on the new record which was leaked early so I hurried to learn all the lyrics before I went to the show (which was AWESOME! Ask Mo) so it doesn’t count. They didn’t play it, naturally.

I’ll link to that song, Tempest, when the album is released Tuesday.

By the way, while at a concert, during any given song, I am thinking, “I wonder what they’ll play next?” You can see I am great at this.

 

3 Comments for this post

 
Sharon says

NICA. About the “what’s next?” part. I’ll take your word for it on the Deftones part.

You’re not alone in anticipating the next song in the playlist. According to a story I heard on NPR the other day, the same part of the brain that is active in motor control helps us remember music, and what is supposed to come next. So maybe at a concert you are trying to make the band play the right song next WITH YOUR MIND.

 
Tami says

I can’t wait to see what you post next!

I DO love your teacher anecdotes. They’re even better now that I have a picture of where they are taking place.

 
Becca says

I have to listen to that story, Sharon. Although it might be a different phenomenon, because I think you know what’s coming next and your brain just expects it, in that case. Rather than wondering what will happen.

Thanks, Tam! I learned about cute classroom anecdotes from the best, you know.