TDP NEWS: Conan O’Brien Digs George Harrison

appleyearsLast night marked the conclusion of Conan O’Brien’s week-long tribute to George Harrison and his pivotal album All Things Must Pass. Musical guests including Paul Simon, Beck, Dhani Harrison (George’s son), and Norah Jones honored the late Beatles guitar player by performing some of his beloved songs. The week’s tribute followed up Capitol Records’ recent release of the George Harrison: The Apple Years (1968 – 1975) box set, which compiles his first six solo albums, previously unreleased live and demo tracks, and includes a bonus DVD of some rare live footage.

This Sunday, LA’s Fonda Theater will host George Fest, an all-star tribute concert featuring artists ranging from The Flaming Lips’s Wayne Coyne to “Weird” Al Yankovic.

You can see all of the George Harrison tribute performances that aired this week on Conan O’Brien here:

Paul Simon (friend of Harrison):”Here Comes the Sun”

Beck (fan of Harrison) : “Wah Wah”

Dhani Harrison and Friends (son of Harrison): “Let it Down”

Norah Jones (daughter of Ravi Shankar, Harrison’s spiritual guide): “Behind that Locked Door”

TDP News: Grrrls Support School of Doodle

f7a0684dd25ee0a37526e605cf58e359_largeVirtual education is nothing new, but the idea of a free on-line high school designed to inspire the creative thinking of girls through lessons taught by the likes of Kim Gordon, bassist and vocalist for Sonic Youth; Leslie Arfin, staff writer for HBO’s Girls and MTV’s Awkward; and Alice Waters, farm-to-table pioneer chef, is pretty revolutionary. That’s just what School of Doodle is trying to accomplish, some constructive rebellion in the minds of young women. In fact, in outlining their vision and defining what they call a “Doodle girl,” School of Doodle creators quote the zine of 90’s punk/grrl rock band Bikini Kill when saying that such a person would “share a belief that girls constitute a revolutionary soul force that can, and will change the world for real.”  Creating world-shaking girls via virtual lessons from a variety of talented, cool, inspiring artists might just be the  next big thing in education.

What School of Doodle founders are calling a “peer-to-peer, self-directed learning lab dedicated to activating girls’ imagination through entertainment, education, and community” will get its start through crowd-sourced funding. Supporters who want to help School of Doodle reach their goal of $75,000 can do so by pledging to their Kickstarter campaign, which launched three days ago. With incentives like receiving doodles from Courtney Love, Yoko Ono, or Pussy Riot, the project is already almost half-way to that goal. A mere $1.00 donation turns contributors into Be Loud Club members, which helps reinforce the school’s ideology. A driving piece of School of Doodle’s mission is to teach girls to be loud; by “demanding to be seen and heard”; by “embracing every part of [the self] – the messy and the neat”; by “being colorful, curious, compassionate, creative, courageous and confident.” As long as you are a girl born after 1996, that $1.00 gets you access to the school’s test phase. The school’s creators hope that this type of incentive will help create a Doodle community, which is a necessity in keeping the project centered on those who will be using it. 

According to Molly Logan, the school’s co-founder who was inspired by her work on Station to Station to launch this project, School of Doodle’s curriculum will be varied and imaginative, covering a wide range of topics. Although arts-focused, those topics are by no means limited to art. The development of their curriculum will be “driven by the Doodle community and a teen board of directors” ( Yes, the school was designed with teen girls in mind and the “participatory component of girls teaching lessons will be for teens only,” but everyone will be able to access the lessons, and to be inspired – for free. Men will teach and mentor, share and learn, and be part of the Doodle community. Teens and adults alike will find imaginative motivation in the lessons. This variety and equality is one of the forces that makes the project, and its curriculum such an innovative digital learning experience.

School of Doodle strives to teach girls to “value themselves” and to help create a world “where girls don’t ask for permission.” The collaboration of visual artists, musicians, designers, imaginative business professionals, writers, chefs, etc., – ranging from Salman Rushdie to Cat power – is evidence of the energy and excitement surrounding the project and the investment in the school’s mission. Encouraging girls to dare to believe in themselves is a timely idea. The sample lesson included on the School of Doodle campaign page opens with lines from Bikini Kill’s song “Double Dare Ya” – lines that serve as a call to action to the girls School of Doodle is trying to reach. “Dare you to do what you want. Dare you to be who you will. Dare you to cry, cry out loud….Double dare ya!”

For more information, or to contribute to School of Doodle, visit their campaign page here:

TDP Playlist: Tunes for Two Cities

A Tale of Two Cities



This year’s BHS English curriculum updates included some changes in the texts students read. One of the more noteworthy changes is the loss of the Dickens novel A Tale of Two Cities. Although the new books students have the opportunity to read are great, we can’t help but miss this massive classic. For those of you who are feeling a bit nostalgic for your sophomore year or feel like revisiting the characters in this serial novel, tune in.



A Tale of Two Cities Playlist, by 

“We should meet in another life, we should meet in air, me and you.” -Sylvia Plath

I tried to “2013-Gatsby”-up this book to romanticize and modernize it more, even though it’s already awesome. There’s a mix of well and lesser known artists and a spectrum of genres to mimic the emotional roller coaster of the plot.

1. “I Come With Knives”- IAMX !

  • I was drawn to this song originally because of its lyric “The paradox of our minds,” which reminded me of the opening line of the novel. The song in general speaks about a romanticized desire to kill, alluding to the murder of the Marquis and the bloodiness of the French Revolution, caused by regular citizens, like in the lyrics “I’m only human.” The German chanting throughout the song, along with the creepy, repetitive tune creates a dark and mysterious night atmosphere present during the murder.

2. “According to Plan”- I Love You But I’ve Chosen Darkness

  • This song represents Sydney Carton’s love towards Lucie and his transition from a brooding alcoholic towards a noble human being. The first verse references his observations as a lawyer about the misfortunes and dangers of the world, supported by the lyrics “the world is without love.” The progression of the song with its inclusion of “In a perfect world,/The perfect place is with you” is Carton’s acceptance of the world’s imperfection because he cannot be with Lucie. It’s almost like Sydney Carton’s profession of love for Lucie, with its instant retraction.

3. “Starter”- The Cardigans

  • Because Dickens characterizes Lucie as pretty flat, I’ve chosen this song to give her more character by presenting her inner thought process during her isolation, her move to London, and her distraught at the fall of her home country. The line “Lifetime of changes/a strange generation/explanations never come in time” reminded me of the uprise of the French proletariat and how everyone around Lucie keeps secrets from her. The final statement “So I’m leaving everything behind” demonstrates Lucie’s entire, unstable life.

4. “Little Drop of Poison”- Tom Waits

  • This song reminds me of the Defarge’s tavern and their poisonous role in the revolution. The line “Nobody knows they’re lining up to go insane” juxtaposes the previous prosperous happiness of the tavern with its new dark role of numbing the pain of oppression. The lyric “A rat always knows when he’s in with weasels  alludes to the secret meetings of the Jacquerie and the tension present with keeping allegiances to either the monarchies or the revolutionaries.

5. “A Song for a Lover of Long Ago”- Justin Vernon

  • This is another sad Sydney Carton song because he is a beautiful man. In the chorus, the narrator states “I have buried you/Every place I’ve been/You keep ending up/In my shaking hands” which to me reminded of Sydney’s desire for the metaphorical burial of his love for Lucie, yet his inability to do so as everything reminds him of her. The obvious first verse of the song also includes a lot of imagery pertaining to water and alcohol, referencing Carton’s addiction and suffering.

6. “Between The Bars”- Elliott Smith

  • Although this song is extremely romantic, to me, it humorously reminded of Sydney Carton’s drugging of Charles Darnay in the French prison cell because of its reassuring qualities. It’s almost like Carton’s complete transition into a selfless and loving human, especially in lyrics like “Do what I say” and “The people you’ve been before/That you don’t want around anymore/That push and shove and won’t bend to your will/I’ll keep them still.”

7. “Gold Mine Gutted”- Bright Eyes

  • This is yet another song that applies to the relationship between Sydney Carton and Lucie, as well as potentially being a song that describes the downfall of the monarchy, especially in the lyric “We were a goldmine and they gutted us,” the “we” applying to the bourgeois and the “they” representing the revolutionaries. The same analysis can be applied humorously to the line in the chorus “Well I did my best/To keep my head.” When applied to Sydney Carton, the lyric “And a girl from class to touch/But you think about yourself too much/And your ruin who you love,” perfectly highlights his self-destructive character and his obsessive love towards Lucie.

8. “Cemeteries of London”- Coldplay

  • This song is an obvious one for Jerry Cruncher and his grave robbing habits. Also, the superfluous religious imagery in “God is in the houses and God is in my head/And all the cemeteries of London” contrasts the idea of a decided fate with the people’s desire to create their own destiny.

9. “Bones”- MS MR

  • This is another song with Jerry Cruncher-like tendencies in “dig up her bones but leave the soul alone.” The lyrics “midnight hours cobble street passages,” “forgotten savages,” “these are hard times for dreamers” and “manmade madness” reminded me exactly of the French Revolution. Also, the song brings back Lucie Manette’s struggle in the line “Marinate in misery/Like a girl of only seventeen.”

10. “Killer Queen”- Queen

  • This song acts as a parallel between Marie Antoinette and Madame Defarge and the power that they both hold in France and the French Revolution, respectively. Madame Defarge is careless towards humanity and absolutely ruthless, similar to Marie Antoinette’s rumored phrase “Let them eat cake.”

11. “The Weight of Us”- Sanders Bohlke

  • This song’s deep emotional appeal focuses more on the distraught during the revolution, rather than the violence and chaos. The significant analyses of the state of society in “There are thieves, who rob us blind,/and kings, who kill us fine” suggests the oppression of the lower class. The narrator struggles with accepting his role in the revolution through his confession in “I’m not ready/For the weight of us,” which exposes the strong force that the revolutionaries maintain despite their low class. The lower class narrator does not know how to be anything but the lower class. However, by the end of the song, he is ready to fight against the bourgeois and state “Shake off all of your sins, the time has come, let us be brave.”

12. “Sugar”- Cristobal Tapia de Veer

  • This instrumental tune is from a show set in Victorian England, but its fast paced and cutting violin reminded me of the rapid chaos of the French Revolution. The composer included some electronica to modernize the song, while adding a creepy, chanting, and breathy undertone to illustrate the romanticized danger similar to that of the French Revolution.

13. “Aint’ No Rest For The Wicked”- Cage the Elephant

  • This song just reminded me of the socioeconomic standing of France during the revolution with its prostitution, thievery, and corruption.

14. “Local Girl”- Neko Case

  • This song to me demonstrates Lucie’s internal struggle with her surrounding and the people surrounding her. Dickens portrays her as the epitome of purity, so the lyric “I pass the light that the young people make/How joyfully it’s wasted” contrasts that “light,” or the purity, with the idea that everyone else is completely corrupted. The line “All of you lie about something/You know you do, all of you, shame on you, all of you lie” illustrates Lucie’s potential disgust with the impurity of others. Also, this song can be applied to Madame Defarge who is also disgusted with the lies of the upper class.

15. “Lovely Head”- Goldfrapp

  • This song illustrates the relationship between Madam Defarge and Lucie and the former’s desire to kill the latter. This song specifically reminded me of that final showdown scene between the two women during the revolution. The lyric “Why can’t this be killing you/Frankenstein would want your mind/Your lovely head” references Lucie’s beautiful hair, while also making Madame Defarge into the narrator and stressing her desire for the destruction of the corrupted purity of the bourgeois.

TDP Playlist: Novel Sounds

431733_10151044249961680_1958214978_nIt’s that time of year again – the time for review and reflection, for cramming and caffeine. It’s the time when students start searching their notes for suggestions of  what questions their teachers might ask, when they start flipping through their Evernote folders to find annotations on novels they read in September and formulas they memorized first quarter. Final exams are upon us, Devils, and they promise to be both challenging and rewarding. Let’s try to approach this round of testing with a healthy attitude and a plan for success. That means you need to study effectively and take breaks when you need them. Prioritize – your time AND your work. Do not procrastinate. Do your best, but do not overdo it. Give yourself some time away from your notes to breathe, relax, and listen to music. Lucky for you, we have just the music to help you take your mind off your work, while keeping your brain in the game. You can listen to these songs and think about how they relate to the texts you’ve covered, or just listen to them and tune out for a bit. Either way, these novel sounds might be just what you need to help you during exam prep time.

The Scarlet Letter Playlist

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest Playlist

The Great Gatsby Playlist

If you’re looking for a more authentic Gatsby experience, try this one:

Of Mice and Men Playlist

The Catcher in the Rye Playlist

The Kite Runner Playlist

Death of a Salesman Playlist

The Things They Carried Playlist

Good luck, Devils! You are going to rock your exams.





TDP Music News: 92.5 Music Matters Contest

There is no shortage of musical talent here at Burlington High School. Thanks to a local independent radio station, you have  a chance to showcase some of that talent. The River, 92.5, recently announced their 2014 Music Matters High School Spotlight competition. Thanks to Salem Five, they are offering $500.00 to the winning student’s/students’ high school music department. If you have recorded an original music composition, you can submit your work to the station for the 92.5 DJs to review. You could win an opportunity to record live in the River Music Hall, and hear your song on the radio.

Listen to the contest promo here:

Visit the Music Matters page on 92.5’s website for information on how to submit your work.




TDP Sweet Sixteen Playlist: Ms. Stuart

Ms. Stuart teaches English at BHS. She is described by her students as “laid-back,” “nice,” “understanding,” and “fun.” Here is what she has to say about what she was listening to at age sixteen. 
UnknownI turned 16 in March of 2002. The Boy Band era had just died down and I had worn out my CD player listening to N’Sync, The Backstreet Boys, and 98 Degrees (who, in my opinion, had the best harmony of all of them). I still get excited when I hear “I Want it That Way” or “This I Promise You.” I loved all of that music from the nineties – Spice Girls, Boy Bands, etc. I listened to the top 40 hits since I finally had a car and could listen to the radio, but my parents listened to a lot of music at home, so I really had an eclectic mix that I loved. I was lucky enough to get my license and an OLD Jeep Wrangler. I thought it was so awesome to take the top down and cruise around with my friends singing at the tops of our lungs. Here is what you may have heard coming from the jeep!
1. A Thousand Miles by Vanessa Carlton
2. Wannabe by the Spice Girls
3. No Such Thing by John Mayer
4. I Want it That Way by The Backstreet Boys
5. Take it Easy by The Eagles
6. Lose Yourself by Eminem
7. Caramel by City High featuring Eve
8. Hot in Here by Nelly
9. All You Wanted by Michelle Branch
10. You’re My Home by Billy Joel
11. You’re the Inspiration by Chicago
12. Hero by Enrique Iglesias
13. I Wanna Hold Your Hand by the Beatles
14. U Got it Bad by Usher
15. Wherever You Will Go by The Calling
16. Hold On by Wilson Phillips

TDP Sweet Sixteen Playlist: Mrs. Janovitz

Mrs. Janovitz teaches 10th, 11th, and 12th grade English at BHS, and is the advisor for The Devils’ Playlist. This is what she has to say about what she was listening to at sixteen:

71uaBiA5tWL._SL1300_I have always had a strong affection for music. So many songs are inextricably tied to my memories of childhood. Harry Chapin songs make me think about sitting in my dad’s Buick during my brother’s Little League games. Kim Carnes reminds me of rolling down the windows in my mom’s station wagon. Hearing Ozzy Osbourne immediately brings me back to the beach house we used to visit each summer, sitting at the top of the basement stairs in an effort to hear whatever the older kids were talking about. Pink Floyd, Genesis, Mötley Crüe, and ZZ Top transport me to Friday nights at Roller Kingdom, trying desperately to master the ‘shoot the duck’ technique without looking ridiculous (turns out, it’s impossible). Listening to Blondie evokes memories of snow days spent sitting in front of MTV waiting for VJ Martha Quinn to introduce my favorites. I am lucky to have recognized early on the warmth and energy and inspiration and joy that music has to offer, but I didn’t full-force fall in love with music until the eighth grade.
cure1989-2That year, the girl who sat behind me in homeroom gave me my very first mix tape, and listening to it somehow changed everything. It was my introduction to punk, alternative, post modern, glam rock – really anything not mainstream. Hearing bands like The Cure and The Dead Milkmen for the first time somehow made my life seem more important, more intense, more mine. Before that point, I had been listening to (and enjoying) pop radio, but that music didn’t belong to me. I still stand by some of my early favorite artists: George Michael, Madonna, Belinda Carlisle, to name a few. I did not, however, feel the same connection to that music that I did with what I found on the mix. In those songs I discovered the strength that comes with rebellion, the ache that comes with a broken heart, the excitement that comes with new love, and the joy that comes with revelation. I discovered familiarity and the projected possible all at once.

When I turned sixteen, in 1990, my parents gave me a CD player and let me hang up posters in my bedroom. I spent hours in there listening to Moods for Moderns on WFNX, watching 120 Minutes on MTV, reading Sassy magazine for their ‘Cute Band Alert’ section, and making mix tapes of my own. Here is what I was listening to:


1. “Love Buzz” by Nirvana: At that age, I was on the ‘scooping crew’ at Skip’s Ice Cream. Lucky for me, some of the ice cream stand’s past employees would pick up shifts during spring break, and they brought with them the sounds of college radio. My boss used to let us listen to whatever we wanted to on the nights he wasn’t there, and she who had seniority controlled the cassette player. I first heard this one courtesy of the ‘scooper’ who trained me. I will be forever grateful.

621601850_ba7547df392. “Kool Thing” by Sonic Youth: I liked Sonic Youth’s loud, angry distortion. I loved that a woman was singing and playing loud, angry distortion. She was everything I was not. Seeing her on stage was empowering for me. At sixteen, I pretty much thought Kim Gordon was the coolest thing around. I kind of still do.

3.  “Age of Consent” by New Order: I discovered this song through classroom desk graffiti. Someone from a different period, who sat in the same seat as me in Chemistry, wrote a section of the lyrics on our shared desk. Apparently, I wasn’t the only person who enjoyed it because the next day a different student reciprocated by sharing lyrics from another song. This exchange continued throughout the year. Those lyrics were just about the only reading I completed in Chemistry class that I entirely understood.

4. “Pictures of Matchstick Men” by Camper Van Beethoven: This is a Status Quo cover, but I didn’t know that at the time. I liked the song’s mix of psychedelic, Americana, and alternative sounds, which seemed really fresh to me. I definitely used my hairbrush as a microphone while singing along to this one.

tumblr_mb9txqdCKC1qzxlbn5. “Ask” by The Smiths: I quoted this song in my yearbook caption. Next to my picture — along with a list of random initials, cryptic references, and expressions of gratitude — reads the opening to a Smiths line that sums up a lot of my high school life: “Shyness is nice…”

6. “From Under the Covers” by The Beautiful South: I was a huge fan of The Housemartins, a band that was featured on that first mix tape. Their lead vocalist, Paul Heaton, sings for The Beautiful South. The Housemartins were my introduction to Marxist politics and British dialect. Listening to them prompted me to join the British Exchange program. This song was one of my exchange student’s favorites.

images7. “Peek-a-Boo” by Siouxsie and the Banshees: I saw Siouxsie Sioux on MTV’s 120 Minutes and immediately purchased black eyeliner (that I was too timid to wear out of the house – or even in the house, really). This is the song I listened to after I got my license, the very first time I drove with nobody else in the car. I was petrified and felt super tough at the same time.

8. “The Hardest Walk” by The Jesus and Mary Chain: I spent a lot of time watching John Hughes movies as a teenager. This song is from Some Kind of Wonderful, which, like many John Hughes films, focuses on class and cliques. I loved the character Watts in this movie. She wore red fringe gloves and played the drums. This song, about the end of a relationship, is all distortion and fuzz. I couldn’t get enough of it.

images9. “The Happening” by The Pixies: The Pixies battled The Smiths for the highest place in my heart while I was in high School. Although The Smiths sang the song that my high school boyfriend and I had claimed as our song, “There is a Light That Never Goes Out” (which was the height of romance at the time, but now seems exceptionally morbid), The Pixies had a sort of American rebel sound that I adored. Plus, this ‘loud-quiet-loud’ band hails from Boston and, at the time, had Kim Deal singing back-up vocals and playing bass. The Pixies eventually ousted The Smiths as the band of preeminence in my heart, and became my favorite.

10. “Beyond Belief” by Elvis Costello: Elvis Costello’s lyrics seemed like literature to me. There was always something smart about them, something to learn in them, and something to uncover. I used to play this one on the way to school when I could finally drive myself. Something about it helped me prepare for whatever the amazing Mrs. Queenan in Latin class and the protagonist of our Latin text, Caecilius, had planned for the day. Caecilius est musicam ausculat. (Is that right?)

thereplacementstommyair11. “Left of the Dial” by The Replacements: I discovered The Replacements, considered some of the forefathers of early American alternative and indie rock, through their 1990 album All Shook Down. WFNX featured some of the tracks on this album; “Merry Go Round” was in heavy rotation for a while, but I preferred “Sadly Beautiful.” It led me to seek out their earlier releases, which are definitely superior. The Replacements (The Mats) were the first band I actually researched. Because I learned that they were influenced by The Clash, The Ramones, and Big Star  I got into those bands as well. “Left of the Dial,” from the album Tim, was one of my early Replacements favorites.

Throwing-Muses-Hunkpapa-49051712. “Not Too Soon” by The Throwing Muses: I discovered the Throwing Muses early in my senior year (just before I turned 17). When I began the college search and exploring schools in Rhode Island, I started looking into local RI bands, shows in Providence, and college radio. On our way home from my tour of Providence College, I listened to their radio station (WDOM), and the DJ played this song. I listened to it a lot after that.  The women in this band are AMAZING! I recently got to meet Tanya Donelly, a guitarist and vocalist in The Throwing Muses who went on to be part of The Breeders and Belly (two of my favorite bands in college). I was tongue-tied and giddy when I met her.

janes-addiction13. “Ocean Size” by Jane’s Addiction: When my sister was a senior and I had just turned sixteen, she drove my brother and me around quite a bit. She was kind enough to give us radio control on occasion. My brother, who started his love of music with rap and early hip-hop, made the switch from Public Enemy and Slick Rick to Sam Black Church and Only Living Witness at about this time. We had Jane’s Addiction in common so it was on my sister’s radio a lot. The booming, screaming sounds in “Ocean Size” somehow made us both happy. It was a pretty good psych-up song before school. Now, when I’m preparing for a particularly challenging lesson and need a psych-up song, I listen to my brother’s old school rap (radio edits only).

14. “Day Ditty” by Shudder to Think: This one I owe entirely to my brother. He shared the band and the song with me, and it quickly made the rounds on my mix tapes. I was always looking for short songs to fill the tiny space at the end of cassettes. Leaving two minutes of dead air at the end of side one was just cruel.

15. “I Won” by The Sundays: I played this song on repeat the summer before my senior year. The Sundays were great for rainy day. I sometimes still break out Reading, Writing & Arithmetic when the sky turns gray.

Unknown16. “All I Ever Wanted” by Lenny Kravitz: I discovered Lenny Kravitz through my ridiculously immature celebrity crush on his once wife Lisa Bonet. Bonet, who played Denise Huxtable on The Cosby Show and A Different World, was my earliest fashion icon. Once I learned that she was married to a musician, I bought his albums. Although I liked Lenny Kravitz’s debut release, Let Love Rule, his second album, Mama Said, was all about his love for Bonet and their daughter, and his regret for whatever happened in their relationship. I liked the idea of creating an album as a love letter and as an apology of sorts. His fashion was pretty amazing as well – perfect casting as Cinna. This one was another early senior year favorite.

Many years beyond sixteen, music continues to be a very important part of my life. I am just as passionate about it now as I was then; although, now I don’t shut the door of my room and blare The Smiths when I’m upset about something or spend any time singing into my hairbrushes. Now I share music with my daughter, and have the great fortune to see her face the first time she hears what will become her favorite songs. Now I roll down my windows and turn up (to a responsible volume) Neko Case, Courtney Barnett, Joni Mitchell, and Lady Lamb the Beekeeper. Now, when I hear music I can still find the familiar and the projected possible all at once, and it is lovely.

TDP Sweet Sixteen Playlist: Ms. Minty

Ms. Minty is a guidance counselor at BHS who is described by her students as “sweet,” “helpful,” and “really understanding.” Here is what she has to say about what she was listening to at sixteen. 
imagesWhen it comes to U2 and Aerosmith, I bought Achtung Baby and Get a Grip in early high school and became obsessed, so I went back and knew every song that existed for both bands. Mostly, I wasn’t into music they were playing on the radio at the time (I only started to like Nirvana and Pearl Jam in college), so I got into classic rock instead. Any songs that were passionate and sentimental were my favorite and I frequently used song lyrics to reference how I was feeling or to remind me of people. In college, I got more into alternative, hard rock, and nostalgic for the 80s. Now, my favorite current music is country, which I never would have expected. You never know how things are going to evolve…
1. “So Cruel” by  U2 (this was officially my favorite song)
2. “One” by U2
3. “With or Without You” by U2
4. “Bad” by U2
5. “Livin’ On the Edge” by Aerosmith
6. “F.I.N.E.” by Aerosmith
7. “Dream On” by Aerosmith
8. “You Oughta Know” by Alanis Morissette
9. “Immigrant Son” by Led Zeppelin (I listened to this every morning before school to wake up)
10. “In My Life” by The Beatles
11. “Self Esteem” by the Offspring
12. “Don’t Fear the Reaper” by Blue Oyster Cult (this and the next one were because I loved “the Stand” miniseries)
13. “Don’t Dream It’s Over” by  Crowded House
14. “All I Want Is You: by U2 (this was my prom song)
15. “You Don’t Know How It Feels” by Tom Petty
16. “Magic Carpet Ride” by Steppenwolf
Here are some highlights from Ms. Minty’s Sweet Sixteen:

TDP Sweet Sixteen Playlist: Mrs. Bernard

Mrs. Bernard, who teaches English to sophomores and juniors at BHS, is described by her students as “outgoing,” “nice,” and “no-nonsense” while being very “passionate” and “thoughtful” about her work. This is what she  has to say about what she was listening to at sixteen.

103670-pink_floyd_617_409When I was 16 I was a junior in high school and the year was 1998. I wore jeans, birkenstocks, and baggy sweaters or patchwork tank-tops. For me, music was a way to experience life with my friends. That life (way back then) included long drives to the beach, hikes in the woods, and bonfires at night on Little Neck. Yes, we were the “hippies” of Ipswich High School and our music reflected that. However, we liked to think of ourselves as the only ones with any real taste in music. We went to as many shows (yes, concerts are actually called shows) as possible and would get up early on Saturday mornings just to stand in line to buy tickets. When I hear one of the songs on my Sweet Sixteen I think of the people and places that I still love the most: Ipswich and my friends that I am still close with.

Mrs. Bernard’s- Sweet Sixteen

1. Led Zeppelin- “D’yer Maker”

2. Strangefolk- “Valhulla”

3. Dave Matthews Band- “Ants Marching”

4. G. Love and Special Sauce- “Cold Beverage”

5. A Tribe Called Quest- “We Can Get Down”

6. 311- “Don’t Stay Home”

7. Phish- “Bouncing Around the Room”

8. Pearl Jam- “Go”

9. Allman Brothers Band- “Ramblin’ Man”

10. Bob Dylan- “Hurricane”

11. Jamiroquai- “Virtual Insanity”

12. Them (with Van Morrison)- “Baby Please Don’t Go”

13. Pink Floyd- “Wish You Were Here”

14. Led Zeppelin- “Over the Hills and Far Away”

15. Bob Marley-” No Woman No Cry”

16. Dave Matthews Band- “Two Step”


TDP News: Nirvana is in the Hall of Fame

Nirvana-kurt-cobain-1285569-1024-768Twenty years after the death of Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain, the band was inducted into the Rock-n-Roll Hall of Fame. Last night’s induction ceremony at Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn, NY celebrated the talent of rock-n-roll greats the likes of Kiss, Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band, Peter Gabriel, Yusuf Islam (formerly Cat Stevens), Hall and Oates, and Linda Ronstandt, but one of the most noteworthy inductions of the night was definitely that of the grunge rock pioneers Nirvana. This beloved band who have meant so much to so many people were, as R.E.M.’s Michael Stipe put it, “a voice for the disaffected.” Their music continues to  influence and inspire listeners, and their spot in the Hall of Fame is certainly well-deserved.

The surviving members of Nirvana, Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic, took the stage at the ceremony to perform some of the band’s songs with a variety of singers standing in for Kurt Cobain, including: Joan Jett on the angsty anthem “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” Kim Gordon on “Anuerysm,” Annie Clark of St. Vincent on “Lithium” and Lorde on “All Apologies.” Once the ceremony concluded, the band moved on to Saint Vitus, a small Greenpoint metal club, to play a secret show. There, they were accompanied again by Jett, Gordon and Clark; and also joined by Dinosaur Jr.’s J Mascis and Deer Tick’s John McCauley. The 230 member audience had the great fortune of seeing some of rock-n-roll’s greatest alternative talents come together to celebrate perhaps the most influential band of the 1990’s.

Nirvana with Joan Jett at Saint Vitus, “Smells Like Teen Spirit”

Nirvana with St. Vincent at Saint Vitus, “Heart Shaped Box”