Back in elementary school, our music class was basically a big chorus practice. As a separate thing, the best singers from all of the schools in our district (including yours truly) were invited to the District Chorus. Between the two, I did a pretty fair amount of singing as a young’un, so the details of what we sang in what ensemble are a little fuzzy for me now. Nevertheless, we did some pretty hip and contemporary selections: we sang “La Bamba,” we did Bob Seger’s “Shakedown” and we did “Rock Around The Clock” by Bill Haley and the Comets. I’m pretty sure there’s another contemporary hit or two that I’m forgetting, but it was a good mix. While “Shakedown” was the most amusing – I’m sure Bob Seger never imagined the song being arranged for a chorus of fifth graders – any time I hear any of these tunes, it takes me back to the “good old days” of the Markham school auditorium.
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