Today is another busy day. I’m teaching four classes and in the very middle of it all, I met up with my mom and dad (married for thirty two years) for my dad’s birthday lunch.
Since I was a little pressed for time and since they are the reason for my love of all things music, I thought it would be really fun to ask my parents to help me out with today’s playlist.
I’ve left this playlist unedited because I thought it was really funny how one of them would name an artist and then the other would try to one-up with a better song. If you are a regular audience of this blog, you’ll know that I don’t usually like to keep songs by the same artist. In this case, I thought it was more impactful (my computer is telling me this isn’t a word. Is this a word??) if I left it as is.
Guest Playlist by Les and Vicky McDonald
Ain’t No Sunshine by Aaron Neville (this is a fantastic cover by Octavius Womack)
Bird on a Wire by Aaron Neville (see??)
Suzanne by Leonard Cohen (my mom loves this song so much that she listens to it at the gym…)
Crystal Blue Persuasion by Tommy James and the Shondelles
The Only Living Boy in New York by Simon and Garfunkel (Poignant, lyrical, sad and obscure. Perfect. How many of you care that this was the “B” side to Cecilia?)
Sad Nights by Blue Rodeo (God love them for being so Canadian)
Bed of Roses by Bon Jovi (because by now, we were trying to out-sad each other)
Livin’ on the Edge by Aerosmith (Random? Yes.)
I Got You Babe by Sonny and Cher (my mom pushed hard for Half Breed and Gypsys, Tramps and Thieves. She was heartily vetoed. She also really wanted Harper Valley PTA which spun off into a debate as to who actually sang the song. It was Jeannie C. Riley, in case you ever get it on Jeopardy.)
Run Through the Jungle by CCR
Mean by Taylor Swift
Fifteen by Taylor Swift (my parents are unlikely Swifty fans and argued which of these songs would better suit a yoga class.)
Cowboy Take Me Away by Dixie Chicks (my mother mistook them for The Judds…)
Comfortably Numb by Pink Floyd
Huge blessings to all my students from this week. You inspire me every day to be a better teacher and a better yoga practitioner. I’ve been practicing the art of going with the flow in my teaching this week – encouraging my students to be really vocal about what they need from class. I’ve had several vinyasa classes morph into restorative and therapeutic classes just based on what students need. It’s been such a fun exercise to throw what little plan I have entirely out the window and just be present with the students who arrive at the studio.
This week, my wish for you is that you’re honest with where you’re at and you honour where you are by giving your body and heart exactly what you need. Be good to yourselves.
(Special Birthday Blessings to my Daddy.)