Here is some previous writing about one of my tasks at work. I am very thankful for my love of music.
Each school morning, before school starts, I setup speakers for the
morning announcements. This is my third year doing morning duty. Why
do I enjoy this task? Each Morning starts with a song or piece of
music. Each teacher or staff has a choice of what music is played for
their week of doing morning announcements. Morning announcements
include The Pledge of Allegiance, 30 Seconds of Silence, Lunch Menu and
Some will give me music to play, some will
have a request, but most leave the choices up to me. I keep a portion
of my digital music on an older iPhone, which I use mostly as an iPod.
The reason I was chosen to do the setup for announcements is because of
my collection of music. Although my collection is heavy with ‘80s, I
have a wide range of albums and songs, including a lot of kid friendly
songs. Sometimes after a concert or theatrical show, I will buy their
music and add it to my collection.
I grew up enjoying all kinds of
music. As a kid, I might listen to Top-40 during the day and fall
asleep to the Big Bands. I enjoyed the movie “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely
Hearts Club Band”, and had to go out and get the soundtrack on cassette.
It wasn’t actually the soundtrack, but the Beatles Album of the same
name. MTV was an influence, along with local channel 21 and Night
Tracks, all who played music videos.
In the 90s, I attended a
class at the community college called “History of Rock Music.” The
class started with the origins of Rock, then into the early 50s, late
50s/early 60s, British Revolution, and then the 70s and 80s. This
expanded my interest in music in general.
I also started attending
live theater and collecting soundtracks. At this point, my music
collection had grown to a large size, and being able to turn much of it
into digital musc, made my collection more portable.
and a half years ago, the staff member who was doing the morning
announcements/music was returning to the classroom to teach
kindergarten, and could no longer do the music. He knew how mixed my
music collection was, and recommended me to take over. Not only would I
get to be outside each morning and could see the students, and keep up
with daily announcements, I could play different themes each week. This
would allow me to expose the students to a wide range of music. I do
get the occasional break when someone does bring their own music, but I
have heard comments that my music is often missed, and that I’m
frequently complimented on my choices.