Friedrich Nietzsche, the German philosopher, once said "Without music, life would be a mistake," and I couldn't agree more. Life would be a mistake without music. Music brings people together; it helps us heal; it has led to cultural and social revolutions; we have an emotional attachment to music, and, as an educator, I have found music to be a very powerful tool in the classroom to help educate and engage all students. There is no denying music's role in history and in our lives, and there's no denying that musicians have helped change the world as much, if not more, as politicians and armies. But, for some reason, music and the arts specifically (which includes music, art and drama), are being eliminated from schools and curriculums, and, as a result, it will directly hinder creativity and damage so many children in ways that won't be apparent until years from now.
As a nationally recognized educator, and a strong advocate for the need, and necessity, of the arts in schools, I can't imagine I would be the creative, empathetic and intelligent person I am today, if it wasn't for my art classes throughout my youth. If love is an international language, then music is truly the only universal language, and the only constant which brings people together and crosses all culture barriers. So, to show the power of music and its ability to transcend all cultures and ages, I bring you "Crash Chorus," a series where, along with a famous musician or artist, we crash a random location, and allow strangers (of all ages and backgrounds) to rewrite the lyrics of one of their most popular songs. Then, our musician will lead them in song, with the revised lyrics, but the original melody or beat. Prepare to be entertained. This week's special guest: beloved singer-songwriter, and one my all-time favorite musician's, Griffin House.