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Weekly Reflection 11/6/15

This has been an incredible week for me.  Having completed the College Application, I've been able to focus of ways to extend into new roles with the ALC network.  Thursday night I attended a film screening in the role of representing ALCs in an academic setting.  I met with an inspiring educator who is working with an indigenous community in Washington.  I also found that I've been recording and documenting activities mo
re readily and adding value in other ways at the ALC. Starting next week I will also be Agile Unschooling myself with @liam and his group.

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No Lights No Lycra – Playlist Week 6

Playlist for week 6 was a bit more miss than hit I think.  It may have been a reflection of all of our mental spaces more than anything though.

I asked the others afterwards which tracks they liked the most, and those in bold reflect that.  I’ve been playing too many ‘dance’ anthem tracks I think.  Need more classics, been playing songs in particular that Vic thinks are too trashy.  Need to add more 80’s New Wave it seems.

  1. Cornelius – Drop 5.08
  2. Peter Bjorn And John – Young Folks 4.39
  3. Junior Senior – Move Your Feet 3.02
  4. Lady Gaga, Colby O’Donis – Just Dance 4.02
  5. David Bowie – Magic Dance 5.11
  6. Mark Ronson, Bruno Mars – Uptown Funk 4.30
  7. Katy Perry – Roar 3.43
  8. Nelly – Hot In Herre 3.48
  9. Beyoncé, JAY Z – Crazy in Love 3.56
  10. Earth, Wind & Fire – Let’s Groove 5.35
  11. Icona Pop, Charli XCX – I Love It (feat. Charli XCX) – Original Version 2.35
  12. Avicii – Wake Me Up 4.10
  13. Eric Prydz – Call On Me – Radio Edit 2.55
  14. Cee Lo Green – Forget You 3.43
  15. Dobie Gray – Drift Away 3.54

No Lights No Lycra – Playlist Week 5

I actually created this playlist a day in advance, good for me.  Maybe I should be posting these playlists onto the facebook page at the end of the night so people can look them up later.  Or perhaps I could be making surveys to see who likes which tracks the most.  Possibilities.  The key thing here is that I’m documenting.  Still need to make some flyers.  That should be my focus.

First few tracks are warm-ups.  Can’t really go too crazy with Cat power.  Chuck Berry should make us laugh a bit.  Hole should get us ready to get dirty.  I will be there early this week.

  1. Cat Power – Free 3.33
  2. Chuck Berry – You Never Can Tell 2.42
  3. Hole – Celebrity Skin 2.42
  4. MGMT – Electric Feel 3.50
  5. Icona Pop, Charli XCX – I Love It (feat. Charli XCX) – Original Version 2.35
  6. Young MC – Bust A Move 4.22
  7. Paul Simon, General M.D.Shirinda, The Gaza Sisters – I Know What I Know 3.13
  8. Rockwell – Somebody’s Watching Me – Single Version 3.56
  9. Fischerspooner – Emerge 4.48
  10. M.A.N.D.Y. vs. Booka Shade feat. Laurie Anderson – O Superman – Original 5.55
  11. OutKast – Hey Ya! 3.57
  12. Funkadelic – You And Your Folks, Me And My Folks 3.38
  13. Kings Of Convenience – I’d Rather Dance With You 3.29
  14. Gwen Stefani – What You Waiting For? 3.41
  15. Lykke Li – I Follow Rivers – The Magician Remix 4.40
  16. Mark Ronson, Amy Winehouse – Valerie – Version Revisited 3.39

Created this playlist while sitting in the East Harlem Cafe.  Not bad coffee if I do say so myself.

No Lights No Lycra – Playlist Week 4

Tonight there was four of us, I was feeling a bit low because of background stuff and the spring heat was making it hard to just be silly.  I think my favourite songs were Move Your Feet, Easy and Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now).

  1. Yoko Ono, Shitake Monkey – O’Oh 3.39
  2. Mark Morrison – Return Of The Mack – C & J Street Mix 3.33
  3. David Bowie – Sound and Vision – 1999 Remastered Version 3.05
  4. James Brown – Living in America 4.42
  5. Junior Senior – Move Your Feet 3.02
  6. The Romantics – What I Like About You 2.55
  7. The Jacksons – Blame It on the Boogie 3.30
  8. Stereo Total – Automatic Music 3.19
  9. En Vogue – Free Your Mind 4.53
  10. Commodores – Easy 4.17
  11. C & C Music Factory – Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now) 4.04
  12. Stereo MC’s – Connected 5.13
  13. Daft Punk – Harder Better Faster Stronger 3.45
  14. Patti LaBelle – Lady Marmalade 3.55
  15. Aretha Franklin – I Say A Little Prayer 3.34

No Lights No Lycra – Playlist WEEK 3

Our third week! We danced for the whole hour, but it was only myself, Vic and Hillol.  Hilol was joining us for the first time, so I added a song I knew he would love – Sister Nancy’s – “BAM BAM”.  I’ve decided to start making a separate ‘tonight’ playlist from the whole massive list.  This way the mixing is done in advance.  I’ve also decided to start keeping track of the playlists too.  Spotify was REALLY unhelpful with this, but I finally figured out how to get track names and artists.  Pity it doesn’t give timing too.

  1. Cornelius – Mic Check 3.01
  2. The Chemical Brothers – Galvanize 6.04
  3. Ice Cube, George Clinton – Bop Gun (One Nation) – Radio Edit 4.47
  4. Phoenix – If I ever feel better 4.27
  5. David Byrne & St. Vincent, David Byrne, St. Vincent – Who 3.50
  6. Bill Withers – Use Me – Single Version 3.42
  7. Seun Anikulapo Kuti & Egypt 80, Seun Kuti & Egypt 80, Fela Kuti & Egypt 80 – Na Oil – radio edit 4.00
  8. Sister Nancy – Bam Bam 3.17
  9. Patti Smith – Dancing Barefoot – Remastered 4.17
  10. Hercules & Love Affair – Blind – Full 6.16
  11. The Jacksons – Can You Feel It 3.52
  12. Daft Punk, Pharrell Williams, Nile Rodgers – Get Lucky – Radio Edit 4.08
  13. Beyoncé – Halo 4.22

Sadly, we didn’t actually finish the Beyonce song.  An hour is never long enough!

“This Song”

Back when I lived in Shanghai, China, I spent as much of my time as possible playing around with my guitar at home and dabbling with recording the songs that came up as a result.  I wrote “THIS SONG” while experiencing life in exile: I couldn’t communicate with most of my friends and family because the internet was terrible and my Chinese language ability was virtually non-existent.

I wrote and then recorded the song first, and just used a handheld audio recorder/camera to make the video.  I think the video document is pretty interesting in itself.  Every wonder what Chinese New Year is like in China?  (Hint: imagine fireworks everywhere day and night for two weeks).