“Soul Meets Body” by Death Cab for Cutie – Song Review

Song: “Soul Meets Body” (mp3) by Death Cab for Cutie on the album, Plans (CD).

Length: 3:50

Lyrics: Safe.

Topic: Safe. Abstractly telling of the desire for something better. Includes a metaphor that someone else is a “song” he has a singular connection to in this gritty life. Possible spiritual self-examination.

Theme: Longing and connection.

Recommended Age: Any. Abstractness of the lyrics lends itself to high school and maybe middle school, but the music is beautiful and would appeal to any age.

Genre: Indie Rock. Haunting and beautiful.

Year: 2005.

Video: (AOL Music | YouTube | Directions DVD). The singer walks to a cabin in the woods where he joins the band to play. On the walk we see some sort of plant or fungus grow and float into the air. Mixed with shots of the band, we see the plants turn into musical notes and float across the country to the sea.

“Three Little Birds” by Bob Marley and the Wailers – Song Review

Song: “Three Little Birds” (mp3) by Bob Marley and the Wailers on the albums, Exodus (CD), or, Legend (CD).

Lyrics: Safe.

Topic: Safe. The speaker tells of waking up to find three birds perched on his doorstep. He personifies them or imagines their song is telling him everything is going to be alright.

Theme: Hope and optimism.

Recommended Age: Any.

Genre: Reggae. Upbeat dance music.

Year: 1977.

Video: No official music video.

Classroom-Safe Music

I have collected over one hundred songs to play in my classroom. I also ask students each year to make requests and then carefully listed to the lyrics, so I can tell if the topic and the words in the song are safe for my eighth grade language arts classroom. Rather than keep this list secret, and so I can double-check the songs, I’ve decided to do annotated posts on one song every few days.

You can read all the reviews at: http://www.heyerlearning.org/category/classroom-safe-music/

Since I’m not just giving a big list, you are able to look into characteristics of the songs such as topic, theme, genre, etc.