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Weekly Wrap Up

We had an upbeat week writing a song about love, singing, talking about food together, moving to music and looking at our world creatively using the curiosity of a "beginner's mind".

In our first class this week - Singalong & Songwriting - Robin D opened with songs of love. After playing Stevie Wonder’s song “I just called to say I love you” we shared who we would choose to call and say “I love you”? The responses were, “all my children”, “my husband in heaven”, “Sophia Loren”.

Together, we created this song:

Susee led us through some movement and song to L.O.V.E. by Nat King Cole and we shared finger/hand love signs.

We read a couple of pages from a book “The Toronto Book of Love”, love affairs and scandals in the making of Upper Canada (Toronto) 1800’s, chapter, Adultery at Osgoode Hall.


Steve began his Piano Concert and Music History class with a story about studying with Oscar Peterson and then played an energetic version of Take The A Train.

We began discussing the day's theme of "world foods" and Steve shared the story of coconuts originating in India. This led to him playing Yellow Bird for us.

We shared many thoughts about food throughout the class.

What goes with champagne?

  • Clams

  • Smoked salmon

  • Strawberries

What are some of your favorite foods?

  • Pizza

  • Porridge with brown sugar

  • “Aunt Hazel’s” chicken wings

  • Fricassee (tomato-based)

  • Miami ribs

What are some ancient foods?

  • Bread

  • Cheese

  • Porridge

  • Chickpeas

  • Rice

  • Quinoa

  • Cured meat

  • Fish

How is music like food?

  • Both bring joy

  • Different textures - Steve demonstrated a “smooth” sound on the piano and we spoke about foods that were smooth like ice cream. Someone added “with walnuts!” and Steve gave us another musical translation of a smooth sound “with walnuts”

  • Both taste good

  • Both have subtle notes

Steve finished with a fun improvised song he called “ I like food.”