It really does take something special to come up with an idea like this one,
esp now when poetry is long forgotten by most people.
Everyone enjoys music but they keep forgetting poetry as the foundation. It is known as "lyrics" and that is plain sad.
I hope you will keep up the great work, and who knows,
perhaps some day one of the kids inspired by Black (PJ) and Mr. Bruno goes on to make beautiful things in this ugly world.
Good luck and keep inspiring!
hey man, amazing letter...its great to grasp a song, or a lyric and interpret it. I reckon Ed will love your letter but may have a different take on it, as may i or anyone else who loves the song. Your letter was pretty inspirational. Beautiful work. I actually have all the lyrics to Black tattooed on my arm. Its truly a mindblowing lyric.
Peace from New Zealand
Wow, do you have a picture of you tatoo? If yes, please post it. I'd love to see it.
Pearl Jam and toast wrote:
never leave this board man, it wouldn't be the same.
So, Mr. Bruno, I have but one question for you: Do you have a favorite Pearl Jam song?
I'm joking of course.
Now I'm no teacher of literature, or in any other way an expert. But a song that always seemed to be very well written is 'Off He Goes' (are there some verb disagreements in that sentence?)
It seems very personal to Ed, and putting in the context of what we knew of his life in '95/'96, very revealing and full of meaning. I can't quite put it in the terms you used in your initial post about 'Black' (sidenote: that "I take a walk outside..." part is what turned my 12 year old self into a Pearl Jam freak) but I think that this song as much as any others displays lyrical finesse. When I realized that he was talking about himself, it blew my mind. I used that song for a Junior year in High School English assignment.
Maybe without the personal connection to this song, as you have with 'Black' would take away a bit of the passion of teaching the verse. And that's fine. All songs mean different things to all people.
And maybe the theme of feeling like you've lost your identity to the point of just seeming like an old and distant friend, and not even knowing yourself anymore is far less accessible to young teenagers than the deep pains of lost love. But maybe there is a lesson in there to be true to yourself, and a good friend to yourself or others.
And I agree that Black's lyrics are extremely powerful, and am not comparing 'Off He Goes' to 'Black'. I don't think you can compare any Pearl Jam song in an apples to apples fashion. Part of the beauty of the band. Just making a suggestion, and maybe deep down seeking some validation out of habit of always wanting to please teachers!
really amazing ... Mr ,you choose the best song and these guys are very lucky,congratulations!
why cant you be my teacher?
Its a song off Yield....(the best PJ album)
i just would refer a more ambigous dimension to "she" add a grasp beyond just a girl friend...
nevertheless, beautiful and the one clas sthat got me hooked on reading was literall analysis.. thanks
....but I'm the lucky one...the students are the best kids in the world....makes me proud to be there teacher...and I can't wait until early May when I do teach the "Black" unit all over again!
This was the best morning reading ever. Such an interesting, well writen thread. Keep on the good work, if all teachers were like you this world would indeed be a better place.
I'm sure your puplis will remeber you for as long as they live. I would have, if any of my teachers had come with such a wonderful present.
I love most of PJ's songs, but Black is my all times favorite. I was just reading your thread about the tags Eddie's been adding to ït during these years.Again, very interesting points of view.
3.5 months and counting until I do the "Black" unit again with this year's 8th graders. I can only hope that this year's bunch of kids enjoys the "Black" unit as much as last year's kids enjoyed it. I know I enjoyed teaching it, and I hope they enjoy taking part in it.
totally cool i wish my son or daughter were part of your class ...