Students still enjoy Music Monday in a unique way
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The students of St. Kevin's Junior High in the Goulds were almost part of a live singalong with Astronaut Commander Chris Hadfield aboard the International Space Station Monday. However due to technical difficulties the students sang a along to a pre-recorded video instead.
By Garrett Barry
Special to The Telegram
Students at St. Kevin’s Junior High School didn’t get to sing live with International Space Station Cmdr. Chris Hadfield and schools across the country, but they still managed to celebrate Music Monday in their own way.
Due to technical difficulties, the school missed out on a live feed of Hadfield singing in space. Still, more than 200 students from St. Kevin’s swayed, sang and bobbed along to a recorded version of “ISS (Is Someone Singing),” the official Music Monday song co-written by Hadfield and Barenaked Ladies lead singer Ed Robertson for the event.
Music Monday is a Canada-wide celebration of “the gift of music in our lives.” Since its launch in 2005, the day is marked every year on the first Monday in May, when students from across the country perform together. It is an initiative by the Coalition for Music Education, an advocacy group that hopes to expand and improve music programs in schools across Canada.
“I’m a big advocate for music education in our schools,” said St. Kevin’s music teacher Sarah Comerford. “We have such strong … music specialists in our schools and regular classroom music — the bands and choirs that go on. So this was our way to kind of celebrate and be thankful for what we have.”
This was the first year the school celebrated Music Monday, Comerford said. She added the students were “pretty boisterous and happy to get involved.” Along with other student-performers, Grade 9 students Craig Weir and Hillary MacInnis played an adapted version of the pop song “Pumped up Kicks” for the violin and guitar. Both said they were pleased to participate in the event.
“I thought it was really cool, actually,” said MacInnis. “I really like the Barenaked Ladies. To see (Robertson and Hadfield) collaborate was great.”
The astronaut has built a big social media following by sharing videos of experiments and pictures of Earth from the space station.
Weir said he has seen a few, and hopes to catch more.
“I’m a science nerd,” he said.
At the conclusion of the live stream, Hadfield tweeted, “That was FUN! Thanks everyone for being a part of Music Monday. Sharing joyousness and art is a vital part of life, great to share frm here.”
Hadfield became the first Canadian commander of the space station March 13. His expedition is scheduled to return to Earth May 13.