Monday, May 2, 2011

Quote for this morning's news

"Are we seeking power for power's sake? Or are we seeking to make the world and our nation better places to live. If we seek the latter, violence can never provide the answer. The ultimate weakness of violence is that it is a descending spiral, begetting the very thing it seeks to destroy. Instead of diminishing evil, it multiplies it. Through violence you may murder the liar, but you cannot murder the lie, nor establish the truth. Through violence you may murder the hater, but you do not murder hate. In fact, violence merely increases hate. So it goes. Returning violence for violence multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that."

--Martin Luther King Jr.

Move Over Little Bugs, Muscle Ant is Here!

We're doing our GarageBand unit in First-Year Music Rotation in the Middle School. Before the students create their own projects, we compose a collaborative song to learn the basics of GarageBand, and how to do more than just use built-in loops. At lunch, several students had made up a chant to encourage a tiny ant carrying a large beetle across the sidewalk, so we incorporated that into our recorded audio. Are you ready, world? Here is "The Muscle Ant Song."