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June 16, 2009

What's Your Ideal International Job?

Is there a particular place you'd like to live? Is there some specific attribute that you'd like to experience - or share....

...from your own experience?

As for me, I'd like to share my two loves - my fascination with the English language and my love of music.

My ideal job would be as a radio host where I would broadcast a decade by decade history of English language music from the 1920s to the present. I'd like to explore and explain the music that was popular (and not so popular) across the years in the English speaking cultures. I'd like to focus on the early years and the roots of music that we all know today: specifically jazz, blues and the origins of the great Broadway musicals.

As I envision it, I would start with the 1920s era Vaudeville, blues, jazz and popular music and trace the development into the more familiar music we take for granted.

Some questions I would ask would be:

How does music express the pain, hopes, and determination as people face a crisis?

Are specific regions - or attitudes - reflected by certain styles of music?

Is music popular because it speaks to a need or is music a a distraction?

What is it that we can learn about a particular culture - or era - from its music?

What music endures and lives beyond its time?

Is there music that is exclusively American? English? Irish?

What happens when musical styles collide? (The African-American blues music that influenced the blues scene across Europe and England in the 1960s would be an example).

If I could host a radio program like this, I would like to record each episode and allow the station (or perhaps a university) to use them as a core of cultural and historical studies.

This would be informative as well as fun. After all, how many history classes can you dance to?

Later this summer I'll be hosting some contests where I'll be giving away books and CDs. Stay tuned here - and send me some of your suggestions for great books, music or professional gatherings that help with language learning!

My best to you,

Morf

Listen, read and speak. Make your new language your own.

I want to welcome readers to present thoughts on the ideal job. What do you most want to do? Where would you like to be? Who would you want to work with?

About the author of this entry:

Morf has a B.A.from the Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington and an MAT (Master's in Teaching English) from the University of Washington (Seattle). Morf currently teaches English and writing for a local technical/vocational college with many international students. Morf prefers international and independent films, foods he can't pronounce, music no one else has heard of and riding his bicycle in foreign cities.

He is also waiting for an irresistible job offer...

Posted by mmorf at June 16, 2009 11:18 PM

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