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Make Music with Your Life

I am writing again, so I am blogging less. I know that sounds like an oxymoron, but I am writing an article.

Bob O’Mealley’s poem speaks to me in several ways, despite how short it is. How we live is precious. It is musical and offers us jewels to wear.

For me, a second message is the blues. I love the blues and listen to them. I don’t sing well, but, when there is a blues song on that I know, I howl like a guitar player and cut every deep day madness into jewels.

I used to play music many mornings as the students came into the classroom. Music is a universal language and reaches across generations, cultures, ethnicities, etc.

Make music with your life
silver tune
cuts every deepday madness
into jewels that you wear

Carry 16 bars of old blues
with you
everywhere you go
walk thru azure sadness
Like a guitar player


About ivonprefontaine

In keeping with bell hooks and Noam Chomsky, I consider myself a public and dissident intellectual. Part of my work is to move beyond (transcend) institutional dogmas that bind me to defend freedom, raising my voice to be heard on behalf of those who seek equity and justice in all their forms. I completed my PhD in Philosophy of Leadership Studies at Gonzaga University, Spokane, WA. My dissertation and research was how teachers experience becoming teachers and their role as leaders. I focus on leading, communicating, and innovating in organizations. This includes mindfuful servant-leadership, World Cafe events, Appreciative Inquiry, and expressing one's self through creativity. I offer retreats, workshops, and presentations that can be tailored to your organzations specific needs. I published peer reviewed articles about schools as learning organizations, currere as an ethical pursuit, and hope as an essential element of adult eductaion. I published three poems and am currently preparing my poetry to publish as an anthology of poetry. I present on mindful leadership, servant leadership, schools as learning organizations, how teachers experience becoming teachers, assessement, and critical thinking. I facilitate mindfulness, hospitality retreats. and World Cafe Events using Appreciative Inquiry. I am writing and researching about various forms of leadership, how teachers inform and form their identity as a particular teacher, schools as learning organizations, hope and its anticipatory relationship with the future, and hope as an essential element in learning.

23 responses »

  1. gracious, lil scapegoat

    Yes, I am currently listening to Cinderelli, Condeeelli, all we hear is Cinderelli. I love that song.

  2. Thank you for this jewel, Ivon! Have a wonderful summer.

  3. Ah…music…😊 When I worked closely with federal executives in a structured leadership program for four weeks, I always had music on, when they came in and sometimes when o scheduled reflection (journaling) time. It’s the best! Wishing you well in your writing!

  4. My musical tastes run in all directions, as do my interests. Your playing music in the classroom reminded me of my years teaching first grade. I always started the day singing some songs and getting everyone in a happy mood…or at least trying. It made me feel better!

    • I know many primary teachers who begin their day singing with their students and parents dropping their children off. I don’t sing well, so playing music was a better option. At the junior high level, it created conversations about my musical interests and those of the students.

  5. Beautiful imagery

  6. Thank you for bringing this wonderful poem to my attention–love all of it!

  7. mysticwriter2002

    Nice post sir

  8. Great poem! I think that music help can sooth and heal any problem! It can reach us in a place where nothing else can. In the case of the blues, it reaches the soul!


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