Monday, 30 July 2012

First World Problems Rap

Not enough cereal for a full bowl!!

If being grateful for what you have is a crucial skill for school students then this is the resource that can begin the journey for those who don't have it.

The First World Problems Rap is a homemade song/video that satirises the catalogue of hassles besetting the first world teenager.  From moaning about a birthday card containing no cash to that moment of anguish when the ice cream is too hard to scoop, this tune has recorded an enormous number of hits since it was released.

Being less than two minutes long it is great to act as a discussion starter.  It reminds me a little of the wonderful Stop Teenage Affluenza, the video World Vision Australia made a few years ago that contrasted the problems of an Australian school student with some of those of kids of the developing world. Affluenza was a little more subtle than this video (at least to begin with) but certainly both have their place.

Here are the lyrics to First World Problems Rap.  Some of it makes more sense if you watch the video itself.

First world problems - these are first world problems...

My fridge is so full I have to reach way back
And my sports car doesn’t even have an audio jack
My laptop’s battery is low but my charger is over there
I can never find the right lid for my Tupperware
I woke up at noon, do I eat breakfast or lunch?
I don’t like organic milk and I don’t have fruit punch
My neighbour put a password on their wi-fi
And the freezer makes the ice cream hard to scoop, why try?

My hot water ran out in the shower, which sucks cause I was only in there for half an hour
The other side of my pillow is not much cooler
There’s no measure for inches or feet on this ruler (what’ the heck’s a decimeter!)
Something just beeped and I don’t know what it was:
Was it my Roomba, my Convection oven or just Google Buzz
There’s some cereal left but not enough to make a bowl
I hate replacing batteries on my Wi remote control
People keep texting me when I’m playing Tiny Wings
My cleaning lady is vacuuming I can’t hear a thing
I didn’t read ‘Shake Well’ now I feel like I missed out

When I opened my birthday card no money fell out
I meant to turn on the light but it was the disposal
My Vespa’s in the shop, now how can I be mobile
Net flicks is suggesting things I already seen
And my suit is too fancy for the washing machine
There’s a pebble in my shoe, I have to stop and shake it
I have to add water to this cup cake mix and then bake it?
My pillow is too soft and I have too many sheets
And what the heck do I do with all these Starbucks receipts
My walk-in closet door is kind of hard to close
And my private school teacher calls my rap songs prose
My fridge doesn’t have a touch screen it's a first world issue
Killed a Spider with a dollar cause I didn’t have a tissue.

First world problems - these are first world problems...

                                                                                          copyright MC Funnyz

Monday, 16 July 2012

Dark Side

Something a little different.  Have you heard Kelly Clarkson's new song "Dark Side"?

The song has great lyrics that cry out to be used in conjunction with scripture passages featuring acknowledgement of our less than perfect selves: Zaccheus, the woman at the well, Simon the Pharisee, Judas, Saul/Paul etc

To make the song even better, the video features images of hope which will be useful to the astute chaplain or religious educator.

You can find the video here.  And here are the lyrics to give you an idea of what the song is about...

"There's a place that I know
It's not pretty there and few have ever gone
If I show it to you now
Will it make you run away

Or will you stay
Even if it hurts
Even if I try to push you out
Will you return?
And remind me who I really am
Please remind me who I really am

Everybody's got a dark side
Do you love me?
Can you love mine?
Nobody's a picture perfect
But we're worth it
You know that we're worth it
Will you love me?
Even with my dark side?

Like a diamond
From black dust
It's hard to know
It can become
A few give up
So don't give up on me
Please remind me who I really am

Everybody's got a dark side
Do you love me?
Can you love mine?
Nobody's a picture perfect
But we're worth it
You know that we're worth it
Will you love me?
Even with my dark side?"

Copyright: K Clarkson

Monday, 9 July 2012

Rethinking Youth Ministry

Rethinking Youth Ministry is an interesting blog that I have looked at from time to time, and it often has thoughtful ideas about ministry with young people.

There was an interesting approach to prayer on it today that could be adapted for the primary classroom or camp or even as a fixture around the school. 

The Prayer Loom involves students writing their prayers on long strips of paper or cloth and then weaving them into the loom. The creative and tactile nature of this activity would be good for students who are more inclined to creating and doing, as opposed to stillness and silence.

It might even be possible to enable students to make a loom of their own in class to use through the term.