Continuing the popular series of song playlists for teachers, here are songs about growing up, seasons changing, remembering the past, and taking action in the present. I've included singers both young and old, as well as a couple of instrumental songs from one of my favorite guitarists.
As always, please preview the full lyrics and video before sharing any of these with your students. And scroll to the bottom of the list for questions that can be used as prompts for discussion or writing.
All Things Must Pass, George Harrison
lyrics; video (audio with album cover); cover by Allie Farris
"Sunrise doesn't last all morning. A cloudburst doesn't last all day... All things must pass away."
lyrics; video of live performance
"A beautiful and blinding morning. The world outside begins to breathe... Give me more time to feel this way. We can't stay like this forever, but I can have you next to me today."
AWARE A Lil' Bit, JusTme
video with lyrics
"Feel pain. Feel pleasure. Mindfulness helps us take action with compassion, so you see the bigger picture... Be aware of really what's up. Present in the moment."