Saturday 17 August 2019

Who's John Denver? Plans hit wrong note

THE syllabus plans were met with blank stares, pained expressions and looks of mild disgust and derision among secondary students.

Andrew Murphy (15) said the only way he would sing John Denver's 'Leaving on a Jet Plane' would be if bribe money or danger pay was involved.

"I'd sing it for a grand," he said. "I guess it's all right -- if you like sh*te," he said.

Third-year student Mark O'Meara (14) sheepishly admitted that his childhood music collection includes a collection of songs featuring John Denver and The Muppets.

"He's all right, I guess, but he's not really my type," he said.

He conceded he would learn the lyrics under duress if it was part of the curriculum.

His schoolmate Daniel Clifford (14) was a bit more positive about the folksinger and the hit song he wrote while waiting for a delayed flight.

"I've heard of him. He's grand. Jet Plane is a catchy tune but it you don't like the song it will be harder to learn," he said.

Leaving Cert and music student David Naughton (17) said he would also be willing to give the new syllabus a go.

"I don't think a lot of people would know it but it still might be suitable," he said hopefully.

"It does seem out of date. But we did 'Blowin' in the Wind' in my Junior Cert and it was fine. It's the quality of the music that counts," he said.

Describing himself as "rhythmically challenged," third-year student Tito Long (14) said he is just relieved that he can opt out of music class for being a no-hoper.

"I enjoy music and it's cool if you're good at it. But I played the tin whistle and was really bad at it and gave up," he said.

"Who's John Denver, by the way? I've never heard of him."

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