|I only took one photo at the show, the backdrop behind the stage prior to|
Pennywise coming out to play. However, I got quite the haul at the
merch booth; two of the albums were signed by the band!
Passion is probably what most epitomizes Pennywise and many other punk bands. Punk bands put all of their energy into their music. Punk shows are exactly that, a show; it's more than watching a band on the stage, it's about an experience of watching that passion bleed from the stage, the passion of those there to see the bands, and passion of those that love the music and movement of punk coming together as one. While watching Jim, Fletcher, Randy, and Byron on stage, I was in awe of a group of men in their mid-50s still jumping around and having fun like they were in their teens. Passion like this should be displayed in our classrooms on a daily basis (this is also one of the main tenets of Teach Like a PIRATE by Dave Burgess).
I haven't even gotten into the multitude of other bands that have been influential to me and how their messages can have a positive impact on me and you as educators. For as crass as they can be, bands like NOFX, Guttermouth, and the Sex Pistols embody passion and encourage one to question. The Bouncing Souls, Rancid, Face to Face, Bad Religion, Social Distortion, and many more tend to be a little less controversial to the layman listener, but still exhibit the passion, positivity, and defiance that makes punk so great. However, do you need to be a fan of punk to embrace a punk mentality? Absolutely not! Like one that falls down in the pit, the pit stops and picks them up, so if you aren't into punk, you're still accepted!
As I close this out, I would be remiss if I didn't thank Shannon Sheldon, a colleague of mine from my teaching days in Las Vegas. I mentioned on Twitter that I was in the process of writing this post and she asked if I had heard the Punk Rock Classrooms Podcast. This show, hosted by Michael Earnshaw and Josh Buckley, is a must listen! These gentlemen share their experiences as punk rockers and educators and focus on a variety of ways that punk can be a positive influence on your practice. Basically, they host a podcast that goes into a deeper dive of what my writing this time around is all about. Many of my ideas here are featured on their show and I look forward to catching up on all of their episodes.
I have listed a few of my favorite punk bands throughout this writing, I encourage you to find some of them on your favorite streaming service and give them a listen. I also encourage you to bring more of a punk mentality to your teaching, I know that I am going to!
Until next time...