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Sep 05 2017

Music morning opening junior highschool

Preface

Because the summer holidays are over and the schools have opened their doors once again, today a trip down memory lane.

Music HAVO 4 and HAVO 5

At my junior high school music lessons weren’t particularly popular. Boring tunes, flute (!) and other nonsense. Up to 1983. Around that time new (young) music teachers were hired. During the HAVO 4 study week music was one of the topics that could be chosen. It was soon made clear that we were supposed to make/play music ourselves. A band was formed. I was to be the singer. Such fun and I’ve learned so much. More on that some other time.

After that everything changed at our school. We performed at school parties (which drew crowds exceeding 1,000 visitors). But music education changed as well. We were taught on the history of pop-music (also, more on that some other time). The years I spent in HAVO 4 and 5 (school-years 1983/1984 and 1984/1985) I had music lessons every week, two hours in a row. Next to the history of (pop)music, which was a dream come true for me, we also had morning openings. The students took turns in bringing their favorite pieces of music, that was played that day. Recently I stumbled across all the choices.

Hereby, I give you all music choices by my fellow students and me dating back to the school-years of 1983/1984 and 1984/1985.

Han Fortmann College Heerhugowaard (mapio.net)

Han Fortmann College, Heerhugowaard (building has been demolished some time back)

Morning openings HAVO 4, 1983/1984

During my time at HAVO 4 the morning openings commenced. These are the choices, that were brought to school (on cassettes) and played.

Date Song
13-09-1983     Philip Glass – Etoile Polaire
20-09-1983     Philip Glass – North Star
27-09-1983     Vangelis – Ballad (fragment)
04-10-1983     Japan – Nightporter
25-10-1983     The Shadows – Theme from The Deer Hunter
01-11-1983     Linton Kwesi Johnson – Sunny’s Lettah
08-11-1983     Uriah Heep – The Park
15-11-1983     Nits – Take A Piece
22-11-1983     The Shadows – Song For Duke
29-11-1983     David Bowie – Sorrow
20-12-1983     John Watts – I Smelt Roses
10-01-1984     The Stranglers – Midnight Summer Dream
17-01-1984     Ecama – Magic Fly
24-01-1984     Flat Iron – Meet My Woman
07-02-1984     Arbeid Adelt! – Met Kuifje In De Satelliet
21-02-1984     Stevie Wonder – Don’t You Worry About A Thing
28-02-1984     Jimi Hendrix – Stone Free
13-03-1984     David Bowie – Cat People
10-04-1984     David Sylvian & Ryuichi Sakamoto – Bamboo Houses
15-05-1984     Accept – Fast As A Shark
22-05-1984     Herman Brood & His Wild Romance – Stay Alive
05-06-1984     Al Di Meola – Splendido Hotel
19-06-1984     Peter Gabriel – Biko
26-06-1984     Joe Jackson – Cosmopolitan

‘Uit je bol’

June 26th, 1984, was closed, according to my notes anyway, with ‘Uit je bol’. Every student (there were more than the 11 recorded in the list below) could bring music that day and two questions needed to be answered: how many of you all know this? and how many of you like this?:

Song #known #good My rating Student
Captain Sensible – Back To School 2 6 René
Supertramp – Child Of Vision 13 9 ± Tom
Eek A Mouse – ?? 3 2 ± Hein-Jan
Aswad – Rockers Medley 2 7 + Niels
Rupert Hine – Misplaced Love 2 2 Edwin
Deep Purple – Speed King 3 4 Robert
Drumbone – Enge Man 5 14 + Ingena
Nina Hagen – Unbeschreiblich Weiblich 9 9 + Petra
Herman Brood – Still Believe 15 14 + Ingrid
David Sylvian – Brilliant Trees 1 13 + Ik
J Geils Band – Do You Remember When 1 4 Robèr

Mid-morning openings HAVO 5, 1984/1985

In HAVO 5, my final year, lessons started midway through the morning, hence the term mid-morning openings. This year I recorded what I liked at the time (!) and how many students liked the song.

Date Song #good
11-09-1984     Japan – The Art Of Parties ! 6
25-09-1984     Grace Jones – La Vie En Rose ! 10
25-09-1984     The Cure – The Lovecats 4
02-10-1984     John Miles – Music 10
23-10-1984     The Rolling Stones – Too Much Blood ! 7
23-10-1984     Gerard Moras – Onze Poes En Buurman’s Kater 1
06-11-1984     Genesis – Home By The Sea 6
06-11-1984     Gruppo Sportivo – Newspaper 4
20-11-1984     Roger Daltrey – Without Your Love 6
20-11-1984     The Rolling Stones – Angie ! 8
27-11-1984     Joy Division – New Dawn Fades ! 1
08-01-1985     Robert Long – Jij En Ik 5
08-01-1985     Herman Brood – Speedo 2
08-01-1985     Meat Loaf – Paradise By The Dashboard Light 7
22-01-1985     Mink DeVille – Each Word’s A Beat Of My Heart 4
05-02-1985     Blue Angel – Lorraine 3
26-02-1985     Peter Wolf – Papa Was A Rolling Stone 1
19-03-1985     Robert Long – Jacob 5

N.B.: #good: number of students that liked the song, !: I liked it at the time.

My choices

Want to know which songs I contributed to the openings? See at the bottom of this article.

Original pages (from my music folder)

Compliments/remarks? I´d love to hear them!