Perfect 9@9 – Teacher Kevin Lee Provides Some Rock and Roll Education

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Kevin Lee with some of his students... and some guests?

Kevin Lee with some of his students… and some guests?

This week’s Perfect 9@9 guest host was Kevin Lee, and his theme was “Current Gems and Past Masters.”

I am a corps member of the organization Teach For America and just started my first year of teaching at Forest Park High School in Clayton County.

On Fridays, I play music in all of my classes (Math 2 for Sophomores) during their 5 minute warm-up activity. Sometimes, I play songs that I know they like, and other times I play songs that I hope they will like. The Black Keys are one of my favorite bands so one morning, during my first period I decided to start our Friday off with “Gold On The Ceiling.”

After numerous weeks of repeated objections to my music choices (N’ Sync, Chumbawumba, Nickleback… kidding — and no offense meant to any of those bands), our classroom finally had a band we could all agree on. I had at least one student from each of my 6 classes ask me about what Black Keys’ albums he or she should check out.

It was a very cool day, and although 99% of our time is spent preparing ourselves for the upcoming test, the SAT, college, and life in general, it was beautiful to see an untaught agreement on the great sound of one of my favorite bands. — Kevin Lee

Mara’s Interview with The Black Keys’ Patrick Carney at Music Midtown 2011:



[photogallerylink id=63286 align=right]The Black Keys rocked Music Midtown at Piedmont Park in 2011. Check out this photo gallery of their show.

Gold On The Ceiling – The Black Keys


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Kevin’s Perfect 9:

  1. Moneygrabber – Fitz and the Tantrums
  2. Solsbury Hill – Peter Gabriel
  3. Somebody That I Used to Know – Gotye
  4. Wish You Were Here – Pink Floyd
  5. Little Talks - Of Monsters and Men
  6. Gold On the Ceiling – The Black Keys
  7. Midnight City – M83
  8. Naive Melody – Talking Heads
  9. A Day In The Life – The Beatles

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