Inner Galactic Orchestra

My son came home from school recently and said that his English teacher had done something new in class, something that in 10 years of classes, no-one had ever done. He played me a song – the video is below – and told me that he had finally understood what the ‘present perfect continuous’ actually meant. This may surprise some of you seeing as I’m an English teacher after all. However, I’ve always said that I want my two sons to grow up in a natural English speaking environment where I can simply be ‘Dad’ and not the irregular verb driller. This means that their comprehension and speaking skills are to a high level in terms of 2nd language acquisition, although some grammatical terminology still remains elusive.

Kutiman is an Israeli musician who decided to take a fresh look at how copyright was playing out in terms of the diffusion of social media and online media in particular. For the following piece – Inner Galactic Lovers – he used ‘Fiverr’ a freelance global online marketplace offering tasks and services, beginning at a cost of $5 per job performed.

The following composition is a collage of 23 different artists from all over the world who were enlisted to play their own individual piece for the song. Kutiman contacted them all through Fiverr, received the samples from the various contributors and then put those samples all together in order to create the song, through the use of a sort of living-room / bedroom orchestra.

Thinking outside the box?

You think about me, like I do you
You’ve been on my mind since that
time when we took off for the stars.

You’ve been thinking about me, like I do you

Have I been on your mind since
that time when we took off for the stars?

We are inner galactic lovers
loving flying through the stars
We are inner galactic lovers
We are inner galactic lovers
loving flying through the stars
We are inner galactic lovers

Do you think about me, like I do you?
You’ve been on my mind since that 
time when we took off for the stars.
You’ve been thinking about me, like I do you.

Have I been on your mind since
that time when we took off for the stars?

We are inner galactic lovers
loving flying through the cosmos
We are inner galactic lovers
We are inner galactic lovers
loving flying through the cosmos
We are inner galactic lovers

Into the love that we live in
If there’s no condition,
if there’s no confusion about who’s loving who
I’ve been feeling you
from planet since stars away
We are quantumly entangled no pulling away
Just that touching those vibes through you

We made it, we made it.

Technology Loop

Hello again,

I was finally able to find a version of this video which would play outside the U.S.

The video is a reflection on technology overuse nowadays, which is ironic given that I’m using technology as a means of helping your English evolve. The speakers are using American English. They are speaking quite frenetically (much more than you would usually find) and the conversation is quite dis-jointed for comic effect. It’s a good example of when people speak too quickly, which causes problems with comprehension.

Some language analysis for you to consider at different points of the clip can be seen under the video.

0.12 – ‘ one more text ‘  – meaning sms

0.14 – ‘I gotta watch these movies and I gotta return emHave to and have got to meaning something similar to Must and ‘em‘ referring to them. The object pronoun is sometimes contracted in English to give more fluidity to a sentence e.g. ‘I can see ‘im (him)’ / I can see ‘er (her)

1.18 – ‘Okay…what / should / we / do?’ – Question formation; should spoken very quickly.

1.31 – ‘Hey ..have you ever wondered…? – meaning – think about something to know more about it.

If you have other questions, either lexical or grammatical, simply comment on the clip.

Alan