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7th Grade Book Music

When I was in 7th grade, my English teacher made us read A Wrinkle In Time.  In case you have never heard of it, it's a fantasy book which I remember enjoying, I think there's a movie too.

Anyway, one day we had to choose a song that would pair with one particular scene in the book.  We had to write why we would pick this particular song and provide a bunch of reasons.  I remember what I wrote.  I simply wrote that I didn't know what I would use.  The short version of this is that I argued that the scene seemed so unique that there was nothing I have heard that would be able to sum up the feeling of the moment.  My teacher followed that up with a 0 and made me rewrite the paper.  So I tried again.  I decided to use A-Ha's "Take On Me".  I did this for two reasons.  The first being that I liked the song and I actually made some points as to why it would work.  The second reason was because I decided to be a jerk and mess with my teacher by picking the quintessential 80's song.  Apparently, in 7th grade, opinions don't matter and my teacher gave me an 80 because she didn't like that song (which was written on top of my paper, no joke).

To my 7th grade teacher, I'm sorry that I didn't pick whatever pop song all my peers picked.  I'm now aware that N*Sync's music was much more capable of summing up the mood in that scene.

Since then, every time someone asks me what piece of music I would use for a scene I answer with A-Ha's "Take On Me".  I think it's funny that almost 20 years later, one writing assignment has left me bitter.  What's worse is that I tend to read things now and wonder how I could get "Take On Me" into the book.

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