Wednesday, July 20, 2011

What Music Ecuadorian Kids Listen To These Days

One of the fun things about working with high school aged Ecuadorians is getting glimpses into the forces that are influencing them. The other day we had some work time in class and one of the kids asked if we could put on some music. I told them yes, but I didn't have any. Not to worry - Ecuador is one of the only countries I've lived in where people actually use the MP3 player feature on their phones. As the class shared the favorite pieces from their collections, I got to hear:
  • Katy Perry - Firework & Teenage Dream
  • Queen - We Are The Champions
  • Lady Gaga - Poker Face
  • The Village People - Y.M.C.A. (Although when I said, oh how appropriate since we are studying hotels, they were shocked. They didn't realize that a YMCA is a place you can stay. They thought it was a resort or disco).
  • Poison - Every Rose Has Its Thorn
  • Taylor Swift - Romeo
  • Kenny Loggins - Highway To The Danger Zone
  • The Cranberries - Zombie
There wasn't one Spanish language song among the lot, and the kids were pretty surprised I knew the words to any of them since I'm old enough to be their collective mother. Still, we had a pretty fun class while they made posters ... and how does this list compare to your perceptions of what music Ecuadorians like?


  1. Ashley MassengillJuly 20, 2011 at 2:38 PM

    if they're high school aged how in the hell does that make you old enough to be their mother? unless you were giving birth in your early teens.

  2. I'm over 30 -- and 1 in 4 Ecuadorian moms in a teen mother. Totally old enough to have been their mom!

  3. Ashley MassengillJuly 29, 2011 at 12:25 PM

    if you want to age yourself like that then by all means go ahead. :)