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Teachers of Wheaton North - What are you listening to?

By: Ashlyn Kafer

Mr. Padera:

When asked about his favorite album, Mr. Padera had a hard time thinking of just one album to be his favorite. While he thoroughly enjoyed Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club by the Beatles, his overall favorite album which he can always find himself going back to is Transatlanticism by Death Cab for Cutie. It came out at the perfect time in his life, making it much more meaningful to him!

Mr. Neuhaus:

A fan of classic country hits, Mr. Neuhaus’ favorite album is Red Headed Stranger by Willie Nelson. This is his favorite album because he enjoys the sound of the stripped down songs that translate more similarly to demo recordings, which was very different for country music at the time. Mr. Neuhaus would also like to add that the story of the album is very complex, detailing the life of a preacher who loses his wife and attacks the world in anger. Try out this 1975 classic for a different country music experience!

Mrs. Pigoni:

Although she can’t listen to these albums on full volume in the library, Mrs. Pigoni loves Songs About Jane by Maroon 5 and Cleopatra by the Lumineers. Songs About Jane is one of Mrs. Pigoni’s favorites because the album “reminds [her] of being a young English teacher here at Wheaton North”. Have tickets to the next Maroon 5 concert? Look out for Mrs. Pigoni and Mrs. Wittersheim together! They both love Maroon 5 and try to get tickets whenever they can.

Mrs. Wennmaker:

“This album makes me happy!”

I think we can all agree with painting teacher Mrs. Wennmaker that ABBA brings smiles to many faces, but especially to hers! With all of the ABBA greatest hits in one place, Mrs. Wennmaker has many great memories of dancing to this album with her mom and aunts, making it her favorite album to listen to.

Mrs. Mores:

Mrs. Mores, best known as Madame by French students here at Wheaton North, has been recently on a country craze. Not being particularly interested in albums, Madame is currently loving Wagon Wheel by Darius Rucker, Fancy Like by Walker Hayes, Rain is a Good Thing by Luke Bryan and other artists such as Sam Hunt and Jordan Davis!

Mr. Brackmann:

Want to know what life was like in the 90s? Maybe you’d like Midnight Marauders by A Tribe Called Quest! Mr. Brackmann still finds himself listening to this album now and again, finding every song to be good in its own way from start to finish. Released in 1993, this album brings Mr. Brackmann back to high school, remaining as one of his favorite albums!

Mrs. Pierropoulos:

Math teacher Mrs. Pierropoulos finds herself listening to Rumours by Fleetwood Mac! Why is this her favorite?

“Just listen to it, and you will figure it out.”

Couldn’t have said it better myself. This album remains a fan favorite, even after almost 50 years since its release. This album is also notorious for the behind the scenes drama surrounding its conception, another reason Mrs. Pierropoulos loves this album!

Thank you Wheaton North teachers for some insight into your life and what you currently, repeatedly, or recently find yourself loving in the music world! Each individual person’s music background tells a story based on their life, whether it be childhood memories or jamming out to the same bands in high school. Whatever it may be, music has the power to bring people together and influence a time in someone’s life, as it did for these teachers!

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