I'm sorry, I couldn't help myself. I can't let Sean Sweeney have all the fun in class (see here and here). I do, however, have to credit Sean with giving me the push I needed to actually do this with my class. Thanks!
I told my students that before the Fray was "The Fray", they were called The Phray and their lead singer was a math teacher. He wrote a song called "Solve to Save Your Life" but when they were signed they changed the name of the band and made some adjustments to the song on account of "math songs don't make the top 40, baby." It took some searching to find the archive of the old song, but I did it. I also told them that OneRepublic had a song called "Rationalize." We'll see if that one surfaces.
So with no further ado: The Phray performing their hit single, "Solve to Save Your Life."
If you want the lyrics.
We'll be releasing the official video soon.
Reflection: This really isn't my thing. I was debating whether or not to scrap the whole thing even though my 4 yr. old can now solve equations. The thing that really hit me was that me leaving my comfort zone allowed some of my students the freedom to do the same. I made some connections with kids where I may not have otherwise been able to. I also learned that playing guitar for 1.5 hours over 3 periods may cause tendonitis. Advil anyone?