School’s back in session! Maybe you’re a student, maybe you’re a teacher, maybe you’re a parent who’s thrilled to shove your spawn out the door every morning. Maybe you’re none of these things; listen to these songs anyway.
5. “Heartbreak School” – James Bonamy
Remember this smooth-voiced ’90s singer? “Heartbreak School,” written by Skip Ewing and Donny Kees, is from Bonamy’s major label debut. He invites the listener “Come enroll if you’ve been mistreated/Get extra credit if your baby cheated/All you need are tears and misery/To start working toward your Ph.D.”
4. “In My High School” – Blaine Larsen
High school has lots of different types of kids. Who knew?
3. “Late For School” – Steve Martin
This fanciful tale from The Crow is just so darn likable. The lesson here? It’s all about the journey, not necessarily the destination. Also, calendars are important.
2. “Old School” – John Conlee
Teenage sweethearts see one another again at their high school reunion; he’s now a truck driver, she’s an ex-trophy wife whose shine has worn off. Reunited and it…well, kind of sucks. For her, anyway.
1. “Blackboard of My Heart” – Hank Thompson
Love is like writing on a classroom chalkboard: sometimes tears will wipe those pretty words right off the slate.
Juli Thanki is the editor of Engine 145 and a freelance writer whose work has appeared in the Washington Post, Bluegrass Unlimited, and M Music & Musicians Magazine. In 2011 she received the International Bluegrass Music Association Print Media Person of the Year award.