ESL Video Quiz: syoneda: Serena Ryder: Stompa

Quiz by: Sharon Michiko Yoneda
Quiz #: 16658
(ESL Category: listening) Cadillac ad puts Ontarian Serena Ryder on the international map!
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Stompa

People, working every night and day
Never give yourself no time
Got too many bills to pay
Slow down, nothing’s gonna disappear
If you give yourself some room
To move to the music you hear

Gotta get up, listen to me
Clappa your hands, stompa your feet

People, looking for the great escape
Looking for the greener side
Trying to find a better way
Slow down; open up your big brown eyes
Feel the rhythm in your heart
You don’t even need to try

Gotta get up, listen to me
Clappa your hands, stompa your feet
Nothing is wrong, if you move to the beat
Clappa your hands
Stompa your feet
Stompa your feet

When you can’t seem to shake off all the feelings that are breaking
Little pieces of the music that’s in you
All the pain that you feel
I can prove it’s not real
There’s just one thing you gotta do

Gotta get up, listen to me
Clappa your hands, stompa your feet
Nothing is wrong, if you move to the beat
Clappa your hands
Stompa your feet
Stompa your feet

Stompa your feet, stompa your feet

songwriters: Serena Ryder, Jerrold Bettis, and Jon Levine

performed by: Serena Ryder

date released: 2012 by Serena Ryder

Serena Ryder, born December 8, 1982, is a Juno Award-winning Canadian artist. Born in Toronto, she grew up in Millbrook, Ontario.

Ryder grew up listening to old Beatles and Leonard Cohen records that she found in her parents' collection. At 7, Ryder would sing at legions and motor hotels. Having received a guitar from her father, she began playing the instrument at the age of 13. Songwriting efforts followed. At 15, as Ryder was playing old classic and folk tunes with her piano teacher in coffee houses and legions.

In early 1998 she was approached by Damon de Szegheo owner of the Peterborough Ontario-based independent record label Mime Radio about doing some recording. Damon de Szegheo first discovered her while she sang during a set change for a local on-stage production of Gone With The Wind. The resulting product of their sessions together was Ryder's first full length CD titled 'Falling Out' released in December 1999. In April 2008, Ryder found herself receiving the 2008 Juno Award for "Best New Artist of the Year," with the label EMI.

The first single "Stompa" from her most recent CD, "Harmony" was featured in an episode of ABC television's Grey's Anatomy, quickly climbed the charts and became certified platinum in January 2013. In the United States, less than two months after its release, it was at number 14 on the charts. In Canada, Ryder became the first Canadian artist to be Number One on the CBC Top 20 chart days after the release of Harmony.

After hearing Stompa, you may be scratching your head and asking yourself why the tune sounds familiar. Check out this ad for Cadillac.


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