Music Monday: Music from the Streets of Singapore

I love street performers of all kinds, but especially jugglers and musicians. Fortunately, when it comes to musicians, Singapore has not disappointed (I'm still keeping an eye out for jugglers...) Right across the street from our apartment there is a large outdoor gathering space at the intersection of three malls. So far, we have come … Continue reading Music Monday: Music from the Streets of Singapore

Music Monday: The Quintessential Jazz Tune of All Time

I just refinished reading Range by David Epstein and one section of the book talks about the value of self-learning on a wide range of musical instruments, particularly in the fields of jazz and folk music. Epstein offered several examples of successful jazz musicians who followed unconventional paths on the road to success: Jack Cecchini, … Continue reading Music Monday: The Quintessential Jazz Tune of All Time

Making Do with What You’ve Got

Yesterday, one of my colleagues (Bill O.) was giving a brief welcome speech to this year's incoming freshmen in the school of business, and one part caught my attention: "There are only seven colors in the rainbow, but look at what Michaelangelo and van Gogh were able to do with those colors. There are only … Continue reading Making Do with What You’ve Got

Music Monday: 13 Songs to Accompany Graduation

I guess I'll continue with the theme from the past couple of days - college graduation. And since it's Monday, that means music related to graduation. The classic song is Sir Edward Elgar: "Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1 In D". The part most people (well at least me) are probably familiar with starts at … Continue reading Music Monday: 13 Songs to Accompany Graduation

Earning a Varsity Letter in Community Service – What a Wonderful Idea

At Minnetonka High School in Minnesota, it's not just athletes who can earn a varsity letter. Those students committed to community service now have the same opportunity. According to Shannon Prather of the Star Tribune, the west metro high school is one of a growing number of high schools that allow students to¬†letter in community … Continue reading Earning a Varsity Letter in Community Service – What a Wonderful Idea

Music Monday: This Is What Music Can Do To Us

I'm guessing that many of you have already seen this video, and if you have, it's worth seeing again. If you haven't seen it, I hope you enjoy it as much as I do (it's at the end of the post). The video of 11-month old Thomas A. was recorded by his mom while they … Continue reading Music Monday: This Is What Music Can Do To Us

Top 365 Songs of the 20th Century

I realize this blog is only about 18 years late in writing about the top songs of the 20th century, but I was not aware that such a list even existed until I read this week that Aretha Franklin's Respect was No. 4 on the list. The list was compiled by the National Endowment for … Continue reading Top 365 Songs of the 20th Century

A Song That Every Teacher Should Hear

His life was cut short at the young age of 38, but Harry Chapin still managed to make a difference. Harry was well known not only for his musical success, but also for his work as a humanitarian. He was particularly devoted to the cause of World Hunger. Harry wrote and performed what are known … Continue reading A Song That Every Teacher Should Hear