Tag: art

Nov 14

I’ve looked at life from both sides now…

Canadian artist, singer and songwriter Joni Mitchell has had a prolific career in the world of music. I first introduced readers of this blog to her music in this article about poetry, and here in a post about another of her tunes. She’s written many songs about life and love, but one of her most …

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Apr 02

Appreciating Classical Music

New York City was long ago nicknamed “Radio City”. Growing up within the radio broadcast listening area of that great metropolis afforded me many options for listening to a wide variety of music genres. There were stations that played Jazz, Opera, Classical, and a plethora of ethnic and international styles in addition to the Pop …

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Apr 01

Learning to Appreciate Art

“The world of reality has its limits; the world of imagination is boundless.” Jean-Jacques Rousseau * Most teachers understand that when art is incorporated into the learning curriculum it has the ability to open the learner’s mind to new possibilities. Learning about art can help spark creativity. The role of early childhood art education can …

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Feb 10

Back in the Land of Coca-Cola

Just about two years ago I posted an article detailing a short trip to Atlanta, Georgia and my surprise at how big Hot ‘Lanta – the City in the Forest had become. Recently, I returned for another brief visit and took in some more of the local attractions. Echo was attending the yearly trade-show exhibition …

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Jan 15

Loudon Wainwright III

Free ad for Loudon Wainwright III. It was 1973 when Loudon Wainwright made it big with the hit single, Dead Skunk (in the middle of the road). A fun little ditty that became a popular sing-along among people young and old. This and The Swimming Song are remembered by many a summer camper. The Swimming …

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Jan 01

Make Tomorrow

In the previous post, the first one of the New Year – 2017, I shared information with an abundant number of links for further reading about the 10,000 Year Clock project. Reading about that project and one of the principals involved, music producer Brian Eno, set me to thinking about another musician named, Peter Gabriel, …

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Nov 26


One of my favorite news aggregators is the website known as zerohedge.com They offer an alternative to the mainstream media outlets. It is the responsibility of every citizen to keep informed about the issues of the day. For the citizen to be fully informed he/she must seek out the truth from any source that is …

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Nov 03

Not Dark Yet

This is one of those Dylan tunes that struck a nerve in me. Not Dark Yet Written by: Bob Dylan Shadows are falling and I’ve been here all day It’s too hot to sleep, time is running away Feel like my soul has turned into steel I’ve still got the scars that the sun didn’t …

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Nov 01

Sugar Mountain and The Circle Game

In 1964, Canadian singer-songwriter Neil Young penned the song Sugar Mountain. It is a lament about growing up and being forced to leave the easy days of childhood behind.   “Sugar Mountain“ by Neil Young Oh, to live on Sugar Mountain With the barkers and the colored balloons, You can’t be twenty on Sugar Mountain …

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Oct 15

Dylan receives Nobel Prize in Literature.

In previous posts both here and here, I shared information and resources to learn about poetry, how to study it, to understand it and how to write it. I also pointed out that there has been a long relationship between poetry and musical lyrics. Some would argue that music is not poetry and visa versa …

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