Category: music

Music: “Heroes” by David Bowie

Self-tutoring about popular culture: the tutor mentions an observation connecting David Bowie with Stranger Things. My family loves Stranger Things: we just finished season 3. Near its end, I heard “I…I will be King…” “You…you will be Queen….” Where had

Music: Willie Nelson: “Crazy”

Self-tutoring about Willie Nelson and American music: the tutor shares a story he discovered. A few days ago I learned that Willie Nelson wrote “Crazy.” Back then, in 1960, Patsy Cline was a star, yet “Crazy” is the only song

Music: reminiscences: “Amos Moses,” by Jerry Reed

Self-tutoring about music: the tutor discovers a song from his elementary school years…. Once, in PE in grade 5, our teacher set a dance for us to learn. We’d never done such activity. He set the record on the turntable.

Music: Little River Band, “Lonesome Loser”

Self-tutoring about music: the tutor reflects on a hit he recalls from childhood. “Lonesome Loser” came out in ’79, according to the sources I’ve found. I recall its arrival around then, though wouldn’t be surprised if it was earlier. Back

Music: M83: Midnight City

Self-tutoring about music: the tutor mentions the song “Midnight City” by M83. Waiting in a car Waiting for a ride in the dark…. So begins “Midnight City” by M83, from 2011. I don’t recall if I knew it then, but

90s Music: Blind Melon:”No Rain”

Self-tutoring about 90s music: the tutor revisits Blind Melon’s hit “No Rain.” I recall Blind Melon’s “No Rain” from the early 90s. I thought it was catchy enough, but to me, it soon disappeared. My life changed quickly back then

Ric Ocasek: Emotion in Motion

Self-tutoring about 80s reminiscences: the tutor recalls a song he heard one night long ago. I moved a few times in the 80s, so often ended up with no friend but the radio. One night in ’86 or ’87, “Emotion

Music: The Stars and Stripes Forever

Self-tutoring about music: the tutor shares a couple of finds about the famous Stars and Stripes Forever. Since I was a kid, I’ve known The Stars and Stripes Fovever to be one of America’s best loved band compositions. Just to

Music, history: the 85-key piano

Seeing an antique can trigger self-tutoring: the tutor shares a find. A few days back my son, visiting a historic site, was invited to play the piano. After awhile he pointed out that it starts – and ends – with

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Canadian Culture: Peter and Lou

Tutoring social studies, you might wonder how your own experience fits. The tutor contemplates Valdy’s Peter and Lou. I recall hearing Peter and Lou on the radio as a kid. Yesterday I suddenly felt great importance about looking it up,

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