Also, this great Hannukah song from Sharon Jones

I try to bring diverse artists & music into the classroom, so this week when I brought in some Xmas music, I thought I’d better search for some Hanukkah music to balance it out. I came across this unexpectedly excellent jam from Sharon Jones. Ridiculous! From an album called “It’s a Holiday Soul Party.”

I gather she died from pancreatic cancer this month. RIP, Miss Jones.

A Listening List

I’ve been teaching two classes at VCC this term, filling in while someone’s away on sick leave. It’s amazing. It’s what I want to do. And this evening (and many evenings, actually), I’ve been listening to music. SO much music, finding songs to listen to and read and study in class for all sorts of reasons. It’s made me nostalgic tonight, and I kind of can’t stop. It feels like love, again, from a distance, across a long gap. Across many long gaps and gap-like things.

Here’s a list of songs we’ve listened to so far, though I’ve listened to many more, letting memories & ideas take me where they will:

  • Dick van Dyke & Julie Andrews: Chim Chim Cher-ee
  • Macbeth the Great: Buy Me a Zeppelin
  • Metallica: Nothing else matters
  • Sinéad O’connor: Black Boys on Mopeds
  • Bach: Cello Suite NO. 1 In G Major performed by Yo Yo Ma
  • Deafheaven: Luna
  • Tom Jobim & Elis Regina: Aguas de Marco
  • Mulatu Astatke: Yekermo Sew
  • Meshell: Feels Good
  • Ani DiFranco: Little Plastic Castles
  • Regina Spektor: On the Radio
  • Martin Tielli: I’ll Never Tear You Apart
  • Sex Pistols: God Save the Queen
  • Daniel Caesar: Death & Taxes
  • Aretha Franklin: You Make Me Feel
  • Amy Winehouse: Rehab
  • Amadou & Mariam: Dougou Badia
  • Bob Dylan: The Times They Are A-Changin’
  • They Might Be Giants: Older (from Long Tall Weekend)
  • Feist: 1,2,3,4
  • Tracy Chapman: Fast Car
  • John Williams: Carol of the Bells
  • Sharon Jones: 8 Days of Hannukah (Amazing!)
  • Queen: We are the Champions
  • Fela Kuti: Zombie
  • Miles Davis: All Blues
  • J.S. Bach: Goldberg Variations, performed by Glenn Gould
  • Etta James: I’d rather go blind
  • Beyonce: Single Ladies
  • The Roots: The Next Movement
  • Joni Mitchell: River
  • Paul Simon w/ Ladysmith Black Mambazo: Diamonds on the soles of her shoes
  • A Tribe Called Red Feat. Tanya Tagaq: Sila
  • The Beatles: Here Comes the Sun
  • The Beatles: Strawberry Fields Forever
  • The Jaz & Jay-Z: The Originators
  • Richard Wagner: Tannhauser Overture
  • Louis Armstrong: Do You Know What it Means to Miss New Orleans
  • Miles Davis: So What
  • Simon & Garfunkel: Scarborough Fair
  • Dave Brubeck: Three to Get Ready
  • Colin Stetson: New History of Warfare Volume 3
  • Biboki Singers: Indonésie Chants de Biboki (Recorded by Philip Yampolsky)

Summer Travels 2016

All posts seem to begin with ‘it’s been a while since I posted’. Maybe there should be a wordpress plugin for adding that sentence.

Anyway, it has, at least in part because I was busy traveling all over the world this summer for research-related activities. Here’s a little roundup:

A summer of amazing opportunities and adventures. I’m trying to process the material I gathered while I was there, and if I can manage to post it here I will.